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scott McKinnon NC    Posted 07-27-2017 at 17:07:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • tandem trailer
  • Thank you to all for posting such great information. Amazing that so many offer assistance to a 8N newbie.

    ncorrigible    Posted 07-28-2017 at 17:52:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You may not need it today, you may not want it today, but an 18' 5 ton trailer will almost certainly do whatever you want whenever you want it. After the fire that took my flatbed (along with a couple hundred thousand dollars of other stuff) I replaced with a 16' 3 ton. The trailer is too darn small for what I need now. I will sell it this fall and go larger. I only use my trailer a couple times a year, but when I need it, I need it. One of my tractors is overweight for my trailer, and while I might get by with a short haul, the dealer is 90 miles away and the DOT would be on me like white on rice if they saw me hauling that one. Buy for the future. That particular future may never come, but you never want to be accused of having small equipment.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 07-28-2017 at 11:08:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I agree with others on the trailer being too small to move the tractor to adjust the weight. If it was just the tractor it would be no problem cause you would have the room to move back and forth.
    Some thing else to consider which a lot of car trailers don't have is some way to suppose the rear when loading which causes stress on the axle brackets and where its connected to the front ball hitch. Most equipment trailers have something built on the ramp to support it when loading. My trailer has a leg that drops down. In the up position it also helps support the ramp and you get a lot less noise when driving. Systems like these can also be added if your trailer doesn't come with them.

    Kirk

    Farmer Dan    Posted 07-28-2017 at 17:15:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I carry a pair of jack stands for loading and unloading. When I bought my tandem trailer I ordered it 18' long so no matter what the tractor is doing (for implements) I can still center the load.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 07-28-2017 at 10:22:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Scott, you didn't mention in your thread below how often or how long a distance you plan on towing your tractor, but you'll get the hang of properly loading it, securing it safely and correctly, and towing it pretty quickly.

    If you're not used to securing trailer loads, you might want to check with your State Dept. of Public Safety to see what is required in that respect. You could also check with a local equipment sales & rental vendor for that information.

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