/ Best truck under $10k? #131
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- Jan 22, 2004
- Sonoma County
- Yanmar YM240, and now just one YM186D
With the sides removed from the trailer, flat deck only, its under 400 lbs bare (and when loaded, a third of that 400 lbs is carried on the hitch). Everything was close to rated weight, but not over - tires, axle, chassis, hitch, bringing the little Yanmar home over 20 miles of empty back roads, slow and cautious. An uneventful trip.How heavy was the tractor in the 5th picture? closer to two tons? I like our little trailer too, its more of a half ton model but its a handy size for behind the atv in the woods, but also carries the atv as well. I pick up 800-1000lbs of firewood round somewhere, tow it home, drop the trailer in the driveway and then get the atv to take it to the backyard to split and stack right by the door nearest to the fireplace.
My larger Yanmar (sig photo below) was a different story. I had a Trooper then, and rented a Uhaul car carrier to bring the tractor a hundred miles to the ranch. First thing I did starting out was a brake check, the surge brake on the trailer worked well, no brake problem. Then along the way I saw a truck scale and weighed the entire rig. Near 9,000 lbs total, a lot more than I expected. That was an uneventful trip also but I would have rented a pickup to tow with if I had known how heavy the car carrier was before loading anything on it. The plate on it said 2,000 lbs tare but it had to be considerably more. I PO'd a few people poking along at 50mpg on the two-lane parts with minimal passing opportunities. Pulled off to let everyone pass, where I could. No problems on that trip, but I'll rent proper gear if I do something like that again.