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Old 11-21-2012, 09:01 AM
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Default Determining/Increasing Trailer Capacity

Hello, all,

I just got an email from Tractor Supply Co. saying that a 1500# capacity trailer that they normally sell for $700 is on sale for $500.

I've been wanting a trailer for a while, mainly to occasionally transport machinery up to 2000#. (Also, to move a lighter mower more regularly.)

This trailer is only rated for 1500# – not 2000# – but the sale price got my attention.

I've compared trailers at various price points in this weight capacity range, and I've sometimes found that the only differences were what the trailer was decked with, and other minor points like that.

What I'm hoping is that I could simply beef up the deck on this trailer with some plywood or thin steel on top of the expanded metal, and turn it from a 1500# trailer into a 2000# trailer.

Do any of you folks have any practical and/or engineering experience with this sort of thing?

TIA for any information, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:16 AM
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Rating is often dependent on axles and hubs -- likely those would be overloaded at a ton. Also your axle ratings must include weight of trailer plus load so adding heavier decking will decrease your cargo capacity
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:27 AM
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There isn't much wiggle room for overloading a trailer. The tires on that trailer are only rated for 1,100 pounds each. So with a max cap of the tires at 2,200 remove the weight of the trailer 350 #'s you are at 1,850 max.

2,000 pounds is a lot of weight on that little tongue and 1 7/8 hitch as well.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:29 AM
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Also the tire is rated and the tounge. +1Rbryant and SD
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:55 AM
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I did a quick qwalk around the trailers whne going into TSC
one day......ugh.

I wouldn't waste my money on one of them, let alone
even think of exceeding the capacity.

Remember when you splatter said machine tool on the public road,
and someone hits it (or near misses it) the cops will cite you
for overloading.

And to top it off, your insurance company will probably leave
you to fend for yourself.

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:09 AM
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I've over loaded a trailer before, the axles held but the flat bed 2 axle trailer now in a "V". Wait, with a good eye looking down the frame it's bent. I built 2' side rails straight as an arrow. Now your eyes jump to the rails and all looks straight, trailer's sold $600. Got another light duty one 10' x 6' single axle, 1' sides for $600. I won't overload this one.

Overloaded trailer going over railroad tracks a little to much speed, can do a number on the frame, the load goes up the load comes down.

I fixed my larger loads problem, 5 ton, 12', hyd dump, Pic 1. My tractor drives right up into it, front loader raised. Loving this one.

The problem with dumps. They set, they set, they set, you fill it up, take them to the dump, Dang, the batteries dead. Fixed that, ran 6 ga to rear of truck, installed 12v 175 amp quick disconnect. Removed dead battery from trailer, installed short 6 ga cable with quick disconnects. Material, here.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:42 AM
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Rats. I was afraid you guys might say this. You're no fun ... where's your sense of adventure?

Seriously, thanks for the replies and expertise. I guess I'll hold off for a bigger rig. I'm a sucker for sales!

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:44 AM
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Rats. I was afraid you guys might say this. You're no fun ... where's your sense of adventure?
I'm not a lawyer, heck I don't even like 'em.....but

They are prevalent in our society, and I know a couple that
are low enough that would be ringing up the victim still in the hospital
(after the accident) offering to sue your pants clean off
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:59 AM
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Yeah, that's a good point Doug. And like you say, the ins. co. would probably try to duck it.

Next question: How do I accurately weigh a 1495# (or 1550#) machine on-site (like if I buy something on CL) to due-diligently avoid such liability...?

Edited to Add: And now I'm wondering about things like, if I bought a 2000# lathe or mill or power hammer, could I typically bust it down enough to get 500# off the trailer and into the bed of the pickup...(it's a HD pickup set up for towing)?

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Old 11-21-2012, 11:25 AM
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I'm thinking 3,000 lbs will keep you under dual axle and electric brakes.

And some have the tilt tongue whick would help with the day to day
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