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    Platinum Member Carl Bert's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAPPASMURF View Post
    I wanted to get some insight as to how everyone out there in "tractor land" loads and tows their tractor. I have a kubota L3200 w/ BH 77 backhoe. I transport it on an 18 ft. dual axle trailer (no brakes on trailer) and I have found that if I back my tractor on the trailer instead of pulling it on forward, I actually put more weight towards the hitch, and axles which makes the tow a lot more stable. I do plan to get brakes on the trailer because I'm towing it with a 2004 Nissan Titan (5.6L v8) and althought it pulls it with no problems, it can be a little "hairy" at times when its time to stop. I posted these pics to see if anyone else has had my idea, and also wanted to note that even though the backhoe bucket extends over the front rail, I have had no problems with turn radius.....the bucket never gets close to the tailgate even in sharp turns.<img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=296263"/><img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=296264"/><img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=296265"/>
    Why would you want to put more weight on the hitch? You need to balance the load on the trailer so there is minimal weight on the hitch. You don't want the trailer picking up the back of the tow vehicle, but you also don't want too much weight on it. What I do is get a measurement from the tongue of the trailer to the ground when the trailer is empty. When I load the tractor, I pretty much balance it so I maintain that same measurement.. Not sure if that's common practice, but it works great for me.

    Oh and I would definitely recommend brakes on both axles.
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    I have an 18 foot 7K axle trailer with no brakes on which I load a B3200, no backhoe but many times do have a shredder or land plane. I have 60 gallon spray rig that I attach fully loaded and transport on occasion. The majority of the tractor weight seems to be centered around the rear wheels. I drive on to a point that the rear wheels are about centered over the trailer axles. I watch the truck to make sure I get some weight on the hitch, but not too much. Your photos show the majority of the tractor weight going on the truck and hitch which for me is not the ideal situation. I want the trailer to carry the weight. I am thinking it would be very easy to get more than the 500 to 600 lbs of tongue weight on the truck which is normally the limit. I have an F150 with a 500 lb tongue weight limit. Recently I have had to replace the bearings in the rear end so I am now more cognizant of how much tongue weight and total weight I pull.
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    -007-jpg-img_0818-jpgMy sentiments exactly. Looks like 50+% of your load is on the truck which isnt good for the truck. I pull my B26 and LS P7010 with the rear wheels parked directly over the rear axles. That gives me plenty of tongue weight and doesnt overload my hitch (at least not badly)
    First photo is how I loaded my LS on my 20 ft trailer and the second photo is how the dealer had it loaded when delivered.
    For my B26 (no photos of it), I center the rear tires between the axles for proper weight on the tongue.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Fowler View Post
    <img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=296375"/><img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=296376"/>My sentiments exactly. Looks like 50+% of your load is on the truck which isnt good for the truck. I pull my B26 and LS P7010 with the rear wheels parked directly over the rear axles. That gives me plenty of tongue weight and doesnt overload my hitch (at least not badly)
    First photo is how I loaded my LS on my 20 ft trailer and the second photo is how the dealer had it loaded when delivered.
    For my B26 (no photos of it), I center the rear tires between the axles for proper weight on the tongue.
    Gary, it looks like the dealer used a 5th wheel instead of a bumper hitch. You can load a 5th wheel quite a bit heavier on the truck, as your second picture shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Bert View Post
    Why would you want to put more weight on the hitch? You need to balance the load on the trailer so there is minimal weight on the hitch. You don't want the trailer picking up the back of the tow vehicle, but you also don't want too much weight on it. What I do is get a measurement from the tongue of the trailer to the ground when the trailer is empty. When I load the tractor, I pretty much balance it so I maintain that same measurement.. Not sure if that's common practice, but it works great for me.

    Oh and I would definitely recommend brakes on both axles.
    I second your recommendation for brakes on both axles. However, your balancing method is risky. The tongue weight should be 10% to 15% of the trailer+load weight. The sag at the hitch ball is proportional to the tongue weight, so if you balance the load to get no more sag than when empty, you could end up with too little tongue weight.

    You could measure the tongue weight by unhitching the trailer, measuring the ball height, then measure the sag when standing on the ball to get the spring coefficient. I weigh about 200 lbs and cause a 1" sag, which is about the same as the sag with the empty trailer hitched up. To get about 600 lbs of tongue weight with a 5000 lb trailer+load weight, I position the tractor to get 3" of sag at the hitch ball.

    Then I drive down the road like I'm hauling stemware and nitroglycerine

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    Hi avc1830

    I know you have an L45 so here is a photo of my L45 in a 14 foot 14,000 GVW Moritz dumper. If I park the L45 as far back as possible, even with four foamed tires (932 pounds), the forks and 4-in-1 bucket on the loader, the Laurin cab and my 12", 24" and 36" hoe buckets the trailer is legally loaded to within about 200 pounds of her maximum weight rating. This configuration is probably a little heavy on tongue weight but the rear axle of my 2012 F350 SRW diesel is only 200 pounds over the factory rating which is fine with me. This tows - and stops - very well at speeds up to 70 mph.

