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Re: 4500lb tractor + 2200lb trailer. 7k trailer or 10k?

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06-14-2011 19:42:49

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A year ago I had the same descision to make. The 7000# only saved about $500-$800 over the 10,000#. I bought the 10,000# , 20'er w/radials , spring loaded fold up ramps , cast iron adjustable hitch , 7,000# jack , LED lights , all 6" channel w/3" channel crossmembers , 6" channel tounge back to axles,4 brakes. Very nice trailer and glad I went 20'. Pulls like a dream.Stay away from the "angle iron" economy trailers and rectangular tubing is way over-kill and adds too much weight. This thing will haul a LOT! $3500 new. They wanted $2700 for a 7000# 16-18 footer. Personally I like the lower to the ground fendered trailers. They load easier and safer. If I went deck-over I would go goose-neck only. My fenders don't get in the way. One just has to use their head when loading. Got ta remember , too , ya ain't useing this thing to make a living with! I shopped a lot of makes and styles and prices. Load Trail is what I settled on. Nobody came close price-wise and quallity and workmanship was equal to any. Including PJ. Go with 10,000. Wouldn't it be nice knowing it is being "under-worked" as apposed to being maxed out??? I hauled a 6000# load of 8' logs last week on mine. Not even a moan out of it. Never thought I would ever be wanting to haul logs but glad I had the 20'. Lots of old farm machinery is just bulky as apposed to heavy. Never have enough room. Go at least 18'! 16' gets short in a hurry. Good luck hunting.

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 Re: 4500lb tractor + 2200lb trailer. 7k trailer or 10k? in reply to B-maniac, 06-14-2011 19:42:49  
Instead of a 10,000 lb., price out a 12,000 lb. Better axles. Rubber torsion axles are much better than springs. No maintenace(for springs and mounts, etc.) and they're like having independant suspension. Rectangular tubing isn't overkill. It depends on the wall thickness and how the trailer is built. Tubing adds a lot more ridgity than channel iron. There's a reason that hot rodded cars have the frame boxed in like tubing.

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