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Re: Buying my first trailer

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jon f mn

03-07-2014 18:13:18

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If your weight estimate is accurate then a 14,000 lb bumper or gooseneck will do fine. There is no need to go as far overboard as some of these folks are saying unless you just want too. There are advantages and disadvantages to both the gooseneck and bumper trailers depending on your needs and expectations. I've pulled a 9,000 tractor all over on this tandem 14,000 pound trailer behind the truck shown and it goes good. For 10 mile trips nothing more is needed. Now if you get much over that 9,000 pound load then the 20,000 pound trailer will quickly become necessary. I will be happy to talk to you about some things to look for in a good trailer if you like, my e-mail is open. I spent 20 years building trailers for customers and still do one from time to time, when the spirit moves me. lol

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T in NE

03-07-2014 19:41:49

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 Re: Buying my first trailer in reply to jon f mn, 03-07-2014 18:13:18  
My concern with his truck and the tongue weight is the frame on his truck. Unless he's got a flat bed like yours I wouldn't hang that much weight off the receiver hitch on that truck. I know, I've got one.

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jon f mn

03-08-2014 04:26:52

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 Re: Buying my first trailer in reply to T in NE, 03-07-2014 19:41:49  
Tongue weight is determined buy where you place the tractor. When I load I drive the tractor on til the truck sags just right then chain it. Could be 500 pounds or 1500. Just adjust to suit. Pulled that same load on this trailer behind an f150 too. Didn't like it as much and wouldn't want to go hundreds of miles, but it did it fine.

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T in NE

03-08-2014 12:43:57

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 Re: Buying my first trailer in reply to jon f mn, 03-08-2014 04:26:52  
I'd be concerned with the frame taking it regardless of what you've pulled yours with. His is 21 years old now. That flat bed in your picture will take some of the load that only the back foot-foot and a half of his frame will see.

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