Something wrong with my trailer gate!! HELP!!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by commercial_cut50, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. commercial_cut50

    commercial_cut50 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I have a 16' pro star trailer and everytime i put my trailer gate down and then put it back up it always ends up to far over to the right side and i have to kick it back over. it doesnt sound like it but it is unbelievably annoying!:hammerhead:
  2. honeydopm

    honeydopm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 891

    I have the same trailer and had the same problem and boy is it a pita to pick that gate up by yourself when it comes off. I also destroyed my light bar when the gate fell on it so now i just drop the gates together instead of one at a time and have not had a problem since. You would think their would be something welded on ends or pins to prevent this but that would make things too easy.
  3. commercial_cut50

    commercial_cut50 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Well i dont take them one by one. ive always taken them both at the same time. its just that EVERY time i have to kick that right side over because its over to far to get the pin locked in. never fails!!
  4. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    Hard to say without a picture of the gate
  5. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    my new 16 footer does that. Like if I pull the mower up on an angle the wheels shift the whole gate on the hinge and it doesn't align to the pins. It doesn't happen very often but I believe its because its a removable gate. I bet you could weld some spacers on the hinge it would hold the gate centered, and that could keep it from constantly shifting side to side.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    my trailer was doing that and i welded a tab on the side so that it could not fall off. it still moves but at least it wont come off.
  7. commercial_cut50

    commercial_cut50 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    yea i think ill do that. thanks for the help guys!
  8. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    Try standing on the other side of the gate when you open and close it. My trailer has slip hinges on its gate, and if stand on the right side of it and pull the gate a little towards yourself when you close it, it closes correctly. Keep the hinges well greased. Be careful when unloading on a side slope--if slanted the wrong way, the ramp could come off (as a previous writer noted)!

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