03-03-2007, 01:30 AM
I have been thinking lately about getting an enclosed trailer to carry my Bobcat 453 mini-skid. I have a tilt deck trailer for it now and I like it very much. But the Bobcat is taking up space in my garage because it is too tall to go in loaded on a trailer and I got to thinking. If I put it in an enclosed trailer on the parking pad next to my garage I could get my garage bay back and have a way to transport it to and from jobsites in inclement weather. And I wouldnt have to load/unload before and after every job. You see, it has an open canopy, I have had it happen where I transported it home from a jobsite in a torrential down pour and then because my garage doors are too short I have to unload and park the skidsteer in the garage in the pouring rain. While I have gotten used to this fact somewhat I still find it a rather unpleasant and I figure this would kill two birds with one stone so-to-speak. my loader weighs 2500lbs, is roughly 10ft long with a bucket, and is 71.5 in. tall (not kidding they design them like that on purpose). So my question to you is this: a) does this sound feasable? b) is there a trailer out there that could handle this? and c) if there is which would you recomend, why, and how much would it cost? One thing Im uncertan of is that while this loader is able to clear a 6ft door on flat terrain, entering a 6ft rear door from a ramp on a trailer may be a different story because of the trajectory of the cab roof while climbing the ramp. Does anyone know how steep the approach angle on a ramp door trailer typcally is? Does anyone make a small-ish (under 14ft) ramp door trailer with a rear door higher than 6ft? Also are the ramp doors on most trailers even designed to handle a concentrated load of 2500+lbs.? Or would I be better off buying the cab enclosure kit for the loader? Thanks.