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Getting around with a trailer?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PerfiCut L&L, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    I've been thinking about how to put together a dedicated sidewalk crew, how many people I'll need, and what equipment. Some of my ideas involve using a trailer to haul the necessary equipment. I've never hauled a trailer in the snow, and was wondering how difficult it is. I assume since tractor trailers are on the road 24 hours, as long as you drive slow enough you'd be ok, but thats just my assumption.

    I have a 12' dump trailer with dual axles, that would be used for this, it weighs in I guess at almost 3k pounds empty, with equipment I'm guessing somewhere around 4500.

    Your experience?
  2. jcesar

    jcesar Senior Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 492

    I have hauled trailers in the snow. Specifically, horse trailers, and job trailers. You will be fine, just slow down a touch!
  3. Proscapez LLC

    Proscapez LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    I agree just take it easy, you'll be ok.

    You can't compare a 18 wheeler to a Pickup and Trailer.
    The Semi (Note that name) was built as a full time puller, there more dangerous without the trailer running.(Bobtail)
  4. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    you may want to have a set of tire chains handy.
  5. mojob

    mojob Member
    Messages: 83

    I pull a 12' enclosed when I'm plowing. It's loaded with a Walker w/plow, snow blower, salt spreaders and bags of salt. I didn't have any problems pulling it through 18" of snow. I pull it with a GMC K3500 dually without fancy snow tires. Since you'll be hooking and unhooking a lot you might want to invest in a trailer jack with a wheel if you don't have one already.
  6. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Just be careful with trailer brakes in snow. You can swing that trailer around very easily. I have towed in the snow before (sometimes 200 miles with a 4 place snowmobile trailer loaded with wood... long story) and it is fine, you just need to be 4X more careful than usual. Always be thinking ahead.
  7. PLM-1

    PLM-1 Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    I sometimes pull my 18' open around. It's REALLY different on ice. Snow really isn't much different. I turn my brake controller way down. Just be careful, you'll be fine.
  8. truck5029

    truck5029 Member
    Messages: 31

    traler in snow

    As long u have weight on your axle an set the trailer brakes light an slow down an keep the lights clear you'll be OK . After 30yrs driving tractor trailer must have the balls to just do-it