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Postby spiveyman » Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:26 pm

Interesting steering setup ya got there, Denny! :lol: Yes, my family does a lot of loading with comalongs. My unlce's pulled bigger stuff than a cub on a trailer. I dont see any problems with a winch though, I guess. If ya fixed the clutch on spot, you could just drive it home!!! :shock: Roadtrip!!
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Postby ScottyD'sdad » Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:53 pm

When I bought my 154, non running, Three or four men were able to push it onto the trailer. We rolled it for about ten feet to build up speed,and it rolled right up. Ed
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Postby 'Country' Elliott » Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:53 pm

I have a heavy duty 3000 lb capasity cable winch mounted to a welded cross brace on my trailer "A" frame. It is 12 volt battery operated and works GREAT. I've used my come-a-long too :wink: (mostly when the 12 volt battery lost its charge ! :cry:
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Postby Paul B » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:11 pm

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If you block up the rear of the trailer, leave some space (2-3 inches) between the blocking and the trailer when the trailer is empty (don't block it up solid) so the trailer has some "squat" room when loaded, and not settle on the blocks. If you block it solid, you will have to pull the loaded trailer off the blocking. Don't ask me how I know this :oops:
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Postby Denny Clayton » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:17 pm

spiveyman wrote:Interesting steering setup ya got there, Denny! :lol: Yes, my family does a lot of loading with comalongs. My unlce's pulled bigger stuff than a cub on a trailer. I dont see any problems with a winch though, I guess. If ya fixed the clutch on spot, you could just drive it home!!! :shock: Roadtrip!!

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Postby Lurker Carl » Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:20 pm

I have a manual winch bolted to the front of my trailer. Easier than a come-a-long, no electrical issues, never overheats, and no one wants to steal it.
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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:24 pm

Lance, the bracket that is intended to hook over the ball will also go down over the top of the jackstand on most trailers. If not just hook a small chain through it and around the front of the trailer tongue
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Postby Rudi » Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:50 pm

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I agree most heartily with Carl and Paul on the Come-a-Long idea. It can be attached to the trailer, even to the trailer tongue/pole assembly if needed. They are quick and dependable. I loaded Ellie onto my father-in-laws trailer (tilt-bed) with a Come-a-Long and hauled it with my 87 Plymouth Voyager.

I am also of the opinion (learned the very hard way) that loading anything of any appreciable weight onto a trailer not connected to a vehicle is one of the more dangerous choices one can make when playing with tractors. ..... :roll: :oops: :roll: :!: :shock: Ouchhhhh :!: :!: :!:

If a Come-a-Long is not your cup of tea, then here is a quick and proven way to do this. We loaded my daughter's Dodge Neon onto a rather difficult car trailer using this method. It is slower, but cheaper and will not damage anything.

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This one at Harbor Freight is for demonstration purposes. My brother-in-law uses many different workload/breakload types of ratchet style straps on his 2 cranes and his auger truck. I use them all the time for work around the yard (usually his cast-offs which no longer qualify under OSHA rules on the cranes.. but are fine for working with a Cub) Use new ones for transport though... as tie downs.

2" x 27 FT RATCHET TIE DOWN

This will be more than enough to pull that 154 up onto a trailer. But be prepared, you hands may be a bit sore after the excercise. If the trailer does not have ramps, then you might want to consider renting a pair of Arched Loading Ramps.

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This is an example. What the arch does is prevent a hangup as the tractor rolls up the ramp and crowns on the lip of the trailer or truck. Always a bug-a-boo. Make sure that you get ramps that will handle the weight of that 154. 1,000lb combined load ramps are not sufficient.. you will need at least 3,000lb combined load ramps.

Most local rental outlets have ramps.. especially U-Haul and other Construction Equipment Rental outlets. They also have trailers with extendable ramps.. :idea: :?: :?:
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Postby Lance Leitzel » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:45 am

Thank you for everyone's help and suggestions. Yesterday Joe and I loaded the 154 on the trailer. The come-a-long made pretty quick work of the matter, but I couldn't have done it without Joe's help. Back home around 3pm and managed to drive it into the garage by 5pm. More on that later, as I'm sure I'm going to have a clutch question or two. Thanks again for everyone's help! 8)
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Postby spiveyman » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:46 am

Oh, I remember Denny! Certainly did! :lol:
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Postby Ken (48 Cub) » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:21 am

My brother and I loaded my non-running 154 onto my trailer with a rolling start. The trailer has a 4 foot fold down ramp. Good luck.
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