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Winch Operated Trailer Loading Ramps
After 17 years of lowering and lifting my trailer loading ramps, my back finally got tired of it. My father-in-law suggested I install a winch system to handle them. On each side of the trailer, I welded a 2 by 2 by 40-in. long angle iron to a 4 by 4 by 1/4-in. plate. I drilled two 3/8-in. holes on each end of the plate and bolted the plate to the trailer side rail. On top of the side of the 2 by 2
angle iron !drilled a 3/8-in. hole and installed a3-in. pulley wheel that I bought at a building supply store. I bought two 600-lb. hand winches, two small shackles, two hooks and 30 ft. of 1/4-in. nylon rope at a boat supply store. I installed the hand winches 30 in. ahead of the 2 by 2 angle iron, installed the rope over the 3-in. pulley wheels, and then tied the rope to the winches and to the hooks that I attached to the shackles.
Total cost of materials was $75. (Lee Roy Campbell, 608 Bryon, Angleton, Tex. 77515 (ph 409 849-5227)

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2