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CHRIS92789
03-11-2012, 09:56 PM
Does anyone have any plans for a custom trailer gate. My trailer is 80inches wide and i want to make the gate about 5 feet long. Has anyone done this yet? I figure i would need angle iron, square tube, mesh and some pipe for the hinges? If anyone can give me some plans please let me know! thanks!

dieseltech
03-11-2012, 10:38 PM
It will cost more than if you go to a trailer dealer and buy a pre made gate. I am buying a new gate this week for less than i could build one.
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unkownfl
03-11-2012, 10:52 PM
Does anyone have any plans for a custom trailer gate. My trailer is 80inches wide and i want to make the gate about 5 feet long. Has anyone done this yet? I figure i would need angle iron, square tube, mesh and some pipe for the hinges? If anyone can give me some plans please let me know! thanks!

You're going to want a two piece gate or have a serious lift assist. My advice is to make one pin longer than the other to on the hinge so you can hand one side the line up the other one. I hate when the pins are the same length and it takes two people to hang a gate.

cuttin-to-the-Max
03-11-2012, 10:59 PM
Ya lost me when you said pipe for the hinges...
I have never built a gate before but i would mock a regular trailer ramp design..
wait why are you building your own gate anyway?!?!?

ANYWAY just get some metal hinges from Northerntool and weld them on! Not too hard in theory anyway! But theory & reality are 2 WAY different things sometimes.

CHRIS92789
03-12-2012, 09:03 AM
The reason i am building it is the fact that i thought it would be cheaper. But i am going to drive about 2 hours away today and pick up a gate from a compnay.. cost 400.00 its a split gate heavy duty ramp.

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-12-2012, 09:58 AM
The reason i am building it is the fact that i thought it would be cheaper. But i am going to drive about 2 hours away today and pick up a gate from a compnay.. cost 400.00 its a split gate heavy duty ramp. I made mine and I had more then 400 in it But on mine I can load anything Mine are split tail gates with spring assist very strong and heavy with out springs

CHRIS92789
03-12-2012, 10:22 AM
This gate is rated for 5500 pounds. It's a split gate design. I'm going to add the spring assists
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dieseltech
03-12-2012, 11:26 AM
That is a good decision to buy one.
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CHRIS92789
03-12-2012, 04:49 PM
Got split gate ramps with all hardware 7000 # rating for 250.00:)
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cuttin-to-the-Max
03-12-2012, 09:10 PM
Pics pics pics pics! :waving::waving::waving:

dieseltech
03-12-2012, 09:40 PM
Good price! They want 200-250 round here for a 60x48 with all hardware. Hell the most expensive one isnt even painted!
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CHRIS92789
03-12-2012, 10:18 PM
I will take pictures tomorrow when I am installing it on the trailer! It was great deal! The 6ft wide ones are 150.00 at this place!
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CHRIS92789
03-13-2012, 06:57 PM
I took some pictures of the installation of the trailer gates that i purchased. First i had to cut the equipment mounts of the trailer. Then i had to figure out a bracket to mount the ramps. I did not take the finished pictures yet but here is the progress!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/Trailer3.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/trailer2.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/Trailer1.jpg

cuttin-to-the-Max
03-13-2012, 09:19 PM
looks good so far! Are you going to weld them together? lol i think i have that same gate, its just all one piece lol

CHRIS92789
03-13-2012, 09:26 PM
na im not going to weld it together. It has a cotter pin that hold is as one piece. It is extremely heavy and it will be nice to only have to lower it half way when unloading mulch or smaller mowers. It is a pain in the a@s to install though. I have to custom make the brackets to mount it! But its going to be nice to not have to use wood planks any more!

cuttin-to-the-Max
03-13-2012, 09:36 PM
How bout those weld on hinges?? I've seen them on northern tool's site...I'm sure they sell them anywhere though. You would just use 4 of them probably...not a welder sorry! But you might look into a lift gate assist. I have a pair on my trailer and it helps with lifting the weight since mine is a full gate.
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CHRIS92789
03-13-2012, 09:42 PM
The trailer gate is atleast 350 pounds. I am going to make my own lift assist. I can justify spending 200.00. I figure everytime i pick it up its going to be like power lifting! haha I need to build a cage for the front of the trailer!

cuttin-to-the-Max
03-13-2012, 09:58 PM
The trailer gate is atleast 350 pounds. I am going to make my own lift assist. I can justify spending 200.00. I figure everytime i pick it up its going to be like power lifting! haha I need to build a cage for the front of the trailer!

lol for sure!
Here is our gate assist! A buddy of mine made it.. Just a spring under the pvc. that hooks to the cable... Nothing spectacular!
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=224011&stc=1&d=1308611516
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=224012&stc=1&d=1308611524

CHRIS92789
03-13-2012, 10:16 PM
is there a pully under that peice of metal right outside of the pvc? I think that is exactly what i am going to try and make!

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-13-2012, 10:50 PM
They make springs that goes where hinge is at thats what I have tomorrow I'll take pics to show you
and Show you a heavy gate

CHRIS92789
03-13-2012, 11:24 PM
They make springs that goes where hinge is at thats what I have tomorrow I'll take pics to show you
and Show you a heavy gate

Thanks! If you could post them tomorrow i would appreciate it! Im goign to spend tomorrow building a box and building a hand tool rack!

archer39
03-14-2012, 05:24 PM
I took some pictures of the installation of the trailer gates that i purchased. First i had to cut the equipment mounts of the trailer. Then i had to figure out a bracket to mount the ramps. I did not take the finished pictures yet but here is the progress!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/Trailer3.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/trailer2.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/Trailer1.jpg

could you take some pictures of the the other side (the side where the mesh is not welded to)? I have to make one for my trailer and am trying to brainstorm how i want to make it. I can get the steel for cheap so making one will be a lot cheaper than buying one.

