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problems loading skiddy on tilt bed trailer in winter?

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by dayexco, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. dayexco

    dayexco Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    we were having problems getting our skid steer up on our tilt bed trailer, got sick of carrying salt, floor dry, tried everything...son was at a garage sale, saw an old set of car chains there...light bulb came on, bought them for like 50 cents for the pair....lagged them to the deck. works slicker than snot on a door knob....what we learned tho, is you have to put lags in both sides with BIG washers about every 6-10"...otherwise if your tires spin at all, you'll pull the lags out.

    here's a pic of ours.

    trailer chains.jpg
  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,719

    Why don't you shovel the deck off?
  3. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    We shovel off our trailers after each storm so by the end of the day after the sun hits it they are all good to go.
  4. dayexco

    dayexco Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    well, that skid steer is on/off the trailer after a snow...probably about 30-40 times a day. and it doesn't take hardly ANY snow on there, typically what's in the lugs of the tires to make the deck slippery and not want to crawl up on the deck. why shovel it off EVERY time you load...when for 50 cents worth of garage sale chains, and $3 worth of lags/washers...it's not a headache?
  5. dayexco

    dayexco Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    our trailers sit inside between snows
  6. 04tundra

    04tundra Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    awesome ingenuity. thats a great idea
  7. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    We installed rubber horse stall mats on our trailers with frostex heat cable in 1/2" steel
    tubing which is embedded in the decking and plugged into an outlet by the trailer connection in the bed of the truck. This keeps the mats warm and dry most of the time
    for loading tractors on 24' gooseneck trailers. The trucks are equipped w/power convert. and 6500 es honda generators
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2011
  8. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,973

    are you serious?

    what kinda watts are those matts drawing?

    sounds like a big task for the alternator!
  9. SSS Inc.

    SSS Inc. PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,373

    Strips of expanded steel work great too. Get some cut about a foot wide and what ever length you want and bolt them to the deck. Its a lot more rigid then the tire chain. We use them on all our tilt beds that haul sweepers like Elgin Pelicans.
  10. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    lots of snow mobile guys do old tracks from the sleds to get the traction thay need.
  11. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    All that is needed under the mats is one pipe w/frostex 36" long one per side on the dove tail section of the trailer where the tires track. I should have explained in better detail. Sorry. Alternators not effected from the little amount of juice required. Frostex cable
    perfect for this application
  12. KMBertog

    KMBertog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    just ramp up the throttle on the skid and let er rip!!! :laughing:

    all kidding aside, seems like the chains will work just fine wesport
  13. R.G.PEEL

    R.G.PEEL 2000 Club Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 2,160

    That's a great idea. Also, in all seriousness climb the trailer with some momentum. I'm not saying run at it wide open but just slowly roll at it and hold the same speed while climbing instead of climbing from a stop at the end of the ramps. My guys have told me tons of times that the skids 'won't climb the ramps' same works for climbing forwards without a bucket.
  14. bplow

    bplow Member
    Messages: 37

    Loading/unloading 30-40 times a day!! Thats has to get old chaining that thing up.