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Planning on building a trailer for my little woodland mill over Christmas time. I want to keep the full capacity length wise (22’)but imagine the trailers going to be about 8-9m long in total. Anyone towed something like that before and was it manageable? I’ve seen a few drilling rigs around that must be that length and they look stable enough. Is there a restriction on how long you can go? Weight shouldn’t be a problem and I can lock the mill off at any point on the rails to get nose weight/balance correct. Was hoping single axle if I can keep the weight down enough.

 

It won’t do many miles, mainly for use in the yard rather loading and unloading one side only in the shed as I do now. But I want to keep mobility at the full length if possible.

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In the UK you're limited to a 7m bed length, plus drawbar. Stick to that and you'll be fine. Full length will be fine to tow - I used to tow a Woodmizer LT40 at that size and it was a breeze.

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You can have a longer trailer because most glider trailers are, there's a loop hole in the law regarding total length and weight of trailer and tow vehicle. 

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8 hours ago, woody paul said:

You can have a longer trailer because most glider trailers are, there's a loop hole in the law regarding total length and weight of trailer and tow vehicle. 

Yes for indivisible loads you can go longer.

 

There is still a max of 18m total length of vehicle & trailer.

 

If its a separate trailer with a "load" on it you also have the legal over hangs that are allowed.

 

How much depends on how you mark it.

 

You cant go heavier.

 

 

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If the mill is bolted together in sections it might be hard to claim its an indivisible load.

 

Why not have the bulk of it fixed & then extend the bed on a fold out section?

 

I used to tow an over sized trailer that was an indivisible load as it was a one piece fiberglass molding.

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9 hours ago, LeeGray said:

Cheers J, was that single axle? Assume that had trailer brakes too?

It was braked and it was single axle. About 1800kg I think. With the Woodland Mill it will be much lighter so it's unlikely you'll need brakes.

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1 minute ago, Big J said:

It was braked and it was single axle. About 1800kg I think. With the Woodland Mill it will be much lighter so it's unlikely you'll need brakes.

Assume I’ll need brakes for over 750kg, even if it’s a fixed load and effectively not just a trailer?

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