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Old 02-02-2019, 06:17 PM   #1
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Tilt Deck Trailer For My Mini Excavator??


I'm looking to purchase a tilt deck trailer for my mini excavator. I'm thinking I would need a 16,000 GVW trailer to be legal. I checked out my local trailer dealers and they had several options, such as PJ, Load Trail, Big Tex, etc. They were all similarly priced. My one concern on them is the frame construction. They are using 6" channel frames and I'm not sure if they will hold up. This dealer also had B & B, or Behnke trailers. The cost is higher, but the frame construction and overall craftsmen ship, seems to be better. Specs of trailers are below:


https://www.pjtrailers.com/trailers/...6-inch-channel

https://loadtrail.com/trailers/tilt-...e=Tilt%20Decks

https://www.bigtextrailers.com/16tl-...-bed-equipment

https://behnkeenterprises.com/trailertypes/tiltbeds/

I did also notice, that Behnke offers a 20,000 GVW tilt, which the others do not. I'm not sure if I need the extra capacity, but could come in handy if I was hauling additional attachments.

Any experience, opinions, etc. on these brands would be appreciated.
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:47 PM   #2
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I say the operators over the decades determine the survival of bumper pull trailers. Untrained idiots WILL destroy any piece of iron, even on with 8 or 10" C channel frames instead of 6"...

Center of Gravity of the load over the wheel width will determine the stability of the trailer and towing rigg. Thus the 2" lower deck might actually survive longer then ditch/ rollover hunting high deck....

Gather tare weights, and type and quality of steels used.

Compare the tilt bed pins and centering devices, Is your tow vehicle small enough you'll need to use jacks EVERY time you load the mini-hoe?
If so run them up and down several times....

Are the tires a common size that = a reasonable replacement cost? spare throw in?

Avoid triple axle trailers as they are very hard on tires in tight spaces and even axle parts/suspension springs.

Make sure your trailer is DOT legal(weight,Brakes & tire ratings) when you have all the accessories you need loaded...spare buckets, tamper, and fuel.

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