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What size trailer should i be pulling?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by buffalonick, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. buffalonick

    buffalonick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    Hey this upcoming spring will be my first year for lawncare and landscaping, i will end up driving my daily driver as my work truck for the spring and summer then upgrade to a pickup. I will use my 2004 ford explorer XLT 4.0l V6 4x4. I looked and it says my max payload is 1411lbs and my max towing is 5380lbs. In your guys's opinion what size trailer should i run, is a 6x10 too big? I will have 2 trimmers one or two backpack blowers, a 36 to 48 inch wb and a 21 inch. I have seen guys fit that on a 5x8 but dont want too small of a trailer. But still dont wanna struggle pulling it what should i do?
  2. michaelee2

    michaelee2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    I would probably go with a 6x12.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    For what you're going to be towing a 6x10 trailer will be fine. Like the previous poster said, you could go up to a 6x12 but I wouldn't want to go any bigger than that.
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I don't think it will fit on a 5x8 maybe on a 5x10. Id go with a 5x10 or 6x12. I have never seen a 6x10 that I can remember. I'm sure some makes them of course. Just wondering why would you want a 48 and 36. There isn't much of a difference production wise.
  5. Tennesseepowerstroke

    Tennesseepowerstroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I went with a 6'4" by 12'. I have a 1 ton dually but usually pull my lawn equipment with my Mountaineer. It is a V8. You should be fine either way. You have to watch the tongue weight though. Even with only about 250 to 300 lb tongue weight, my Mountainer really "squats" in the back. The extra 4" gives more options for puttin the 21's and walk behind, side by side. It does seem a tad wide for the Mountaineer, but at the same time is narrower than the dually. It should be about right behind a 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck.
  6. RLLServicesCT

    RLLServicesCT LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 225

    I started out with the same setup and I still have the explorer. If I were you, I would get a 6x12 because you will have more room to play around with. I ran a 6x10 trailer on my explorer and it towed very well, however without trailer brakes, towing 2700-2800lbs was not fun braking. (Just under legal limit). Once you expand you will want a bigger trailer anyway, or at least thats what I did to carry more mowers.
  7. badbart

    badbart LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    My smallest trailer is a 16x8 tandem. I would rather have the ability to carry more that less. The trailer weighs 1785 lbs empty so you would still be able to load 4000 lbs or so....Plus a tandem is easier to back. I ordered mine extra wide so I could put a car or truck on it if I had too.

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