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    Trailer ramps

    Any suggestions on ramps for my new trailer? I plan on using it primarily to move my ZTM and 3025e. It has a lip on the back where it looks like ramps lock in and can slide side to side.

    Also, it has electric brakes, truck does not have a brake controller, if I am only planning on hauling up to 2 tons would you recommend I add a brake controller to my 2011 1/2 ton Silverado?

    Thanks in advance.


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    That is a loaded question. If it is an extended cab or four door with some wheel base 5,000 isn’t terrible. The only problem is an emergency stop because the trailer will pass you and that is never good. I would add the brake controller, it is easy and not very pricey. Much less than the alternatives. Truck, trailer and tractor replacement would be a bad day.
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    Last time I added a brake control to my 2005 Suburban, they had a wiring harness plug in that went to a module under steering column. Super easy, just plug and make good connections to wires on controller. Only mistake I made was testing it before I was done and popped a fuse. Spent more time trying to find that one. It was under the hood.

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    Normally, new trailers come with ramps. Check on the right side just back of the wheels to see if there are ramps slid in under the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    Normally, new trailers come with ramps. Check on the right side just back of the wheels to see if there are ramps slid in under the floor.

    Dave
    This model does not include ramps. No idea why. They had about 20 on the lot, same trailer, my guess is they didnít think I would need ramps.




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    Quote Originally Posted by buckteeth445 View Post
    This model does not include ramps. No idea why. They had about 20 on the lot, same trailer, my guess is they didnít think I would need ramps.
    You bought their "LD" series trailer. They list it on their web site as the econo model. Essentially stripped of any features to get a rock bottom price. It shouldn't be to difficult to fab up something sturdy. I kinda like the ladder style covered with expanded metal.
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    Consider your tractor investment here. You don't even want to think about hauling your tractor without having a brake controller on the tow vehicle. Not to mention safety, nor what the local troopers will hit you with if you have a wreck.

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    I just looked that trailer up on their web site and was very surprised that it listed a GVWR of only 4500#. WOW!!!!! That should be 7000#. If you subtract the empty weight of probably around 2000#, that only leaves a hauling capacity of 2500#. Empty weight could be a little less since it is only 16ft long. You will have to look at this carefully to make sure it meets your hauling needs.......

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    Trailer ramps

    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    I just looked that trailer up on their web site and was very surprised that it listed a GVWR of only 4500#. WOW!!!!! That should be 7000#. If you subtract the empty weight of probably around 2000#, that only leaves a hauling capacity of 2500#. Empty weight could be a little less since it is only 16ft long. You will have to look at this carefully to make sure it meets your hauling needs.......

    Dave
    Itís odd they donít state the empty trailer weight. Dealer stated you can haul up to 4,500 pounds on this trailer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by buckteeth445 View Post
    Itís odd they donít state the empty trailer weight. Dealer stated you can haul up to 4,500 pounds on this trailer.


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    I suspect I don't have to tell you that GVWR means Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Therefore the 4500# shown on their web site means that includes both empty trailer weight and any load on it. There is a fly in the ointment somewhere here and it is early enough that you could return it if necessary. Maybe a call to the manufacturer is in order to determine why they say 4500# GVWR on their web site if the dealer says you can haul 4500#. Since this is an "economy" trailer, maybe they took some shortcuts somewhere and therefore reduced the weight rating.

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    Frontier RB2196H 8 ft rear blade/hyd angle, Frontier BB1065 Box Blade, Befco 3pt 110 inch RFM
    48" pallet forks, KK 3pt Boom Pole, Northern Tool 3pt middle buster, 2 bottom Dearborn plow
    County Line post hole digger, Rhino 3pt 10ft brush hog, Land Pride 8ft rock rake
    Fit Rite Hydraulics 3pt Top Link, front 3pt adapter for SSQA, 7 1/2 ft Field Roller, 8ft Dearborn tandem disk

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