questions about trailer gate

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by LawnPatrolNY, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Check local laws on trailers. Some places have laws on how high the gate can be when in the upright position. A freind of mine got a ticket because they said his gate was too high. He was not happy at all.
     

  2. that has to be the dumbest thing i have heard.
     
  3. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
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    We have a pair of Gorilla lifts on one of our trailers (we have 3) and it works great. Ours you can lift the gate with one finger (I think we over did it with the springs)



    http://www.gorilla-lift.com/
     
  4. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
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    That is for sure but it is true none the less. He had to cut a foot off the gate to be legal.
     
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fixer,

    Do you realize how stupid that sounds ?

    That cop must have been ALL d1ck......
     
  6. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am tring to find something on line about it. What he was told (I can not remember the numbers) There is a limit from the ground to the top of the gate and a limit from the bed of the trailer to top of the gate. This happened in N.C

    All I Know is he had to pay a fine at the court house. It was all he talked about for a month.
     
  7. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I can not find anything on line about utility trailers gate heights. I just know what happen. This was about 1990 or so and he has just gotten his trailer built by a co-worker. It was a home built utility trailer and about a week or so later this mess happened. Never really though much about until this thread. Now I am starting to wonder about the whole thing.
     
  8. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had the same issue in the beginning. Got to harbor freight or northern tool and purchase a hand crank winch for under fifty bucks. Mount it on the tongue of the trailer with two four inch long carriage bolts $3 at tractor supply. You hook the strap to the front of the mower. It will secure your mower while in transport as well as pull the tilt bed down when reloading. My Dad used this method for twenty years pulling the same old Scag STHM. Message me, I be glad to explain.
     
  9. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't use gorilla lifts. I go to the local garage door place and pay $22 for two springs for my gates. That is all that is in a gorilla lift anyway. Somebody set down one day and found a hell of a way to get a couple hundred bucks outta people for some $10 springs.
     
  10. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yeah, I know. I got a free set of springs,cables, pulleys, etc off Craigslist about a year ago, with that very idea in mind.
    'Course I've only had the trailer for 15 years now.............
     

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