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    Best way to stabilize/secure tractor on trailer

    Hi,

    I was wondering how you stabilize the tractor on a trailer?
    Which way is the best way?

    Straps around the wheels?
    Straps attached to the frame?
    Chains?

    I'll have to move my 1025r from the house to the cottage at least a 1000000 times during the summer.

    I purchased a flatbed trailer for that task, but I was wondering how you guys do that?

    Thanks

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    This was recently talked about with a lot of good input. I cant find the recent thread...but heres a good one fromawhile back

    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...n-binders.html
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    I chain to the frame. I prefer to have chains come down at a 45 degree angle, use ratchet type load binders. I cant recall what size chain. Pull forward and back, left to right and vice versa. Prefer, but dont always do. Also, I am told US DOT requires a strap over the FEL arms or bucket. Check the laws in Canada.

    Edit: make sure it is always tongue heavy, as in, enough weight towards front of trailer. If it gets too light, it can be very difficult or impossible to steer at higher speeds. Dont ask how I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigger-digger 2320 View Post
    I chain to the frame. I prefer to have chains come down at a 45 degree angle, use ratchet type load binders. I cant recall what size chain. Pull forward and back, left to right and vice versa. Prefer, but dont always do. Also, I am told US DOT requires a strap over the FEL arms or bucket. Check the laws in Canada.

    Edit: make sure it is always tongue heavy, as in, enough weight towards front of trailer. If it gets too light, it can be very difficult or impossible to steer at higher speeds. Dont ask how I know.
    I've been pulling trailers for 35+ yrs. With that being said....you'd think I would have it down by now. I first learned about the tail wagging the dog when I was about 20 yrs old.(small trailer with long lumber hanging way out the back) I have always made sure that I didn't encounter that again. Well...it happened to me about a month ago ,again. But this time I had my tractor and some implements on the trailer. (2520 with backhoe and loaded tires) When leaving the deer lease I thought something didn't feel quite right...but I was tired and lazy. It drove Ok on the farm roads . But when I got it onto a faster road above 60 was when all he'' broke loose. I almost took out another car in the other lane as that 18' trailer was wagging my 9000lb van all over the road. Scared the crap out of me. I still don't know how I got it back under control...but I will never be lazy again and if it don't feel right, Ima be a stopping and repositioning fool.
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    rgd, That happened to me about 25 years ago and I was lucky nothing was coming from the other direction. I was just about to ditch the whole thing, reached down and hit the brake controller override slide switch. Boy was I lucky that day.
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    Best way to stabilize/secure tractor on trailer

    Been talked about lots, but a topic worth discussing.

    I chain to the tractor frame, one in each corner, tightened with binders.

    Others will argue straps are as good, or better. I say it's OK to be wrong in this world.....

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    I personally will only use chains for the tractor but will use straps for the implements and FEL. I've had straps loosen when driving through rain. I just don't trust straps anymore for really heavy loads.
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    Years ago I was taking my JD425 to the dealer for some repairs, using a Cheap set of nylon traps way under the weight of the 425. One of the traps broke ,going over a overpass I thought I noticed the tractor moving. Didn't stop only another mile or so , when I stopped , the front wheel was all on the very edge of trailer frame.
    Another time I had put a load of 16' and longer saw lumber on a 14' trailer. Got up to speed and truck and load went every direction except straight above a certain speed. A 20 mile trip took a long long long time.
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    I use straps in four directions but never feel comfortable with them, they tend to loosen up on me sometimes. I don't haul very often but that is no excuse. I would prefer chains, I'm waiting for a sale on ratchet binders.
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    OK, I went to Norfolk to get 2 trailers, a flatbed which had bad tires when I arrived, and a weapons trailer. Considering condition, I had to put the weapons trailer on the bottom. (weapons trailers have the axles too far forward) I was fine up to 55 MPH, but at 56 the duals on the tractor walked around. I was in the hammer lane of I-95 when it got sideways. I was whippin that corn binder steering wheel L-R for all it was worth, one then the other. It all was surreal, kinda expected the end ya know? But it held it straight til my speed dropped under 55. I grabbed another gear and come on back to base. One trucker gave me the nod when he passed me. After that,, slow ride!

    We used straps all the time, no problem as long as they didnt get cut. We used old pieces of firehose to pad against sharp steel. But Navy did ban the non ratchet type binders as a safety issue. I didnt mind.
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