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    For those of you that are worried about tongue weight, remember that in order to avoid trailer sway 10 - 15 percent of the trailer weight should be on the tongue. As someone who has experienced trailer sway first hand I always ensure that I have closer to 15% of the weight on the tongue for safety's sake.

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    Lauren
    Kubota L45, Laurin cab with heat and A/C, multiple hoe buckets and front buckets, hydraulic pallet forks, Grattex snow blade, 78" grapple, 78" Normand E78-240 snow blower, hydraulic thumb, auxiliary front hydraulics, rear remotes, work lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    Please, please, please more information about this trailer. Do you have any pics with the tractor in it? I am starting to shop for a dump trailer and need all of the advice I can get.

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    AC,

    Here is some info and pics on my dump trailer for ya...

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    GENERAL INFORMATION

    Manufacturer

    Model Year 2012

    Model 80 wide 7' x 16' Legend Dump Trailer

    Color Black

    Stock Number: OXC1317523

    DIMENSIONS
    Deck Length 192"

    Deck Height 24"

    Deck Width 80"

    WEIGHTS
    Weight 3990#

    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 14,000#

    BODY
    Gate Type Greaseable Dump Gate

    Lift Gear Hydraulic Piston Up/Down With 20' Remote Control

    Chassis Construction All Steel Tube Frame

    Paint/Finish Extra Durable Powder Coat Finish

    Ramp Heavy Duty Ramps

    ELECTRICAL
    Electrical Sealed Wiring Harness, Solar Panel Charger

    OPERATIONAL
    Suspension Spring Axle With EZ Lube Hubs

    Brakes Brakes On Both Axles

    Axles Tandem 7000# Axles

    Coupler 2-5/16"

    Safety Features Pivoting Safety Bar Under Dump Bed

    Jack Heavy Duty Top Crank Jack

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    Hi El Wood

    That is indeed a nice looking trailer and I wish I had a 16 footer rather than 14 feet. At the time the longest I could find was the 14' Moritz so that is what I purchased but I have actually been considering going to a tri-axle 18 or 20 foot dumper. The tri-axles have a 21,000 pound GVW which would give me a good safety margin with my machine and allow me to haul additional fill as well. I was offered a low trade in value for my Moritz and now that I know I am legal I will hold off trading unless I find a good deal on a used tri-axle.

    Regards,

    Lauren
    Kubota L45, Laurin cab with heat and A/C, multiple hoe buckets and front buckets, hydraulic pallet forks, Grattex snow blade, 78" grapple, 78" Normand E78-240 snow blower, hydraulic thumb, auxiliary front hydraulics, rear remotes, work lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lhansman View Post
    Hi avc1830

    I know you have an L45 so here is a photo of my L45 in a 14 foot 14,000 GVW Moritz dumper. If I park the L45 as far back as possible, even with four foamed tires (932 pounds), the forks and 4-in-1 bucket on the loader, the Laurin cab and my 12", 24" and 36" hoe buckets the trailer is legally loaded to within about 200 pounds of her maximum weight rating. This configuration is probably a little heavy on tongue weight but the rear axle of my 2012 F350 SRW diesel is only 200 pounds over the factory rating which is fine with me. This tows - and stops - very well at speeds up to 70 mph.

    For those of you that are worried about tongue weight, remember that in order to avoid trailer sway 10 - 15 percent of the trailer weight should be on the tongue. As someone who has experienced trailer sway first hand I always ensure that I have closer to 15% of the weight on the tongue for safety's sake.

    Regards,

    Lauren
    Lauren,

    LOVE it!

    If you were to start again, would you get a 16'? It looks like it would make a significant difference. EDIT: I just saw your 2nd post. Clearly you would have preferred the 16'.

    My only concern would be turning with the bucket over the tongue like that. Any risk/concern of contacting the truck?

    ac

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhansman View Post
    Hi El Wood

    That is indeed a nice looking trailer and I wish I had a 16 footer rather than 14 feet. At the time the longest I could find was the 14' Moritz so that is what I purchased but I have actually been considering going to a tri-axle 18 or 20 foot dumper. The tri-axles have a 21,000 pound GVW which would give me a good safety margin with my machine and allow me to haul additional fill as well. I was offered a low trade in value for my Moritz and now that I know I am legal I will hold off trading unless I find a good deal on a used tri-axle.

    Regards,

    Lauren
    Lauren,

    Nice setup there!!

    I came very close to getting a 14' instead of the 16' foot. I was walking back and forth in the dealer lot trying to decide. I finally came to the conclusion that you can't go wrong on a few extra feet so I went with the 16'.

    It tows very well with my bucket or grapple and ballast box. When I tow with my bucket and 5' brush hog, the mower hangs off the back or I have to pull forward and hang my bucket over the front like you.

    A tri-axle dump trailer would be sweet. I don't recall ever seeing one that big before. The dealer I went to has a huge lot but none of those.

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