This past weekend we had to do some work at our place up north and our 2520 was needed to assist. It is around 140 miles door to door and in the past when trailering the 2520, we have used an 18ft car trailer. This all came up rather quickly Thursday night and I was pickled when I called Friday morning and was able to rent a car trailer from a locally owned dealer. When I arrived on Friday, there was some confusion and the car trailer had already been rented out. The owner was very apologetic and promised "not to leave us hanging", and we ended up with a brand new 16ft Solid-Side Tandem Axle Utility Trailer.
With the recent publicity regarding trailer accidents, I wanted to take the opportunity to have my methods of securing our 2520 critiqued and reviewed. I by no means an expert and I am looking for comments for further improvement. I apologize as these pics are more of the tie down points and I didn't take any of the tractor sitting on the trailer. For reference, this was a 16ft trailer and the approx. overall length from the FEL to the rear of the tractor was 12 1/2ft.
To begin, I backed the tractor on the trailer to the point where my tie down straps could be used from the front of the trailer and not interfere with the rear tires of the tractor. The best place I found for hooking onto the frame was to remove the draw bar and hook into the bracket that is attached to the rear frame of the tractor.
I then secured on each side a strap to the front frame of the tractor using a hole where the grill guard is attached.
Because the bucket of the FEL gets in the way of the forward mounted straps, I used blocks to keep the bucket high enough as to not interfere. I then used a final strap (and grandma's rags) to secure the FEL.
- I enjoy using the car trailer in the past as it has a full aluminum deck (vs car trailers from U-Haul) and already has tie down chains/straps. I couldn't imagine going smaller that 16ft with the FEL on the tractor and having enough angle and clearance with the tie down locations.
- When I was looking for a tie down location at the rear of the tractor, I recalled seeing where a clevis was used on the drawbar and a chain was pulled through it from one tie down point on the front of the trailer to the other tie down point. It was then pulled tight with the straps or chain in the rear of the trailer was tightened. I don't know whether one is better than the other or one is legal or not legal. My final thought was having 4 secure points was better than having 3.
- Is it safe to secure the FEL and bucket as we did?
- And I finally have a better understanding where and where not to attach the cable for the breakaway brakes. Even though I am pretty certain my hitch and receiver are not going to fall off my truck, the owner was pretty adamant about attaching it to my bumper and no where on the receiver or hitch. His reasoning was it was the last line of defense in the event my hitch falls from the frame of my truck.
Once again, I am looking for any insight from others. Regarding why the 2520 was needed...I will leave you with this final pic of 2520 in one corner versus rock in the other. I will create another post later with the victor.