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Old 02-10-2019, 05:32 PM   #1
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Trailer Overloading


Doing the quick math I'm at 3560lbs on an axial with a 3500lb capacity. Should I be worried?


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Not unless you get caught.

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Did you calculate your weight into this? Most forget that weight.

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Did you calculate your weight into this? Most forget that weight.

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He weighs 140 lbs remember?
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Rereading this, I think Mike is referring to the trailer axle only. His weight would not be a factor unless....

Might wear tires unevenly.

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Rereading this, I think Mike is referring to the trailer axle only. His weight would not be a factor unless....

Might wear tires unevenly.

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Have to add the weight of the trailer its self into the equation.

If the payload is already over the weight of the axle, then the weight of the trailer, he's even further over.

As for the original question, I'd want to know how far & how fast before I made the decision to roll or get a heavier trailer.
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Have to add the weight of the trailer its self into the equation.



If the payload is already over the weight of the axle, then the weight of the trailer, he's even further over.



As for the original question, I'd want to know how far & how fast before I made the decision to roll or get a heavier trailer.


I added the trailer weight. I did some math to come up with my payload weight. Put my tool carts on a scale and went from there. Just ordered brakes for the trailer I'll be adding brakes to it next weekend.

I estimated on the high side, so the exact weight could very well be under.

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Have to add the weight of the trailer its self into the equation.



If the payload is already over the weight of the axle, then the weight of the trailer, he's even further over.



As for the original question, I'd want to know how far & how fast before I made the decision to roll or get a heavier trailer.


The weight I'm carrying now is just temporary. I've got my genie lift and 4 bags of concrete in it. Including my tools of course. The tools are permanent.


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He weighs 140 lbs remember?


Uh, I'm a buck 50.


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Don't think I'm required to go through the scales. According to the trailer sales place anyway.


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Put the concrete in your truck bed.


It's raining


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You'll be fine, especially if it's only temporary.

I didn't realize how heavy I was running my 7000 lb tool trailer, until we got the new one and started transferring tools.

Depending on the job, I estimated that trailer was grossing well over 8,000 lbs on a regular basis. Other than it eating tires, I didn't have to much trouble with it.

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^^^^
Thankfully I never had to go through a DOT checkpoint with that trailer though.

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I've always wondered, couldn't you subtract the tongue weight? It's not on the axle.

Also, there's gotta be some safety factor.
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The brakes are a good idea , stopping an additional 3500 lbs is going to be much easier with brakes on the trailer .
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Usually the trailer itself isn't a problem.
When you're pushing the weights it's the tires that are the weak link.
There are some really crappy trailer tires out there.
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I hate to say it but Ive had the single axle 3500lb cargo trailer up over 5000 pounds several times... Regularly well over 4000 pounds. Not proud of it. Snapped both leaf springs on separate occasions over the course of 2 years. Trailer was 11 years old when we bought it.

Have a tandem 7000lb now with brakes that I am much more comfortable with. Its usually at 6000 or so and might tip that 7000lb every month or 2.

Ive loaded my 3500 pound landscaper up over 5000lb for short trips with no issue.

My point is overloading by 60 pounds isnt going to make a huge difference but if you are constantly overloading get a tandem! I wouldnt even consider a single axle anymore.

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