I had a 7x18' Anderson equipment trailer (10k) with fold-down ramps that I ended up selling when it was a year old (in 2013 - it was a 2011 that I bought as a leftover). I currently have a 5x8' utility trailer, but am thinking about selling it and getting another equipment trailer that I can do more with.
I have no rear implements, and likely never will. So, it's just the mowing deck, loader (bucket and pallet forks - one can go in the bed of the truck), plus the ballast box. I already have straps, chains, and ratcheting binders to secure everything - I'll just need to be sure whatever trailer I go for has stake pockets or D-Rings that I can use.
While I -may- be able to get away with something as short as 14', I'm thinking of trying to target something that's 16' long. My question is what should I be shooting for in terms of payload capacity / GTWR?
Will a 7k trailer with about 4500 lbs of payload be sufficient to handle the tractor? The machine has turf tires, rears are filled, and the Ballast Box is probably about 3/4 full of sand for weight.
The other thing I will haul with some regularity (once or twice per year) would be pallets of bricks for the stove (eco bricks / bio bricks) that weight a little over a ton each (I would haul two at a time).
I know that the 4500 lbs of payload would cover me for the bricks, but I don't know if it's reasonable for the tractor and attachments. I know the machine itself is about 1900 lbs. Fuel would add around 30 lbs, presume 800 for the ballast box, and the pallet forks are a couple hundred. That puts me close to 3000 without the loader or mowing deck factored in. I'm guessing the pair of those would add about another 800 lbs. A few hundred pounds for the filled rears, and I'm guessing I'm pushing around 4200.
Am I close?