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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:53 pm    Post subject: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello,

I am looking to purchase a 7 ton pull behind deckover trailer to haul my Super MD. I want to stay with a bumper pull trailer. My tow vehicle is a 3/4 ton.

My question is how much deck length should I get to balance my load? I am planning on either a 17' or 19' plus 5' dovetail. Someday I might get something bigger like an 806, so I am trying to factor that into this also.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Go ahead and get a 20+5, that's a standard size and most dealers will have one in stock.
Then you just load the tractor more to the back over the trailer wheels, I center the rear tires between the trailers axles with the front end adding weight to the hitch, if it a little heavy on the bumper hitch back the tractor up a little more.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Never had anyone tell me their trailer was too long, sold more than a few that were longer than the
first one because the first one was too short tho. 20' total will work ok for either tractor, but 20+4
or 5' beaver tail would make a nice trailer. Longer than that and bumper pulls get a little squirly.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:50 am    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Nothing shorter than a 20'+5'. Please consider going with a gooseneck. They pull so much better than a bumper hitch. Pretty much eliminates any of that "tail wagging the dog" stuff.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mine is a 20&5. With rubber axles. Pulls
like a dream. Only thing I would change is
I would like a hyd on the back 10 ft.
Ramps are a pain. O its a goose neck also.
I have pulled both. No comparison. Safer
also.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a 20' with 5' ramp rice trailer, it is tongue pulled and pulls like a dream.

I prefer a tongue trailer this size because of the versatility and reduced length with no fifth wheel hanging out.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My ramps flip back and make a flat deck if desired.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a PJ low profile deckover 21FT. deck , 3Ft. dovetail with 3 stand up pamps and 32" from top of deck to ground. Trailer pulls nice and Is less top heavy compared to some trailers.


 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well I wasn't planning on buying a trailer this year, but I came across a good deal on a used trailer and decided to buy this 16+5 bumper pull deckover.


I haven't hauled anything with it yet but noticed it kind of hammers the rear suspension of the truck. I'm curious if the other people with bumper pulls notice the same thing with an empty trailer. I'm guessing I have too much tongue weight with it empty and the axles to the back of the flat deck, but am not sure. It pulls wonderfully other than the bounce.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I pull a TT that is the same weight roughly as the flatbed and roughly the same length. It does not feel tongue heavy like this. The axles look like they are forward a couple of feet further on the travel trailer. I'm guessing this is why the flatbed feels heavy on the truck.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Maybe only a foot further forward. It is in storage, so I can't measure to know for sure.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:55 pm    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Maybe try some air bags to take that out.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:10 am    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I own a 20'+5'. If I had it to do over again, I would get a 25'+5'.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The wheels have to be farther back or things would get ugly when loading.
You'll probably need to get a set of load equalizer bars to take soon of the hammering out, if the truck squats much with a load you may need to look into adding some type of overload system.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: 7 ton deckover length opinions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would get under truck and check it out , make sure pin in receiver is snug, and ball in hitch is snug. I pull mine with A K1500 GMC and never get a hammering
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