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post #1 of 14 Old 05-05-2019, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hello MTF, it has been a while since I last posted.

I recently took possession of 3 ATVs from my fathers estate. These are Yamaha Warriors which measure 72.4" long by 42.5" wide.

I need a utility trailer that will serve multiple purposes including transporting the 3 Warriors. The trailer won't be dedicated to the ATVS and must serve other usages. Other payloads include a golf cart, garden tractor, firewood, etc. The trailer will get pulled around the property and rural neighborhood by garden tractor and/or warrior for various chores, so weight is a factor.

Thinking aluminum to keep weight down and also to avoid rust. Just need to decide it is worth the extra expense.

Looking for thoughts on configuration, size, brands, features, etc.

Thanks in advance.

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Aluminum tandem axle deck over with a beavertail and bifold ramps if money is no concern.

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What i recommend is to find the common size trailers around you, take the measurements, and tape them on the drive. Then pull what you plan to carry and put them in the box and see how they all fit. Sometimes the listed sizes real world can be a bit different... be it tire size, handlebar width etc.. Alloy would be great... it is a lot more pricey though. But if cost inst a option that would be best to get the size you want...and still be able to pull it with a golfcart/GT/4wheeler.

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I'm guessing you don't plan to haul all three ATVs at a time, only one at a time. I've got my eye on a Haulmark ALX HAO54 but the wife wants a trailer with front and side boards to keep loose stuff in. The HAO54 does have stake pockets to fit side boards. I need to keep the weight down as the tow vehicle is a Santa Fe Sport.

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Aluminum tandem axle deck over with a beavertail and bifold ramps if money is no concern.
Maybe you missed that he wants to tow it with a garden tractor or ATV?

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Maybe you missed that he wants to tow it with a garden tractor or ATV?
Nope, those pull as easy as a modified boat trailer!
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I have exactly the trailer you need it weighs less than 600 lb it is an old motorcycle trailer.
I bought / traded for and then I put higher payload tires on it I have had 1400 pounds on it and it towed it just fine. Those warriors probably weigh about 450 lb each.

If you can find a motorcycle or snowmobile trailer they're usually fairly light you can put side racks on them.
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Here are a few that would probably work for you. Things seem cheaper in Wisconsin than they are in Ohio.

https://northernwi.craigslist.org/tr...880838159.html

https://northernwi.craigslist.org/sn...864426904.html

https://northernwi.craigslist.org/tr...870374699.html
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Maybe you missed that he wants to tow it with a garden tractor or ATV?
So you saying that can not be pulled by a garden tractor? If so I have been doing it wrong for years.
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So you saying that can not be pulled by a garden tractor?
No, I did not say that. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

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I'm guessing you don't plan to haul all three ATVs at a time, only one at a time.
Actually, I do plan to haul 3 at a time, or at a minimum, 2 at a time. This is the crux of my question. The ATVs are wide enough that it is hard to put 2 side by side facing fore/aft w/o being too wide. The "deck over" design seems to solve this issue, but wondering what the downside is to having a higher deck brings? If trailering 3 is an obstacle, then I might sell one and use the proceeds for the trailer.

I have seen several trailers with side ramps to load machines laterally. Hoping that someone here can comment on the good, bad, and ugly of these designs as well as how the load would be configured with ramps on the side and the rear? Would one machine face sideways and one machine face fore/aft?

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Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
What is the concern with pulling a "deck over" trailer with a GT or ATV?

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2001 JS 63 self propelled push mower
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2012 National Walking Sprinkler - A5-2 with optional mud wheels
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Depending on the unit, and shape/length of the ramps, things hanging down (such as, say, a mowing deck) can catch on the edge of the deck, where the ramps mount.

When I bought a 12' utility trailer, I got it with an 5' ramp (standard length is 4'), and I still had to remember to lift the mower deck of my zero-turn as it went on the trailer. And now that I've upgraded to an 18' car hauler, where the deck height is a little higher (IIRC 4" higher), I calculated it out, and made 6' ramps, so they would have the same angle as before.

For a deck-over trailer, that exacerbates the issue, as the deck is that much higher. I've also got a cab&chassis truck (probably just a little higher than a deckover), and for that, 8' ramps work for equipment I can push on, but I need to use 9' curved ramps to get the zero turn on (otherwise it can't get over the ramp/truck bed transition.

Oops, this is an answer to "What is the concern with pulling a "deck over" trailer", not ""What is the concern with pulling a "deck over" trailer with a GT or ATV"
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Oops, this is an answer to "What is the concern with pulling a "deck over" trailer", not ""What is the concern with pulling a "deck over" trailer with a GT or ATV"
Still good info though! Thanks.

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2001 JS 63 self propelled push mower
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