I recently purchased a new PJ 83"x14' Low-Pro Dump (DL) trailer. It has a GVWR of 14,000 lbs, 2 Dexter 7,000 lb. axles, etc. with a deck height of 24" and came with (2) 6'6" ramps and D-rings welded inside at each corner. My tow vehicle is a 2016 Ford F-150 King Ranch with the HD tow package which allows me to tow up to 10,400 lbs. I'll primarily be using the trailer to take loads to the dump, pick up loam, mulch, etc., but it's big enough to load my 1025R TLB if I need to transport it anywhere. I'm estimating that with the FEL, BH and the Curtis cab my 1025 is no more than 3000 lbs. and the trailer (empty) weighs in at 4,340 lbs. so I'm well within safe towing limits.
The 3 pictures below show the trailer itself and 2 pictures of my tractor beside it, one facing forward the other rearward. The vertical dashed lines show the location of the axle centerlines in relation to the tractor itself. Obviously I want to load my tractor so that the weight is balanced as it should be with 10%-15% of the total weight on the tongue. So my questions are:
1. Should I load it with the FEL or the BH forward towards the tongue or does it matter? The FEL and the BH each weigh about 600 lbs.
2. Do you recommend straps (what strength) or chains with binders for tie downs?
I intend to tie down at all 4 corners and that I should also tie down the FEL and BH separately. Any other suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.