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#1 fonz3482 ONLINE  

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Posted February 22, 2017 - 05:48 PM

Has anyone done it?? I'm taking a trip to get 2 fairly good sized GT's this weekend and all i have access to is a sled trailer. I've towed one on it, I generally use it to tow 50-60 bales of hay for my dad but today when I registered it the lady said max weight is 1550lbs. Now I'm kinda worried I'll be over loading the trailer for a 7hr ride home. Anyone have any experience or advice with a 2 place sled trailer? It's a triton LT model 101"w x10'L. Thanks!



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Posted February 22, 2017 - 06:30 PM

101" wide? Wow.... the "max weight" may just be what the license plate is qualified for... they have categories like (here in IL) the lowest one is 0-3000 lb whether your trailr can carry 300 or not. What the trailer is rated for is more important there.

Most tandems are (at least) 5000# capacity, but many here plate them for 3000 because the next rating that goes up to 5000 is 3x the price yearly... if they want they can send you over the scales and if you are carrying more than what you paid in license plate fees will cover,  they nail you BIG time.    what kind of tractors? any attachments? what will you tow with? If a van or pickup can you put any attachments in the bed instead of on the trailer? Is there a label anywhere on the trailer? or axle? ?



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Posted February 22, 2017 - 06:45 PM

I'm grabbing a Bolens 1900 with 3pt hitch and single stage blower and a Bolens 1256 with a 18hp briggs twin swapped into it and a 33" tiller on the back. I am also getting a tube frame mower deck, a mower deck for the 1900, and a cab for the 1900 but I'll put the loose stuff in the back of my truck. I'll be pulling the trailer with my dodge 2500 diesel so no issues yanking it. My plan is to put the tractors side by side on the trailer but now I'm thinking I may want to pull the tiller off the 1256 and the blower off the 1900 and throw them in the back of my truck also.



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Posted February 22, 2017 - 06:54 PM

If you do decide to use the trailer remember that proper tire pressure is very important.  We've all made that mistake. 


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Posted February 22, 2017 - 07:01 PM

Tractor data says, Bolens 1256 is 680 lb and the 1900 is 850. Equals 1530. Without attachments. Could be another 1000 lbs in attachments, give or take.

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Posted February 22, 2017 - 07:07 PM

The trailer should have a tag with it's GVWR.  Subtract the weight of the trailer from that and you have its carrying capacity.  That assumes it's got the original tires or replacements with enough load capacity.

 

Tire pressure and speed also figure in.  50-60 bales of hay is a lot of weight.  I suspect it was way over the capacity of the trailer.  But 30mph from field to the barn is a lot different than 65 or 70 on the freeway for seven hours.


Edited by MiCarl, February 22, 2017 - 07:13 PM.

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Posted February 22, 2017 - 07:10 PM

I just did a quick look at some specifications.  It looks like 2 place snowmobile trailers can generally carry 1400 - 1600 lbs.


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Posted February 22, 2017 - 07:14 PM

Yea, we only tow the hay 3 miles on country side roads. The tires say 50psi and I have them set there. I have gone over the whole trailer to prep it for the long trip, but I didn't realize it was only rated for that weight! I always thought in my head that some of these sled trailers have covers on them, then toss 2 full size sleds on there(600-700lbs each) and you have @ 2000# on the trailer. I guess that is not the case.



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Posted February 22, 2017 - 07:16 PM

I guess I better contact the seller and have him pull the attachments off and toss them in the back of my truck. That be the 1st step to lower the load on the trailer.


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Posted February 22, 2017 - 07:18 PM

My 97 worthington is rated for 2000 lbs and is 102x10 and hauled  2 cub cadet supers and never had any problems!!!!



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Posted February 22, 2017 - 07:38 PM

50 bales at 60 pounds comes up to 3000 to me. The sled trailer I had (12' 102" wide) was rated around 1600 pounds. I would probably try it.

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Posted February 22, 2017 - 07:46 PM

Shorty, I'm coming down near you from south of buffalo ny. I'm probably gonna be running higher speeds (65mph) most of the time. I really don't think the trailer will be hurt, but it is a long ride to worry! I'm debating now whether I should put all the attachments in my truck and the 2 tractors on the trailer, or bring ramps and put 1 tractor in the bed of my truck and 1 on the trailer.



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Posted February 22, 2017 - 08:17 PM

You can probly RENT a trailer somewhere for this one trip. A small car hauler or a bob-cat type trailer should work and haul all you want.  I go slow and on State roads myself when using my trailers, but that's just "Grandpa" Me! 



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Posted February 22, 2017 - 08:19 PM

The biggest problem I have seen with the little trailers that people have is tires and wheel bearings,if you have good tires and grease the bearings(and check adjustment)it will have no problem
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Posted February 22, 2017 - 08:27 PM

U-Haul rents a 6x12 cargo trailer that I've hauled 2 GTs in several times.  Weight isn't an issue, and their should be room for implements - about $35 per day local rental, they don't check mileage on them.


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