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ATV Wood Hauling Trailers

Post in 'The Gear' started by MotoBoyMatt, Mar 18, 2009.

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  1. MotoBoyMatt

    MotoBoyMatt Member

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    I just got an ATV and plan to put it to good use hauling wood from where a tractor/truck won't fit.
    Just curious what types of trailers you guys out there are using.
    Dimensions, wheel/tire sizes, homemade or manufactured?

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  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I don't have an ATV but I borrow my neighbor's ATV trailer and tow it with my yard tractor. It is home made with rigid axle.
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  3. coolidge

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    I got one from www.nicholstrailers.com. Yes it was expensive but this thing is RUGGED. Lifetime warranty on the welding, and i think twenty five years on the axle.
  4. fyrwoodguy

    fyrwoodguy Feeling the Heat

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    here's food for thought.......in case you wanna go overboard :)
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    Henz New Member

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    I use the ATV trailer that is in Cabelas.. I love it. I added some 2"x4" racks on it to double the amout you can put in it. Never had a problem yet with it.
  8. Shipper50

    Shipper50 Minister of Fire

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    Here is what I use that I got at Rural King, for less than $220.

    Shipper

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  9. dumbodog00

    dumbodog00 New Member

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    Here is another place that sells ATV trailers. They are a little spendy, but they appear to be high quality. I would like to get one, but too many other irons in the fire right now. Also, made in Ohio, USA!
    www.countryatv.com/index.html
  10. Rowski

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    Here's what i use. It was a metal shop project 20 years ago. It made out of channel iron. VW Rabbit rear end. It dump too, manual dump. The sides are removable. Wood (PT) is also 20 years old but needs replacing.

    Derek

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    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    Impressive 6x6! Is that the Sportsman Big Boss 800?
  13. Rowski

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    No... I wish... Only in my dreams... Some dreams do come true.

    Its a 1992 Big Boss 250 two-stroke.


    I did sit on a new Big Boss 800 last week. Big engine. EBS, active decent control. Complete shaft drive. Full independent suspension all the way around.

    Once the John Deere ztr is payed for the new Polaris 6X6 is next!

    Derek
  14. MotoBoyMatt

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    I have one. Don't believe their capacity claims - mine failed with about 450lbs on it. The bed was fine, but the axle bent and the pieces that hold the bed to the axle collapsed. Trailer was unusable - I had to take it apart with a cutting torch. Managed to salvage only the bed and wheels.

    If you're hauling very light stuff, it's fine; if you're expecting to haul any significant amount of wood, forget it.

    -=[ Grant ]=-
  16. MotoBoyMatt

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    Yeah I had my worries about the 'A' frames that hold the axle to the bed. What kind of bearings do the wheels have? Any idea what the axle diameter is? Were you towing it behind an ATV when it failed? How fast was it being towed?
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    1) Tapered roller.
    2) Axle is 1", but that's deceptive - the axle proper is just a stub, about 8" long, which is welded into a piece of "U" channel to which the "A" frames are bolted. The channel is folded metal.
    3) Yes, it was being towed - behind a small Kubota diesel tractor traveling at a moderately fast walking pace.

    -=[ Grant ]=-
  18. Stephen in SoKY

    Stephen in SoKY Feeling the Heat

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    Okay, so I'm cheap......used boat trailer, $50 with the bed/rails already on it. Bed tilts if needed. I did cut the tongue down some.

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  19. MotoBoyMatt

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    I thought about picking up an old boat or other trailer at an auction and modifying it but couldn’t find anything for under $100.

    The decision made itself when I got this frame for $130 on sale at Harbor Freight.
    A couple bucks in 2x4’s, some free Israeli plywood and a little time and it’s a handy little unit.

    Had it stacked full with several loads of wet oak and cherry and seems to be holding up well.


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    is that an old polaris sled in the background there?
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    Yes it is. '74 Colt 250SS
    Wanna buy it?
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    check out the agri-fab trailers they sell at the farm stores pretty rugged and reasonable prices I found a used one and it works pretty good. Also look for some at auctions and farm sales I got an old JD 4 wheel one and the thing is solid , I hauled over 1000 lbs of pavers in it last year with no problems . Oh and one other thought buy a couple you will find it handy trust me.
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    I love your Harbor Freight trailer! It even still has that new trailer look! The paint is faded on mine now and it's pink. When I bought it, years ago, they were only $100. It has held up well to almost daily use. Have not had any trouble at all. Here's a picture:
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    Are those old wooden stanchions in the background of your picture? Must be a really old barn!
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    I had the folding version of JeffRey's trailer from Harbor Freight when we lived in Colorado, towed behind an Arctic Cat 2-cylinder 650cc ATV. Never had a problem with it. Used it for hauling wood in hilly, rocky terrain, but no mud. I had put a 1/2" plywood floor on it and 2 x 4 stakes.
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    I think, its best to build your own from an old well built trailer. Thats what I did.
    Bought the trailer for $35, needed tires (used them for a while) needed a new deck (had used PT 2x6's) fabricated sides from a metal framework I found in someones scrap pile. I then bought 2 wheels off CL for $25 (almost new). I want to straddle a tool box on the front.

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