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  • Drop Deck Trailer

    Thought you folks might like to see a trailer I designed and built to load motorcycles and other heavy items from a flat position to a raised over the road position.

    http://public.fotki.com/Rbertalotto/...king_projects/







    A simple hand winch and cables operate the whole mechanism. A set of 1/2" locking pins hold the whole trailer together while moving over the road. This trailer went to California and back........


  • #2
    Very nice, how is the pivot point made in the back ? I would be concerned about too much wobble where the bed of the trailer fits between the frame or isn't this an issue ? I'm looking to build a motorcycle trailer for my bike but I think Im going build it low and just tailgate it on. Eventually I want to build one to pull behind the bike as well.

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    • #3
      trailer

      thats one fine piece of work for a trailer,well done

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      • #4
        When the drop part mates with the main frame, it all locks together with a series of pins with clevis pins. Solid as a rock when all locked together.

        The rear pivot point is hinged on 1" pivots. Once the trailer is in the travel position, the pivot point handles no weight.

        The best part about it is the comments I get when folks see it in use!

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        • #5
          Drop Deck Trailer

          Great job

          should put a patten on that one

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          • #6
            that is way cool. you gotta get us better pic's of how it works, so we can all steel your idea and make one for our selves. i would love one like that for my quads.

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            • #7
              AWESOME JOB...Good IDEA!!



              Originally posted by rbertalotto View Post
              Thought you folks might like to see a trailer I designed and built to load motorcycles and other heavy items from a flat position to a raised over the road position.

              http://public.fotki.com/Rbertalotto/...king_projects/







              A simple hand winch and cables operate the whole mechanism. A set of 1/2" locking pins hold the whole trailer together while moving over the road. This trailer went to California and back........

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              • #8
                Novel idea my friend I would also like to see a pic from the rear of the trailer, if you have one. Very well thought out I'm impressed
                Last edited by BDJ; 03-02-2008, 08:37 AM.

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                • #9
                  Very impressive, thats one of the most unique trailers I've seen.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BDJ View Post
                    Novel idea my friend I would also like to see a pic from the rear of the trailer, if you have one. Very well thought out I'm impressed
                    check out his link to pics in the original post

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                    • #11
                      Here's a couple of rear shots.......

                      BTW, the best use of this trailer is moving machine tools that don't like to go up a ramp easily. I've moved milling machines and metal lathes with this trailer. Up to 2000 pounds...........real nice loading at ground level. The next one I build will have a simple plate of steel or aluminum for the deck. In this way it will be dead flat to load. This trailer has a deck with structure that is 4" high......

                      In the rear view pictures you'll see the spare tire. That is a counter weight to get the rear of the trailer down when it's empty. For a winch I used a side winder type so I can have total control of the lowering process. This type of winch is very easy to control with a load on it. And if you let the handle go it simply stops. You need to manually unwind it. I actually had an electric winch on it at first, but it was more bother than it was worth.





                      I'd take more pictures, but a neighbor of mine moving out to Californi bought it from me last summer and used it to move his bikes and outdoor furniture from Massachusetts to LA..........I got the parts to build another one this spring......

                      Thanks

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                      • #12
                        I like the trailer, good idea

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                        • #13
                          do you have a pic or drawing of the underside,and the pivoting action ?
                          i could use one of those

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                          • #14
                            I'll draw a plan and post in in a day or two...........

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                            • #15
                              cool................

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