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Advice on trailer deck height/ramp length

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tomo, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    hi , Even though there is a topic listed similar to this currently .IMO my experiences may be valuable to all .
    Deck height low 13 --15 inch
    mid level 15-- 17 inch
    high 17--20 inch

    Loading of mowers or low equipment etc
    The object is to have a low deck height .
    This reduces the ramp length
    Ramps become easier to lift
    A short ramp weighs less
    Less risk of mower falling of ramp
    Less risk of ramp bending if it is as short as needed

    Remember ramp length goes together with deck height , eg the higher the trailer deck the longer the ramp required

    Low height all mowers will load
    Mid only a few mowers will be a problem
    high definitely will cause some issues

    As u realise this will vary a huge amount between mower brands

    13 inch deck height and 4 1/2 ft ramp ,less than 1/2 inch clearance under a walker mower

    Having a trailer deck at 13 inches can cause issues of ground clearance when going up and down an entrance to a steep driveway
    Deck hieght of say 15 inches seems most practical

    Remember this applies to single axle trailer no more than 12 feet long
    On a dual axle 14/ 16 feet long also
    Longer than 16 feet and the deck will have to be raised a little more .


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