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Slippery Trailer

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 04chevy2500, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. 04chevy2500

    04chevy2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    We have a 16 ft tilt skid steer trailer. I dont often have to move out skids during storms but sometimes theirs no other option. Even after storms transporting can be tricky. The deck is wood and when it gets wet from snow and ice we run into problems loading the machines. Any advie on what i should do to correct this problem? Grip tape?
     
  2. Indy

    Indy Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    Expanded metal,

    it's cheap and easy
     
  3. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    With the snow and ice, the skid steer(or whatever you want to put on a trailer) needs something to push or grab against. The grip tape will just get covered in ice or snow and become ineffective. I have a steep entrance into my snowmobile trailer, so I took an old snowmobile track and attached it to the ramp(lugs facing upward) and now my snowmobile goes up it everytime. Now, in your case, that would probably not be feasible, but you could get some heavy rubber (1/2" to 3/4" thick) cut it into strips(say 2" by 12") and attach those to the ramp or any part of the trailer decking you are having trouble with. Space them out far enough so the tire can start to fall in between them, but not too far where you will still slip the tire. Just an idea, good luck.
     
  4. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Well if you have 2x lumber as the deck of the trailer, here is what you do: Just get you some 2 1/2" nails and nail them up from the bottom. A few thousand should do it, and that bobcat ain't going anywhere.
     
  5. Joesno

    Joesno Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    what ive been told is that you should:
    ---get a bag of sand and dust the surface with it
    -- then put wood sealer in a backpack sprayer and spray down the wooden deck.

    it supposedly acts like sand paper on the wood. its probably not the right time of the season to do this anyways because of the weather. In the spring or over the summer try it.
     
  6. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    slippery when wet!

    i would go down to the welding shop or steel fab shop and get some perforated steel sheet with diamonds and screw some 4-5 ft buy 16" sections down to the deck .like on the back gate of land scape trailers ,i hope this link to mcmaster carwill show a good picture .
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#perforated-metal/=4v0pjb
     
  7. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    take a bunch of zip screws and put them face down, your going to need alot!
     
  8. fordzilla1155

    fordzilla1155 Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    fluid film :bluebounc:
     
  9. 04chevy2500

    04chevy2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    thanx guys
    ik this isnt the best time of year to dothis but we have two other trailers so im going to put this one in the shop for a few days to dry it out. i definately like Ipushsnow's idea of the nails. sounds like it will work PERFECTLY :) haha
     
  10. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    I throw down a few shovel fulls of ice melt on my trailer before we use it. Snow melts on contact so there is no slick buildup. If the deck is already wet, you could try a few shovels worth of sand/salt where the tires will be.
     
  11. In2toys

    In2toys Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    damn that's a great idea. Where's my framing nailer, that will make quick work of it...:drinkup::drinkup:
     
  12. Wildman_fab

    Wildman_fab Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I just shovel mine off, then throw a few shovels of sand on there to knock the slippery ice down.
     
  13. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Either do as wildman or cut some cleats from 5/4" decking and alternate spacing side to side on the trailer
     
  14. welded wrenches

    welded wrenches Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    ???

    oh ya add this to that list ol set of truck tire chains that have them v-bars on the chains face up on her deck...oh wait or r we havein a global warming issue lol
     
  15. The Big Push

    The Big Push Junior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 19

    The nails sound like a good idea, till some employee slips on the machine and puts his hands out to stop himself.