I posted a previous thread showing my tractor on the trailer and a truck full of red alder. I was asked about why I don't jsut load the trailer along with the tractor and also asked why even bother with the whole thing for a measly truck load of softwood. Well, the truth is that when I visit the woodlot with my tractor I do fill the truck but I also prepare a pile of cleaned logs in a nice location so that I can return with an empty trailer to pick up....... the mother load. These photos show more than 2.5 cords of red alder plus a little of the other mysterious white wood that is probably some sort of willow/aspen/cottonwood. I have grown quite fond of red alder as well as these other low density woods and have found that they burn pretty long and hot in my stove. I only burned 4 cords of wood this last year with all but a small portion being cottonwood so what you see in this mother load is more than half of my season's fuel. First photo: from the bumper of the trailer looking ahead. Lots of tops. I cut them at 36" long for transport so that I can stack them vertically for a very stable and secure load above the rail. Second: the side shot. The trailer is a 10,400 rated unit that weighs 2500 so I can haul 8000 lbs of wood. Since the dovetail could not be part of the boxed area, I left an equal 3' length open in front to hold the spare tire, saws, and a few logs. The center 12' holds 2 cords which according to the wood charts should be less than 8000 lbs of cargo. Just barely. The truck is a one ton and rated for 9900 lbs and weighs 7500 so 2400 lbs of cargo including tongue weight of the trailer. Well, that one ton was almost bottomed out so I shorted the load as you can see from the normal 2/3 of a cord to 0.5 by laying the last logs down. I was getting scared of the 50 mile drive home and those tires were squished a bit. third: The load on the ground. Throwing the 3' long logs is no treat. Neither is lifting and carrying them to the tail of the trailer. Yes, some of this wood is sub-prime. I believe that using the sub prime wood is superior to letting it rot in my forest. Oh and one final photo that will also be in the gear forum. I got to use my new toy this weekend. Quite a bit better than the poulan despite the safety chain.