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tha5150
02-02-2012, 11:06 AM
Just starting out but here is what i got. An open trailer that as all of you know will get heavier and heavier throughout the day.

Are there any home made spring ideas out there to assist with the gate going up and down much easier?

I heard a garage door spring would work but i need to see how it attaches and what to do.

Any help is appreciated.

shadrach
02-02-2012, 11:18 AM
How much are you willing to spend? Have seen several different products in the $125 - $250 range.

Sprinkler Buddy
02-02-2012, 11:19 AM
I have a spring loaded door and love it except one of the springs broke and I have yet to find another. The manufacture that built my trailer is no longer in business. Even with one spring left, I like it better than the cable and pulley system.

tha5150
02-02-2012, 11:24 AM
i would love to craft something myself for $50 but not sure thats do able. this is an idea i have that i am sure people have perfected by now, vs buying a system for much much more.

willshome
02-02-2012, 12:14 PM
how tall are your sides (have any pics?). Maybe mount a winch ($50 harbor frieght) mounted to the front corner of the trailer to pull it up? then maybe if a mower died on a job you could pull it up in to the trailer. just thinking

tha5150
02-02-2012, 12:17 PM
Here are the 4 pics i have. i like the idea of a winch and for $50 it solves 1 problem and MAYBE a 2nd if it were to ever come to that. . .

any disadvantages? where should i mount it? desk or make a stand for it and have something welded? man... i want to go buy a welder now haha


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Cm8T_KxHZns/TygrSnIfjII/AAAAAAAAtYQ/Ssy2Exem4y8/s800/IMG_0023.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VrEA4ZX3nzI/TygrTTYhYEI/AAAAAAAAtYc/_mXRvm2DN0o/s800/IMG_0022.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-etQ7r5HXk9E/TygrTw2mMGI/AAAAAAAAtYg/_zQJggaTzNU/s800/IMG_0021.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tl5htnOpo_E/TygrUuyWXgI/AAAAAAAAtYs/jFS1UM954lQ/s800/IMG_0020.JPG

tha5150
02-02-2012, 12:20 PM
now you have me thinking.. your speaking of a powered winch right? not a hand crank one? how would i get enough power to it? through the plug that goes to the truck? not too sure that would be enough juice would it?

BUT if we can get past that. i could also use it to pull a small tree out of the ground if ever asked.

I would like some sort of control from the rear and front of the trailer for an up and down. that would be sweet.

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-02-2012, 12:43 PM
you could use a spare lawnmower battery. Then if your battery ever dies you have a back up handy.

Nice dixie by the way.

willshome
02-02-2012, 01:03 PM
maybe like this????? "WARNING I AM FULL OF BAD IDEAS"

<a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=winch.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/winch.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

tha5150
02-02-2012, 01:08 PM
i would have to charge the battery all the time then.

another idea is to run a power wire from battery of vehicle to trailer hook up and have a 2nd connector of sort for trailer lights and then a winch connection. this would work in theory.

problem is, i will be using m wifes vehicle around the neighborhood and when out of the neighborhood i will be using my dads truck. i have yet to get a hitch and light harness installed on his Izuzu Trooper and would not be able to use this "power wire" setup idea on the wifes Mazda CX9.

so i am leaning back towards the spring idea. now i just need to find the safest and cheapest way to do this.

i have 0 accounts as of right now so this is not a time sensitive thing. But i am working out my company name and within the week i would like to start handing out flyers and business cards in the neighborhood. i would be using the wifes SUV for this.

once i get things off the ground and can quit my day job, i will trade the civic in for another truck which i miss so bad. but i have to make due with what i have first.

jymie
02-02-2012, 01:22 PM
Here are some links to some sites, especially check out the video link for the elegator. That one can at least give you an idea of what you want to do.


http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200316067_200316067

Gorilla-Lift 2 sided Tailgate Lift Assist - $189.99

http://www.gorilla-lift.com/trimmerfiles/order.html

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http://www.elegator.com/

video: http://www.elegator.com/installation_video.htm

SINGLE UNIT $149.95 S&H Free

TWIN PACK $199.95 S&H Free

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http://www.etrailer.com/tv-install_rackem_tailgate_assist_ra27c.aspx

http://store.besttruckeq.com/ezgabybutrta.html

tha5150
02-02-2012, 01:38 PM
Thanks for the links.. looks like i need to go find 2 nuts and bolts and a spring. thats all i need really. the only think i need to know is how big of a spring and what to look for when buying one. 88lb gate went down to 5lb's but i dont think i need to look for an 83lb gate.

