Personally, I have never found much use for a side gate. On the business side my larger mowers would never be able to access the trailer by this method. The only small mower I carry is a pushmower and it goes in the pick up bed. For personal use it is useless also as the quads I haul are much to large to fit sideways on the trailer. I borrowed my buddy's trailer at times which has the side gate. It was more cumbersome to strap down my larger mower, as it had 2 less tie down points because of the gate.
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