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It worked..but what a site it was (and bit crazy)

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mowisme, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    I just wasn't happy with the slight sag on my 14ft tandem trailer. It has all boards off and paint stripped off to bare metal ( by razor blade/stripper!) Even with all for corners braced in air..it still bowed up at the axle area or central area of frame. Obviously the skidsteer the previous owner loaded was too heavy ( no side rails ever on it either for stability)..so..as I am getting ready to weld the up-right braces for rail..I wanted the frame flat or maybe slightly 'down' in center rather than other way..then once rail is done all way around hoping to keep the it that way or atleast not bow again once back on ground with wheels on ground- now..to get to my venture. I took wheels off trailer..put front up about 2-3ft off ground and had rear of frame on ground. basically a 14ft ramp. the rear axle hubs were about 6" from the ground. After putting a 4x4 across center from side-to-side..I ran 2 6x6's about 4 feet apart from the ground up to and slightly over the 4x4. (This left quite a incline..had to get up on by going over many bricks staked in front of 6x6's) so when I backed the Bobcat up all the pressure was pushing centerally on the frame on the 4x4. farther up I went ..more the frame pushed closer to ground. What really made this crazy (A) never drove a bobcat in my life..never. I bought it for resto and to sell. It is a 1964/65 M-444 (B) Didn't even consder what would happen if one of the jack stands had broke or shifted..Long story short- I was bouncing like crazy trying to back up..But it worked! Thank God stands held. Now the trailer is back down and in position for working on with all four corners braced up..and it bows slighly down in center now instead of up- Success..but little wild as it took 4-5 attempts and last one I came off 6x6 coming down (sorry so long)
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010

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