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    i need to get a m1061 trailer home. i want to pull it with me 3/4 dodge truck. the trip is about 150 mi. is there anything i need to do before i pull this heavy trailer home? i know its heavy and i need to go slow but do i need to do anything with the breaks? thank you

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    Let me get this correct a 5 ton capacity M1061 trailer that weighs approximately 8K pounds will be towed by a 3/4 ton truck?

    If that is the case then foolproof insurance, a good towing plan, and a well charged cell phone.

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    You shouldn't have to, but you never know the condition it's going to be in.
    Mine had a crimped brake wire from the emergency hand brake locking up my tires. It was driving me nuts.
    I found it after jumping through all kinds of hoops troubleshooting. It was fun and educational actually.
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    If the air is not hooked up, the brakes should already be released.

    This trailer is way to heavy to tow without brakes though. I don't recommend it. Good luck, whatever you decide. Better practice before you get out of the parking lot for emergency stop. You're gonna get pushed right through a stop sign if not careful. And this thing sits way to high for a pintle on a pickup. Another consideration.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerm101a2 View Post
    i need to get a m1061 trailer home. i want to pull it with me 3/4 dodge truck. the trip is about 150 mi. is there anything i need to do before i pull this heavy trailer home? i know its heavy and i need to go slow but do i need to do anything with the breaks? thank you
    Base weight of the M1061 is 5800 lbs. At least that's what my data plate says.

    The trailer tows very heavy. I moved my last one about the same distance, but I used a F350 dually. I got pushed all over the place. The other issue is that the wheels are mid mounted so the trailer wags around you while towing. Add 1500 lbs of tongue weight and it tows straight, but then you now are moving 7200 lbs without brakes.

    Dexter sells a conversion kit to go electric hydraulic but that unit is close to $600.

    The parking brake cables get smashed between the frame and the fork truck tines. Look at the cables about three feet from the front of the deck.

    As CARNAC stated, use something larger or make sure that you insurance is paid up.
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    Where is the trailer now?

    Maybe someone with a bigger truck could pick it up for you and store it until you can get it with a larger truck.

    What do you plan to use it for and what else do you have to tow it with?
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    It's in Indiana and I'm going to Dayton Ohio! So if I go slow like 55 it's still to dangerous to carry? I'm getting a real good deal on it and I hate to pass on the deal!

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    Once you get it what do you plan on towing it with?

    The bottom of the lunette eye is 32.5" off of the ground with a level trailer.

    Towing a 5800 lb trailer with no brakes behind a pickup is not legal

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    Please consider other options. There are transportation "people" here on the site that could and will safely move that trailer for you! Purchase her, then have her brought home, like a bride to the castle. I agree with others, they are a heavy trailer. The "Raven Deuce" knows when she pulls mine. Great trailer, but sort of awkward. You are the one making the decision, but it isn't just your "life" in the bargin. Other drivers, your family, etc etc. PLEASE think twice!
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