I noticed something very interesting yesterday about my fuel mileage

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Richard Martin, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used a trailer with ramps for two years. What i did was put a fairly lightweight. Chain with a hook and drilled a hole in the trailer floor. Throw the ramp on hook the chain and good to go. Never had any problems with slide outs and not much slower then unhooking the gate.
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  2. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    I know for a couple grand you could convert your truck to propane and lower your gas bill by $2.50 a gallon. It would be like making your truck an economy car.
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  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, the trailer gate acts as a sail.
    Even with the wire-mesh floor.
    Taking it off makes a measurable and noticeable difference.
    Doing so, however, may not be practical.
  4. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
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    I'll get some pics today while I'm working. Then post them in the morning while it's raining.
  5. RaulMcCai

    RaulMcCai LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    A tightly drawn tarp might help too.
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i think they make the ramps so tall on trailers to keep your speed down. it's like a secret way to control you by the government. :laugh:

    they used to suggest going no faster than 45mph when towing anything. i dunno if that is still a law or not or just a suggestion.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    If anybody is interested in buying the Great Day loading ramps be aware that a lot of retailers are listing them as being no longer available. As far as I can tell they are still in production and they are still listed on the Great Day website. http://www.greatdayinc.com/specialty.htm They are Great Day model number LL21643. Mine should be here today and I'll have a few words to say about them. Probably later today or tomorrow.
  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have a 4x8 trailer that needs to be replaced.
    It has wood stake racks on all 4 sides.

    I simply lift off the rear rack slide out wooden ramps with metal ends from under the mowers and unload.

    At the end of the day I back my mower onto the ramp until the front tires are off the trailer. Which then allows me to get easy access to hose off the underside of the mower deck. All the grass debri falls onto the road by the curb.

    Now when I have looked at the landscape trailers with the mesh gates all I imagine is the mesh gate being in my way to clean and all the debri that does fall down will only get caught up in the mesh gate. Making the gate a pain in the butt to clean.

    Being that I was leaning towards the trailers with the full metal sides instead of open or mesh. I was thinking of getting a metal side with a pickup style tail gate. No extra height so better aerodynamics and MPG. Then I would still slide out my wooden ramps. So cleaning up the underside of the mower decks would be easy.

  9. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Richard; Here's the pics of my tailgate.
    The pipe hinge didn't come out in the pics. It's two pipes one inside the other. Take the outer pipe and chop it into segments about 8 to 10" long. With the two pipes assembled weld every other segment of the outer pipe to the dovetail section, and the opposite segments to the end sections.
    If you have to buy the pipe get black pipe for the outside pipe so you don't have to grind off the galvanizing to weld it.
    For smaller diameter pipes for a thinner tailgate the inside "hinge pin" would probably be a steel rod.

    The tailgate doesn't have to be cut in the middle, you can have the end section only a foot or two long leaving even less sticking up.

    You need little legs on the end section(s) to support the joint when you drive something up on it.

    My tailgate has a coil spring assist to help lift the end sections. A leaf spring like they use on horse trailer tailgates would have been better.

    You probably wouldn't need a spring assist. My ramps are made of 2" x 3" schedule 40 box beam. A guy drove a fork lift up them the other day to load a skid of fertilizer. They're really heavy ramps. After 10 years the chains pulled the corners out of the end of my trailer. So I had to weld some scabs on the corners to reinforce it. That's the only problems I've had.
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Very nice Toro. The hinges are simple but effective. I like the legs. They look to be very heavy duty. I've seen some others that didn't look like they'd hold up but yours look good. If the ramps don't work out then it's off to the welder's shop for me.

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