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Old 05-19-2010, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default trailer gate ramp - help needed

i am building a utility trailer from an old boat trailer. I need to make a gate ramp. I'm trying to find a hinge, and i'm not sure what i'm looking for.

i recently saw a trailer whose gate ramp would fold all the way down inside the trailer for easier hauling when empty.

Any ideas on how what type of hinge I would need to get it to fold down all the way inside the tractor?

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Old 05-19-2010, 10:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: trailer gate ramp - help needed

Mine folds in like you noted ut just has a hinge pin on each side I will try to get a pic for you. my uncle has the same trailer and he modified his to be able to remove the gate for carrying brush and debris so when offf loading crap doesn't get stuck in the gate.
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Could make one from pieces of pipe welded to the trailer frame and to the ramp frame, then run a piece of threaded or solid rod thur it. Secure each end with washers and cotter pins.
I don't know if they still make a long and heavy duty 'piano' hinge, but that's another possiblity.
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Default Re: trailer gate ramp - help needed

My trailer has ramps that slide in under the deck and I think they are great. If something larger needs to be hauled ramps are not in the way. IMHO.
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:19 PM   #5
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Mine folds in like you noted ut just has a hinge pin on each side I will try to get a pic for you. my uncle has the same trailer and he modified his to be able to remove the gate for carrying brush and debris so when offf loading crap doesn't get stuck in the gate.
Awesome, i'd really appreciate some up close pictures.

I'd like to be able to remove the gate as well, sometimes it just gets in the way.
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:20 PM   #6
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Could make one from pieces of pipe welded to the trailer frame and to the ramp frame, then run a piece of threaded or solid rod thur it. Secure each end with washers and cotter pins.
I don't know if they still make a long and heavy duty 'piano' hinge, but that's another possiblity.
ya, i'm just trying to think of where the hinge would go such that it can fold forward but there not be a big gap between the gate and the trailer.
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TSC has some plain hinges...just raw steel ready to weld. Various sizes. I'm thinking about using these when I build a gate. Also, Northern tool has some nice bullet hinges with a zerk on the end. A little more expensive but still not bad.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:34 PM   #8
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i am building a utility trailer from an old boat trailer. I need to make a gate ramp. I'm trying to find a hinge, and i'm not sure what i'm looking for.

i recently saw a trailer whose gate ramp would fold all the way down inside the trailer for easier hauling when empty.

Any ideas on how what type of hinge I would need to get it to fold down all the way inside the tractor? you mean trailer

Thanks!
I done my gooseneck this way. If you mount the hinges at the top of the rear of the trailer, the gate will fold down to the trailer. You have to mount the hinge part on the gate off center also. Once the gate is lowered to load, the hinges do stick up about half a inch.

Left gate slides to the right to remove, and the right side slides to the left. Once you stand them up, there is clearance to remove either side.

The hinges are a hollow pipe for the trailer/female end and a male/female end for the gate part (the male end on the gate slides into the female end on the trailer, and the female part on the gate makes the clearance for the male end to go to the trailer part. Hope that makes sense.)

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whoops, you're right.

never thought of 2 separate ramps. thats a good idea.

got any pictures of how far up those stick when they are down?
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:10 AM   #10
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TSC has some plain hinges...just raw steel ready to weld. Various sizes. I'm thinking about using these when I build a gate. Also, Northern tool has some nice bullet hinges with a zerk on the end. A little more expensive but still not bad.
are those bullet hinges from northern tool removable? if so, those are nice.
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whoops, you're right.

never thought of 2 separate ramps. thats a good idea.

got any pictures of how far up those stick when they are down?
First is my 16' trailer, the gate just stands up like most. The hinge on the trailer is flush with the deck of the trailer.
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whoops, you're right.

never thought of 2 separate ramps. thats a good idea.

got any pictures of how far up those stick when they are down?
On my 25' gooseneck, is the fold over type gate. The hinges stick up 3/4" above the deck. The pipe is 1 1/4".

I have 3 sets of bars to hold the gate up at different angles. I have a total of 5 different settings to choose from. All the way from down to strait up, depending on length of load on trailer.

I done the split gate on this trailer cause they are 5' ramps, doing a one piece would be a chore to raise up. For smaller trailers with 3' or 4' gates, I would go one piece IMO.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:06 PM   #13
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wow, thanks for the pics. i like your hinges, very simple and they look sturdy.

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For smaller trailers with 3' or 4' gates, I would go one piece IMO.
splitting it is probably more hassle than it is worth, and it sounds like your smaller trailer gate is manageable.

thanks again for the info!
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