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Re: Choosing Trailer & Safety

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09-05-2013 07:04:40

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1. Loading a narrow front tractor is not "easy" or "safe." It requires near-perfect positioning and angles, perfect timing, good brakes on the tractor, and a skilled operator. You have to approach the ramps from the side, and kick the tractor around sharply while the front wheels go up one ramp. Ideally you end up with the front wheels on the trailer and the rear wheels aligned with the ramps.

It's really cool to watch when done properly, but really messy if you don't get it right. Buy, or build a third ramp.

2. You don't need a deckover for a 200. A "low-boy" or "car hauler" style trailer will carry the tractor much lower to the ground. It's a lot safer to load and more stable on the road.

3. A 1996 Ford Bronco is a poor choice for a tow vehicle. The short wheelbase and jacked-up suspension makes it very unstable by itself, worse with a heavy trailer behind.

Your Bronco is closer to 6500lbs with passengers, tools, fuel, and other "stuff." The minimum trailer will weigh is 2000lbs. That puts you at a maximum of 3000lbs for the tractor to put you right at your 11,500 GCWR.

Exceeding GCWR is not the end of the world in most cases, but with a Bronco it might not be such a good idea.

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09-05-2013 18:01:26

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 Re: Choosing Trailer & Safety in reply to mkirsch, 09-05-2013 07:04:40  
my trailer has a split gate. Makes loading narrow front tractors a breeze compared to a third ramp, or block of wood.

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