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Old 03-18-2016, 06:40 AM   #1
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Towing a 50' trailer

Howdy folks,

Looking for options to get a 10x50' Spartan carousel transported from Beaufort, SC to Orange, VA. Hopefully you all have some ideas!

Trailer isn't suitable to be bumper towed at the moment.

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Old 03-18-2016, 06:47 AM   #2
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Flat bed trailer. It might be too long to be bumper pulled legally anyway.
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Old 03-18-2016, 07:40 AM   #3
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Look into a "low-boy" hauler in your area or in Beaufort, SC. Either way you are probably going to pay both ways worked into the price. The rear of the Spartan will hang over the tail of the low-boy, but with proper flags etc should not be an issue. These types of truck/trailers haul the large road working equipment that are too large to even be licensed in most states.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:20 AM   #4
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Yep, lowboy or similar is a good way.

I used to work for American Woodmark and we had a dimension plant in Orange, Va. Pretty area. I worked out of Winchester. Small world!

Best of luck!
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I don't think a 50' trailer is too long to be legally towed. You would need a large 1 ton or larger tow vehicle. Since you say the trailer "isn't suitable" for bumper towing this is a moot point and the low boy would be your only option.
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Look for a company that hauls construction site offices. They have shorter tractors and can bumper tow that unit. That way you do not have to pay for the lowboy trailer and loading cost but will have to put good tires on the Spartan and should look at the bearings before it is towed.

Any Hot Shot Broker should be able to hook you up. Stop the next pickup truck hauling a trailer load of cars. The drive can put you in touch with his broker
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Check with a mobile home transport company..Probably gonna cost you around $3.00/mile or so
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Correct me if I'm wrong. But unless you have a CDL and a medium duty truck that's properly licensed and permitted, I think 45 ft is the maximum trailer length allowed.

Additionally, a 10 ft width means you'd hafta get a permit.

None of this makes any difference if the trailer isn't road-worthy.

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Old 03-18-2016, 11:42 AM   #9
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The 10' width is the real problem, along with the 50' length. You need a mobile home moving company who have the right equipment and can do all the necessary permitting needed to move it on it's own tires. 8'6" is the legal width for towed trailers in most situations, but 10', 12' and 14' mobile homes are moved with special permits in general.
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The 10' width is the real problem, along with the 50' length. You need a mobile home moving company who have the right equipment and can do all the necessary permitting needed to move it on it's own tires. 8'6" is the legal width for towed trailers in most situations, but 10', 12' and 14' mobile homes are moved with special permits in general.
Mobile home moving company is the place to start. Those folks move trailers that have been sitting for long periods and likely have a stock of axles and wheels/tires to do the job. At least they know what they are getting into and have the experience to deal with it.

Good luck with your investigation. Pat
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Why is the trailer not capable of being bumper towed ?
No axles ?
No tongue ?
Frame buckled ?
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:36 PM   #12
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A machinery rigging company hauled my PanAm from Dallas to Atlanta on a low-boy flatbed. Wasn't cheap, according to driver. A movie company rented it for a movie to release in October. The whole process was precision from lift with hi-low to tie-down. Have to use low-boy due to bridges. Your length is going to need a expert on supporting the load CORRECTLY.
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Good old days

My uncle pulled his old Spartin all over with a 1956 Olds...65 and 70 mph and never looked back.. All on 2 ply bias tries..
Aaaaa the good old days..
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It would be legal to pull this trailer, a 1 or 2 ton truck no problem...
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