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Scott McKinnon NC    Posted 08-01-2017 at 16:38:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Last week I received many great responses regarding tandem trailer size recommended for my 8N. A majority recommended an 18 x 7 to allow for adjusting the load if an implement is attached. Other valuable information was also mentioned.
    One thing that was not mentioned was the braking system required. It seems every state has their own regulations. Everything from no trailer brakes required to brakes required on one axle or both axles. Just to prevent any fines or inconvenience on the road, it probably makes sense to invest in brakes on both axles in case you ever make a trip out of state. I was quoted $425.00 to add brakes to the second axle on a new trailer. Sounds high so I am still checking around.
    Thanks again for all the trailer tips last week.

    littleguns    Posted 08-02-2017 at 14:27:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If buying new, get a trailer that meets DOT regulations for all 50 states. Among other reasons (like safety!), DOT-certified will make it easier to sell the trailer if you ever wish to do so and will also make life simpler if your state upgrades requirements. FWIW, I have two tandem-axle trailers -- one homemade without brakes, the other a new one (2015) that meets all DOT specs. Having brakes on all four is a good feeling after having had a brakeless one for many years.

    John in Mich    Posted 08-02-2017 at 09:53:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My first trailer, in the early 80s, was a home built tandem axle with no brakes. On top of that I was pulling it with a 1979 Suburban, 350 engine, auto trans and a 273 axle. The trailer weighed about 2100 lbs and an 8N with Wagner loader, the plow and the disc on board. I roughly calculated my gross, truck, trailer and load at about 5 and 1/2 to 6 tons. I did that one year and sold it. Whew! I was glad to have survived.
    Now I have two tandems, an 18 foot flatbed and a 24 foot enclosed. BOTH have brakes on BOTH axles. It does make a difference. A LOT of difference.
    I'm pulling with a 2014 3/4 ton Chevy diesel. My point here is, use a vehicle built to handle what you are pulling.

    Dave H    Posted 08-02-2017 at 08:29:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hmmm, I did not even consider what the state required when I bought my tandem axel flat bed. I don't ever want to get caught in a downhill wet road situation and have to get on the binders and have a trailer pushing me with no brakes.

    Michael    Posted 08-02-2017 at 07:57:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I put my 8n and 5' brush hog on a 18' trailer with no brakes to help a friend cut his field. The 10 mile trip was no problem pulling. From 60mph to a stop was 1/4 mile braking distance. If anyone pulled out in front of me I would have surely hit them. I highly suggest the trailer with dual brakes for safety of yourself and the potential careless driver who isnt paying attention. I personally will not tow my tractor that distance again on a trailer without brakes. I hope you find something safe and affordable.


    Bruce(OR)    Posted 08-01-2017 at 19:33:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • No Brakee? No Stopee. WHEE--Having fun now.

    beth and Allen    Posted 08-01-2017 at 19:04:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm not trying to be a smart ass here, but what price is safety? I wouldn't skimp on brakes I would definitely put brakes on the 2nd axle.If you want to save money on the brakes Get the trailer without the brakes but make sure the axles have the brackets for them and install them yourself, it isn't very hard at all. I pull a tri axle gooseneck and have brakes on all 3 axles and wouldn't think of not having brakes on all axles. God bless, Beth and Allen

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