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questions about trailer gate

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by LawnPatrolNY, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. LawnPatrolNY

    LawnPatrolNY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    hey everyone need help/have questions about trailers and gates

    being so new i just purchased a 5x8 tilt trailer with no back gate. after useing the trailer and the tilt option , it works but the mower is a little hard to load and i think i would rather just put a gate on it, to make life easier for me. (ive already sprayed the trailer deck w truck bedliner, and it helped a little w the slide but not 100%)

    is there any place that i can buy a new gate from and attach it or... i have a friend that said he could build me one for $200 all said n done. is that a fair price or sound high, think he said $100 for parts $100 for labor

    any other options that i might have?

    ive thought about possibly making ramps that stay underneath the trailer kinda like a uhaul car transport trailer. think this would work as well?

    any ideas or thoughts please
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    IMO, If you have someone that will build and install a gate for 200 bux I'd be all over it.

    You really don't want to fool with ramps all day, Two pins and drop the gate.....
  3. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,335

    $200 is cheap...steel..welding rods..cutoff wheels...the stuff ain't cheep...
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  4. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Or you can get a 2'X4' piece of aluminum diamond plate @ Home Depot for I think abt $50. Cut it into 4 pieces @ 6"X4'. Secure to trailer floor so your mower can get up tilt trailer without slipping.
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  5. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,335

    Doesn't all the stuff in the trailer slide out when it is tilted?
    Seems like a huge PITA to me....Save your back...get the ramp..
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  6. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,156

    I wish my trailer would tilt! I'd put a limiting chain or strap up front to let the trailer tilt just enough to kinda smooth out the transition angle from gate to bed. It seems to wanna snag cutter decks just as you transition. PITA!
    I really need to look into a pair of Gorilla lifts or something like it. That gate is a heavy sucker.
  7. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,104

    You say you just purchased the trailer, I bet you could sell it, and purchase another one with a gate for around a two hundered dollar price difference
  8. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Is your trailer level? If so, replace hitch so trailer is slightly high in the front & it will drop the tail a bit. Should eliminate the deck snagging at transition. I have an adjustable hitch that i can move the ball hight up or down in 1" increments.
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    Messages: 1,343

    Two hundred is cheap money for a fabricated gate.
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  10. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    By boss bought a single gate trailer for his personal use, First time he used it he came to me and said, Rob..... Ya gotta do something about that gate..... I busted out the welder and split it like this example;


    He's happier than a couple Daisy-Maes at one of SLAPPER'S BBQ's now !!!

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