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Re: Answer to trailer design flaw

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03-22-2013 05:56:45

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That is strange that they wouldn't take your word for it about backing the machine on, but they would take your word for it about not loading things on the tail end of the trailer...

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jon f mn

03-22-2013 06:04:02

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 Re: Answer to trailer design flaw in reply to mkirsch, 03-22-2013 05:56:45  
I think they were afraid to back it on, altho that doesn't make sense to me either since I feel safer backing. It also puts the bucket on the front flat which uses a quite a bit of their hauling area.

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03-22-2013 10:09:51

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 Re: Answer to trailer design flaw in reply to jon f mn, 03-22-2013 06:04:02  
I always backed mine on when I hauled it around. It seemed like the trailer pulled better with more weight on the front.

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Stick welding

03-22-2013 09:31:10

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 Re: Answer to trailer design flaw in reply to jon f mn, 03-22-2013 06:04:02  
Anybody that drives a skid steer on a trailer forward is a squid unless they have a heavy attachment on the front. With just a bucket you'll tip backwards onto the frame. I'm surprised that isn't enough to scare people into backing them on. Driving down the road with all the weight on the back of the trailer would have the tail wagging the dog and be really scary.

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03-22-2013 11:27:01

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 Re: Answer to trailer design flaw in reply to Stick welding, 03-22-2013 09:31:10  
Around these parts you almost never see a skidsteer backed onto a trailer, all of them are driven on, backed off. Argue good bad, stupid, ignorant or whatever you wish but the people who are doing the work want to drive them on the trailer and back them off. I cant say why others load that way but I can tell you why I do, ease of alignment. Only a first day skidsteer operator is afraid of a little wheelie however backing one on a trailer is almost blind work, you dont know where the ramps are or how you are squared with the trailer. If you drive the skid steer on the trailer. You can access alignment two ways to unload. By looking before you get in it and by looking at the boards on the trailer as you back off. My Dynaweld skidsteer trailer was built to accommodate one loaded front forward via placement of axles and tie downs as are most others.

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Stick welding

03-22-2013 23:43:19

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 Re: Answer to trailer design flaw in reply to Butch(OH), 03-22-2013 11:27:01  
A lot of times you carry another bucket or attachment at the front of the trailer. If you drive on your weight is too far back. If you drive on and then back off, isn't that blind too with the added danger of abruptly falling backward on the skid steer frame a foot or more off the ground? A long wheelbase machine will drive on easier than a short wheelbase machine but around here only the newbie's ever drive them on the trailer.

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Retired Farmer

03-22-2013 18:57:03

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 Re: Answer to trailer design flaw in reply to Butch(OH), 03-22-2013 11:27:01  
You back them on just like you would drive them on. Nothing hard about it.

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