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Old 06-28-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Doubt I'll have any clearance issues.. but any thoughts?

It's funky to see, but my raised mesh side utility trailer now has a nearly 6ft long tailgate ramp. The back of the trailer is 2ft up so it makes for an 8ft tall trailer at the rear.

The trailer was shorter before I added a new axle with leaf springs and 15" tires, so I had to have the tailgate extended to load my 125cc scooter. The home made trailer when I bought it had no suspension. (Yikes!)

The trailer is now actually a few inches taller than my class B motorhome (the roof AC is the highest point). However, anything 9ft clearance will be fine.

I assume I won't have any problems with bridge clearances 99% of the time. Sometimes drive-thrus or other such privately owned structures may be lower than 9ft (and hopefully marked as such) but road wise I should probably be fine.

Any thoughts/opinions though?
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Highways have a minimum of 16 feet in rural areas, 14' in urban areas. You have plenty of room. I would be cautious of a small utility trailer 8' high with only a 125cc scooter. It could be top heavy or unstable in a turn. I can't help but wonder, for all the effort put into your trailer, you could have bought a trailer with all the features you've added to that one.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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It also has a truck tool box (chest style) full of tools and will have other cargo so no, it won't be top heavy. It's a very heavily built trailer. I couldn't have bought one new built this well. New ones are built cheaply with thin angle iron. This one is built super solid.

Sure, I have a bit more in it than I could resell it for but I got it for full timing with. I needed something with raised sides and a tail gate for my scooter and cargo. It's much less of a wind drag than an enclosed trailer would have been, even with the super tall tailgate. Cross winds won't really effect it at all.

I don't have a pic yet since I had the tailgate extended today, but this is it before:

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Looks good and definitely will not be top heavy. The frame is great, but why did you use such a skinny tongue from the rail intersection forward?
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I didn't. It was built that way. It has an A frame front end which is really the main frame, not the skinny part in the middle. The two angle frame parts are very heavy duty.

The part you are specifically talking about is still very heavy duty and is welded to the A-frame front end, not just passing through it of course. It has a bulldog coupler on it. It's actually nice that it sticks out like it does since the back of my van had a spare tire carrier. The jack doesn't interfere with the spare tire carrier since it has such a long reach tongue.

I think perhaps it was built then heavily modified later to make it heavier duty. Then I bought it and fixed it up even better. It's probably 20 years old easily, if not 30. It's pretty old, in any case.

Here are some photos I just took today after painting the new parts of the tailgate ramp: http://cubey7800.blogspot.com/2013/0...-extended.html
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I didn't. It was built that way. It has an A frame front end which is really the main frame, not the skinny part in the middle. The two angle frame parts are very heavy duty.

The part you are specifically talking about is still very heavy duty and is welded to the A-frame front end, not just passing through it of course. It has a bulldog coupler on it. It's actually nice that it sticks out like it does since the back of my van had a spare tire carrier. The jack doesn't interfere with the spare tire carrier since it has such a long reach tongue.

I think perhaps it was built then heavily modified later to make it heavier duty. Then I bought it and fixed it up even better. It's probably 20 years old easily, if not 30. It's pretty old, in any case.

Here are some photos I just took today after painting the new parts of the tailgate ramp: Plan V - A van dwelling blog: Trailer tailgate extended
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I have seen 11' clearance 12'6" I don't think I have ever seen a 9' other than a parking facility. Or some gas stations.

And one Wal-Mart (I found a unlimited entrance to the lot though).

But if you are worried, Drop by Bass Pro Shops and get a telescoping fishing pole (Black Widow is the brand I have) that is the proper length (mine is somewhat.....longer, I use it for antenna support) If you come up to a "Suspect bridge" pull over, get out, extend and stick the bridge, If teh stick hits. DO NOT PASS UNDER.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:25 AM   #8
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9' clearance would be fine.. since it's about 8ft, give or take an inch. I doubt I'll ever have any issues but will keep an eye out when on city streets or secondary highways.
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