In Reply to: tandem trailer tips for 8N posted by Scott McKinnon NC on August 01, 2017 at 16:38:14:
My first trailer, in the early 80s, was a home built tandem axle with no brakes. On top of that I was pulling it with a 1979 Suburban, 350 engine, auto trans and a 273 axle. The trailer weighed about 2100 lbs and an 8N with Wagner loader, the plow and the disc on board. I roughly calculated my gross, truck, trailer and load at about 5 and 1/2 to 6 tons. I did that one year and sold it. Whew! I was glad to have survived.
Now I have two tandems, an 18 foot flatbed and a 24 foot enclosed. BOTH have brakes on BOTH axles. It does make a difference. A LOT of difference.
I'm pulling with a 2014 3/4 ton Chevy diesel. My point here is, use a vehicle built to handle what you are pulling.