1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Trailer Bed Tilts For Loading, Unloading
The Perry, Iowa, farmer built the main frame of the 102-in. wide by 16-ft. long trailer out of doubled 4-in. channel iron. A 6-ft. long tongue, which telescopes an additional 6 ft., was built out of 3-in. sq. tubing. It's equipped with an automatic snap latch to help secure the load.
The trailer rides on six 14.5-in. mobile home tubeless tires. They're mounted on an oscillating rear dual axle and a spring single axle in front.
The trailer bed hinges on the pivot of the rear oscillating axles. It's just a couple inches off center so that gravity tips the trailer automatically when Roberts' Case 1845 Uni Loader passes the pivot point.
To use, he simply drives the loader up or down the 2-ft. wide ramps which tips it forward or backward on the pivot. When the loader is in place on the trailer, Roberts chains it down for transport.
"It works great," he says. "You don't have to mess around with ramps like you do with most trailers."
He built the trailer three years ago for about $1,200.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wilford Roberts, 1437 J Ave., Perry, Iowa 50220-8094 (ph 515 465-4556).
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