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post #31 of 64 Old 09-16-2019, 06:25 PM
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Re: Need a bigger trailer

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Ummmm...
Why does dew keep you from using your trailer? Sounds like there’s a serious flaw somewhere.
I don’t cut grass until it’s dry. Got first trip in without a glitch. Even used the tractor to maneuver the trailer into a better parking place for now. When grass and leaves are done, I plan to squeeze it into the garage. Fingers crossed 🤞.

Didn’t install tie downs, but looping under the center tongue member works in front and through the tailgate near the bottom seems to work for the rear. A couple of Harbor Freight rubber wheel chocks
https://www.harborfreight.com/solid-..._q=wheel+chock
with bungee cord around the tire pulling them toward the front tire helps too.
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adapted to Cyclone Rake Commander Pro; 54” snowblower; front PTO kit; LP41114 Enclosure; LED lighting; 54” blade; 125# mounted spreader; 10P cart

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That makes a little more sense.
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Thanks, got plates this morning. Won’t be able to try it out until later today though because of the dew. Temps about 73 (up from 65) and humidity is still 79%. Sorry, just a kid in a candy store too eager to wait.
I'm thinking you bought that trailer so you can leave the cyclone rake hooked up to your tractor to do leaf cleanups.

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I'm thinking you bought that trailer so you can leave the cyclone rake hooked up to your tractor to do leaf cleanups.
That was one major reason, but I’ve been mowing the soccer field each week at the Christian school my grandson goes to and my daughter and youngest son went to. They have a 46” Cub Cadet, but I don’t handle the amount of time or the amount of shaking around that it does, so I take my X738 which can do it in about 1.5 hrs including sidelines and end zones (2+ acres). When the grass was tall, the X738 was a huge time saver, plus I took the Cyclone Rake once when I changed from the longer grass for the Summer to the shorter playing length. Picked up close to 12 full loads of clippings, some dead, some new.

Before, I had a GOOD friend that let me use his 6’ x 10’ aluminum trailer, but every week was too much to ask, even though he didn’t mind. To put the tractor with the Cyclone Rake attached, I had to use ratchet straps to hold the ramp up with the wheels of the Cyclone Rake about mid ramp, which made it a little tail heavy.

I probably help out more folks than most on here, but being retired plus enjoying it makes it worthwhile to me.

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My long suffering 4'x8' 1500 lbs GVWR trailer is just not big enough. But, is as big as I can squeeze into my shed along with everything else. So, I've listed it on CL hoping to sell it as a useful tool for someone else. Here in PA a trailer with a title is worth perhaps an extra 30-40% than one without a title. Fingers crossed. At the same time I've been looking at larger single axle, brake-less, and less than 3000 lbs GVWR (to avoid annual inspections and additional insurance). And, I'm leaning toward an aluminum trailer for two key reasons:
  1. It will be significantly lighter, and easier on the pull
  2. I will have to store this new piece of equipment outside. At least till I might build a lean-to to at least cover it

The aluminum utility trailers I've looked at weigh in between 400-600 lbs. Most have a ramp tailgate, the nicer option is a bi-fold that doesn't pull like a sail back there. All I've looked at have rubber mounted torsion suspension.

So, any comments and experience with aluminum trailers, torsion suspension, leaving a trailer outside?

Out with the old:



In with the new????



Advice please
So back to your question/request of advise. I chose to steer away from the Aluma for several reasons. The cross members on the ramp are rather wide which I expected to catch a lot more air. However, the ones I had seen were not bifold. I believe the bifold is worth the extra $$ for that reason alone. I like having good tread on the ramp, but don’t honestly ever expect to use the trailer in the rain or wet conditions. Sorry I even said that, because now it will probably happen.

Similarly, having a metal deck would be much more slick with “any” moisture, but I don’t expect to have the trailer anything but level. So how much is it worth? Aluminum won’t rust or breakdown like wood, even if it is treated. The other comment about hauling things that would puncture or cut the aluminum is probably more the point. So mostly your usage will be the determining factors. It looks like you put most of your equipment to work when you use them.

