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Tilting trailer?
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deadcarp    Posted 08-03-2004 at 10:13:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay i kinda inherited this neat trailer - maybe 7X12 foot flatbed (well, it has stake pockets) w/1 axle - and i want to lift the front of the bed for dumping firewood. How many ways are there to do that? I'm already eyeing a 6-ton bottle jack. I'm wondering if it wouldn't be easy to just slide the hinged bed back and let gravity do the tilting? :)

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-03-2004 at 11:42:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC, why not get a long choker cable. Build your load of wood on top of it, then choke it up. When you want to unload, hook the end of it to a tractor, stump or something heavy. Then drive away and off comes the load.
Later Bob

deadcarp    Posted 08-03-2004 at 16:04:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
The term "choker cable" sparked a thought - since i'll be handling blocks too, how about a cable- driven sliding bucket to just shove whatever off?

JDK    Posted 08-03-2004 at 11:03:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Somethin to think on.If your trailer only sets say 16" off the ground when level,thats all the tilt your going to get(depending on axle location),because as the front come up,the back bottoms out long before you can"dump".You might be better off keepin this trailer for haulin yer golf cart or such and look for somethin else for wood.I used to use and old PTO driven spreader,with the beaters removed,apron ran the wood off real good.Have seen em run with a 5hp briggs when PTO wasn't available.

deadcarp    Posted 08-03-2004 at 16:00:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a sorta version of that for lifting the split wood/slabs into my woodshed. It's a 40-ft bale conveyor cut down to 24-ft and driven with an old 8-hp gas motor. My woodshed has 4 removable hatches on top and i just toss it onto the conveyor & dump the stuff thru the roof and kick the heaps around til it's full. Keeps it outa the snow. :)
Maybe i could adapt it. (?)

Alias    Posted 08-03-2004 at 10:38:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now this get's a little tricky but it can be done. Get your truck, (or Car), in perfect alignment with the trailer at a good distance in front of the dump site. Make sure the pin is removed that holds the trailer to the chassis. Next, you want to get everybody out of the way.
Then, you gun the vehicle as hard as you can in reverse. Remember, keep them in good alignment.
When the rear of the trailer reaches the dump point, slam on your brakes. The inertia should cause the load to slide to the rear thereby shifting the weight which will cause the front to raise.

Aw, forget that idea, just drop a chain-fall from a tree and raise the bed. Probably wouldn't be as challeging or exciting but a whole lot safer with less wear and tear on the equipment.....gfp

deadcarp    Posted 08-03-2004 at 16:07:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Surrrreeeee! Next you'll be suggesting i move the furnace to the bottom of the hill so when i drop a tree it self-feeds. lol

Clod    Posted 08-03-2004 at 10:30:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just remembered a tale I heard about firewood mobility. The guy told me he knew a guy with a wench on the back of his truck,If trues,I suspect it was a one ton.He just wenched a cord of firewoood on the back of the truck with the line wrapped around the whole stack.

deadcarp    Posted 08-03-2004 at 16:10:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah with my winch trailer i could darn near do that - next job is unloading the thing. And i might use it for the golf cart or ?

EngineerJoyce    Posted 08-03-2004 at 10:26:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you permanently "slide thehinged bed back and let gravity do the tilting" then you will also be picking up the tounge which will lift your rear drive wheels off the ground and reducing your traction. It's best to have the bed centered about the pivot point and axle. ?right?

deadcarp    Posted 08-03-2004 at 16:17:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh sure tongue weight is important - when i front hitch & use the tongue winch and have a lot coming up the (rear) trailer ramp, i tend to give that ball hitch a bit extra room in case it wants get squirrely. Haven't lifted the front of the van yet - we draggged a flathead chrysler engine outa the sand last week with it and left the cable tight to hold the load on. :)

Clod    Posted 08-03-2004 at 10:41:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im sure he means to control the slide himself.Only slide rear when he dumps.By the way.Consider the weight of a chord of firewood before you overload tires,axles and tires rub upper fender.But he may only haul the loads that the trailer is capable of.

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