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    Trailering your LCUT

    Hello, I have been trailering heavy equipment for a few years now. I have not have an incident yet. Yet. I just upgraded from a 770 to a 3039r cab tractor. I have an 18' 10k trailer that I use.

    My question is: tow tractor forward facing or rear facing?? I always did it forward facing, but I read my owners manual for the 3039r, yes I read that thing, and according to Deere you are supposed to tow it backwards due to the possibility of the hood coming open. So I towed it home last night backwards. I HATED IT, I like towing it forward better. And for the smarties out here, I did not drive the truck backwards, I loaded the tractor on the trailer backwards!

    What are your thoughts on this? I did a quick search here on the forums, and couldn't seem to find anyone backwards towing.

    Also I would like to see where everyone puts their chains on the tractor when they tie them down, so post pictures on this one please. I just want to make sure I am doing it right and fix any problems now, before it becomes an issue.
    3039R cab H165 loader, 1974 110, 1973 110, x530. 2005 770 - sold

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    I load equipment whichever way sets the weight right. For my tractor, that ends up being loaded facing forward with the rear tires right over the trailer axles.

    If you're worried about the hood opening, throw a little strap over it. When I bought my tractor the hood latch didn't work, so I had to do that just to get it home.
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    I trailer our 3038e forward facing & just run a strap diagonally across the hood. I have a small strap just for that. We use an 18' aluminum car hauler and I like the weight distribution better that way.

    I use long axle straps on the rear axle as (criss-cross) chain hookup points, front end chains (also criss-cross) either get directly hooked to the frame near the guard mount or to short axle straps at nearly the same location. The fel ends up resting on the taunt chains. The tie down points on the trailer deck are located at the four corners.

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    There have been similar discussions in the past. One prior concern was for machines that are turbo charged and towing with the exhaust port to the front/rear.

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    Nick, what do you use as a hood strap? Does it scuff the hood at all?

    As far as the exhaust, I must have missed that in the owners manual, I will now stuff a rag into my stack when I tow.
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    I back mine on because it's the only way it fits. Listen to your gut feeling not a book. If I went by the books I wouldn't be able to do half the stuff I do.
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    Swampmule, love the ingenuity!!

    I load trailers how they balance well.
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    Nose forward, Rag stuffed in the exhaust.

    Strap run through the pin on the front, and a strap through the shackle/clevis on the rear at the draw bar, or through the wheels, and another strap through whatever impliment is mounted.
    Have had the Diesel Nazi's stop me for random tax collection a couple times, and have never had an issue, other than having the triangle in the truck, and proper paperwork not chewed up by Voles.

    Never worried about the tractor hood. Never have had an issue with it either.

    Backing up onto a trailer, gives me the willies, just thinking about it.
    NOT going to happen.
    The tractor weight on the trailer needs to be positive on the tongue, but just positive.
    On our trailers, that are deck over, and steep ramps, it's just silly to back up.

    I rack up a couple hundred miles a season, hauling between fields, 18-22 Miles a pop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swampmule View Post
    I back mine on because it's the only way it fits. Listen to your gut feeling not a book. If I went by the books I wouldn't be able to do half the stuff I do.
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    Ladles and Jellyspoons...

    THAT is how you get 6lbs, of stuff, in a 2lb bag!!!

    It takes an artist, not an engineer.

    Engineers, would simply resort to a larger trailer.
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    I got two latches on my hood,,, so my strap count remains zero,,,



    Would adding a latch to the hood resolve the issue?? It could just be a little piece of chain and a pin in the right spot,,,
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