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    So the trailer I need to pick up is in Ohio, and I am not. So, in addition to seeking freight quotes, I am working to figure out what it would cost me to go get it. I understand the wisdom of not grabbing that thing and heading across half the country without a thorough run-down on the bearings, and I have a 16' double axle flat trailer here. I was debating picking the mil trailer (m1102-like) on the 16 footer, but the release says no flatbed and no RGN trailers will be permitted to pick the unit up without appropriate ramps. Do you suppose that applies to commercial-height flatbed trailers, or one like my Anderson as well? I have been looking into car haulers, but the car rental company ones have 2 rails and a gap where the nose wheel would go and the heavy equipment rentals (United and Sunbelt) want their equipment brought back to Ohio, not returned in FL. Are there other options I am not considering that I should be?

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    Assuming your trailer is wide enough (I am guessing from your post you don't have ramps) you should be able to use some 2" x 12"'s for ramps and pull it on with a cum-a-long .

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    If it were me, I would take the 16’ flat bed and trailer the load back. Just in case they didn’t want to load the trailer for you could load the trailer yourself. If you don’t have ramps, 2x12s work well for lite stuff. Two ways come to mind. Use a winch to pull it onto the trailer. The second involves dropping the 16’ trailer, using a receiver hitch with a pintle hook, and backing the trailer up onto the 16’ trailer. You may have to block the rear of the 16’ trailer for stability. Then tie everything down and away you go. That way you are don’t have to worry about tires, bearings, and what not till you get home.

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    It has a fold-down gate on the trailer, and I use it to load/haul a compact diesel tractor, so I think the ramp would support the weight of that trailer. I expect it is about 3400 lbs.

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    Go to harbor freight or tractor supply and get some steel ramps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mijoe View Post
    It has a fold-down gate on the trailer, and I use it to load/haul a compact diesel tractor, so I think the ramp would support the weight of that trailer. I expect it is about 3400 lbs.
    The curb weight of a M1101 is 1460 lb so your ramp should be fine.

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    I picked both of mine up with a dual axle car trailer.
    Worry free about the trip back.

    That location might have a forklift and you might not even have to lower the gate.

    Call the site manager and ask.
    You definitely have the appropriate trailer for recovery.
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    Just following up on this one, I appreciate all the advice! The wheels were set about 3" too wide to fit on my 16' trailer, so I just towed the power plant itself, checking the hubs and tires periodically. It followed along dutifully and made it back to sunny FL with no problems. Now the work starts!

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    No pics?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpyrobb View Post
    No pics?!
    Yes, pics please.

    And thanks for posting a follow up. Even after doing 100+ pickups, I learn something new from folks here regularly.
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