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 01-13-2006, 12:32 Post: 122695
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I not the Brightest bulb in the light, so I'll ask an odd question: is there anyway you can tell the axle capacity on a trailer? The title doesn't tell, and I'm wondering if there is a way to tell!
Any help out there?
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 01-13-2006, 12:49 Post: 122697
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Assuming someone didn't make it in their garage, there should be a VIN plate attached the the frame.

Along with the VIN there should be a Gross Vehicle Weight number that will give you a clue.

Lacking all the above, you can get a pretty good idea what the axles are rated at by the size of the bearings.






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 01-13-2006, 13:23 Post: 122700
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You can also get an idea buy the axel construction. There are only a few manufactures and most trailer companies buy them from them. If you look at the standard axels you can problably match them pretty close.






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 01-13-2006, 15:50 Post: 122708
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 Question on axles???

here is a simple way but not nessarily accrate
4 wheel lug nut/ bolt rims (single) = 2,000 lbs
5 wheel lug nut/ bolt rims (single) = 3,000 lbs
5 wheel lug nut/ bolt rims (tandem) =7,000/8,000 lbs
6 wheel lug nut/ bolt rims (tandem) =9,000/10,000 lbs
8 wheel lug nut/ bolt rims (tandem) =10,000/14,000 lbs
of course the trailer in question is not going to be rated to haul the loads if the TIRES are not rated to use it at the capacity.






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 01-13-2006, 16:15 Post: 122711
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They are dual axle 5 lug 15" wheels new tires (General) load rating 1835 lbs! I want to use to haul a JD 4110 with 6o"MM and FEL, 650lb rear weights,16ft treated 2x6 floor, brakes on both axles actually 13.5 ft with 2.5 dove tail and hinged ramps.
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 01-13-2006, 17:57 Post: 122713
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I have a similar trailer and the trailer capacity is 6000 lbs. You should not be near that with the tractor. I would make sure you have proper tires. The tires need to be load rated not just car tires.






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 01-13-2006, 18:31 Post: 122715
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Good chance that's a 7500# suspension with the wrong tires. I'm guessing you have 205/70 or 75 mounted. If it had 215 or 225 tires you'd probably be able to carry the suspension's rated load. Wouldn't hurt to inspect the axles themselves for tags/labels. They're ordinarily put there by the manufacturer.

The rating by the way, includes the weight of the trailer. The four tires are rated at a combined 7340#. Subtract the weight of the trailer - let's say a ton - which means you can carry 5340 pouhds.

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 01-14-2006, 08:07 Post: 122735
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The tires are 215/70 15". I hate to have to buy new tires, but if necessary I will.






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 01-14-2006, 08:51 Post: 122736
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Yeah, there are 205s that are are suitable for a pair of 3500# axles, but your tires are almost certainly for automotive applications. Don't think I've ever seen a 70 series for trailers. Trailer tires usually have a 75 or 78 or 80 profile, and often begin with the letters ST; like ST205/75D15 (typically rated 2150# each).

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 01-14-2006, 09:18 Post: 122737
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I tried a friend's 225 tires and if I remember they were to tall for the fenders. I have a new set of S10 mags and tires on it, but I can always put larger tires on and have the fenders raised. It's only money? The guy that owned it hauled a pickup truck on it with 215's on it.






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