CHRIS92789
03-14-2012, 07:06 PM
Here are the pictures of the completed job. I added some springs to help with the movement of the ramps. Its very easy to bring them up and down now! Let me know what you think! Archer these pictures should help!
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/Trailergate1.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/trailer111.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k106/chris92789/Trailer12.jpg

cclllc
03-15-2012, 01:08 AM
lol for sure!
Here is our gate assist! A buddy of mine made it.. Just a spring under the pvc. that hooks to the cable... Nothing spectacular!
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=224011&stc=1&d=1308611516
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=224012&stc=1&d=1308611524

Looks almost like mine.I made 3 sets all just alike for 2 of my trailers plus a buddies.I used 2 springs so the gate would come up even.My 6 year old grand son can lift it now.Probably have less than 100 bucks in one set.I have an idler pulley on each set to keep tension on the cable so it doesn't jump off the pulley

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-15-2012, 07:44 PM
Sorry took me so long wasbusy day yesterday and forgot had a ball game go to watch was late getting home

Few pics of my tail gate
Spring helps alot with out the springs takes 2 people to lift the gate
My gate 3 '' channel 1/4 thick
I have heavy expandable metal you see in the pic
Its little over kill for mowers but I haul other stuff skidloader or my 4600 tractor I'll haul anything that will fit between the fenders and under the 18k axles

CHRIS92789
03-15-2012, 08:58 PM
That is a really good idea with the spring. Unfortunattly I did not mount my gates like that i used 4 reinforced brackets and bolts. In hindsight i wish i mounted it just like that, i wouldnt have to worry about the first time i go to load the kubota on it!

tyler_mott85
03-16-2012, 11:18 PM
I wish every gate had that heavy duty expanded metal. So tired of the thin stuff that is only welded every 10 inches bending and breaking with just a wheelbarrow going up it. Maybe make it in aluminum to save the weight. Talk about some cash for that though.

Just a tidbit for people that have the springs on the hinges. Make sure you lubricate those frequently. They have a lot of torsion on them and when they sit and rust they like to break. I always just put a little bit of motor oil on them every week or so or after it rained.

I've seen someone on LS with short springs that they said were strong enough to pull the gate up easily. Not long like the garage door springs but maybe 6 inches long and mounted close to the hinge. Anyone have an idea?

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-17-2012, 07:09 AM
I wish every gate had that heavy duty expanded metal. So tired of the thin stuff that is only welded every 10 inches bending and breaking with just a wheelbarrow going up it. Maybe make it in aluminum to save the weight. Talk about some cash for that though.

Just a tidbit for people that have the springs on the hinges. Make sure you lubricate those frequently. They have a lot of torsion on them and when they sit and rust they like to break. I always just put a little bit of motor oil on them every week or so or after it rained.

I've seen someone on LS with short springs that they said were strong enough to pull the gate up easily. Not long like the garage door springs but maybe 6 inches long and mounted close to the hinge. Anyone have an idea?

My smaller trailer 14' has the normal stuff it came that way and yes you have repair more often bends breaks welds its a pain
I bought my GN used 22ft for 1800 it was year old guy was needing money bad it only had loading ramps I made my gate with the loading ramps in it
Making the hinge was the fun part

tyler_mott85
03-17-2012, 08:45 PM
Has anyone tried or thought about using snow plow trip springs for their gates?

CHRIS92789
03-18-2012, 08:04 AM
I think te problem with snow plow trip springs is that they are a little to stiff for most trailer gates. You want there to be a little resistance on the actuall gate. I used two 145# garage door springs that were coated in rustolium. In the middle of the sprigs I put a cable that is just long enough so it's tight as the gate hits the ground. This is because of one of those springs break it could come flying off and hit someone if it didn't have the cable.
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cuttin-to-the-Max
03-18-2012, 08:35 AM
I think te problem with snow plow trip springs is that they are a little to stiff for most trailer gates. You want there to be a little resistance on the actuall gate. I used two 145# garage door springs that were coated in rustolium. In the middle of the sprigs I put a cable that is just long enough so it's tight as the gate hits the ground. This is because of one of those springs break it could come flying off and hit someone if it didn't have the cable.
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Speaking of this,
On my trailer my buddy welded a chain link to the top of the trailer side. Then looped the (garage door) Spring threw it. After a few weeks, we lifted the gate and moved to the next house. I was still on the machine and the Weld broke and the spring flew out, Breaking the pvc cap and all! If the cord attaching the spring to the spring wasnt there it would of kept going! I Couldnt believe he actually did that! He did t because welding is quicker than drilling 2 holes and putting to nuts on the U clamp thing...

Donald A
03-18-2012, 09:33 PM
I posted this in the picture section before seeing this post.
I made the whole assembly, using 4 lb grating (4 lbs per square foot) It is very heavy duty and should hold up very well. It is very heavy and took everything I could muster up to lift it. After putting on the Gorilla lift assist it is a 2 finger operation.