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    Newbue here! I will be purchasing a 1025r with FEL and MMM for our new home. They will be delivering the tractor, but in the future, I may need to tow it. I have a 2011 4runner that supposedly can handle a 550# tongue weight and tow 5000 lbs. Will I be okay for short towing trips? By my math, the tractor with implements and trailer will be roughly 4000 lbs. Thanks!

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    Don't know why not.
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    Weight

    Unless you have several implements, that weight sounds a bit high. If it's correct, that leaves you with 1000 lbs for the trailer weight and still stay within towing capacity. Depending on the length of the trailer, you may be pushing it.

    I think you are ok but would want to check the total weight of the tractor, FEL and implements you will want to carry and then shop for a trailer that works. Particularly if you get a backhoe, it's going to be tight to get a trailer long enough and light enough to be under that 5,000. You definitely need brakes on the trailer and a brake controller in the truck.

    If you were towing long distance, I'd say get a bigger truck. Short distances should be manageable as long as you do your homework up front. It will help if you can find a set of scales and use that to check the actual tongue weight with the tractor on the trailer. If possible, you want a trailer long enough so you can shift the tractor forward or backward to get the tongue weight right.

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    I've towed mine behind a Honda Odyssey it's rated at 3500 towing never had a problem, good for it enjoy . As usual with any tow use common sense when stopping .
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    Like mentioned above, tow with common sense. I think you will be fine, when we are at the lake I see a lot of 4-runners pulling boats and campers that are right at the towing capcity and most likely several are towing more so. Not saying that makes it ok and you or anyone else should do the same, but for your weight estimate you have figured all will be fine.
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    You should be fine. Just be sure and secure the load.
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    The 1025R with loader is what, 2300#? Mower another #400? So you're under 3000 with the equipment. Then you have to factor in the trailer. First, is the trailer rated to carry 3000# (not 3000# axle which also has to carry the trailer's own weight). If your trailer can take 3000# then that part is good. Now add the trailer's own weight to the tractor's and see where it falls in relation to your tow vehicle's capacity. As a general rule of thumb, for short trips in good conditions you can go up to the towing capacity of your vehicle. But if you want to tow long distances (across the country), through mountains, in wet or snowy conditions, or on a regular basis you really should not be that close to actual capacity.

    Finally - and you probably are already well aware of this but just in case - proper loading of the trailer is vital. You could be well within trailer/tow vehicle specs but load it wrong and create a disaster for yourself. You need to load it with proper tongue weight (weight distribution front-to-back on the trailer) and securely fastening things down. There is a TON of info out on the web about trailer loading so I'm not going to try to summarize it here. Just don't neglect it.

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    Thanks to all for the advice. I might rent a trailer and tow the tractor home (15 miles), and if it is unruly, not buy the trailer and let the dealer move it during repair or maintenance.

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    I pull a 16' enclosed 2 axle trailer every day for work and I also haul my 1025r with loader and backhoe in it occasionally. Make sure when you tie the tractor down to do it from both axles and block the tires. Also keep the loader bucket flat with the floor. And I always try to center the weight over the 2 axles. That way the trailer is carrying the weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robnik View Post
    I pull a 16' enclosed 2 axle trailer every day for work and I also haul my 1025r with loader and backhoe in it occasionally. Make sure when you tie the tractor down to do it from both axles and block the tires. Also keep the loader bucket flat with the floor. And I always try to center the weight over the 2 axles. That way the trailer is carrying the weight.

    *SLIGHTLY* forward of centered on the axles. You do not want a light tongue on your tow vehicle. You will only do that once in your life. If you survive the first time you will sacrifice a little rear tire wear on the tow vehicle for avoiding a light trailer tongue ever again.

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