Extending trailer gate???

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by walker-talker, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    I think I will extend my trailer gate another 2 feet. Has anyone done this and have pics? It's 4' now, but I have a hard time getting an aerator and my verticutter up the steep incline. I thought maybe someone might have some pics.

    Thanks
     
  2. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    I got the dealer to make me a new 5ft gate instead of the 4 ft. He just switched them out for me. Just realize that your wind resistance will increase dramatically. Cost me about a mile per gallon and when you only got 10.5 before.

    another option is to bring a 2x4 and set it under the gate. This will change the angle of incline and is a lot cheaper if you are just missing.
     
  3. Dig-it Landscaping

    Dig-it Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Try raising the hieght of your hitch on your truck this may help as long as it doesn't make the back of your trailer too close to the ground while driving.
     
  4. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
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    I added on to my gate. I think I hold the record in my area for the tallest gate. :eek:
     
  5. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
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    Heres a link to the pic.
     
  6. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. 2k1yzfr1

    2k1yzfr1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had my dealer add a 2' dovetail to my new trailer. Shouldn't cost you more than a couple hours labor.
     
  8. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Look in the pic forum under my trailor. Or do a search under my name in the pic forum added 2 ft to mine

    Mac
     
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  9. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Thanks IMO and olderthan dirt. IMO, when you get a chance, would you mind taking a pic or two of your extension....close-up? I am very concerned about the actual welding of the extension. I am only afraid that over time the gate will bend and/or break at the point of extension. I passed up the opportunity of getting the dovetail for an extra $140 at the time of purchasing the trailer 2 years ago....really kicking myself because I did consider it but passed. I had thought about selling the trailer and buying another one just for this reason, but since I have built a side gate, storage rack and gate assist for the trailer. Maybe not a lot of money added, but a hell of a lot of time put into it.
     
  10. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
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    Maybe these will help. My gate is a little over 6' now. I considered making a dovetail but I have several places that might drag. You can see the add on hasn't been painted yet, and I have seen no bending in the year or so Ive been using it.

    gate1.jpg

    gate2.jpg

    gate3.jpg
     

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