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Who keeps their skid steers on their trailers when stored?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by SouthernYankee, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    My storage space is going to be tight with all of my equipment and trucks and I was wondering if there is any down side to keeping their bobcats on their trailers when they are not in use.

    Are there is any real downsides to keeping a bobcat on the trailer when its stored? Is it hard to get the loaded trailer off the truck? thanks

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,134

    makes it eaiser to steel
  3. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    Yes, I've done it but for me the deciding factor would be how long it would be sitting on there. Also what size trailer it's sitting on. We mounted 2 jack stands on the back of our trailers one on each side so we could disconnect from them with them loaded with trees etc. They prevent the trailer from jumping off your hitch when you disconnect it loaded.
  4. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Anybody ever driven on or off their trailer when unknowingly, it wasn't hooked up?

    I know I never have...:eek:
  5. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    No, Mark but I once hooked up to a trailer put an ex on it and drove about 25 miles. When I got to the job I tried unloading the ex and the trailer jumped right off the ball when I tried coming off it. I somehow in a hurry didn't realize I had a 2" ball on the truck instead of a 2 5/16" is it? and drove away. I couldn't believe it stayed on the hitch all the way across town
  6. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I had my 20' enclosed trailer pop off a 2'' ball going down the road at 45mph... to top it off the safety chains broke in half. Almost killed someone. My bigger trailers take 2 5/16'' balls and the guys had put on a 2'' ball earlier for a smaller trailer.
  7. allaccesslandscaping

    allaccesslandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Iheard its not good for the axle over time
  8. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    we only use pintle hitch's because of this....
  9. vntgrcr

    vntgrcr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Loaded my 257 on the trailer only to feel the rear end of the trailer sink to the ground. Knew what had happened right away. Looked at the pick up tail gate, and knew that I had just made an expensive mistake. Didn't lock the pintle clasp down. The pintle eye got driven right intothe tailgate. Live and learn.
  10. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    be there done that....we must have pulled the trailer plug off twice last season (not un hooking it):p

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