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lfd270ben
02-02-2010, 01:48 PM
I am looking for a flat bed car hauler rated at 10-12k, 18-20 ft brakes on both axles. I have been looking on craigslist for a while but haven't been able to find the right trailer yet. Also prefer steel deck but I will take a wood deck if its in good shape.Prefer no railings around the flat bed just a bump bar. Looking to spend 1800 or less.
Thanks for looking,
Ben

lfd270ben
02-03-2010, 01:54 PM
HELP !!!!! Do you think I can safely haul my fj40 on this owner says it is rated at 6000lbs I checked the company's website and it says 6000 gvw and it has 2 3500lb axles and weighs 1800lbs http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1543856713.html Need opinions please thanks,
Ben

corsair23
02-03-2010, 04:41 PM
What is the weight of your 40?

Based on what you state if your 40 weighs 4200lbs or less then I don't see an issue...If it weighs much more than 3200lbs then I'd keep looking.

That said, I've never towed a 40, or any other vehicle for that matter, on a trailer so I have no real world experience.

I'd look for input from someone that has like Uncle Ben, Treeroot, Air Randy, Rock Runner, etc. :thumb:

AddictedOffroad
02-03-2010, 07:20 PM
Based on my math;), if your rig weighs less than 4200lbs then you are good.

6000
-1800
_______
4200lbs

I usually try to make sure a trailer you're going to haul with has a 2-5/16" ball, at least one set of trailer brakes, and has a decent deck on it. The deck may need some work on that one based on the pics. I would expect to be putting some more $$$ into that at that price. Like tires, wheel bearings, and a new deck. Do that and you should get years of service out of that trailer.

Also, FWIW, the 1800lb weight of the trailer is the trailer itself as a whole. Not the sprung weight. So, the axle would definitely be up to the task. Its the coupler that is only rated at 6000lbs. You could also upgrade that if need be. Still I bet you would be into that for around $1600 after it was all said and done.

corsair23
02-03-2010, 07:29 PM
Based on my math;), if your rig weighs less than 4200lbs then you are good.

6000
-1800
_______
4200lbs

:lmao: - Good catch...Not that anyone knows now what I 'dun did :hill:

lfd270ben
02-03-2010, 09:05 PM
I was just confused because it has 2 x 3500lb axles capacity =7000lbs - 1800lbs = 5200lbs payload does that make sense to any one else or am I crazy? Might it even be a little more because that 1800 is total weight of the trailer not sprung weight?
Thanks,
Ben

Old40Dog
02-04-2010, 12:51 AM
HELP !!!!! Do you think I can safely haul my fj40 on this owner says it is rated at 6000lbs I checked the company's website and it says 6000 gvw and it has 2 3500lb axles and weighs 1800lbs http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1543856713.html Need opinions please thanks,
Ben

If you're not sure what your 40 weighs, a stock FJ40 with hardtop should weigh in at about 3300-3500 lbs. You can adjust for any modifications or take it to a truck scale to have it weighed. But, it sounds like your in the ballpark with the unit in question. Most of the trailers are designed to haul a car or light pickup which will fall into the weight range you're looking at. Keep oin mind, if you want to ever move up to a larger truck, you'll need to likely upgrade the trailer too.

corsair23
02-04-2010, 12:58 AM
I was just confused because it has 2 x 3500lb axles capacity =7000lbs - 1800lbs = 5200lbs payload does that make sense to any one else or am I crazy? Might it even be a little more because that 1800 is total weight of the trailer not sprung weight?
Thanks,
Ben

Also, FWIW, the 1800lb weight of the trailer is the trailer itself as a whole. Not the sprung weight. So, the axle would definitely be up to the task. Its the coupler that is only rated at 6000lbs. You could also upgrade that if need be. Still I bet you would be into that for around $1600 after it was all said and done.


Seems like Scotty has the answer already for you...You might consider calling the trailer manufacturer and confirm with them...I imagine aside from the coupler that Scotty mentions, the axles are sized such to have a margin of safety built in :)

lfd270ben
02-04-2010, 11:29 AM
Thanks everyone for the info I ended up buying a 18ft pj trailerthat is rated at 7k.
Thanks again rising sun rocks!
Ben