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#76 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted January 14, 2013 - 10:34 AM

I don't trust the spare tire winches. One morning I went out to my 20 year old van and there is the spare laying on the ground under the van. I shudder to think if that happened as I was driving down the road.

 

As far as easy removal of the winch and spare pedestal, how about using an old Reese reciever. Then you can take it off or put it on with just one pin.

That is an option I hadn't thought of. Thanks!


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 04:00 PM

Kenny, Your trailer is looking good. My trailers all have the ramps under the back and slide out, just have to lift them into their track for use. I have a plate to set my winch on when I need it, it's a cheapy form HB, but does a good job.

 

I got this one on sale last year for 39.95. It seems to hold up good so far. I've used it several times dragging dead ones the trailer.

 

http://www.harborfre...inch-96455.html


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Posted January 14, 2013 - 05:54 PM

Kenny, Your trailer is looking good. My trailers all have the ramps under the back and slide out, just have to lift them into their track for use. I have a plate to set my winch on when I need it, it's a cheapy form HB, but does a good job.

 

I got this one on sale last year for 39.95. It seems to hold up good so far. I've used it several times dragging dead ones the trailer.

 

http://www.harborfre...inch-96455.html

Mine is the older HF 3000 lb with the remote. If I left it on the trailer around here, it would be gone by morning. AI'll figure out an easy mount for it.

Maybe by the end of the week it will be warm enough for me to work on the trailer some more.



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 11:57 AM

The link I sent you shows how mine mounts with that plate. I just slide it on the mount when I use mine, as it won't stay there with the way the mount is made.


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Posted January 15, 2013 - 12:06 PM

You could mount your on a receiver style hitch on the front of your trailer. Put it in when you need it and keep it in the storage box when you don't.

 

Just a thought.. :thumbs:


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Posted January 15, 2013 - 01:53 PM

I'm debating. Kind of hard to figure it out with the trailer 20 miles away and too cold to be out there. Biggest thing right now is the ramps and their storage. Then the deck goes in.



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 05:24 AM

I should have the jack by this evening! :dancingbanana: :thumbs:


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 07:06 AM

Hopefully the courier delivering the jack, brings you some warmer weather, so you can

get to work on your trailer. Sure sounds like you're chomping at the bit there, waiting

to get at er.


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 07:27 AM

Hopefully the courier delivering the jack, brings you some warmer weather, so you can

get to work on your trailer. Sure sounds like you're chomping at the bit there, waiting

to get at er.

You got that right. I need to find some material to make the ramps with, but don't know how much I'll need until I get the jack on and see how that works for raising the front of the trailer so the ramp angle is okay to load a tractor with a mower under it. I don't want to put the boards on if they will be on the way of building the ramp storage at the back. Temps will be in the upper 50's to 60 until Sunday!



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 07:54 AM

I saw this stow-away system for snowmobiles(@ 400lbs+-?) online somewhere,  I think this is kinda cool and adaptable, thought I'd share...

ramps_out_side.jpg ramp_con.jpg ramps_stored.jpg tailgate-up.jpg unfolded.jpg

 


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 07:59 AM

That's a neat idea. But I don't want to put anything much lower than the trailer already is back there. I'll do something similar, only in from the sides. I have 3" height there to play with.



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 08:04 AM

If there is any way to build the ramps to work just with your truck/trailer without the jack, I would suggest it. Seems to be a bit of a pain to have to jack it up every time you need to load the mower. Also, I've always found the jack feels less stable than the truck.

I will once in a while run the jack down and lift the truck and the trailer a little to get a better angle, but that's a lot of strain on the jack.
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Posted January 16, 2013 - 08:09 AM

understood, I'm still going through my options here too.


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 08:37 AM

I wonder if you drove the rear truck tires on some 3" boards( I have ones cut on a taper to drive the camper wheels on when leveling it ) , how much would it drop the rear of the trailer ?
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Posted January 16, 2013 - 08:46 AM

If there is any way to build the ramps to work just with your truck/trailer without the jack, I would suggest it. Seems to be a bit of a pain to have to jack it up every time you need to load the mower. Also, I've always found the jack feels less stable than the truck.

I will once in a while run the jack down and lift the truck and the trailer a little to get a better angle, but that's a lot of strain on the jack.

I plan to leave the trailer hooked to the truck when raising the front. That's why I went with a jack with 5000 lb lift. I'm trying to keep the ramps short so they don't weigh more than I can handle by myself. It's hard to see what angle I'll have with the ramps until I get the trailer jack installed and can lift some. May end up using 2 X 10 treated boards braced on the back just for the weight factor.






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