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Re: To buy a trailer or not, and if, what kind?

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01-31-2012 11:37:17

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If you are wanting to legally pull a 14K load on a trailer, you better start with getting a bigger truck. Your truck is only designed to pull a 18500 total load. That is truck, trailer, and equipment on trailer.
With that little bit of legality aside, I would go with a tandem axle 20K trailer. But, there is another legality issue. With a 20K trailer you will "potentially" be able to be over the 26000 lbs threshold. So then, you would need a bigger truck because yours is not rated for 26000-29000 lbs. and neither are your farm plates. I know 3/4 ton trucks and 1 tons that pull them all the time, but the DOT can give you a ticket at any moment for the potential overweight rating even if you are empty going down the road. With that being said, farmers pull those trailers all the time and the law is never enforced unless you are clearly a commercial business (hot shot service). With a 20K trailer you would need a dot # which requires you to have a medical card even if you are farm exempt. I am speaking from DOT laws in KY.

I have a buddy who was pulling his farm backhoe on a 20K trailer with a 1 ton truck. Got stopped by DOT for no bucket chain. He also got fined for the gross vehicle weight restriction, no dot #, and no medical card. It only takes one stop with a sour DOT apple to drain your bank account.

So long story short...With your F-350 truck you as a farm plated vehicle can only pull a total of about 18.500 lbs. So your only option "legally" would be a 14K trailer. Then, this trailer is not heavy enough for what you are wanting to put on it. It's really a catch 22.
This post was edited by johndeerefan at 11:38:44 01/31/12 2 times.

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pat sublett

02-12-2012 15:27:18

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 Re: To buy a trailer or not, and if, what kind? in reply to johndeerefan, 01-31-2012 11:37:17  
What are you talkin about-"Bucket Chain"?

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