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Post in 'The Gear' started by csr44, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. csr44

    csr44 Member

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    Decided my ATV trailer needed some modification
    to make my wood transferring a little more productive.

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  2. milleo

    milleo Feeling the Heat

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    Your pic is upside down, looks like a nice mod to the trailer.
  3. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Anti-gravity modulator . . . nice add on. :)
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  4. deranged

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    I have what appears to be the same trailer, and I've been meaning to do this same thing. Are those off the shelf firring boards that fit right in the pockets?
  5. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    I have a trailer and Tractor Supply cart that I need to do that too. Thing is, I don't know if the zero turn could handle the extra weight from that much wood in the trailer I have for it and I have no idea if I could pull the tractor supply cart with that much wood in it. Will say that both trailer/cart have been great for moving wood around from racks and into the house.
  6. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I have the same cart and practically the same ATV. Great setup. I need to build some extensions for mine as well...but I can still get it pretty full without them.

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  7. csr44

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    Yes, I went to the Big Box and bought them; they are a little snug but I used a rubber mallet to convince them. I just used some wood glue and my brad nailer for the connections, figure out your spacing and cut a couple of end scraps to use as height gages, I made mine stick out of the trailer about 12 1/2" then made the spacing equal, say 3 7/8", used some old furniture L-shaped brackets I had laying around for the corner joints where the wood meets.

    Yep, I noticed with the Rubicon and the trailer loaded to the top of the extensions that she tends to "push" a little in the corners!

    I decided as I loaded this trailer to stop by the propane tank to check the usage, as I am only using it now for the gas range; still at 80%! "Membership has it's priveleges" because last year I consumed $2350 in pro-pain!
  8. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Aside from a little extra groan taking off and a little extra stopping distance, I don't really notice the trailer back there when loaded down...but I'm not really going fast enough to really notice though.

    Now, with my 4x8 HF trailer with 24" sides loaded to the hilt, the front end of the Rubi plows when in 2WD...but there's a good 1,500 lbs on the trailer so all things considered it handles it pretty well.
  9. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    What do you have for a ZTR? Most commercial models will easily out-tow a lawn tractor. Should be able to handle a small cart full of wood no problem.
  10. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    I have the John Deere Z445. It isn't from the commercial line. With that said, I already use a cart larger than the 10P they recommend. I am using the 17P. The ground is mostly flat, so I just might put the side rails on it and give it a try.
  11. MasterMech

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    IIRC those did have a pretty decent drive setup in them. I wouldn't exceed 6-700 lbs (roughly the carrying capacity of the 10P) of towed weight however. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the traction available from a ZTR.
  12. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    I got the last model year with the individual drives for each wheel. Cannot remember what they are called without breaking out the owner's manual, but I believe they are fluid driven and there is one for each wheel. I've had the mower for almost 2 years now, put 59 hours on it, and have been really happy with it. I have been towing the 17P fully loaded without a single issue, but again, it is mostly flat. Actually, it is slightly downhill when loaded. A tractor is in the future though. Probably a John Deere 3720 after I build the 30' x 40' shed to store everything in.
  13. MasterMech

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    Now you're talkin'. >> There's a LOT of PTO/engine power in that little machine.
  14. wardk

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    I have a 10p which looks the same as CSR's, mine has bushed wheels on a smallish axel and no suspension, I don't think it would take much weight on rough ground.

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