I'm guilty of using the tractor chains over or through the implement as long as it's flat on the trailer deck. I agree separate chains on the implement are better. I do use chains and heavy straps. Straps are on the front because chains would take off too much paint on the loader.
I also check everything after driving a short distance. Usually one chain or strap has loosed up a bit even when they are cranked pretty tight at the start.
3 or 4 chains depending on how far I'm going. Plus strapping down loader and rear implement. Pretty easy to do when you figure out how and where to strap things. Axle straps on the front make that easy as long as whatever else on the front of the trailer allows for a good angle on the chains.
That also includes items in the cab. I came upon a log truck rolled over once. He was fine - or seemed to be - but ended up with an amblance ride. His CB radio was loose on the dash and hit him upside the head while rolling over.
I was talking with a local farmer the other day. He also does excavation, maintenance, etc. He has a new Chevy pick up and I noticed the tailgate was all bashed up. I asked him "what did you back into with your truck?" His answer..."Some woman in front of me jammed on her brakes, so I jammed on mine and my post pounder on the trailer slid right up into my tailgate". My immediate first thought was "why didn't you have your post pounder strapped down?
I lost a bath tub out of the back of a pickup when I was 16 (back in '78. Learned my lesson then and never lost anything else.
I'm a Ford guy through and through. They're the best trucks out there in my opinion. I lease mine and this is my 4th F-150. I brought this one home over the weekend and thought it might be fun to drive for the next 36 months.
My last truck was a V8 with 9500 towing capacity. The dealer said...
Looking for your thoughts on a deck over dump with fold down sides.
Like the looks of the norstar Iron bull. 8’ wide 14’ or 16’ long. Seems to be the swiss army knife of trailers: a flat bed deck over for loading paletized stuff/moving equipment and a dump trailer for hauling bulk materials...
Currently, I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 4.7L V8 that I bought new. For many years I had a small enclosed cargo trailer (5 x 8) that I pulled with no problems. Recently though, I had a need to rent a trencher. The combined weight of the trencher and trailer was pushing 7000...
Perhaps this is well known but I ran into this today when I used a set of keys that are not normally used. I thought it was odd they didn’t unlock it but I usually use the buttons on the door so I figured I would do the battery in the fob later. Jump in and it would not recognize a key was...
what can anyone tell me about this kind of a trailer brake. good? bad? been looking at a few used trailers that has this type of brakes on it.
i know nothing about surge brakes.
my mid-atlantic has the electric brakes on it.
so any education the product is greatly appreciated. thanks