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Old 10-27-2006, 11:38 PM
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New leaf rig

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I have a loadtrail 6.5 x 14 dump equiped with 24" sides. I am thinking that I can fabricate some side extensions from 1 1/2" sqr. tube to make the sides 48" tall. Then I take some pressure treated 1/2" plywood and attach to the inside of the trailer along both sides and the front. After this, fabricate a tailgate that will hinge at the top with my spanking new billygoat leaf loader attached. Ok... cover it all with a mesh tarp to allow the air out. This set-up will give me 13 cu. yds. capacity. With the loader attached to the tailgate, I can remove the tarp and gate in the off season and use the trailer for whatever else. What do you guys think? Any ideas or thoughts? Comments? Thanks

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Old 10-28-2006, 11:01 PM
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I think you need to make the box bigger.
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:53 AM
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Bigger?

13 cu. yds. capacity not enough you think? Does anyone know that the typical leaf box mounted in a pick-up bed volume is? I was assuming a length of 8 feet, a width of 6 feet and a height of 6 feet. That would yield a total volume of 10.66 cu. yds. I could go to a height of 6 feet instead of 4 feet and get 20 cu. yds. This set-up would cost about twice as much to construct. Any thoughts on that? Thanks for the reply.

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Old 10-29-2006, 01:13 AM
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Just talked to a friend who suggested that I fabricate a tailgate that attaches to the rear of the existing trailer. (same basic design as listed in my first post) He says to make the gate 6 feet tall. Then fabricate a headboard from steel tube and plywood the same height as the tail gate. Again using steel tubing, fabricate 'bows" that will support a fitted mesh tarp to cover/enclose the trailer. This way, I don't have so much steel/fabrication in making extended sides.
I know that I can get a fitted tarp in what ever size I need. My only concern is that the tarp will not hold up to use like solid plywood sides will. Going this route will get the larger capacity that 'willretire' was talking about. I can buy a fitted tarp cheaper than I can fabricate steel tube/plywood sides.

So, does this sound better or should I stick with my original idea?

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