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    5x10 Utility Trailer - Sufficent for 2720?

    I'm considering the purchase of a 5'x10' single axle utility trailer to haul firewood, mulch, etc. The dimensions are sufficient for my 2720, but I'm concerned about the weight.

    According to the owners' manual:
    • 1973 lbs for the tractor without attachments
    • ??? for ballasted tires

    The trailer I'm considering has a GVWR of 2990lbs and an empty weight of 740lbs; it is not equipped with a brake system. GVWR minus empty weight tells me it should be able to carry 2250lbs of payload.
    Does anyone know how much the tire ballast weighs?
    Does anyone else carry their 2720 (without equipment) in a 5x10 trailer?

    I'd only use the trailer if I needed to take the tractor to the dealer (about 30 miles away) for repairs. Recommendations / cautions are most welcomed.
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    IMO I would look for a dual axle trailer.
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    Here's the info I gathered on the tire fills:

    Front Tires R4 23x8.5x12 each tire will hold 5.5 Gal of Ballast @ 8# per gal = 22lb per tire
    Rear Tires R4 14x17.5 each tire will hold 22 Gal of Ballast @ 8# per gal = 176lb per tire
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    You need a larger trailer to haul your tractor. Depending on what attachments you have on the tractor, it's center of mass will move and you will have to move the tractor forward or back on the trailer to get proper hitch weight. I'd look for at least a 14 or 16 foot trailer with 7000# capacity on tandem axles with two axle brakes.
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    Even if it is just the tractor, the axel will probably be centered under trailer. The tractor will bounce up and down which will in turn pull the tow vehicle up and down and this can cause sway and with no trailer brake it can push your vehicle sideways when you try to stop or slow down. With that much weight, I would spend the extra cash and get a dual axel trailer with brakes. I can tell a big difference in towing the 2032r vs. my previous 1026r on my 18' trailer.
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    I agree with what's been said - I wouldn't go with less than I had which was an 18' dual axle trailer with brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I agree with what's been said - I wouldn't go with less than I had which was an 18' dual axle trailer with brakes.
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    I have a 2720 and a 5x10 landscape trailer and I too briefly considered hauling the tractor with it. The issue is tongue weight. The trailer is just too short to allow you to properly balance the load making it extremely tongue heavy.
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    You can stay at 12ft and 6ft wide but it has to be dual axle!!!! They're only like 500 more anyway. I priced one at 2500 brand new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoC4 View Post
    I'm considering the purchase of a 5'x10' single axle utility trailer to haul firewood, mulch, etc. The dimensions are sufficient for my 2720, but I'm concerned about the weight.

    According to the owners' manual:
    • 1973 lbs for the tractor without attachments
    • ??? for ballasted tires

    The trailer I'm considering has a GVWR of 2990lbs and an empty weight of 740lbs; it is not equipped with a brake system. GVWR minus empty weight tells me it should be able to carry 2250lbs of payload.
    Does anyone know how much the tire ballast weighs?
    Does anyone else carry their 2720 (without equipment) in a 5x10 trailer?

    I'd only use the trailer if I needed to take the tractor to the dealer (about 30 miles away) for repairs. Recommendations / cautions are most welcomed.
    For what it's worth, I owned a Cargo and Utility Trailer and Reese Hitch Dealership for many years so I am familiar with trailers and the towing of various things correctly and safely.

    I would consider the 5 x 10 single axle as undersized for your needs. When I have watched people use trailers with loads very close to their specs, the trailers usually ended up disappointing. Sometimes they severely disappointed. The trailer is also quite narrow for that heavy of a load. With a single axle and heavy load, it is likely to sway and be quite unnerving. Tow vehicle makes a big difference.

    I would use a tandem axle trailer only for hauling a tractor of that size and weight. I wouldn't get anything that didn't have a 2 5/16th ball size. Also, hauling the trailer without brakes means you are requiring the tow vehicle to do all of the stopping. I didn't see what your tow vehicle is, but if it is your usual 1/2 ton truck, now you have a towing load of 50% or more of the tow vehicles weight. This is only safe if the trailer has fully functioning brakes.

    Also, your proposed trailer would have way too much weight on the tongue as you have proposed when hauling your tractor. When there is only one axle, the load is shared between the axle and trailer tongue.

    If it were me, I would look for a used trailer in the 7 x 14 or longer category with tandem axles with at least a 3,500 lb weight limit per axle. I would also want the trailer to have at a minimum 15" wheels and no less than 5 lugs per wheel. Anything less and the weight rating on the axles will be much lower than you need.

    Make sure you have fully functioning brakes and of course, a brake box in the tow vehicle. You must be able to safely stop this load under any circumstance. You need a 7 way plug on the trailer to provide the brakes power using a electric brake box.

    Just because people do things by no means makes them safe. I see stuff all the time which makes me quite concerned. I Hope this helps.
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