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    My trailer is a bit too short.

    I have a 12' trailer that fits my 1025r with FEL perfect. If I ever need to haul it with the FEL and brush hog, at least half of the brush hog will hang off the back. Does anyone know the regulations around this. Is that okay if it has a flag on it?
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    You should check your state highway code. You may need to attach clearance flags. It sounds 'iffy' to me - don't think I would risk it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nate4e View Post
    I have a 12' trailer that fits my 1025r with FEL perfect. If I ever need to haul it with the FEL and brush hog, at least half of the brush hog will hang off the back. Does anyone know the regulations around this. Is that okay if it has a flag on it?
    It is my understanding, any portion of the load extending 4' or more over the rear of the trailer needs to have a red light(illuminated) attached to the end of the load. Other than that, it's best to flag it. I prefer using a bright orange flag.


    (a) A vehicle transporting a load that extends to the rear at least four feet beyond the bed or body of the vehicle shall display on the extreme end of the load at the times specified in Section 547.302(a):
    (1) two red lamps visible at a distance of at least 500 feet from the rear;

    (2) two red reflectors that indicate the maximum width and are visible at nighttime at all distances from 100 to 600 feet from the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps;  and

    (3) two red lamps, one on each side, that indicate the maximum overhang and are visible at a distance of at least 500 feet from the side.


    (b) At all other times, a vehicle transporting a load that extends beyond the vehicle's sides or more than four feet beyond the vehicle's rear shall display red flags that:
    (1) are at least 12 inches square;

    (2) mark the extremities of the load;  and

    (3) are placed where a lamp is required by this section.

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    What about your trailer balance and the tongue weight? Sounds like a dangerous situation if you can't load the tractor properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    What about your trailer balance and the tongue weight? Sounds like a dangerous situation if you can't load the tractor properly.
    That was my same thought CT.

    You could put the bucket in the back of the pickup bed and that would gain you a couple feet but a properly balanced load is more important.
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    I tried it and it barely fits, but it's just too much weight for a single axle trailer without breaks. Looks like I'll be upgrading trailers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nate4e View Post
    I tried it and it barely fits, but it's just too much weight for a single axle trailer without breaks. Looks like I'll be upgrading trailers.
    Yeah, I would think so. That is not a safe setup you have there. I had to upgrade mine. I ended up buying an Appalachian Trailers Utility, Dump, Gooseneck, Equipment, & Car Trailers. It was worth the extra purchase for safety.
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    Definitely too much tongue weight with the entire tractor ahead of the trailer axle.

    Upgrading your trailer is the best option. But could you remove the mower and set it into the bed of the truck (using the tractor loader and chains) so that the only thing on the trailer is the tractor? I have no idea how heavy the mower is compared to the lifting capacity of your tractor.

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    The problem with taking stuff off of the tractor and putting it in the bed is you still have the weight on the rear axle of the truck.....

    I'd say it is time to go trailer shopping.

    Enjoy the adventure and let us know what you find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    The problem with taking stuff off of the tractor and putting it in the bed is you still have the weight on the rear axle of the truck.....

    I'd say it is time to go trailer shopping.

    Enjoy the adventure and let us know what you find.
    But in this case the total weight is quite a bit less than the towing or CGVW rating of a normal 1/2 ton truck. Putting a ~500# mower in the truck and pulling a <2000# tractor on a light trailer isn't pushing any limits. In this case the OP is fighting weight distribution/tongue weight and possibly the axle capacity of the trailer, both of which can be addressed with my suggestion. It is not the greatest suggestion but if he can't buy a new trailer before he needs to move the tractor it is feasible.

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