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Keith 11-27-2012 04:36 PM

What trailers are you all using?
I found a 16' tandem axle with 5400lb capacity.

I think a stock is right around 3000lbs; winch, roll cage, bumpers, spare, coolers, etc. Add up fast or would 5400 suffice?

85LaredoCJ7 11-27-2012 04:41 PM

I have a 7k GVW, 16' bed, car hauler. I use 10 ply E rated tires, dual axle with brakes on rear axle. Got any pics of it??

robert1973 11-27-2012 05:00 PM

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Id be more than willing to bet you'll be just fine. My buddies rig on one tons with 44s and a sbf engine with 1/4 inch plate everywhere on the tub, and I mean a lot of steel, he's tipping the scales a little over 5100 lbs. My rig on waggy 44s and 33s with fiberglass tub and hood loaded with winch, highlift and all the other trail goodies I figure I'm prob around 3800-4000lbs. My trailer is also rated for 5900 lbs and pulls just perfect.

roadhog304 11-27-2012 07:07 PM

Personally i would not buy anything less than a trailer with dual 3500# axles (7,000# total weight rating). A trailer is a lot like a welder, you need to buy more than you think you will need. My trailer is an 18', 7,500 lb rated, but only has one brake axle. The one brake axle does fine but many areas by law you are required to have all axles have brakes so if i ever upgrade i will make sure to have dual brakes. mine also has a wood floor but the next one will be steel. Wood would be okay for just a jeep but all of the other crap i haul sometimes is pretty hard on the wood floor.

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CSP 11-27-2012 07:48 PM

x2 on the suggestion of at least tandem 3500 lb axles. I have a trailer of this size and constantly wish I had gone to 5k axles. I have a 14k gooseneck flatbed, but there are times when it's just too big or already has something on it, so I use the smaller one (my little one has an 18' deck).

lucdog 11-27-2012 09:46 PM

5400 pounds would be about correct for a trailer with two #3500 axles. The unsprung weight would then be around 1600#, for a total of 7000 GVW.

Mine is a 18', I'm glad I didn't go with the 16', I can haul my Jeep and still have room for my ATV or motorcycle. Plus a mid sized truck cross tool box mounted in the front.


John N 11-27-2012 09:57 PM

You should be fine. My Scrambler weighs in at about 4100 lbs. Load your Jeep up with everything you'd normally take and go get it weighed. You'll probably be good at that rating, but you don't want to be maxed out or close to it.

Jack61 11-28-2012 06:10 AM

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I built this one a few years ago. Axles rated at 6k lbs each but found out that with a hub upgrade the rating would go up to 7k lbs. The only other thing I might do is add brakes to the second axle especially since a lot of my towing is in steep mountain terrain.

BESRK 11-28-2012 06:28 AM

Probably be okay.. I have a trailer that specs out similarly. I used to haul my 5000lb buggy (and a bunch of spare parts) on it.

The telltale signs to watch out for.. wear on the inner part of the tires= bent axles.

CSP 11-28-2012 08:23 AM

So reading the responses, one thing is unclear. Is the total capacity of this trailer 5400 pounds, or is that payload capacity (not including the weight of the trailer)?

Keith 11-28-2012 09:01 AM

5400 is the payload capacity. Both axles are 3500lbs, then trailer is roughly 1600.

cjjon7 11-29-2012 04:40 AM

Yep no such thing as 2700 lb axles. ..that I've seen..

CSP 11-29-2012 07:38 AM

There are all kinds of oddball axles out there, especially when it comes to older trailers. Homebuilts with mobile home axles are another type that you never can tell what they are rated for.

roadhog304 11-29-2012 07:18 PM

Since it has 3500 lb axles you should be just fine. I would go for it.

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