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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. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Take it slow and get it home. Good luck.

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,147

    Crazy thought, how are you practicing for your CDL test? Why not get someone with a cdl to go with you, will be a good practice test run. and you'll get the feel of the truck and trailer for swing around corners and room needed to stop. You will need someone with a cdl to go with you to your test and they check their license since in the case you fail there is a way to get the truck home.

    Just my 0.02 but sounds like your putting the cart before the horse.
  3. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I have a 38ft gooseneck that weighs 8k its self I pull it alot with a F350 7.3powerstoke with no problem pulling empty now with a load you tell its behind you
    one time was over on my plates when I had my 7740 and 4600turfshaper and Skid loader then ATV on the top deck Could tell it then
    So now we dont travel much so the trailer only gets used to haul big round bales of hay
  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    You can do that but you have to have a CDL learners permit.
  5. bearmtnmartin

    bearmtnmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    So pulling a trailer without brakes in an inappropriate truck is a potential option, but pulling the same trailer with brakes in an appropriate truck but no liscence....naaaa that would never work.

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,147

    Call me crazy but how do you go for your license without first having a permit? I know you need to in Maine and it is pretty laid back here.
  7. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    I didn't have to have a permit. I took the written and the practical and they gave me a license.
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Just get someone to drive your dump, that's your only option. Pulling it with your pickup really isn't an option, since we all know how air cans work and air needs to be supplied to release the brakes, not to apply them.
  9. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    You can back the brakes off mechanically if needed. I agree though, pulling with a pickup is a bad idea. Pulling 9k behind a 3/4 ton pickup with no way to brake the trailer is a receipe for disaster. Pulling with a dump truck by an unlicensed but hopefully competent operator is a better idea although could be expenive if you get stopped. Like Scag said, find a driver.
  10. tbone1471

    tbone1471 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    That trailer may have a 30 brake can on it. which means all he would have to do would be to drain the air tank and the brakes would release. No air would be required to release the brakes. If it has 30/30 cans then he would need air or would have to cage the brakes. Looking at a few online pictures it looks like they are/were still using the 30 brake can around 98.

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