Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:00 am
Dale and I are thinking about getting a smaller trailer for his cubs and equipment. We figure a smaller trailer means he won't work so hard?
It is a 7x12 with new tires and brakes. The brakes are hydraulic with a "bump box", so anyone can pull it even without an electric brake controller.
The price is right we think
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Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:18 am
What is the weight rating on those axles?
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:18 am
To me, that trailer looks like it would pull like a "log cart." Looks like the axles are set up centered on the trailer and wheels and axles look awful small.
My FIL has a 12' trailer made by Load Trail, I have an 18', set up like his, same manufacturer, same color even. My longer trailer pulls much smoother than his. I really wouldn't want to go any smaller, even for just one Cub.
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:40 am
If that's the actual trailer, I'd keep looking. Doesn't look that strong, axles look small, and like everyone else said I think it would pull awful.
Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:25 am
i think i would keep looking . coppersmythe.......................
Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:55 am
Looks like an old boat trailer that has been converted
Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:19 pm
We have not decided yet. I have not seen it in person yet.
As far as weight rating, if the axles are just 1750#'s each, that is 3500lb's. Cub's average 2000 loaded with weights and implement, leaving 1500# or basically 5 implements prior to hooking it to a truck.
Both axles have new brakes and new tires, 2" ball.
The only reservation I have is how it will pull with a load, with those axles looking centered on the trailer.
And, we are still thinking on it. Price is 1/2 of other trailers in the area that are the same size.
Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:23 pm
Dale Shaw wrote:As far as weight rating, if the axles are just 1750#'s each, that is 3500lb's. Cub's average 2000 loaded with weights and implement, leaving 1500# or basically 5 implements prior to hooking it to a truck.
Pretty sure that 1500# has to include the weight of the trailer itself. That leaves nothing for implements....but your call.
Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:29 pm
I have a 12 foot single axle trailer I use to haul a cub and my handicap scooter, and am happy with it. One thing to remember, is you need to back the cub on or you will be tail heavy. I know Dale has pulled trailers enough to figure that out when he compares it to a cub, but for those that have not done a lot of towing, it is a real surprise to have a tail heavy trailer, when the tail starts wagging the dog. And even a small trailer can make life exciting when that happens.
Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:30 pm
Well Rick, you are correct. However, my point was that with the weight the ball will be carrying(if I get it), the weight of the trailer and the weight I will be hauling will be well within bounds. I always weigh a new trailer empty, then with an average load, to get a good idea of where I stand and what my overall gross weight is.
There are a lot of 16" trailers out there with single 3500lb axles, no brakes etc.. with inexperienced drivers. Point is safety first, and if it won't suit my needs, it won't come home with me.
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:12 pm
Dale Shaw wrote:................Price is 1/2 of other trailers in the area that are the same size.
That raises a flag for me. Why 1/2 the price???????????????? Good deal? Half the trailer the others are? Some other reason?
I'm curious what you find when you look in person.
Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:01 pm
There is something about the double axle set up that makes it appear too far forward under the bed, leaving too much unsupoorted tail hanging out in the rear. Unless the channels are extremely heavy, the unsupported, overhanging tail could bow or bend.
Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:02 pm
Looks more like an ATV type trailer to me.
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:27 am
I like it Dale. It's bigger and better than what I have.
If you don't like the axle configuration, then move them. Most axles can be moved forward or backward on the trailer a foot or two. Might take a little work with the brake lines, but that's just another piece of the project.
Be sure to have good tiedown points. Surge brakes are simple and great, but they require good fastening of the load. You also cannot have too much of the load up front on the ball (nor on the rear) for the surge brakes to work properly. Kindof a balancing act on the axle.
I think the make or break point would be with the decking. If the deck is in poor shape then I'd walk.
Also, take a look at the method for getting your tractor into the trailer. Are there ramps? Does the trailer tilt?
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:59 pm
i'd be scared be to offer a hundred bucks for that thing i''d be afraid the owner would jump on it
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