Safety Focus of the Week: Using the Reelstrong Trailers
Our two new Reelstrong RL8K autoload reel trailers can provide a safer and more efficient project. However, like any piece of equipment, proper training is required to operate it safely and to make use of the potential efficiency. The first thing to know on any piece of equipment are the technical specifications, which are presented on the attached link: Reelstrong RL8K Specs
For this trailer, the most important spec to know is that the reel capacity is 8,000 lb and the tare weight is 2,350 lb. The GVWR for this trailer is 10,700 lb which means that the trailer would trigger the requirement for a CDL driver if it is pulled by a truck with a GVWR in excess of 15,300 lb. The other consideration for weight is the tow vehicles trailer capacity. A quick review of the 2011 Ford Trailer Tow Guide indicates that most F150s are too light for this trailer unless they have a minimum GCVWR of 15,300 lb, a 3.73 or 4.10 rear end, and a heavy duty tow package. Most F250 class trucks seem to have sufficient capacity for this trailer.