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Trailer Modification Info

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by upsondown, May 26, 2004.

  1. upsondown

    upsondown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    We have 4 trailers with split rear gates (ramps) and we're wanting to modify all four to have a side gate (ramp) near the front of the trailer to load/unload our wb's. Question: Have any of you modified your trailers like this and if so what was the approximate cost? Thanks for your help.
  2. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    good post, i was just about to post the same thing :D Hopefully someone helps us.
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Did it myself. Pipe and rod hinge and pipe and rod closures.

    50" wide (I wish I would have went wider)

    Reinforced the frame with 3" channel.
  4. upsondown

    upsondown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    Happen to have a pic of it that you could post?
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Here are some pics.

    50" Wide
    50" High

    Would have liked a 56" x 56"

  6. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Here is a closeup of the hinge and closure.

    Don't ya just love my welds!!! :eek:

  7. maal

    maal LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 34

    Not bad TLS. Not badtatall.
  8. CNE

    CNE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I have some nice pictures of the side gate I built if I could figure out how to make them smaller so I could post the stupid things.
  9. Top Notch

    Top Notch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Make sure and reinforce the frame like he mentioned.

    My buddy cut his siderail on his trailer and built a side gate like that. Now, the trailer frame flexes enough that the ramp gets in a bind sometimes. It depends on how he has the equipment loaded onto the trailer as to whether it binds up or not. He has to go back and reinforce the trailer chassis now to make it work really well.
  10. upsondown

    upsondown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    I met with a welder on Friday that I trust and he said by the time he got through reconfiguring the frame to make it road safe - I would have more money in the trailers than if I traded these in and looked at all new trailers with the gates built in.

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