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Old 03-01-2001, 11:42 AM
luckylawnboy luckylawnboy is offline
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I want to make some sort of set up to help lift the gate on my utility trailer. What I came up with is when the gate is closed position, attach a spring to the floor and run it up to the gate at a 45 degree angle and attatch it to the gate. When you fold down the gate the springs will stretch out and lay flat on the bottom of the floor and gate. Put a spring on each side as far over out of the way as possible. I figured each spring would be only 2-3 inches wide and would not take up that much space. The only problem is where to get the springs. I thought about the springs on my snow plow but they are to stiff and short. And Ideas, or easer or less cost effective way for making something would be great.
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Old 03-01-2001, 11:56 AM
Eric ELM Eric ELM is offline
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Gate lift

If you want to make one, check out what I made and it has directions too. My website is down for some reason, but I have an old website at and go to the 6th link down, Striping tips and Tailgate Lift Link and you will see 2 pictures of the one I made. I can lift this gate that weighs around 100 lbs with 1 finger. I hope this helps.
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Old 03-01-2001, 12:00 PM
lawnboy11 lawnboy11 is offline
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Home Depot-garage door springs. About $9-$10 I think.
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Old 03-01-2001, 12:30 PM
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AltaLawnCare AltaLawnCare is offline
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I made one for my trailer, modeled after the one on Erics site. I bought a 80lb spring from Lowes for 8.00, and a heavy duty shelf bracket(L-bracket)for 4.00. My spring is a little weak, so Im going up to a 100-125lb spring.
I would post a pic of it, but it looks just like Erics.

P.S.: Thanks Eric , this is a good idea which works great.
.... Billy

Altavista Lawn Care
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Old 03-01-2001, 12:44 PM
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captdevo captdevo is offline
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Nice job Eric!!

That is a nice set up. Very helpful. No more "my back hurts" excuses.
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Old 03-01-2001, 02:40 PM
Scott Campbell Scott Campbell is offline
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Easy to make........

I made one as well for my 14' tandem. Saw some literature on purchasing one, then I found LS & Eric. The rest is history.

Eric was a big help for me also. Made mine for about $60 worth of material. I used a 150# garage door spring (Lowe's:$15 I think), and added a turnbuckle to the trailer end to allow for some adjustment.

Mine also looks very similar to Eric's. Work's really well!!

Campbell Enterprises, LLC
Wilkinson, IN
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