Which do you prefer-trailer with or without curbside ramp?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Davislawnservices, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Davislawnservices

    Davislawnservices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I'm purchasing a new 6 X 12 trailer this week. They have several in stock and some different options. I have a few options: rear gate either one piece or split opening and either a side ramp or removeable sides. Wondering what most people prefer: having the curbside ramp or just removable sides? Does anyone prefer to have a split rear ramp over solid? Thanks !!
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  2. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    I vote for curbside ramp and solid rear ramp.
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    agreed. helps get fert spreaders and other equipment that may be stuck behind mowers.
  4. Davislawnservices

    Davislawnservices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I thought the split rear would be kinda cool cause if I had two WB's at the back I could open just one half of the rear gate to access instead of the whole gate....and if I needed to I could drop both halves of the rear gate for a rider. But I'm not sure how well a split gate would hold up in the long run. The curbside ramp is one piece though..
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  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I ordered a trailer about 2 weeks ago now that has the curbside ramp and the split rear ramp. I did upgrade the curbside ramp to be 54" wide instead of 48" wide so I would be able to get a 48" mower (maybe even a 52" mower) on there.

    The split rear ramps are quite nice. It makes lifting the gate not as heavy since your only lifting a 3' wide gate and not the 6' wide gate.
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,697

    I always had a split rear ramp built for my trailers. I like a fairly long ramp, and a very heavy duty ramp, that will not bend over time. Built in one piece, they got mighty heavy. The split ramp put a lot less stress on my back.
    The side ramp looked like a good idea to me at first. So, i bought a trailer with a side ramp. We never used the ramp much. It seemed like over half the time, the ramp ended up right next to a mailbox, shrub, or tree, so we could not let it down. The ramp , which was the same height as the tall landscape trailer sides, was still too short to be of much use.
    I would spend the money on good split rear ramps, and not do a side ramp.

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