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    18' Lamar 14k utility trailer, need ramp advice

    I just bought an 18' long 2017 Lamar 14k utility trailer for hauling around material plus my 1025r. The 14k rating is overkill for my needs (7-10k would have been fine), but this was "New Old Stock" so I couldn't turn down a 14k trailer at a 10k price! This unit lacks a dovetail which is perfect for the curving, hilly road I live on where trailer-to-road clearance is minimal as I turn up my driveway.

    My only issue is the mower deck and backhoe both get caught up since this only has 5' ramps. Also, the ramps really dig into my asphalt driveway by about an inch! I need to make a wood ramp extension somehow to lower this approach angle somewhat, plus prevent the driveway from getting destroyed during each use. Feel free to chime in with any ramp extension suggestions - especially cheaper options since this purchase, chains, and chain binders was quite expensive for my budget!
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    It would probably be helpful to see what your current ramps look like.
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    i would go with a gate -imo--i have had one since 2003-and i love it way more than ramps. yeah-it doesn't help with gas mileage one bit, but boy is sure nice to pull 2 pins-lay it on the ground, load up and flip the gate back up and gone.
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    You sure that is a 14K trailer???? Looks more like a 7K trailer to me. Check the manufacturers plate to see what it says. As for the ramps, lay a 2x6 or 2x8 crossways under the ramps, then lay 2x8's extending from the ramp rearwards from the trailer so that they make a less steep ramp for loading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    You sure that is a 14K trailer???? Looks more like a 7K trailer to me. Check the manufacturers plate to see what it says. As for the ramps, lay a 2x6 or 2x8 crossways under the ramps, then lay 2x8's extending from the ramp rearwards from the trailer so that they make a less steep ramp for loading.

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    The op's trailer has 8 lug rims, most 7k trailers I see for sale has 5 and 6 lugs. Not saying it is or isn't a 14k trailer but sure has a lot of lug nuts to only be a 7k.
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    Cub Cadets have VERY little clearance under the mower, even when the deck is up.

    This deck is ALL THE WAY up,,,



    I would have to measure the ramps, I doubt they are 5 feet long.

    I simply lift my dump trailer when loading,, that makes the tractor go right on the trailer,,
    no "hump"
    To get over the hump,, the ramps gotta be LONG!!
    I think you will have to add a beavertail, or make the trailer slope somehow,,,

    I guess another option is a convex shaped ramps, I have seen them as a hump solution,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    You sure that is a 14K trailer???? Looks more like a 7K trailer to me. Check the manufacturers plate to see what it says. As for the ramps, lay a 2x6 or 2x8 crossways under the ramps, then lay 2x8's extending from the ramp rearwards from the trailer so that they make a less steep ramp for loading.

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    I had the same thought when I saw it, but their web site shows basically that same trailer available as a 14k-21k model. It also shows it as being in the 2017 catalog, so it's either no longer made or they don't have a new version for 2018.

    The reason it "doesn't look like" a 14k trailer is because it isn't an equipment trailer. It's a utility trailer. Style is different, and I don't see a lot of utility trailers rated for over 7k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meburdick View Post
    I had the same thought when I saw it, but their web site shows basically that same trailer available as a 14k-21k model. It also shows it as being in the 2017 catalog, so it's either no longer made or they don't have a new version for 2018.

    The reason it "doesn't look like" a 14k trailer is because it isn't an equipment trailer. It's a utility trailer. Style is different, and I don't see a lot of utility trailers rated for over 7k.

    The OPs trailer looks odd for a 14k trailer, but it does also have a 14k jack.
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    It's a strange design and really no wonder it sat for a year. If I didn't have a goofy driveway I'd have something different, but I can't see paying someone to tear up a perfectly good 2-year old driveway. I'm building some ramp extensions tonight, I will post pictures of my attempt - hopefully for the future benefit of someone else!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gygomba View Post
    It's a strange design and really no wonder it sat for a year. If I didn't have a goofy driveway I'd have something different, but I can't see paying someone to tear up a perfectly good 2-year old driveway. I'm building some ramp extensions tonight, I will post pictures of my attempt - hopefully for the future benefit of someone else!
    The design looks pretty standard to me... For a utility trailer. Just seems like complete overkill in terms of the carrying capacity for that TYPE of trailer. Maybe that's why it say so long.

    Equipment trailers are more tailored to loading equipment and will have options for a dovetail / beaver tail and beefier ramps. Most utility trailers use a gate of some sort and are more intended for riding mowers or zero turns only as opposed to lower-slung, longer wheelbase pieces of equipment.
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