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Old 03-29-2015, 07:15 AM   #1
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Overload your flatbed car trailer?

I need to give my brother a hand and that requires me to trailer his truck 250 miles. Issue is, my flatbed trailer is rated at 4000lbs, his truck is 6500lbs. I don't have stock tires on the trailer, I replaced the crappy tires that came with it (ST205/75D15) with 4 / ST225/75R15 8 Ply Radials.

He is I'll, and its this or I have to fly and drive him back. Bigger issue is I need to do this today. Thoughts?
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:42 AM   #2
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The 6500 truck number is with a load, make sure the truck will fit (width) and go for it.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:48 AM   #3
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The 6500 truck number is with a load, make sure the truck will fit (width) and go for it.
It will fit with a bit of rear overhang but not much. I have seen some pretty dumb attempts by others on the road that ended up a disaster, didn't want to join the club. Guess I'm leaving for Miami shortly. Thanks for the reply
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:05 AM   #4
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In Our Hunble Opinion -- We don't think it's worth taking a chance as you could endanger others let alone yourself and then you will have all sorts of things to deal with. Including your insurance may not cover any damage because it was overloaded. And not get his vehicle there too boot.

Better to be safe . . . Drive and Fly.
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Rent an appropriate capacity car hauler trailer from U-Haul.
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There is a way. Just put the front wheels on the trailer and have the rear ones behind the trailer. If you strap down everything safely, it could be done. So, your trailer would be like a dolly for the truck. Just strap the front wheels to the trailer, not the body. The truck needs to articulate.
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Whoa, folks. Reelgator says his brothers truck weighs 6,500 pounds and needs to be loaded onto a trailer with a max weight rating of 4,000 pounds. That includes the weight of the trailer! Tom77hmstd: I'm not sure you realize that Reelgater will be nearly twice the gross rated weight of the trailer. That's scary overweight.
RWeigant: Think your whole idea through very carefully. Picture that. Would you really want a vehicle trying that setup on public roads that your loved ones travel on?
Rent a tandem axle car hauling trailer for a day, please.
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Whoa, folks. Reelgator says his brothers truck weighs 6,500 pounds and needs to be loaded onto a trailer with a max weight rating of 4,000 pounds. That includes the weight of the trailer! Tom77hmstd: I'm not sure you realize that Reelgater will be nearly twice the gross rated weight of the trailer. That's scary overweight.
RWeigant: Think your whole idea through very carefully. Picture that. Would you really want a vehicle trying that setup on public roads that your loved ones travel on?
Rent a tandem axle car hauling trailer for a day, please.
My trailer is rated at 5200lbs, max weight of the vehicle is 4000lbs. I wasn't comfortable so I flew down and drove him back.

RWeigant: Interesting thought if I wanted to end up on YouTube
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I have been towing stuff all over this country for 50 years I guess I don't worry enough lol.
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How much does your vehicle weigh? Put yours on the trailer and tow it with his truck.
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Have it shipped. No worries, no hassle, and competitively priced.
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My trailer is rated at 5200lbs, max weight of the vehicle is 4000lbs. I wasn't comfortable so I flew down and drove him back.

RWeigant: Interesting thought if I wanted to end up on YouTube
So glad you did the right and safe thing for all on the road.
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There is a way. Just put the front wheels on the trailer and have the rear ones behind the trailer. If you strap down everything safely, it could be done. So, your trailer would be like a dolly for the truck. Just strap the front wheels to the trailer, not the body. The truck needs to articulate.
Wow. Simply, WOW. Can you say negative tongue weight on the trailer with all that weight concentrated on the very back of it? That thing would probably sway all over the place. Wow.

Take a look at a dolly: the towed's wheel position is at the dolly axle or a little in front of it. There's a reason for that.
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