Open trailer gates

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jcs, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. jcs

    jcs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    In thinking about an open trailer to meet my purposes, I have decided on a
    7' X 14' with two axles and a side and rear gate. In looking at a dealer's inventory, I noticed that the trailers with 3500 lb axles had gates that were
    4' tall. The side gates that I have seen all are 4' wide. These trailers with the 3500 lb axles all used tires with 15" rims.

    I have looked at a trailer in my neighborhood that is used by a lawncare contractor that has 5' tall gates and has tires that use 16" rims. I believe the axles(2) are rated 5000 lbs.
    Here's my questions:
    1. Does anyone own a trailer with a side gate wider than 4'? Do the
    manufacturers customize these in size?
    2. If you plan to load a trailer with 3500 lbs., is a 7' X 14' with 2 3500 lb
    axles good for the load?
    3. If one bought a 7' X 14' with 4' tall gates, will the gates allow mowers like Z's to load and unload in the trailer?
     
  2. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    what kind of Z,s what brand and how big
     
  3. jcs

    jcs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    I have a exmart Z hp 46" deck. The 14' would give me enough room for another bigger Z and a 21" w/b.
     
  4. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    i have a 7' x 16' trailer my 4' tall gate works ok but i am currently working on adding another foot or maybe another foot and half to make the angle a little less sever. The taller the gates the better, but id get helper springs for to help picking them up. Also my side gate is around 53" i think i know i can load a 48" deck with a few inches to spare each side. Depends what kind of equipment your will be carrying on your axles. I have 2 3500#. I carry a grasshopper 61" walker 48" and 2 jd 21" w/b and have plenty of room left over. I havent tried it yet but i think that i can fit my grasshopper and 2 48" walkers on my trailer as long as i back one on and drive the other straight forward. I would probably be pushing my weight if i did this but i dont think id go over.
     
  5. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    Mine and most of the trailers I've seen with a side gate have a 60" opening and 4' high. The problem with the side gate is it's steep angle that will high-center mower. You might test it out with your truck and mowers. My trailer hitch sets low to the ground so it's not as bad as some. I'm considering adding an extra fold out/under extension to my side gate to help with the angle problem.
    At this point I'm not loading my ztr on the side but if I had to, I don't think I could without dragging the hell out of the deck getting it on.
     
  6. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    My trailer has a 2' cage in the front so in order to fit the gate in between the axles and cage it has to be smaller but i do agree with your angle problem i can load my walker but it is not easy thats why i have been putting my grasshoper up front and not using the side gate but it would be nice to use if it worked as good was i though it was going to. I am also looking at adding a section to the gate
     
  7. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    Your 2-3500 lbs axles with the 15" wheels will be fine, this give you 7000 lb GVWR. If you want modifications to the base trailer that you see, find out if the manufacture will customize, most of them will, but they do add the $$s to them for it. If you can weld, other than changing the side ramp width, it might be better for you to make the mods yoruself.
     
  8. jcs

    jcs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Thanks everyone for your help here. The discussion of gate height has opened my eyes a little. Those 4' high gates that I've seen at a dealer will not work. I believe a 4 1/2' wide side gate 5' tall is what I'll shoot for in my pricing.
     
  9. chuck bow

    chuck bow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 701

    4 foot tall gate will work if its a low slung trailer , i dont know what they call it.... i think the axel is over the spring mine is just a single axel 14 foot but works very well [​IMG]
     
  10. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 570

    i'de go 16' long 2 #5200lb axles 15" wheels 7.00x15 tires
    a tall (5 1/2"-6')split gate in the rear and a Bulldog hitch
     

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