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    General tips for hauling my 1025r

    Hello all,

    Heading up to our cabin this weekend to clean out the trash around it. It's about a 500-mile journey.

    I am looking for any tips anyone has for hauling my 1025r

    I have a 16' tandem axle heavy duty trailer (#7000).

    I am not new to towing, but new to towing a piece of equipment that far. The FEL/MMM/Ballast box are all going along for the ride.

    I guesstimating weights are
    1500 1025r
    300 mmm
    500 FEL
    200 (empty) ballast box

    All that takes me to 2500#, Trailer is 2100# so I am good weight wise, I have a tongue weight scale, and think I am shooting for 500lbs on it.

    Any difference loading front or back?

    Any other thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Sounds like you have pleanty of trailer. I would drive it on forward once on trailer lower FEL pull has far forward has possible then drop ballast box. I always use chain on front and rear. I would stop after 30-45 miles and check it make sure it's still good and tight. If you strap it use heavy duty ones and make sure there are no sharp edges to cut them. I see a lot of strap ends on the road and just wonder if the user knew what they were doing. Good luck.
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    Here is how I do mine.

    Straps over the front axle or in this case I used the front weight bracket straight to the D-rings/anchors. Each strap gets it's own anchor (no sharing).

    First set of rear straps get attached to the tow-bar and run out to their own anchor points (no sharing).

    Second set of rear straps through the backhoe (transport pin installed) get run to their own anchor points (no sharing).

    Chain looped around right rear axle and around rear structure of trailer (like an ICC bumper but is just exposed box tubing for the ramps). I don't put a binder on this, it is only to throw the tractor to the right in the event of an impact.
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    Use the heaviest straps you can get your hands on. 20k pound straps are cheap for a set of 4. 30k pound straps aren't that much more expensive. Don't cheat yourself out of safety for a few dollars worth of straps.

    If you don't have the hoe to strap around there is no reason not to strap around your weight box. The more anchors you have on the rear the better. Chances of a front end collision are greater than any kind and are the most dangerous when towing. Secure that equipment well from the rear as best as you can.
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    There's a guy on YouTube named "Tractor Mike." If you go to his channel and look through his videos, he did a multi series of tractor loading/unloading/securing videos thats really good. He also gives really good tips. If I was unsure or needed a refresher, that's where I'd go.

    Been keeping in back of my mind for when I get my own trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteasian View Post
    Been keeping in back of my mind for when I get my own trailer.
    I immediately learned when I bought my 1025r... You need a trailer. I almost suggest anyone buying one, to budget a trailer. You will want to take it places to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartazoo View Post
    I immediately learned when I bought my 1025r... You need a trailer. I almost suggest anyone buying one, to budget a trailer. You will want to take it places to use it.
    That is true... but between work, kids, their sports, holidays, keeping up on property, birthdays, keeping vehicles running... it's almost easier telling friends and family I can't cause I can't haul it. Makes it easier.

    Friend of mine explained to his neighbors his homeowners doesn't cover it off his property. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteasian View Post
    That is true... but between work, kids, their sports, holidays, keeping up on property, birthdays, keeping vehicles running... it's almost easier telling friends and family I can't cause I can't haul it. Makes it easier.

    Friend of mine explained to his neighbors his homeowners doesn't cover it off his property. LOL
    Thruth of it is that is exactly what my insurance agent told me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteasian View Post
    There's a guy on YouTube named "Tractor Mike." If you go to his channel and look through his videos, he did a multi series of tractor loading/unloading/securing videos thats really good. He also gives really good tips. If I was unsure or needed a refresher, that's where I'd go.

    Been keeping in back of my mind for when I get my own trailer.
    Here are links to Tractor Mike videos to get you started.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSneY4H9cYI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF-qdIR5xmM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZbX8giqnJA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbWH2-bJoVE
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    I would like to point out that although you may not be a commercial vehicle, a commercial vehicle inspector will surely write you a ticket for not resting the backhoe bucket on the trailer and adding a strap across the top of it. Never rely on the hoe lock to secure the hoe in transport. It will also help relieve strain on the hydraulics should the pin fail. In addition the stabilizer legs are supposed to be in the down position as well, however very few trailers can transport in this fashion. When not possible, a strap or chain with binders is required between the feet when in the up position.

    Don't ask me how I learned these rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KD7CAO View Post
    I would like to point out that although you may not be a commercial vehicle, a commercial vehicle inspector will surely write you a ticket for not resting the backhoe bucket on the trailer and adding a strap across the top of it. Never rely on the hoe lock to secure the hoe in transport. It will also help relieve strain on the hydraulics should the pin fail. In addition the stabilizer legs are supposed to be in the town position as well, however very few trailers can transport in this fashion. When not possible, a strap or chain with binders is required between the feet when in the up position.

    Don't ask me how I learned these rules.
    So very true.
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