Loading a ZTR on Trailer... Which way?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doogiegh, Oct 18, 2002.

  1. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok guys, do you drive forwards onto your trailers and back off, or back on and drive off?

    I just picked up that Woods 1250 ZTR, used for $250.. Best money I think I may of ever ever ever spent, so far. <G>

    The tires don't have enough traction to get up my trailer ramp going forward.


    Backing up the ramp... good god, I think the mower is gonna flip over heels over head.. I was able to get the mower on my trailer with a guy behind me, pushing.. But now I was going to load the mower to take it out, and I felt like I was nearly going to flip. The whole third (rear) wheel was way up in the air, I felt weird and suddenly WHAM, the whole thing came slamming down on the trailer deck.. Thank goodness I made it. And as a virgin ZTR driver, it could of been ugly.

    I know I have to make my trailer ramp/gate longer..

    But I'm still concerned as to how you load your trailer, especially with a front mount ztr like a Woods..
    Thanks,
    Gary
     
  2. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    LOL on the 3rd tire in the air and then slamming down. Been there done that with a Walker. Wait until you do the forward backward forward backward in high speed a few times. Today will not feel like the virgin run. You will mess your pants, almost, and people looking on will laugh.

    At first I drove my Walkers on forward. After time there was a little spring loaded flap that the springs got busted from the wind. When I replaced them then I always backed on so the wind didn't wreck the springs again.
     
  3. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
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    Like I said, the guy who I bought the mower from helped me load it on cause it was my first.... 5 minutes EVER on a ztr.. And putting it on backwards, looking behind myself.. hell it's hard enough to steer a trailer the right way in a truck, much less use 2 chop-sticks to back a mower up a STEEP ramp for the very first time.. So anyway, getting home was fine.. Getting it off was WHEEE like a roller coaster... <G>

    But getting it back on the trailer, solo, is a little rough.. I know my tires are shot for traction, but I can't get it to a dealer cause I can't get it on the trailer. I did read to LOWER the pressure as a general rule for more traction.. How low can one go? The max inflate on the grasshopper 18*8.5-8's that are on there now I believe is 12 PSI and they are at 12 psi...

    And my wife is out right now.. I really though the whole friggin thing was gonna flip "Heels over head", not head over heels... <G>

    Gary
     
  4. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe a full throttle run at it. :D

    Tire pressure should be good under 20. That is what I ran my Walkers at.
     
  5. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
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    put a block on your trailer gate, or extend it to ease the slope and reduce the angle.


    then drive on, back off.
     
  6. Dennis E.

    Dennis E. LawnSite Senior Member
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    Back on,drive off. With most of the weight being over the center of the tandems on the trailer.(For both mowers)
    The WB is drive on,back off.
    Just my .02
    :D
     
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    u might consider putting a hitch that will raise the front of the trailer 6 inches or so. an added benefit from this is, it can make the truck brake better . good luck.
     
  8. mowngrow

    mowngrow LawnSite Senior Member
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    how long is your tailgate? mine is four feet. once you do it a few times it will come natural, just list driving a car. when i frist got my walker it took me a little longer to back mine on. try what cpt. devo said w/ the wood block
     
  9. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have an over center trailer that tips then when you drive on it tips down when you get over the center point - you should have seen me trying to load an old clutch dixon ZTR one time - I had the front castors off both sides and back and forth about five times in 3 seconds. The guy that owns the mower and myself both had to clean our underwear. - I am a tractor (steering wheel) driver myself and that was my first experience with two handles - It will get better, just experiment with what works for you.

    Thanks, Brad
     
  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I try to keep the majority of the weight close to the axles. Depending on what all is on the trailers I will sometimes back on, but mostly I pull forward on the trailers.

    Time for some new tires.
     

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