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New tailgate on trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by timsjeep, Feb 28, 2004.

  1. timsjeep

    timsjeep LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    Has some extra time this week and so left over unistrut from another job. So I built a tailgate. Its ugly and big, but works well. Is so big, I had to build a gate assist. Thanks for all the ideas on the assist.

  2. timsjeep

    timsjeep LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    This is the assist. I used the search and came up with almost all the plans. It is almost not enough, I may add a second one if I get the time.

  3. timsjeep

    timsjeep LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    I think it turned out good for the first try. I learned alot and will make the next one better.

  4. timsjeep

    timsjeep LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    I put in lots of supports because I still want to be able to drive the jeep you see in the back up on the trailer without taking the trailgate off.

  5. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    Wow, good job. I need to put a new gate on the back of my trailer so that the guys won't tear the lawn mowers up loading and unloading them. The bottom of the decks scrape the trailer gate if then dont lean them back.
  6. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 927

    Very nice. Looks heavy.
  7. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    Great job......I need to do the same.

    You might want to make the pipe your assist spring is in, a little longer so that the spring is covered when fully extended.....

    Also you can put a cap on the end and drill a hole for the cable to completely encase the spring for protection if it were to fail.

    You probably already knew that though....

  8. Royalslover

    Royalslover LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    Nice job. I see you built a six footer to get your walkers over the edge without scraping the blower. I was forced to do the same. My tailgate ways 350#.
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    Tim, for the next one instead of adding the extra supports for the jeep I would just put a leg on the middle of the gate instead. It will lighten up the gate for everyday use.
    I use my trailer for my Ford tractor and just throw a block of wood under the gate and it doesn't bend at all. Makes for a much lighter gate.
  10. timsjeep

    timsjeep LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    Thanks for the tip. Great idea. I will keep that in mind. It is a SOB to get up. Loosing two supports would drop it about 35 pounds or maybe more. Thanks again. Tim

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