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#1 Halfling

 
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Posted 3 weeks ago

Now that I have sold my 2003 Wing and have just purchased a trike, I find myself in need of upgrading the size/strength of my utility trailer. I won't trailer the trike often but I'm sure it will happen from time to time. So, earlier this week I sold my 5X10 for $500 and picked up a rebuilt 6X12 for $750.

Now I am getting the new to me trailer configured to my liking.

First, I picked up an excellent pair of used tires for $80 cash.
The trailer does not have a ramp gate (I didn't want one actually because I hate the wind drag) so I began the search for suitable ramps for my trike. Ramps are available all over the place but just about all of them are light weight for atvs etc. I needed heavy duty ones and I needed them long and curved to prevent bottom drag. I found some online for $250 a pair but that seemed expensive especially because I need 3! Eventually I found the best deal to be at tractor supply for $230 a pair. I stopped by to have a closer look but postponed the actual purchase (sticker shock I guess) and decided to think about it for a bit.
Then I stopped into Northern Tool to have a look at their tie down hooks, etc. While walking around the store I noticed their clearance section...to my surprise they had 8 sets of the exact same ramps on clearance! The first tag took them down to $152 a pair but they were marked down again to $125, I then applied one of their $20 coupons to that for an awesome $105 !!!
Today I went back with my son's $20 coupon and bought a 2nd set, SWEET!
Aluminum, 12 inch wide, 90 inch long, curved, 1500 lbs capacity per ramp. I'm elated!

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Posted 3 weeks ago

now all you need to do is upgrade the jack on it, with this one.

 

very economical and free shipping

 

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Good deal John! 


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Posted 3 weeks ago

Wheel chock installed on centerline, measured and placed the 3 ramps on the tail, marked position. Drilled a 3/8 inch hole through center of ramp cleat and through end of trailer, this will hold a removable pin that will keep the ramps in place and aligned during loading/unloading.

Next up, 2 tie down points forward and 2 aft as well as a couple of brackets to hold ramps in place while travelling. I'm also thinking of putting in a board across the front to help protect trike from stones, etc.
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Posted 3 weeks ago

stone protection is a good idea .


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Posted 3 weeks ago

Kinda want to repaint the trailer black but its a really good new paint job in red, guess I'll live with it for now.

Picked up some reflective decal strips for the rear and sides.

Still thinking of the best way to handle a front stone guard. Went through several expensive drill bits yesterday drilling through the steel! Maybe something temporary for now...

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Rattle can truck bed liner makes for a very durable and clean finish for the trailer rails/tongue etc. !!

 

I used these to attach the 5/4" treated planks on my HF utility trailer. No drilling needed!!  

 

 

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Posted 3 weeks ago

I used these to attach the 5/4" treated planks on my HF utility trailer. No drilling needed!!



Through steel?
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Posted 3 weeks ago

I broke out the "big guy" for this special cargo!

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Posted 3 weeks ago

John , unless some used old bed frame steel , the Tek screws should work . At least on of there uses is for decking trailer floors.

 

 As for a stone guard , do you have any old carpet ?  Cut a piece to width , fold carpet over the top edge of trailer rail and just bolt thru the carpet and let it hang below the floor level . Heck for a temporary use I suspect even tye wraps would hold it .

 

 Another way would be a full width mud flat for RVs mounted to the rear of the truck.


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Posted 3 weeks ago

Through steel?



Yes!!

 

I used them to drill through the 5/4" planks and the steel bed rails.

 

 

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Posted 3 weeks ago

John, Hate to say it but that trailer looks a little on the light side to haul a trike, doesn't it?

5/4 on that span too,... I'm thinkin' should use 2X6.  Have no idea what the axle and tires are rated at.

Just sayin, hate to see ya have problems with a brand new trike on the way home.



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Posted 3 weeks ago

Larry , the photo above your post is not trailer John bought. You can see his trailer in the first post of this thread.


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Posted 3 weeks ago

John, Hate to say it but that trailer looks a little on the light side to haul a trike, doesn't it?
5/4 on that span too,... I'm thinkin' should use 2X6. Have no idea what the axle and tires are rated at.
Just sayin, hate to see ya have problems with a brand new trike on the way home.

Thanks for the concern Larry! The old guy that refurbished the trailer is a welder, he put extra steel angle iron under the bed and added a steel bar across the top edge of the axle. In addition, the tongue has been reinforced. He built to be able to handle his Kabota. Also, the floorboards are 2X8s. 15 inch tires too. I'm not in the least worried about a 1300 lb trike.

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Thanks John and Mike. I did see the earlier pics but when I saw the later ones I thought that was the one you were going to pick up the trike with.  Disaster flashed before my eyes!   :BigFatCry:


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Posted 3 weeks ago

I popped in to Wally World today to get the trailer wheels balanced. Guy called me over to the balance machine to show me how badly BOTH wheels were bent and out of round! No wonder the trailer had a "bounce" going down the road!!! Got a new set at tractor supply and Wally World took care of the swap for me. The added cost ticked me off a bit but the peace of mind was worth it.

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Posted 3 weeks ago

I popped in to Wally World today to get the trailer wheels balanced. Guy called me over to the balance machine to show me how badly BOTH wheels were bent and out of round! No wonder the trailer had a "bounce" going down the road!!! Got a new set at tractor supply and Wally World took care of the swap for me. The added cost ticked me off a bit but the peace of mind was worth it.attachicon.gif20170828_162411.jpg

I heard that 'wheel bounce' was caused by 'RED HUBS"...  just sayin'...   :SmileyTooth:


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