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    mattf301
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    You convinced me! I will splurge for some 1X2. How long is the ramp on your blue trailer? I really want to have it fold down in half if I can figure it out. Thanks again.
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    Last edited by mattf301; 07-04-2007, 03:33 PM.

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  • dabar39
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    strog enough

    It might be ok if you were just walking on it, but I wouldn't want to load 700 lbs. of motorcycle on 1" tube. I like my bike way to much to chance it on 1". Dave

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  • mattf301
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    Nice trailers. Mine is similar to the blue one. I want to make the ramp fold in half. Do you think 1" tube would be strong enough?(I just happen to have some in stock). If not I have to get the expanded anyway and can pick up the 1X2. Thanks for the help.

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  • dabar39
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    another idea for you

    The owner of the trailer wanted some wheel chocks for his bikes on his trailer, but didn't want the bolt on ones because he still used it for other purposes as well. What I did for him was to make some folding wheel chocks so he could still use the trailer with out having to do any extra work taking the bolt on chocks off and on. Dave
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  • dabar39
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    tail gate material

    I use 1"x2"x11 ga. box tube for my tailgates, but most production trailer shops use 14 ga. if they use box tube. A lot of them (production shops) use angle but it bends to easy for my liking. When I know someone is loading bikes on the trailers, I reinforce the gate accordingly so you are not putting too much stress on the expanded metal. Also it's a good idea to use 3/4 9 raised expanded for the covering, it will help give you grip when riding up the ramp. Most of the production guys use 3/4 9 flat expanded and it is too slippery to ride up. I am posting some pictures so you can see what I mean about reinforcement for the bike. Hope this helps you some, Dave
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  • mattf301
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    Trailer ramp

    Hi All. I purchased a used 5X10 open utility trailer the other day. It's built with all square tube. really nice. I want to put a ramp on it. The ramp will be 5' wide and about 4-5' long and will fold in the middle so it's not so high.. I will use the steel mesh on top. What material(ie tube, angle) and what guage should I use? I will be using it to load 500lb motorcycles and myself of course, so the total will be about 700 lbs. Thanks.
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