Lowboy ramps replacement suggestions, these are worn out!

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  1. W923

    W923 Medium Load Member

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    that don’t look like this
    I was just looking for other ideas to copy
    I don’t have a problem with these but there becoming unusable
    Maybe I just need to make new ones out of heavier material or maybe a different design
    Just looking for opinions
     
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  3. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

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    Make new ones for sure.
    Longer for less steep angle would be nice to.
     
  4. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

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    Make new ones for sure.
    Longer for less steep angle would be nice to.
     
  5. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    Recomend using at least 3/8 plate on the new ones. If not available just Double up the 1/4 plate. Put in some angle reinforcements on the sides to help stop the stress cracking.
    I know that stuff gets heavy but the ramps are always made too weak to begin with.
     
  6. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

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    this is an approximate design of what we built for our Aspens in the late 90s
    same for the 30t, 40t and 60t both deck and cantilever deck.
     
  7. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    Do you need ramps if your not hauling smaller equipment? I’ve had trouble with smaller skid steers on this trailer but never tracked equipment. Granted I’m not hauling multiple pieces per day. D802DFA5-84A1-42F5-86CE-AA82943D0E1C.jpeg 36568A2A-3BC2-4C5A-B189-DD029BC87621.jpeg
     
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  8. W923

    W923 Medium Load Member

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    I probably don’t need ramps. I think I have only had 2 skidsteers on that trailer and most of the tractors I have hauled wouldn’t need ramps but I feel like it’s going to trash the front of the trailer especially with dozers because if they slip at all it’s going to try to tear that front corner off. Is there much wear on yours.
    My trailer also has a very thick deck so it about 10 inches high without ramps. I was thinking about adding on to the front of the trailer with a fixed ramp to maybe get down to 4-6 inches and call it good.
     
  9. OLDSKOOLERnWV

    OLDSKOOLERnWV Captain Redbeard

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    I have ramps but actually don’t use them much. I have more problems with smaller dozers wrecking the front of the trailer.

    I’ve been pulling this same lowboy since 2004 when EZ owned it.
    Never had much damage till lately allowing others to load the equipment….

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  10. W923

    W923 Medium Load Member

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    Letting others load onto your trailer is a nearly guaranteed disaster. However there’s 3 guys I move a lot for that I am happy to let load but there also the kind that can open the beer with the trackhoe while having a coherent phone conversation.
    Are the small dozers breaking boards because they run between the frame rails?
    Does that trailer belly down or just the picture?
     
  11. OLDSKOOLERnWV

    OLDSKOOLERnWV Captain Redbeard

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    The narrow gauge dozers scar the upper locks. Not so bad if they just crawl on and straighten it after it’s on the deck, but the horse heads will steer it going over the locks and chew them up.

    I try to always load my own trailer, just some cowboys with out a clue are trying to load before you get the tractor parked.

    I have 2 direct customers that know how to load, others are terrible at times.

    Yea when it’s got 50,000+ on like in this pic it looks slightly sow bellied. Don’t have much arch anymore. I’ve had 68,000 on the old girl and she handled it like a champ…..

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