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 01-22-2001, 09:39 Post: 23570
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I have two properties and I will need to be trailering my JD 4600 tractor (complete with loader and 3pt mower) between the properties. Anyone have any experience and/or suggestions for type/size of trailer?






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 01-22-2001, 14:47 Post: 23575
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Joe,I have same situation.I haul my 4300 loader and backhoe.I live in West Virginia and if you have an accident the 1st thing the INS. wants to know is; the trailier made to carry that much weight, does it have breaks on all 4 wheels,and is the vehicle made to pull that much weight.My 2 pennys ken






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 01-22-2001, 15:30 Post: 23577
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Joe,

I recommend a 10,000" Deck Over Wheels trailer for a couple of reasons:
1) The wide deck is required to set the rear wheels at the maximum spacing, which will not fit on most deck between the wheels trailers.
2) The larger trailer provides for the increased weight of your tractor with attachments, (Toys)
3) Make sure the correct tires are installed (load range E)

I have a JD4700/FEL/BH and leaned by experience after I traded in the JD755/FEL/BH, and found my 7,000# trailer is too narrow and overloaded,

Tony






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 01-22-2001, 20:44 Post: 23590
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This is what I would do. Find out how much every thing weighs that you possibly would haul at one time, and it would not hurt to add extra to your figure. Talk with some trailer dealers and tell them the weight you plan to haul, Oh ya don't forget to measure the minium lenth of your equipment and again add alittle more. The dealer will know the empty weight of each trailer, so he can figure it, to make sure your set up right. Get a 8'6" wide, my 72" rear finish mower fits between the fenders as long as the chute is up. I use brakes on both axles and a HD 3/4 PU to pull it. I hope I didn't confuse you, just trying to help. Good Luck!






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 01-23-2001, 05:06 Post: 23594
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Sort of a universal truth I heard is that a tractor always weighs more than the owner thinks it does. The factory weight doesn't include fuel, ballast, toolboxes etc., and how many people really know how much their loader weighs? I'm not too good at remembering implement weights either. I think that it's good to figure how much things weigh and than add a bit for a safety margin. I hear that trips in barely adequate rigs are not very comfortable, especially if there are hills on the route.

Anyway, after I tried to figure out how much my 'ready for use tractor' weighed, I concluded that my 1/2 ton would be only marginally up to the towing task at best. I bought a 5' x 8' utility trailer instead, which is what I need most of the time anyway. I drive the tractor about 10 miles on the highway to our camp several times a year and use the trailer for hauling extra implements. I try to get all the tractoring work at the camp for the year done in one chunk of the summer. Well, deciding that we liked meadow better than lawn helped. We just mow enough at the camp to keep the bugs down, and I do it with a riding mower. I guess what I'm saying is that I started out thinking that I needed a monster trailer as well as my dad's old 3/4 ton to go with it and ended up not wanting either of them. I'm not trying to talk anybody out of trailoring their tractor, but just pointing out that there are alternatives. For me, I sure am happy that I'm not taking a 16' trailer to the dump, and that I'm not putting gas in a '70 GMC 3/4 ton.






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 01-23-2001, 06:00 Post: 23596
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All good advice, Joe, but to really get a comprehensive answer, it seems to me that we would need more information. How far will you be towing the tractor? What kind of terrain? Flat & level, or hilly? What kind of roads? Interstate highway, farm to market roads? How fast do you intend to drive? How often will you be trailering the tractor? Are the roads likely to be slick? Rain or snow, or only dry conditions? Do you already have a tow vehicle? Pickup, SUV?






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 01-23-2001, 06:49 Post: 23598
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Thanks for all of the replies. As to some of the questions, I will be towing the tractor around the immediate area (within a 40 mile radius), the roads are paved, and I currently have a tow vehicle (F350 diesel).






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 01-23-2001, 07:17 Post: 23599
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Joe,

Saw your post and wanted to throw in my 2 cents worth. I own a Hinomoto E2304 with loader which I regularly trailer approximately 100 miles to the western part of Virginia just off the blue ridge parkway. I usually carry 1 or 2 extra implements and I tow with a Ford F250 PS 4X4. Highways are interstate, 4 lane state and single lane very windy roads. My trailer is a 16' 7000gvw dual axle trailer. The combination has been more than adequate. Trailer brakes on occassion would have been nice but not necessary. Your truck and mine are monsters more than capable of this load, both pulling and braking. If anything, I would like to have an exhaust brake for those long downhills. Oh by the way, I assume your tractor would weigh a bit more with the Hino at about 3500lbs + loader + implements. I guesstimate about a 5000 to 6000 pound load conservatively. Again, none of this is a problem for the truck. As one writer mentioned, perhaps the 7000gvw trailer maybe on the light side depending on what you haul and a heavier trailer maybe worth consideration. Hope this was of some benefit.

Take care,

Jerri






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 01-23-2001, 07:40 Post: 23600
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OK, Joe, you have a good trailer towing vehicle for whatever conditions or distances, so the only thing I would add is that if you don't mind spending the extra money, a goose neck or 5th wheel trailer is the most stable, comfortable, safest, and easiest trailer of all to pull.






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 01-23-2001, 10:13 Post: 23606
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Joe, Steve from Mich, I have brushogged for money, using a jd970 fwd w/fel and
6' hog and used all of my 20' trailer for that set up. In Mich you must have trailer brakes and i dont think you can buy factory built trailer without them.
My well built homemade trailer which I bought used started out with a ball
coupler which was marginal so I swapped some lawn seeding for welding and got a
nice pintle ring/hook setup which felt more solid when towing. I would avoid
trailers with angle iron construction and two piece mobile home style wheels.
Nice features would be the horizontal bar at the front of the deck so your
bucket slides into if you chains came loose and 8-bolt wheel pattern if you had
to use your truck spare in a pinch. Also the short wheel base of a tractor puts
a lot of weight on the back of the trailer as you load/unload compared to putting a car on a car hauler so the triangle ramps are handy especially when
you get that bobcat that your wife wont let you have!






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