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enclose trailer: ramp vs barn door ?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JFGauvreau, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    I'm looking to buy a enclosed trailer and I really wanted to have the ramp door, but I have heard that for some reason the ramp doors on enclosed trailers never really shut off properly, in the long run, water will get in by the ramp door, compared to barn door, that never had that problem.

    Anyone had any problems with ramp doors or anything related to water getting in by the doors?
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I've never heard of that being a problem but I would stay with a ramp door for landscaping. If the water is an issue, just put some thicker gaskets around the door so it seals better.
  3. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    ok thx, and how thick or those ramp doors anyways?
  4. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    I've also never heard of that. You will regret getting barn doors. You'll need an extra set of ramps that will only take up valuable space in the trailer. I bought mine in 05 and have yet to have a problem. I do however get water in through my side door. I'm sure its the gaskets, but i never got a chance to fixing that.
  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    if your doing lawn maintenance i would definitly go with ramp door. getting mowers in and out can't get any easier.

    like others have already stated i have never heard of them not sealing properly, letting in water. the one i have seals great. the only time i have ever noticed any water getting in is when i pressure wash it at the carwash. there hasn't been a rain yet that has made into the trailer except from whatever would be on the equipment Thumbs Up
  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    If it becomes a problem, just put a rubber gasket around the ramp door. That would be a pain to have barn doors and mowers to load and unload.
  7. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Enclosed trailers have gaskets on the door and pieces on the trailer that will prohibit water from getting in. Mine is bent and still does not allow water in, even when covered in snow on the rare occasion. You will regret getting barn doors. Its ghetto and completely unnecessary for mowing trailers to have barn doors.
  8. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    Cool thx, I guess the person who told me that didn't know what he was talking about lol.

    Do you guys normal put a 2nd plank of wood in your trailer? (to protect the real floor from gas spills and such)
  9. chevytrucks84

    chevytrucks84 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    i covered my floor with rhino lining works great! just make sure to do 2 coats like it says. The second coat is what makes it. Also make sure to wear rubber gloves....learned that the hard way!
  10. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    thats like some kind of paint huh? alright thx

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