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post #1 of 22 Old 08-04-2020, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer axle capacity

The trailer that I'm thinking I want to buy is a two-horse trailer that has a steel frame and fittings and aluminum sheathing. The two-horse trailer is 3700 pounds but I'm thinking of getting the XL size, which adds another 300 pounds. The total axle capacity is 7000 pounds.

So this is what I'm thinking. Basically the trailer empty is 4k pounds. Two horses inside put it at 6k pounds. Then there's tack, hay bales, a water tank, etc., and I start to get concerned that it's approaching max axle capacity. I asked the sales guy about it, and he said it's not a big deal, and also some of the weight goes onto the tongue so the total weight is essentially less.

I don't know... these guys are supposed to be all about super safe trailers. Am I over worrying? I really, really like this trailer but safety is my number one concern with buying a trailer.

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-04-2020, 04:05 PM
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I'd be more concerned with the vehicle you're towing it with rather than the trailer. If it's an established trailer brand it's designed to carry two horses and then some and it will meet or surpass True axel capacity...which is generally more than what's listed. And is your tack and hay and water tank going to weigh 1,000 lbs? How much tack are you carrying? A heavy two-tie square bale of, say, alfalfa, doesn't weigh more than 80-90 lbs.

I think you're sweating over nothing. Just make sure your tow vehicle is adequate and compatible.
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The two vehicle will be a 3/4 ton, so towing capacity shouldn't be a problem.
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The two vehicle will be a 3/4 ton, so towing capacity shouldn't be a problem.

You're good to go.
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I find it odd they would cut it that close for an XL sized trailer, one would think they would expect you to haul horses that are even heavier than 1000 lbs. It sounds like you're ordering new, maybe get them to upgrade the axles?

Water tanks get heavy depending on how big you're getting. We keep our water tank in our truck bed and try to not fill it until we get to our location (if camping) whenever possible.
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@QueenofFrance08 that's a good idea -- I will see if they can do that.

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@QueenofFrance08 that's a good idea -- I will see if they can do that.
I know people do it all of the time on their LQ trailers, ours has some kind of upgraded axle they told us when we bought it.
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post #8 of 22 Old 08-09-2020, 12:26 PM
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I think it's standard for manufacturers to use 3,500 lb. rated axles on two-horse trailers. Even if your horses each weigh 1,200 pounds, you carry 100 gallons of water, six bales of hay, and you have the heaviest two roping saddles ever sold, you'll just be reaching the 7,000 lb. all up weight, and you should have 10% of that on the hitch. There are many difficult considerations involved in buying a trailer, but I don't think axle capacity is one of them. Consider the possible downside -- could higher capacity axles give your horses a rougher ride?
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I think it's standard for manufacturers to use 3,500 lb. rated axles on two-horse trailers. Even if your horses each weigh 1,200 pounds, you carry 100 gallons of water, six bales of hay, and you have the heaviest two roping saddles ever sold, you'll just be reaching the 7,000 lb. all up weight, and you should have 10% of that on the hitch. There are many difficult considerations involved in buying a trailer, but I don't think axle capacity is one of them. Consider the possible downside -- could higher capacity axles give your horses a rougher ride?
Very good advise right on the money.
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post #10 of 22 Old 08-09-2020, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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I think it's standard for manufacturers to use 3,500 lb. rated axles on two-horse trailers. Even if your horses each weigh 1,200 pounds, you carry 100 gallons of water, six bales of hay, and you have the heaviest two roping saddles ever sold, you'll just be reaching the 7,000 lb. all up weight, and you should have 10% of that on the hitch. There are many difficult considerations involved in buying a trailer, but I don't think axle capacity is one of them. Consider the possible downside -- could higher capacity axles give your horses a rougher ride?
Thanks. I wasn't sure whether this guy's assertion that some of the weight would be taken by the hitch and was therefore not a big deal was true or not.

And I hadn't considered that about the heavier axles giving a rougher ride. That's definitely something I want to avoid.

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