Why no side ramps on enclosed trailers?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by brookline, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. brookline

    brookline LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    I have used open trailers with side ramps (curbside) and absolutely loved them. Why is it that no company makes them on an enclosed trailer? I like being able to pull the walkbehinds off the trailer without moving the ZTR's or vise versa. If anyone knows of a company that has this option please let me know. Or maybe we should let it be known that this is something that these companies should try to offer us.:help:
  2. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    Ive never seen it but would love to have this option as well...so much time would be saved
  3. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    r and r makes one. There are others available, mostly designed for snowmobiles.
  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    I was going to say you can get a snowmobile trailer,, but the ramp is on the front v portion.
  5. brookline

    brookline LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    I have seen the v-nose gates on snow mobile trailers but cant find one on a regular and I am reluctant thinking that the V-nose would be half on the curb and half off. I have never heard of R and R I will look them up.
  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,255

    I have seen a custom 18' that had a 54" side ramp/door. It used the same lift spring setup as the back door.
  7. brookline

    brookline LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    I'm thinking I may just have to make the side ramp myself. I am pretty suprised that this has not been an option on the trailers by now. They make the open trailers with it so I would think it would make sense to offer it on the enclosed as well.
  8. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,431

    Problem with a snowmobile trailer is the ramp is on the driver side. When parking them along a snowbank they still need to be able to open the ramp door, so it must open into the road.
  9. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    It was an option on my trailer when I ordered it in 07. Wish all the time I had gotten it
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  10. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Certain manufacturers do have them as options. Forget which right now.

    I fabricated a side gate on my open 16'er back in '97. Only made it 50". Makes for a tight squeeze for my 48" SCAG WB. Wouldn't buy a trailer w/o a side gate.

    I am looking to go with an enclosed and it WILL have this option along with 2 fuel doors.

    I would think that if you order custom, that all manufacturers would do this. They just use off the shelf parts.

    When I did this to my open trailer, I beefed up my frame on that side. With the MUCH thicker frames on open trailers they don't rely on the upper rails for strength like open trailers do.

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