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TerryD

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It's mounted right at the tire in hopes that that would stabilize it some. This mounting is more "don't spend much to see if I actually use it" so if it works out, I have another setup in mind for long term. And adding a socket for the removable tongue jack as an outrigger is part of that plan.
 

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Success!

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Lifted it from the ground into the trailer then back to the ground.

Trailer needs a little more bracing than I anticipated but shouldn't be difficult. Also gotta replace the pump o-ring. It was spewing oil out the whole time.

But it works, didn't offer to tip the trailer and was relatively easy to pivot once it was lifted. I'm pleased!
 

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I can't remember where I saw it, but there was a crane that attached to the trailer receiver and had a little outrigger for stability. Always thought it would be slick to weld in attachment points on a trailer for it.

Your setup is pretty slick too. Strong enough to lift a full 55 gallon barrel of kerosene or whatever into your trailer, or maybe an engine block. Anything to save the shoulders and the back.
 

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I can't remember where I saw it, but there was a crane that attached to the trailer receiver and had a little outrigger for stability. Always thought it would be slick to weld in attachment points on a trailer for it.

Your setup is pretty slick too. Strong enough to lift a full 55 gallon barrel of kerosene or whatever into your trailer, or maybe an engine block. Anything to save the shoulders and the back.
I saw that one too. It's even higher capacity I think? 2k maybe? Like $400usd? Looks neat.

I might upgrade eventually, I dunno. This seems to do ok and with some heavier mounts I think it'll be good enough for that light duty trailer. A powered winch would be great though.
 

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I saw that one too. It's even higher capacity I think? 2k maybe? Like $400usd? Looks neat.

I might upgrade eventually, I dunno. This seems to do ok and with some heavier mounts I think it'll be good enough for that light duty trailer. A powered winch would be great though.
Maybe an ATV winch and weld a mounting plate on the upright? My body is not as young as it used to be and my neck surgery recovery is going slower than I expected so I really like this idea.
 

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Maybe an ATV winch and weld a mounting plate on the upright? My body is not as young as it used to be and my neck surgery recovery is going slower than I expected so I really like this idea.
Sorry to hear your recovery isn't going good. Hopefully it'll come around.

I thought about an ATV winch. I'm going to hold off on that idea though for the fact that I don't want to add an electrical system to this little trailer yet. If it gets a ton of use it might be worth it but for now, I just need to make sure it's not a novelty kinda thing from my imagination.
 

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i have jack/crane and similar aspirations, but not sure if my current flat bad is the trailer to use for the project..
 

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i have jack/crane and similar aspirations, but not sure if my current flat bad is the trailer to use for the project..
I got caught up in planning and realized I was going to have $300 into this project and still just be a pile of parts so I just set the mast in the floor, drilled some holes and now here it is. It's not in my way in she shop and is usable. I'll beef it up as needed and may decide to change the entire setup but at least something got done.
 

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Got the o-ring replaced in the pump, fresh oil in it, and drilled out the holes in the boom for a larger pin with lynch pins instead of the spring pins.
 

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Got the o-ring replaced in the pump, fresh oil in it, and drilled out the holes in the boom for a larger pin with lynch pins instead of the spring pins.
300$ is still way better than 4 trips to the Chiropractor and you will get a lot more use out of the crane and the trailer.
 

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300$ is still way better than 4 trips to the Chiropractor and you will get a lot more use out of the crane and the trailer.
100% correct. But for less than $120, it's functional right now. Just needs a touch of bracing right now.

Then if it rarely gets used, it'll stay as is. If I wind up using it a lot, I'll modify the setup to be even more versatile.
 
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