Building my side dump trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by IMAGE, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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    And here is the finished product, nice huh?
    (i have a couple detail things left, but pretty much done)
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    this is the 12volt charging circut I am using to charge the trailer battery:
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  2. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thats awesome work, hows the winch work trying to figure it out from the pictures,
     
  3. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    There is a winch on each side, they are mounted on posts. They have a cable that runs down to a snatch block(pulley) that is attached to the bottom rail of the trailer, after the cable goes through the pulley it goes back up to the post right below the winch.

    Doubling up the cable effectively doubles the winches power, because it cuts the line speed by 1/2.

    Also, I have both winches wired into one controler, so they work together.

    Here is a pic:

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  4. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    OK I could not pull up the post production, pictures thats great work man, gotto love when you can design & fabricate yourself.
     
  5. farmboy1285

    farmboy1285 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks good, Be careful with the those cheap autoshade helmets. Alot of them dont chage darkness as quick as the more expensive one and if you weld alot those little miliiseconds start to add up.
     
  6. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    helmet? I just held a lense in my left hand and welded with my right.

    Yeah nosparkplugs, it is nice being able to do stuff like that, I saved a good chunk of change doing it myself. It is always a work in project though, I noticed today that I can move the hook up point a little farther out to give the winch better leverage- not sure if it needs it, but it can't hurt.
     
  7. jhakarter

    jhakarter LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 55

    Very nice Steve! Do you have it hitched up so that the power source for the winch is being charged while you are driving around, thru your alternator in your truck? Or how is that set up? Looks very nice tho and I am sure will save you some time! haha.
    Josh
     
  8. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    Thanks Josh,

    Yes I ran a seperate 7pin plug and wired it to my alt to charge a battery on the trailer, anytime it is hooked up it is charging. I thought of charging through the trailer lights harness, but it is a very nice harness and I didnt want to cut into it. Plus it is super easy to just run a dedicated charge circut.

    The only change I am gonna make to that setup is I am gonna put a cylinoid(sp?) in line and controlled by an "ignition on hot" lead, so when the truck is not on, then the circut to the trailer will be open- just to prevent any possible draws.
     
  9. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
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    have you put any weight in the box to see how it lifts ? leaves and grass can get pretty heavy !!! plus I'm wondering if it will twist
    just having the lifting cable on just one side ? just a thought !!
     
  10. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
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    he has the same cable setup on both sides. look at the pics agian.
     

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