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will a 3/4 ton tow a 20 ton trailer?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

  2. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,366

    sureeeeeeee. might need some air brakes tho...
  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    I would not try this. I pull a 36' trailer full @ 8 tons 3 times a week and I feel comfortable with my F-350 single or dullie, mind you that is with electric breaks. 20 tons I would use a duce and a half at a bare min.
    easy-lift guy
  4. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    BS question!
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    Anything is possible with today's advertised pick up trucks on TV. Hell you could roll into a gravel quarry and ask the loader operator to dump a ton of gravel from maximum height right into the unprotected box, then hitch up your trailer and pull a small tractor or skid steer out of a very poorly planned building site that lacks proper drainage for parking vehicles, then if you still need something to do, go down to the docks and haul a frigging massive boat on a 3 axle trailer, and don't forget to brag about your integrated trailer brake controller and built in exhaust brake while you pass fully loaded highway trucks with real loads going downhill, because you drive an AMERICAN built truck.
    Oh, and don't forget your Viagra just in case you find yourself pulling a horse trailer in the mud and you decide to use the horse to pull you out, I don't know what that has to do with having a limp noodle and trucks, but it sounds and looks AWESOME!!!!
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  6. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    Hahaha this was hilarious!
  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    lol. dont forget the empty part. Trailer should weigh around 9000 lbs. I pull more than that with it but on small trailers with weight balanced and such. Plus brakes, yes. I just want to tow a trailer home. Found a 98 Eager beaver 20 ton for 2k.
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    That was pretty good Ron.

    As for the trailer. At 9K you obviously have to have brakes which I am sure you would not since it is most likely an air brake trailer.

    A better option if you have access to a gooseneck trailer, would be to pull a gooseneck down and load the trailer on to that . At least then you be legal (assuming your licensed properly and so forth.
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    I dont. I could tow it with my International dump but I dont have my license yet.
  10. tbone1471

    tbone1471 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    That is how I brought my 20 ton back to the shop when I bought it. Smart... not really. I drove slow and left plenty of room for braking. It will push the truck some. Biggest things are don't get caught by the dot, don't drive fast, and don't end up in an accident and kill someone. Make sure the lights work and the safety chains are hooked up. Also make sure you have enough tongue weight because you won't be able to control a swaying trailer. As long as your truck hitch height is right it shouldn't be a problem because the 20 tons have plenty of tongue weight, trailer should be level or slightly down in the front as long as it isn't creating an upward vertical force on the truck. Keep it under 55mph.

    And of course I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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