Probably the easiest way would be to get a 4 foot by 4 foot trailer that Northern Tools sells. They are cheap and small so it should be easy to store and you don't have to worry about towing a 12' or 16' trailer through a blizzard.
would an atv fit on one of those platforms that slides into the receiver hitch? something similar to what the fertilizer guys put their ride on spreaders on. that would be a slick setup, cause you could just drive it off the platform, pull one pin and youre set
I can just picture the trailer jackknifed at the stop light.
I'd go with ramps to the truck. Wood ramps will be extremely slick & you risk it rolling over on you when it falls off... Go with the metal type with wide slots.
The hitch platform sould handle the weight & would be the best way to go as long as your not backing up in tight areas to often. An added bonus is it makes GREAT ballast.
The last thing you want to be doing in a snow storm is towing a trailer, especially one without brakes. I did it professionally for twenty years with brakes and there were a bunch of white knuckle rides.
Ideally, I'd want to carry the machine in the bed, it adds weight over your wheels for more traction. The hitch platform would be my second choice, it still adds the weight over the wheels, but exposes your machine to accident damage.
last year we used a trailer and this year i happened upon a old box van cheap(old ryder truck).......the trailer served its purpose and did not cost me a thing,but the machines where always dirty and salty from all of the overspray(we use walkers for walks.
you could probably build an enclosure to avoid the over spray
I dont think the trailer was so bad, although i have high hopes for my new setup
We always pull trailers in storms, our sidewalk crew uses a 20' enclosed, and we also pull the skid steer around in the snow if we need too, we never realy had any problems. If you can fit it in the back of your truck it may be easier though, it all depends how often you have to laod and unload it though.
Thanks for all the replies. I was thinking about some of the same problems.
I think the ideal set up is a box truck - then the machine is enclosed and you have no trailer. I'm concerned about the trailering idea more for rush hour traffice than night time plows when the roads are empty.
I've got an S-10 that the sidewalk crew will take out. Snow blowers in the bed of the truck and not heavy duty enough to use a hitch platform.
I keep going back to the box van - but I'm not looking to add that kind of cost for starting out small on walks.
Well that is what I started in the snow industry with, a 4wheeler with a plow.
I used a trailer-it was friggin hard to stop with all that weight rolling behind me!
I used a pickup with ramps, dented the hell outta the front of the box when the 4wheeler wouldn't stop.
I finally loved the last idea, a used Ryder moving van, low to the ground and doubled as a workshop where we kept plow parts, and a rolling kitchen for those long nights. My wife joined us late at night cooking from a propane stove in the back and a kind of drive through occurred at the jobsite.