lift assist on a dovetail landscape trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by grassmasterswilson, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,947

    I know there are hundreds of threads, but just couldn't find what I was looking for. I have a dove tail trailer and I had the gorilla lift on it. I broke 2 cables in 1 year and took it off. I don't think it was built for a dovetail, but I rigged it up to work.

    Anyone have a lift assist on a dovetail? What brands? What about the elegator? Pics?

  2. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I believe the Elogator will work on dove tails, and the Eric Elm gate assist will work too, but it is dangerous. I think it is ericelmslawnsite or something like that, its gives detailed instructions on how to build it. I have had it on all my trailers and a couple of friends also use it, and it works great! My eric elm gate assist cost me $35. in materials to make.
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Do a search on my name. I have some pics on here of mine. They're probably sometime in '06. Tony
  4. havok1359

    havok1359 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    i use to work for a trailer mfg. and Ive help build & give easy ideas for the guys looking for that assistance on their gates. The gorilla lift is basically a fancy garage door spring with a Lexus price. The way our trailers were being built we technically did the same concept for about $20. But the safest & long life setup for a heavy gate is another form of spring assist. Most companies install a heavy duty spring on the gooseneck ramps to assist with those massive ramps. All your doing is installing one on a landscape trailer ramp. Simply fix and dont have any worries about tripping over a cable or getting whipped by it WHEN it finally snaps. The HD spring is basically a coiled up 5/16" thick spring welded to trailer and assist gate up and down with little effort.
  5. Steve Voss

    Steve Voss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Hows does the gorrilla not work on the dovetail whats different..
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  6. johnslandscaping

    johnslandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    I use a double barrel made by rack em mfg. Works great.
    I paid 150. For it.
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  7. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,098

    What he said.
  8. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    This couldn't be more true. I get springs for $12 at a local garage door place.
  9. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    On our Isuzu NPR, we use a elegator gate assist along with the two factory torsion springs built into the gate. Works great.

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