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Fifth Wheel Hay Trailer
Commercial hay producer George Hayes of Schuylerville, N.Y., needed a 5th wheel hay trailer that he could haul over the road to customers but he didn't see anything on the market that he liked or could justify so he decided to build his own.
The entire front end of his home-built rig - including the gooseneck hitch and jack - came off a junked 32-ft. horse trailer. He attached the hitch to a pair of heavy I-beams from an old mobile home. He narrowed the triple axle (also off the mobile home) to 8 ft. to be road legal.
"I designed the trailer frame so it would accept an existing 20 by 8-ft. treated wood rack that I already had on a straight truck bed. The trailer holds 250 bales of hay and I can tow it with a 1984 F-350 4-WD Ford diesel pickup. Total cost was just $500 and I was able to register it with the existing registration and certificate of title from the horse trailer," says Hayes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Hayes, Hazy Acres, Rt. 1, Box 2503, Hayes Road, Schuylerville, N.Y. 12871 (ph 518 695-3449).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1