Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

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Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby rjp44 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:36 pm

I’m in the market for a new/new to me stock trailer. And have been trying to figure this out myself but getting no where.... Just curious if you guys think there is any benefits to having a wider trailer. Between the 6’8”, 7’, or 7’6” widths is there a difference in what you can load on that trailer and if so how much of a difference in numbers that you’ve noticed? Or does it just give each animal a little bit more room in there? Or just any other pros cons you’ve noticed.. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby Texasmark » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:33 pm

I don't have a ruler handy but mine is a covered tandem bumper pull with the horse hay/saddle storage locker up front, front entrance door on curb side, center swing gate and swing out rear gate with slider (2000# bull will fit through the slider....uuuuuumph...little tight). It's at least a foot wider than the little tandems, guessing they'd be 14' x 5'....5' = 60 plus fenders = 28" = 68" total width....guessing...seems about right. No problem with narrow WPA bridges or passing on narrow Farm to Market roads.

Mine must be a 6'8 for 80 + 28 = 108....sounds about right. Gotta suck it up if you get caught on a bridge, especially with a 1 ton flat bed coming at you with their mirrors fully extended.

Night and day on loading and carrying livestock especially 2000 bulls which can turn around in the rear compartment (smaller than front and doesn't have the front open area for hay feeding) of mine and couldn't turn around in the whole trailer with the 14x5'.
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby Lucky » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:40 pm

Width makes a good bit of difference. Mine is a 6'8" x 28' and I'd guess it will hold as many as a regular width 32'. I'm thinking once you go over 6'8" the price goes up substantially.
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby rjp44 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:26 pm

Oh ya i agree it matters to an extent. Wouldn’t want nothing smaller than a 6’8” wide. But in comparison the trailer we own now is a 7’6”x26’ and can hold 12-13 cows depending on size. And the 6’8”x24 we borrow often will hold 11cows.

Or does that extra ten inches make a difference the longer the trailer gets?
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby talltimber » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:13 am

I did the math once. Iirc, a 7x20 is the same as a 6-8"x24 with three feet cut off (6-8x21). So, it takes a foot more in narrower to make up the difference of a 7 wide, at that length. I figure a 500 lb calf for every foot of a 6-8 trailer. If that holds, a 7x20 will hold 21 and a 6-8x24 will hold 24. But it's been a while since I figured it.
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby Black and Good » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:51 am

Now days the standard width is 6'8". Some make 7' their standard width. But, to answer your question, with todays cattle, I wouldn't look at a trailer that was anything but 6'8" or wider JMHO. A 7'6" or 8' trailer does make a difference with what you can haul. But, the wider ones are pricey. B&G
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby Brute 23 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:35 am

Wider the better. Cuts back on the length.

Next trailer I order will be an aluminum 28', 7'6.
http://blog.gooseneck.net/wp-content/up ... mStock.pdf
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby rjp44 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:07 am

If you had to make a guess than, what would you say the difference in numbers for 1200#cows or 600# calves would be for 6’8”x28 vs. 7’6”x28? Is it a big enough difference to spend on that extra cost?
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby JW IN VA » Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:39 pm

Brute 23 wrote:Wider the better. Cuts back on the length.

Next trailer I order will be an aluminum 28', 7'6.
http://blog.gooseneck.net/wp-content/up ... mStock.pdf


Anyone done any study on pulling a 6'8" and 7.5 for ease of pull with less wind resistance?

I do want to raise another point here.I hear about guys pulling mega trailers loades heavy with a 3/4 ton truck.With today's engines,you can but I always think about something a cousin once told me."it's not what you can pull.It's what you can stop."
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby Brute 23 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:32 pm

JW IN VA wrote:
Brute 23 wrote:Wider the better. Cuts back on the length.

Next trailer I order will be an aluminum 28', 7'6.
http://blog.gooseneck.net/wp-content/up ... mStock.pdf


Anyone done any study on pulling a 6'8" and 7.5 for ease of pull with less wind resistance?

I do want to raise another point here.I hear about guys pulling mega trailers loades heavy with a 3/4 ton truck.With today's engines,you can but I always think about something a cousin once told me."it's not what you can pull.It's what you can stop."


The modern 3/4 and 1 tons have the same brakes. Also, the exhaust brakes and down shifting in t/h work amazing to bring large loads to a stop. The only difference between a modern GM 3/4 ton and a 1 ton is an extra leaf spring and over load spring.

GM has gotten really aggressive on the exhaust brakes. My 15 was aggressive and my 17 is even more aggressive.
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby JW IN VA » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:44 pm

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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby True Grit Farms » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:21 pm

I'll take good trailer brakes every time to stop a heavily loaded trailer over good truck brakes.
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby Texasmark » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:49 pm

Wind resistance is something to consider. I can certainly tell the difference between 45 mph and 60 mph. Other thing is our FM-MKT roads are very narrow as are the WPA or CCC bridges and a 6'8 is really too much....when hauling I always let oncoming traffic cross ahead of me and don't pull at night.
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby bird dog » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:38 pm

I pull a 7' wide. Never noticed much difference than a 6-8. On a 24' trailer, its 8 SF. Enough for one more cow or two more large calves. An extra 1000 lbs worth of beef. The wind effects your mileage more than anything. I pulled 13,500 lbs of calves 300 miles with a moderate wind at my back. My mileage was worse coming back running empty with the wind in my face.

Trailer width depends on what you are comfortable width on the roads you travel. If you have a lot of highway travel over long distances, go for the wider trailer. If I bought another trailer, I would get another 7' wide.
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Re: Stock Trailer Widths... Does it matter?

Postby Lucky » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:29 am

The one thing I noticed with the wider trailers is that they hold more cows but have the same axles as regular width trailers. The 6.8x24 I had blew every tire on it out over a few years of light use. This time around I got the 6.8x28 mainly for the triple axle. This probably only comes into play with the 24’ and 36’ trailers.
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