What gas trucks can pull a 20 foot enclosed trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by cimkill, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
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    if you wont go with a diesel, then I would say a chevy/GMC 6.0 3/4 ton. It will have plenty of power - just a bit thirsty for gas. I pulled my old 20' enclosed with a 2001 2500hd 6.0 for 6 years.

    No complaints at all except the mpg.
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Any gas motor over 350 cubic inches can probably do just fine. Put personally id want it to be f350 or a 3500 if you are doing any bagging. If you just let it fly and do not collect anything than a f250 or 2500 pick up would do but id never want that kind of mass on the brakes of a smaller truck. Yes I know it has trailer brakes but the truck brakes still get a work out.

    That said once you go diesel there is no going back. I can remember a break down once where my trucks fuel pump went and I coasted to a side street and managed to pull in but I was still partly blocking the intersection. And I was now on a beginning of a hill so I couldn't just unhook the trailer I needed to be on flat ground first. I had ram 1500 quad cab long bed maxed out with grass the pile was higher than the roof of the truck. The trailer was 16 ft with 2 ztrs on it one with a collection system then 2 back packs 2 trimmers and all the extra gas. Easily weighed 12-13000 pounds my only available truck was my 89 gmc 3500 diesel 6.2 but it had 3 yards of top soil in her for another job. That truck pulled herself the Ram and the trailer and the mowers up this steep hill like nothing it never even went above idle. How many gas trucks you know that would move 18,000 pounds not including themselves with that kind of ease. As I said once you go diesel you will never go back.
  3. cimkill

    cimkill LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thank you all very much. Let me explain a little more sorry. I live in central america. Gas is over $5.50 U.S./gallon, due to this my trucks are all converted to butane,propane$2.00/gallon, this is why it has to be gas. Iwill be pulling 2 60" ztr's, and a 72"ztr with a hydro walk behind. trimmers,blowers,etc. I love my Chevy 1500 and if that can do it great! There are some hills but nothing major. Now that I was more detailed what do you guys think, I really dont want to spend the money on another truck if I dont have too, the trailer and 72" are going to set me back$$ already.
  4. jackal

    jackal LawnSite Senior Member
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    Has more to do with the rear end than the size of the motor. Weigh the trailer loaded. A 1500 chevy with a 5.3 and a 411 rear end will pull about 8000 lbs easily.
  5. cimkill

    cimkill LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thank you for the response Jackal. Excuse my ignorance, but is it easy to change the rear end? Labor here is cheap so to get it done shouldnt cost much just to get the 411 rear will be the thing. This is good news I love the truck had toyota's before but really old ones and they were a headache. Had the chevy a year now its a 1997, and no problems at all.
  6. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
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    I don't see why a 1500 wouldn't pull it. Just watch what you load into it. I have a 7x16 v nose. We pulled it with a f150 for a few months and now I tow it with a 1500HD. The f150 only had the 4.6 so it was under powered a bit. The 1500HD has the 6.0 and it tows great but the gas mileage is below par. (9mpg)
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  7. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Don't forget to add brakes to the trailer. A light duty truck pulling that much weight needs all the help it can get when you stop. The vin number on the truck should include the differential rato.

  8. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
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    We have a '04 Chevy 6.0 4-door pulling our 20' enclosed trailer, w/electric brakes. Highly recommend the brakes as stated prior on this topic.
  9. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Trailer brakes = safety. DOT will really like see this working on a 20 foot enclosed.
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  10. cimkill

    cimkill LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well thank's for all the input everyone. I love the support on this site. I guess I will stick with my chevy its really a great truck. I will definately have electric brakes on the trailer, so that's no problem. This is great news for my pocket.

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