took this past winter, i think late feb/early march. trailer is 3/4 loaded with green oak, rear axle is against the bumpstops, enogh weight was transfered off the front axle that under hard braking the front wheels would lock and slide. i wonder if i punched the gas in low range if i could have lifted the front tires off the ground. didnt damage a thing, only moved the load across town, wouldnt have wanted to go any further than what i did. dont know what it would have scaled at, certianly pushed the limits a bit! heres what it looks like (ride height wise) when empty:
yes, that is the local marion highschool. a weight distributing hitch and torsion ars would have helped some. i went slow so stopping wouldnt be a big deal. it did lock the r.f. tire a time or two due to the weight being lifted off the front end. good thing for trailer brakes and keeping the truck rear brakes adjusted up tight. im glad we didnt fill the trailer to (space) capacity, i knew i would need to make a 2nd trip anyhow, so we stopped loading where we did, obvoiusly we started loading at the front and worked our way back, went a little bit above halfway as far as interior height, left enough room at the back of the trailer for gear. (saws, wheelbarrow,gasoline) probly about 3 ft flor space from load to rear doors.
i work nights, usually get up about 10-11 am. weekends are usually busy with work around the house or working on something. on occasion my wife has a craft sale, the trailer sure has made that alot easier than crawling in and out of a small truck. i hope to make it back to day shift one of thses days, but for now im content to just have a job.