I'd like to know how much weight a 45 foot storage trailer will hold on
the front pads. Would it hold the total rated weight of the trailer? I
would imagine that totally loaded trailers must swap tractors at times.
I've got 4 cords of wood in my now, mostly over the back wheels but
intend to put in a couple tons of wood pellets and more wood.
Sinking in the ground will be the problem, not the front jacks (or
whatever they are called) collapsing. Look at the size of the pads at
the bottom, and figure 1/3 to 1/2 half the total weight of trailer and
load is sitting on them. Back on the construction sites as a kid, we
always put a layer of heavy timbers side-to-side underneath when the
trailer was dropped, on dirt, gravel, or asphalt. On concrete, not so
much of a problem.
Think ahead, too. Gonna come a time when you might want to get that bad boy
out of there. If it is sitting on good ground, or timbers, or whatever,
it's gonna be a lot easier to move than if it is stuck in the mud.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson -
"Total" rated weight, not possible...unless you can levitate rear... :)
They'll certainly hold half plus the design safety factor which is
probably 2-3X so, yes, you can count on have a fully loaded trailer on
the jacks (assuming, of course, they're in fully functional condition).
As others noted, what you need is to be sure you've got adequate surface
to set it on (including what happens if it rains a foot while sitting
they are intended to hold the capacity of the trailer equally
distributed. Also, keep in mind when they load those trailers, there is
an 8000 lb forklift running up to the front of the MT trailer whilst
sitting at the dock. You have no worries.
Well that's a relief. I've got about 20,000 lbs in there now, mostly
over the hind 8 wheels. Only sank about an inch on the springs. I intend
to add another possible 10,000 lbs., some in the front. I balance the
load on the left and right stacking wood from the rear up to the ceiling
toward the front leaving a walkway in the middle for my garden tractors
and motorcycles and some pallets of pellets in the front.
Probably many, many times that, on level ground, wheel chocked and
"landing gear" in good condition.
Generally speaking, the landing gear is 0.25" steel box, on edge, and
the landing pad pins about 0.75" solid steel.
Landing gear almost always fails under heavy loads when the load
leaves plumb orientation.
If you need to move your load on public roads you'll want the front
half to be at or under about 22.5K.
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