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Old 04-25-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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Tailgate weight limit?

Does anybody happen to know how much weight I can sit on (or drive across really) the tailgate on my Colorado?

I need to transport a fairly hefty garden tractor with a rototiller on the back of it. I can't take the tailgate off first because the whole setup is too long for the bed itself with the tiller on it. The weight is probably something around 700 pounds.

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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

i have hauled 4wheelers in my bed/on the tailgate whitout any problems, but in your cars it would be better and safer to rent a tiny trailer from uhaul or borrow a friends. 700lbs up that high is not safe especially if your going to be driving any kind of long distance or at highway speeds...
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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

I'm only taking it a few minutes up the road to my parents house. I do have access to a trailer for longer trips, but for this short one I was hoping to not need it as it is fairly large.
I just wanted to make sure the cables weren't going to snap or something when I drive it up into the bed.

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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

Drive it up there?
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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

Donīt have any technical reference but Iīve heard with my ATVīs lover friends that 400lbs is about the max you should put there.

The trailer would be the safer option, and of course, just like "Black Rado" said driving that little bastard there is the unbeatable option.
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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

if anything bends it would be where at the bottom of the tailgate where its pivot cups are... everytime i pull a 4wheeler into my i can watch the back corner of the bedside that wraps behind the bumper start to flex a little bit
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Drive it up there?
if its only a couple miles thats what i would as well!
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if its only a couple miles thats what i would as well!
Haha, that thought did cross my mind, but with a top speed of something like 8 miles an hour (with the throttle at full the whole way) it would take the better part of an hour to get there. Door to door is a little over 5 miles.

The tractor itself fits in the bed, it's just the tiller that hangs over. Maybe I will see if I can take the tailgate off, drive the tractor on, and then put the tailgate back on to give the tiller something to rest on.
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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

take the tractor there, come back get the tiller 2 trips problem solved! how about a pic of this tractor so we all have an idea of how big it is...
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if its only a couple miles thats what i would as well!
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take the tractor there, come back get the tiller 2 trips problem solved! how about a pic of this tractor so we all have an idea of how big it is...
Thought about that as well, but the tiller is a pain to take on and off. Maybe I am just too lazy :-)

I don't have any pics handy but it is a 1970ish Cub Cadet 127. This link shows it, and is where I got the weight from.
TractorData.com Cub Cadet 127 tractor information
It's a bit heavier than it looks because, being older, it is all metal and very little plastic. The tiller adds a couple feet of length and probably about 100 pounds to the back of it.

We used to cart it around in our 85 S-10, but it had the long bed, and we didn't have the tiller then.
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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

The amount of weight you carry has nothing to do with distance traveled. I always find it amusing when somebody says "I want to overload my truck, but not for a long period of time". LOL There is no difference....if it is going to break, it's going to break.

Now, back to this topic. The tailgate will never be holding the entire weight of the lawn tractor. I can't imagine the amount of weight being applied by a single axle at a time to be too great of a load. Once the front wheels are on the bed the weight from the tailgate will be reduced and never seeing the full 700 lbs. You could always try to build up a support for the tailgate. Build up some type of temporary frame that will support the gate when weight is applied.

Disclaimer: Of course this is still at your own risk, I am not assuming responsibility should damage occur. LOL

However you seemed to have already answered your own question by saying the other trailer is too large to consider for a short trip. Since that is the case your only two options are to not carry it, or to load it up to the truck.
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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

i drive up my outlander 800 with some 27" tires on her every weekend no issues what so ever and she is close to 800lbs and i have to drive with the gate down kuz it sits on there you should be good to go
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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

Tailgate strength is directly proportional to how desperately you need the tailgate to hold weight.
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Tailgate strength is directly proportional to how desperately you need the tailgate to hold weight.
^^^^This has just made my day!!!
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i drive up my outlander 800 with some 27" tires on her every weekend no issues what so ever and she is close to 800lbs and i have to drive with the gate down kuz it sits on there you should be good to go
damn son thats alot of weight never thought it hold that much
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The amount of weight you carry has nothing to do with distance traveled. I always find it amusing when somebody says "I want to overload my truck, but not for a long period of time". LOL There is no difference....if it is going to break, it's going to break.

Now, back to this topic. The tailgate will never be holding the entire weight of the lawn tractor. I can't imagine the amount of weight being applied by a single axle at a time to be too great of a load. Once the front wheels are on the bed the weight from the tailgate will be reduced and never seeing the full 700 lbs. You could always try to build up a support for the tailgate. Build up some type of temporary frame that will support the gate when weight is applied.

Disclaimer: Of course this is still at your own risk, I am not assuming responsibility should damage occur. LOL

However you seemed to have already answered your own question by saying the other trailer is too large to consider for a short trip. Since that is the case your only two options are to not carry it, or to load it up to the truck.
Thats a good point about the full weight never being on the tailgate. I should have thought of that. (And I won't blame you if the tailgate falls off the truck ).


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i drive up my outlander 800 with some 27" tires on her every weekend no issues what so ever and she is close to 800lbs and i have to drive with the gate down kuz it sits on there you should be good to go
Wow, I guess that answers the question. I won't be doing this nearly that often. Thanks!

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Tailgate strength is directly proportional to how desperately you need the tailgate to hold weight.
Now that is funny!

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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

Tailgate weight limit?-imageuploadedbyag-free1366923827.312427.jpg
This is an old pic but you get the idea plus when I load it I'm sitting on the quad and I'm about 220 lbs so yeah your tractor will be fine just my .02


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Re: Tailgate weight limit?

I drive my grizzly 350 over my tailgate on a regular basis and the dry weight is around 610 lbs. never had a problem. It sits on the tailgate i just leave it in drive lock the brakes and strap it down good. I drove from pa to wva with mine in the bed with all our supplies plus my inlaws in a 5x8 pulled behind the truck. All was good u should be fine for the trip. Hope this helps you.


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Tailgate strength is directly proportional to how desperately you need the tailgate to hold weight.
That is very scientific, you must be an engineer. haha
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This with a couple beers.
The couple of beers are a great idea, but the extra weight may be just enough to snap the cables of the gate.
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