Options/Opinions on Equipment Type Trailer to Pull Behind a Deuce.

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So I've been casually looking for an equipment type trailer to use behind my deuce to haul vehicles/tractors/firewood/miscellaneous whatever. It would be nice if it had ramps, but I could add brackets to use ramps I already have.

I'm not up on all the different military trailers that are out there, and which ones would be suitable and available/reasonably priced.
Which leads to this post.
I searched and found these, but what other options am I missing?

Some I've come across that seem like good candidates...
M1061


XM1073
From what I can tell, looks like a heavier duty version of the M1061.


M989
Looks to be like the above two, but with drop sides, which would be nice.
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M322
This one is nice because it has ramps. But I'm guessing it would be too much trailer for a deuce, especially with any kind of load on it.



Or possibly a civilian equipment trailer kind of like this.



Downsides to the M1061, XM1073, and M989 are the bed length, odd tire size, and no ramps.
They appear to have 12'-14' beds, which is short for hauling a vehicle or tractor. I'd like something closer to 20'.
And it might be tough to find spare tires and rims for them.

The civilian trailer would solve the above issues, but it would be nice to use a military trailer behind a military truck.

Are there any big differences among the M1061, XM1073, and M989 that make one better or worse than the other?
Are there any other similar military trailers I've missed?
What similar trailers have y'all used or seen used, or think would work behind a deuce?

Thanks!
 

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If you go with a civilian trailer, look for one with an adjustable height hitch. Not only can you adjust the height to match different vehicles, but can swap between a pintle ring or a ball hitch. I have a 20' that I can pull behind my pickup or my dump.
 

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Depending on hills and traffic where your hauling, a civy trailer just heavy enough to get the job done may be your best choice, especially if you will need to use if frequently. You can always paint it green, the reflective tape is nice though...
 

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That xm1073 looks familiar😎

She is now much Cleaner and wearing newer paint.
Let me know if you have any questions on the 7-1/2 ton flat bed?
I came across your thread when I was searching for different trailers and info about them.
You've got it fixed up really nice!

Thanks!
Do you happen to have a picture of the data plate, or know the bed length and empty weight?

The TM I found shows that info for the M1061 but not XM1071. It does say that the total length of the XM1073 is 20" shorter than the M1061. I'm wondering if that difference is in the bed or elsewhere.

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Depending on hills and traffic where your hauling, a civy trailer just heavy enough to get the job done may be your best choice, especially if you will need to use if frequently. You can always paint it green, the reflective tape is nice though...
Most of my driving is within about a 50 mile radius, and I can usually take secondary roads to avoid traffic if I need to. There's not many significant hills.
I already have a couple lighter duty trailers that I use, and a 32' tandem dual gooseneck for bigger stuff. The problem with the gooseneck is I have to take the bed off to pull it.

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That's why I'm thinking about a pintle hitch equipment trailer similar to yours. Something in between my lighter trailers and the gooseneck.


Installing a trolley valve would also be a nice emergency option while pulling a trailer with single circuit brakes.
I have a trolley valve and tractor protection valve, just need to find time to install them.
I've already replaced the single circuit brakes with the dual circuit system from an Air Force deuce, along with freshly rebuilt airpacs, master cylinder, replaced all hard lines, and braided stainless hoses.
 

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I've got a tilt deck trailer in Memphis for sale. It's 18ft deck 10 ton rated. Needs some work but it's cheap.

The 1061s you can add 4 ft to and a dovetail for ramps

The m322 and globe trailers are too heavy for a 5 ton much less a deuce. It actually out weighs the deuce.
 

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I came across your thread when I was searching for different trailers and info about them.
You've got it fixed up really nice!

Thanks!
Do you happen to have a picture of the data plate, or know the bed length and empty weight?

The TM I found shows that info for the M1061 but not XM1071. It does say that the total length of the XM1073 is 20" shorter than the M1061. I'm wondering if that difference is in the bed or elsewhere.

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That difference strikes me as odd. I thought the flat tops were the same size or maybe the xm1073 as an inch or 2 bigger due to the outer channel beam construction? The laundry external Frame I put on mine was off a m1061 trailer and fit the xm1073 perfectly so I am going to double down the tops are the same. ;-)

I can see the overall length as different due to the different A frames and the double hitch. Don't know if they are using the A frame length or with the adjustable mount extended all the way?

My trailer is over 1-1/2 hours away so no easy access to data plate. I found these on ole googley. Hope they help!
 

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I think the 1061 is the largest a deuce can/should pull. The 1073 being too heavy.

Here is my 1061 getting 6' longer tongue and jack relocated and a bunch of other changes. I hope the m35a3 4x4 is just right. Most pulling my trailer will be by m929a2 dumper.
 

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M1061 has Midland air over hydraulic brakes. Getting parts could be difficult. Don't ask me why I k now this. The M 1073 has straight S cam air brakes and parts are easier to get as they parallel commercial issue equipment.
 

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Xm1073 is air over hydraulic.
2 boosters and 2 master cyls. One per axle since they are 4 hubs with dual axle.
They are the same booster and master cyl as the m103 and m820 etc that are air over hydraulic.
 
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That difference strikes me as odd. I thought the flat tops were the same size or maybe the xm1073 as an inch or 2 bigger due to the outer channel beam construction? The laundry external Frame I put on mine was off a m1061 trailer and fit the xm1073 perfectly so I am going to double down the tops are the same. ;-)

I can see the overall length as different due to the different A frames and the double hitch. Don't know if they are using the A frame length or with the adjustable mount extended all the way?

My trailer is over 1-1/2 hours away so no easy access to data plate. I found these on ole googley. Hope they help!
Thank you! I searched online for a data plate and couldn't find one.
So that answers my questions about the bed size and empty weight. The M1061 and XM1073 have the same size deck, and the XM1073 is 770 pounds heavier.
 

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I think the 1061 is the largest a deuce can/should pull. The 1073 being too heavy.

Here is my 1061 getting 6' longer tongue and jack relocated and a bunch of other changes. I hope the m35a3 4x4 is just right. Most pulling my trailer will be by m929a2 dumper.
I saw your thread where you're working on it. It's coming along good!
 

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Reference post 15: My error. The similar trailer with straight air brakes is the M 1048 5t pintle towed trailer. It uses the same size tires as a M1061 but has bigger springs and the aforementioned straight air brakes.
 

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That old TK40LP 20 ton Trailking of mine weighs 7,800lb but seems to pull much better than my m200a1 grossing about the same. May have something to do with tire size and wind drag thoughIMG_9207.jpg
Also an interesting idea for pulling your gooseneck. https://www.steelsoldiers.com/threads/hay-train.54202/page-2
 

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