Having a light trailer that can be moved around by hand is very handy for me, but in the end, I still used my tractor. Having a jack with a wheel also helps. I just didn’t want a trailer that I had to back up to exactly because I wouldn’t be able to move it some to get hitched. I passed on a local aluminum car hauler type because I couldn’t even budge the tongue.

Hope this helps along with pictures of other alternatives.

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Thanks for all the comments, suggestions, recommendations, and pictures of how other folks went. Just a progress report. The Aluma 6310 came home today. I'll be working on the shopping list for the stake sides. Shouldn't be much. But all has to be done in time for a grand-kids hay ride at the fall fest here in a couple weeks!



And, yes, the leaves are falling, literally days before Fall actually happens. Just another task to add to the list that never ends!

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I don’t think you will regret your choice any time soon. Congrats!

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Congrats Jere, Looking good! What's the bed size? 5'x10' Can you leave your deck on the tractor and drive on it?

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Nice trailer Jere. Did you get it at Pine Hill?

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Nice trailer Jere. Did you get it at Pine Hill?
Did not. These folks are nearer to me: TP Trailers & Truck Equipment

Kind of down over the hill from the Limerick Airport if you are familiar with the area east of Pottstown.

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Wow, how did I miss this thread??? I can't believe you let that old trailer go, Jere! That thing's a fixture here!!!

Good luck with the new one. No such thing as a trailer that's too big, that's for sure.

Very curious to see how it holds up with firewood, etc. While I love that my trailer (steel with wood deck) is built like a tank, moving it by hand is completely out of the question. Don't trust the tractor with it either, especially on the hilly part of my yard.

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Nice nice nice, now you can go to plowday.

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I've heard of that company. I bought an Aluma 7210 H BT at Pine Hill, (closer to me). Got the solid 2' aluminum sides and they welded tie down bars to hook ratchet straps to when securing a load. I really like my trailer and I'm sure you will really like yours too. I have the bi-fold tailgate and put 4" wide anti-skid tread tape on the cross members so that no one would slip on the tailgate and also to provide traction to any equipment I load on the trailer.

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Just something I ran into which appears common. The license plate by law in a lot of states is required to be lighted (white).

Needless to say I found a great out of the way place to park the trailer, but there’s still part of a mound of black dirt that I’ve been using over the years that got in the way of the license plate. It ended up bent twice already, first time at 90*, so I took it off and changed the mounting. I added a hinge to let the plate move without bending hopefully. I got a heavy duty hinge at Home Depot and used a 1/4-20 x 2 carriage bolt through a 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 treated spindle material leftover as a backer, 1 1/2 x 1/8 x 12” aluminum plate against the license, fastened using a nylock nut. I attached the hinge to the trailer aluminum angle and the top of the 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 treated spindle material. It wanted to push the plate toward the back of the trailer so I drilled through the top of the aluminum angle and through the 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 treated spindle material so I could put a small bungee cord through them to straighten up the plate. It can swing either forward or backward so we’ll see how it fairs now. I bet it would have been a disaster trying to take it to the woods.

I know others have shared what they have done, but this worked for me. Looks like this would be typical of utility trailers. I would have mounted it somewhere else if it weren’t for the lighting requirement.
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adapted to Cyclone Rake Commander Pro; 54” snowblower; front PTO kit; LP41114 Enclosure; LED lighting; 54” blade; 125# mounted spreader; 10P cart

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Sold Husqvarna 2010 GTH27V52LS w/52" fab deck
Craftsman DLT2000, 48”
Ariens ST824 snowblower
SIL JD 2009 X360; 22 hp; 48" deck; w/mulch kit; 2015 44" Snowblower & Soft cab; 2x 42# weights,chains; cab mounted LED lighting
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Congrats on the new trailer, Jere, looks nice! You don't have to worry about rust. I'm sure it'll last a long time!

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