could i get something like this you think?
(http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100111928/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=garage%20door%20spring&storeId=10051)

here are all of them (http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/Search?keyword=garage+door+spring&selectedCatgry=SEARCH+ALL&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&Ns=None&Ntpr=1&Ntpc=1)

dpld
02-02-2012, 02:22 PM
Thanks for the links.. looks like i need to go find 2 nuts and bolts and a spring. thats all i need really. the only think i need to know is how big of a spring and what to look for when buying one. 88lb gate went down to 5lb's but i dont think i need to look for an 83lb gate.

could i get something like this you think?
(http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100111928/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=garage%20door%20spring&storeId=10051)

here are all of them (http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/Search?keyword=garage+door+spring&selectedCatgry=SEARCH+ALL&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&Ns=None&Ntpr=1&Ntpc=1)

all they are is garage door springs, just figure out what length you need add two connecting points and viola, you are done.
you also want to run a heavy cord down the center as long as the spring is extended so if it breaks you don't get your clock cleaned.

home cheapo or a lowes and any hardware store will have them for 10 to 20 bucks a piece.

tha5150
02-02-2012, 02:26 PM
a heavy cord down the center?

from attaching point to attaching point, a long enough cord when fully open and that would go inside the coil when closed?

got a pic? i think i know what you mean but a pic would help!

Steve
02-02-2012, 02:55 PM
Here are some pictures on making your own trailer gate lift spring assist.

http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=11042

http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd333/xtreemgreen/Chads/1009081253.jpg

Johnny_boy02
02-03-2012, 02:08 PM
http://www.elegator.com/

video: http://www.elegator.com/installation_video.htm

SINGLE UNIT $149.95 S&H Free

TWIN PACK $199.95 S&H Free




I would buy the twin pack, use one and sell the other for $100 on craigslist.

dpld
02-03-2012, 03:39 PM
I would buy the twin pack, use one and sell the other for $100 on craigslist.

or just go buy two garage door springs and 2 solid eye bolts, washers and lock nuts and make the same exact thing for $30.00.

the guy sells what you need and the idea is nothing new, so he did not come up with the idea and for 200.00 bucks, please, i'll just go to the hardware store and solve that problem for a fraction.

products like that for that cost just goes to show there is one born every minute, suckers that is.

tha5150
02-06-2012, 07:21 AM
Good point and that's exactly what i was thinking.

mac83
02-21-2012, 03:27 PM
you can use ( shocks ) from bigger trucks i had a friend that added them to his trailer and it works great

tha5150
02-21-2012, 03:38 PM
you can use ( shocks ) from bigger trucks i had a friend that added them to his trailer and it works great

mind snapping a few pics?

mac83
02-21-2012, 07:30 PM
yeah i will get you some pics tomorrow or thrusday

tha5150
02-23-2012, 01:00 PM
reminder about pics needed :)

mac83
02-25-2012, 06:29 AM
hey sorry about not posting the ( pic's ) i was busy but i went to my buddies house and he sold his trailer on monday . sorry buddy. i will see if he's got any pic's of his trailer later on today and if he does i will post the pictures tonight

nickeckes
02-25-2012, 06:08 PM
heres what i got on my trailer. . . . they work great and are out of the way. . they mount on the rails of your trailer. . . and you can literary lift up the rear gate with 2 fingers. . . my 2 year old can lift my gate and my rear gate is 7ft wide by like 5ft tall


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVr99s5-qeU

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jVr99s5-qeU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

they cost about $200 bucks but well worth the money. . .

i think making a home made one will just look cheap on your trailer. . or if you run a winch or cable down the trailer to pull it up. . that's going to take a lot of time opening and closing your gate. . TIME IS MONEY. . BUY A KIT IT WILL PAY OFF IN THE END!!!

gil500
02-26-2012, 11:50 AM
I spent many hours searching for some way to solve the same problem with that heavy gate and finally went with the Elegator Spring. This is the best investment I have made since starting. I have attached a link to a couple photos with it on my trailer so you can see how simple it is to install. It is easy to install and just about any 7 or 8 year old can operate the gate now. I no longer even bend over to close it since I can hook my toe under it and flip it up. I purchased two sets and I only need one.
The link to the pictures are here

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.273089329422263.67157.273087009422495&type=1


maybe like this????? "WARNING I AM FULL OF BAD IDEAS"

<a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=winch.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/winch.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>