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 11-14-2003, 18:52 Post: 68780
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I have been looking at rental and new trailers for a Kubota 7800 w/FEL & Loaded tires. I don't have the tractor yet, so this is shopping early.

I'm still trying to come up with my total weight. The tractor weight is listed around 1750lb, but I having trouble with the filled tire weight and FEL. At the moment I think around 3500 lbs for all.

U-haul has an Auto Transport Trailer that looks ideal (see link below); but I've been told they won't rent it out for anything but car transport. The 800 number people said they want the vehicle registration number on the vehicle to transport before they will take a reservation. When I said tractor they freaked. When I said big lawn mower they suggested a small utility trailer. This idea doesn't look promising.

My car weights 4100 lbs and I think is similar size to the Kubota. If the wheel widths work with the trailer why should they have a problem?

I've read a lot of the posts about trailers to buy, and may be headed that way anyway, but for occasional towing this sure would be nice.

For now, if I buy or rent a trailer I want to pull with a V6, 4WD Nissan Frontier (5000 lb max trailer wt, 500 lbs max tongue wt).

Am I just kidding myself about being able to pull this? Even just occasionally?

Obviously I would need trailer brakes.

Would a weight distributing hitch be a good idea as well? If I follow the 15% tongue weight rule, a 5000 lb trailer would have 750 lb on the tongue. If Iíve read the literature correctly, a distribution hitch spreads the weight more evenly to the tow vehicle, and should help with the tongue weight problem.

If U-Haul would rent the trailer, I could also rent a truck to pull it like in the link photo if necessary.

Any help or suggestions are appreciated.

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 11-14-2003, 19:48 Post: 68784
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 U-Haul Auto Transport Trailer for CUT?

I don't understand these rental places at all. A tractor is just freight on wheels. That said, I don't think I'd want to haul 5000+ lbs (you have implements too, right? And you have to include the weight of the trailer) with a compact pickup. Seems like the tail wagging the dog to me. Maybe someone with more towing experience will correct me on this though.






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 11-14-2003, 20:29 Post: 68791
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That's what I'm worried about. Truck weighs about 4500lb according to local quarry's scales.

As far as impliments go, thats worth a second trip for now using the 5 x 8 utility trailer I have. I'm even considering a weight box instead of the filled tires, so I can take a few pounds off for traveling. I want to keep the FEL with me though.






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 11-15-2003, 09:49 Post: 68821
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Rent the 24 foot mover. Drive the tractor inside. Close the door. Tow your Nissan back home on the trailer.






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 11-15-2003, 12:23 Post: 68827
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I think Mark gave some VERY sage advice. Save your Nissan for another job.






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 11-15-2003, 21:47 Post: 68867
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So I guess I just buy or make 2 heavy duty ramps to get into the truck bed. The web site shows a 2'-9" deck height.

After that the only obstacle may be the wheel wells, and away I go.

Thanks, I hadn't even considered an enclosed truck.

Anyone out there used this method before?

If so, anything else I should watch out for?

$40/day sounds pretty good to be able to move the tractor.






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 11-15-2003, 23:04 Post: 68874
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The wheel wells on the U-Haul are way wider than the tractor if that is what you were referring to...

I used a similar method when I moved from Alaska to Nevada. I had a 40 foot ocean-going container parked in the yard. I loaded half with all I possessed and saved the last 18 feet for the Tacoma pick-up.

Ramps.... several thicknesses of 3/4 in plywood backed by some 2x4 stringers would hold a lot of weight. but you can also use a loading dock if one is handy.... thats how the truck got on the trailer.... or a slide-back wrecker, that's how it came off.






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 11-25-2003, 22:07 Post: 69641
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I would go with the loading dock or ramp. That would be your easiest and safest bet. Worst case if you are left with no other options might be to use a 3/4" plywood ramp reinforced with 4 x 4's. 4 of them as stringers like Mark mentioned should be plenty to hold the weight of the tractor but take it slow anyway to see if it will support the load. Depending on how high the truck bed is, a plywood ramp may not be long enough to make a reasonable boarding angle for the tractor. Good luck!






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 11-26-2003, 08:54 Post: 69677
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We routinely ship CUT's in shipping containers. Since there is never a ramp where we need it we just call a local towing company to send over a tilt & load unit. It usually only costs us $20 or $30 bucks. They raise the deck up to the back of the container, we back onto the deck, they pull ahead and lower the deck and we drive off. It's very safe, convenient and cheaper than fiddling around building ramps you'll never need again.

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 11-26-2003, 09:15 Post: 69678
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I've pulled a car trailer with a Massey Ferguson MF135 with several attachments putting the weight around 5000 pounds with a Chevy S-10 pick-up. I had trailer brakes as well as the reese hitch. I only use it occasionally to move that tractor, but it can be done as long as care is used which is always needed when towing a trailer. I haven't towed my new B-7800 with my pick-up yet, but I don't think it will be a problem. I do know that a lot of car trailers cannot accomodate the 72" MMM because of the fenders on the trailer.






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