Gate Assist for Enclosed?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by HydroCutter, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. HydroCutter

    HydroCutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I have an enclosed trailer that I would like to put some kind of gate assist on. Searching here and around the internet I can only find aftermarket items for open trailers. Does anyone know of any of these prodcuts for an enclosed trailer?


  2. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I have been contemplating making my own tailgate assist based on the designs that I have seen here for open trailers.

    Garage Door Spring
    Metal Pipe big enough to house said spring
    Eye Bolt on Tailgate

    Seems simple enough, just have not gotten around to it.
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    I have never had an enclosed trailer without factory installed gate assist. Thought that was just standard. :confused:
  4. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    Me too.

    Without an assist I think I would have one hell of a time lifting the rear door on my trailer by myself.
  5. CutNLawns

    CutNLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Check with a company that installs garage doors and maybe they can retro something for you. Same kind of set up!

    Again though, never heard of one that didn't have one to begin with.
  6. lubricity

    lubricity LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    Go the local garage door installer. Buy the cables and torque tube. Easy to install.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,592

    Go to a trailer place you can buy the entire assembly that you will need including the cable. We have to replace our spring about every year and last year we went ahead and got a new shaft and bearing ant it was less than $200 from Dolittle.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    New one to me i thought it was standard equipment.
  9. lubricity

    lubricity LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    Standard Equipment? We usually have to modify half of everything we get anymore. Minor or major, things aren't like they used to be.
  10. hoyboy

    hoyboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 346

    I don't know about you folks, but my crews are always breaking the "factory" installed cables on these enclosed trailers. They are a real pain to fix as well.

    I'm going to try installing one of those open trailer assists on one of my enclosed trailers...might need to modify it a bit. I need something simple that can be repaired quickly and easily...hoping these work.

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