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Rear gate height on a trailer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by crazyz, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. crazyz

    crazyz LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 16

    I found some "new cheap" 76" X 16ft trailers with a 4ft gate on the back. Can someone tell me if this gate is tall enough for a JD ztr not to rub while loading and unloading. Also, if a regular JD lawn mower with a 48" deck will rub. I don't really want to buy one if it is going to tear my deck all up. Any info is greatly appreciated.
  2. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    You're probably going to have to weld a 12' extension on it,then add a spring lift assist to make it work;that's what I did for $300.I guess they make those gates for ATV clearance?
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    No way to answer this. It depends on the height of the trailer at the back that will determine the angle of the gate at the crest. this has variables like the overall height of the trailer, and the pitch of the trailer when hooked up. Sometimes, a simple remedy is a piece of 2x6 or so across the floor of the trailer right at the point that the front wheels will be when the deck has to clear the crest. This lifts it to get the clearance.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    When I got another open trailer, I would hit the deck at the break over point.
    I reset the drawbar with the ball about 3 inches higher, this reduced the brakeover angle so I do not drag, trailer sits a little front high but not too bad.
  5. cujrh10

    cujrh10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Can you weld an extension and expect it to hold the weight of a 1000 lb plus ztr? I too recently purchased a trailer that has a shorter gate (supposed to improve gas mileage for atv'ers hauling long distances i guess?). I'm going to have to do something because its just a pain
  6. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    I've been told that done properly the weld is stronger than the rest,I have a 52' stander,that I use on it 600+operator=800lbs.Just be sure to get the lift assist springs as it adds a bit to the weight of the gate.
  7. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    The recommended angle for a tailgate is 15°.

  8. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    Had the same problem; 16' trailer, JD mower (54" deck), 4' ramps that came with the trailer, and places where the mower would drag going over the rear of the trailer.

    Solution: build 6' ramp/gate out of 2" tubing and expanded metal.
    Result: no mo draggin, anywhere!
    Question: too heavy? No, I'm 63, 240 lbs and can lift the gate/ramp without much problem, multiple times every day. :):):)

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