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 07-13-2011, 19:31 Post: 179389
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I would like a trailer for my excavator----It weighs bout 3000#---so I know I need a double Axel one--
My truck is a Toyota Tacoma 4 Cly..
Wonder if anyone can tell me---will this truck pull trailer & excavator up my gravel rd.---as to how steep my rd. is---that is hard to say----I would say medium--( I did make one of those grade meters---but not sure exactly how to use it---but it reads 11%---oh well)

I'm thinking I will just have to try pulling it up ( with my friends 4X4 big farm tractor with winch ,in front---case I can't make it )

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 07-13-2011, 20:21 Post: 179390
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What does your owner's manual say? I used to write them and the joke around the office was we got paid very well to produce something no one reads.






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 07-13-2011, 22:04 Post: 179391
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The grade and gravel make me not sure but if traction is not an issue and unless a very steep grade should be fine. You are talking about 2 tons or so unless you get a real heavy trailer or load other stuff on the trailer. Then you should read the owners manual for braking might be your trouble spot.






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 07-14-2011, 06:41 Post: 179397
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Aaaaa---The owners MANUAL----Ya mean the thing no one reads.
I found it & read it----
Says----Towing Capacity = 3500lb
So I'm thinkin a double axle trailer will weigh at least 500lb ( or more ).
So that puts me at ( or over ) the max. towing capacity.
I will go look at a trailer today & talk to the fellow who sells them----see what he has to say bout it----
But I am very doubtful that my little truck ( 4cyl) will pull the load up our gravel road---

I think I need a BIGGER TRUCK with a V8 ( till then my friend down below will pull it)

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 07-14-2011, 07:36 Post: 179399
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There are several aspects to your question.

1. It's not just the tow vehicle but also the hitch and the tongue weight.

2. Ability to pull and stop is mostly a function of driver skills. A vehicle can tow twice the rated weight if everything's right -- unless there's not enough traction to go up a long gravel slope.

3. If something happens when you're over the rated weight, you can expect the police to lay charges and your insurer to deny any claims.






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 07-14-2011, 09:07 Post: 179402
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Some how I wanted to think you had one of the new Tacoma and it would be four wheel drive. For that towing capacity is it one of the older smaller and then even 2 wheel drive pickups? I have a 2004 Tundra with the extended cab. The newer Tacoma is almost the same size as my Tundra. Now no gravel drives and not much grade here but this Saturday hooked up to a heavy trailer that has to weigh a ton am sure, loaded my 9,500 pound excavator and pulled it home. No problem. Now the fine print..it was a half mile move all on paved road or hard dirt and max speed was probably 25 miles an hour. Would never have pulled out on major road or a real run like that.

Which does get me to a thought, just how often will you need to do this? What kind of trips are you making, short local ones or frequent ones across town doing work with the machine. I seldom move mine and then have not over 4 miles. It is no problem for me to borry even pickup and trailer or to have a family member to move if need be. At same time if you don't need to move it often even if far more than likely you can find someone who will do for less than buying the trailer will cost for many a move.






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 07-14-2011, 10:15 Post: 179403
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Well KT---My Toyota Tacoma is a 2006 Extended cab ( 4cyl. ). Also have a 2000 model.
One of the reasons that I want a trailer is my excavotor travels at the speed of 1.3 mph ( but think a bit slower up hill )-----
Now then----If I want to move it down the road bout a mile ( which I maintain)it would take bout a hour---More than that to get back. Not only is there a time issue but wear & tear on the machine.
It will probably never go any place besides our 1 3/4 mile gravel road. Except to get it worked on----But then if it is not running I don't know how I would get it on a trailer.
I do have a good friend at the bottom of the mountain who will gladly hook a trailer to his Ford 150 pick up and move my machine-----he will also let me keep the trailer at his place. He used his truck to pick up my new Kubota tractor a while back----but his trailer is only a single axle trailer.
So at this point I really don't need a truck----but think I could use a trailer cause I took my machine way down the road once before & swore I would never do that again.

Thanks for your inputSmile






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 07-14-2011, 11:47 Post: 179405
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There's a HUGE difference between "pulling" as in going down the Interstate at 65mph and pulling it at 30mph around town.

We have an older (1997?) Toyota Tacoma 4X4 up at our summer place as a UTV. The factory box was replaced with a flatbed. It is our main utility buggy now. When cutting firewood we routinely put 2,000 pounds of wood on the truck and double that behind in a trailer.

It has absolutely no problem pulling it.

You want to be gentle on the steering and brakes, but it does it no problem.


Best of luck.






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 07-14-2011, 17:29 Post: 179406
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Skip, I agree on your thoughts about that hour plus drive, boring and yes the wear. I also agree with Murf think you will be fine if that is all you will be doing. Also think you will probably be fine with single axle for that IF rated capacity is sufficient and you pay attention to balancing the load. Have another thought but have some concerns there and that is use your tractor to pull the trailer. Don't know it is heavy enough to be as safe as the pickup is. Read the manual on it also but if you do use fixed draw bar, only safe way to pull a trailer.

BTW, how is your thumb working for you?






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 07-14-2011, 18:07 Post: 179407
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Skip, I agree on your thoughts about that hour plus drive, boring and yes the wear. I also agree with Murf think you will be fine if that is all you will be doing. Also think you will probably be fine with single axle for that IF rated capacity is sufficient and you pay attention to balancing the load. Have another thought but have some concerns there and that is use your tractor to pull the trailer. Don't know it is heavy enough to be as safe as the pickup is. Read the manual on it also but if you do use fixed draw bar, only safe way to pull a trailer. BTW, how is your thumb working for you?



KT---Good thought bout the tractor pulling the excavator on the trailer------But is is a CUT ( think they call it that) tractor---A Kubota B2320 4X4---it weighs only 1500 lbs---doubtful it would do it. However I did buy a drawbar 2 weeks ago for dragging logs.

As for the thumb---WOW---What a great add on----I have been using it a lot---absolutly LOVE it!

Thanks Tractor point--& members----great forum.





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