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Tractor Transporting Discussion Forum

40 foot trailer

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Mtractor

05-02-2014 20:55:10




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Will a 1 ton single wheel pull a 40 foot tandem dual trailer OK as long as I do not over load it ?




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PretendFarmer

05-19-2014 21:18:49




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
The total trailer weight was about 14000. Pulled well with no issues. I attribute the good handling to this rig being 2wd. Towing with 4wd has been noticeably more unstable with SRW from my experience.
This post was edited by PretendFarmer at 21:20:18 05/19/14.



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Ken Macfarlane

05-13-2014 07:40:16




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
Yes it will pull it but you likely only have about 7000 lb of axle and tires on rear of a SRW and there is already 2000 lb sitting on them so at most room for 5000 lb of pin.

Some big gooses are heavy, especially older models and you may not have much load cap.

Many guys that tow heavy a lot on srw will put stronger rims and tires on the truck, commercial 19.5's for example so they aren't as close to max load. The 10.5 sterling in the rear of my F350 for example has a rating of 9000 lbs but only comes with 3450 lb rated rims so 6900 lb max rear rating.

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mkirsch

05-05-2014 10:18:35




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
I've read where it's not even legal in some states, period. The truck's rear axle rating has to be equal to or higher than the individual axle ratings on the trailer.



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PretendFarmer

05-05-2014 14:08:36




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to mkirsch, 05-05-2014 10:18:35  
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Never heard that. I'd like to see that. They care about GVW. If your rig has a 8800lbs GVW then it better not be loaded to 8900 and obviously the dually will have a higher rating.



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PretendFarmer

05-05-2014 14:06:47




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to mkirsch, 05-05-2014 10:18:35  
Yes it will. I pull my 35' no problem. With anything comes an inherent risk. Will a dually do it better? Sure. But I've blown out a rear towing. I find that your much less likely to wipe out if you drive smartly. Guys that are speeding while towing are stupid.
I have a 2500hd ram cummins with overload springs, sway bars, etc.
most importantly, make sure your tires are up to par and properly inflated.

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mmfan55

05-04-2014 04:47:54




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
A lot depends on how you load it and the wheelbase of the trailer. I do not see you being able to put much of anything on the front 15-20ft. unless you are hauling Styrofoam. A lot of wasted space.



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uncle henry

05-03-2014 17:40:42




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
it will pull it but you are asking to much out of the tires



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smallercrawler

05-03-2014 14:02:14




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
10 to 1, you're over truck manufacturer's rating when you hook up, empty .



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welding man

05-03-2014 09:44:28




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
The thing that scares the living He__ out of me on a rig like that if you blow a rear tire on the truck,making any speed at all, the ball game is over. There is no way you can control it. You will wreck,count on it. I would not pull anything over 20 ft with a single wheel truck.



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soundguy

05-03-2014 11:43:45




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to welding man, 05-03-2014 09:44:28  
I agree.

I went too many years white knuckling pulling loads with insufficient trucks.

DRW only for me now... safer.. etc.



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D beatty

05-03-2014 06:29:29




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
You might want to look for a heavier truck. Most 40 foot tandem daul wheeled trailers weigh in around 10,00lb. empty.



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ericlb

05-03-2014 06:08:07




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
ondaroad told you right depending on what kind of trailer and what it weighs id think a 40 footer would max out a single wheel 1 ton empty



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OnDaRoad

05-02-2014 23:10:12




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 Re: 40 foot trailer in reply to Mtractor, 05-02-2014 20:55:10  
Weight of trailer
Plus
Weight of load
Equals
Total weight towed
Only you know or should know what those weights are



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