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    Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Okay so today I got totally caught with my pants down. I spotted this ad this morning ....



    but they have no way of loading and I only have the little Ford Ranger I recently bought.

    I JUST sold by business and no longer have my trucks with mounted forklifts. (Or for that matter ANY trucks left)







    Now I KNEW this scenario would happen but wasn’t expecting to be so unprepared and so soon.

    And yes, I could have hired a small crane truck to fetch it but that mentally defeats the issue of “FREE”

    SO. Going forward I would welcome members’ suggestions to setups for retrieving “goodies”. I realize there is no one size fits all.

    I am thinking something along the lines of a single axle cabover or F450-550

    Short flat deck with a crane?

    (Relatively) short roll back deck with crane mounted behind the cab?

    Roll Off chassis is NOT for me due to limited payload,additional height and general awkwardness.

    Cabover with short van body and tuck away power tailgate or rail tailgate?

    I’m thinking of something small and manoeuvrable that would handle 90 percent of things I “think” are cool or need.

    On the off chance I find something bigger I have friends with crane trucks and multi axled low beds that I can just hire.


    And yes I could stick to things that will fit in the Ranger but what’s the fun in that??

    Ideas?


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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    3/4 ton pickup with a tilt deck trailer and a winch will be able to load and haul quite a variety of things.
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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by bassboy1 View Post
    3/4 ton pickup with a tilt deck trailer and a winch will be able to load and haul quite a variety of things.
    Good suggestion that would probably work fine.

    Problem is me. I have never pulled a trailer behind a pickup. I’ve only driven semis all my life and I’m a little quirky that way. Having been farm raised with tractors and heavy equipment I wont even sit on a riding lawn mower. I mow my lawns using a (self propelled) walk behind.




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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    I use a 37' hydraulic dovetail dual tandem trailer for a lot f my needs. Can pull it behind 3/4 ton on up, but it works best with a 1-1/4 ton truck.

    It lets me put 10 tons on the trailer (including a skid loader on the back). It's very versatile, and the gooseneck is highly maneuverable. Here is the trailer behind my Sterling.

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    The only drawback is that the length makes it challenging to get into a tight spot, but it also lets me put a tractor / forklift / skid loader on the back and still have room on the front for material.
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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Looks like it would be just as maneuverable with that short wheelbase as a pickup.


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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    It is. Behind a crew cab F450 it's pretty long though.

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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    It's probably more manoeuvrable than my Canyon which has a one city block turning radius...
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    Ford F series are bad. The worst I’ve had are the Ford Louisvilles. Even the setback front axle models


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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Ford F series are bad. The worst I’ve had are the Ford Louisvilles. Even the setback front axle models


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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Your ranger sould have no problem loading those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fnord5 View Post
    Your ranger sould have no problem loading those.
    1. Cant lift them in myself. 2 concrete filled bollards 8”x 72” attached together on a single steel base. Depending on how much steel it might weigh 4-500 pounds.

    2. Spoken for now anyway.


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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Well, if you know a fella who might be handy with welding and such stuff, you could possibly cobble something together that looks kinda like this.....



    There are lots of different models available commercially, and I'm sure there must be one or two in the Great White North.

    The key to the design is having the outriggers to take the weight straight down to the ground. Without that, hitch cranes aren't worth diddly.


    Of course, if you see this being a regular occurrence, I highly recommend going the route of everyone's buddy, Essential Craftsman, and outfitting your Tool Tank accordingly.....



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    Thanks for posting the vid, Vaughn! I really liked that sloped height adjustment for the trailer hitch receiver to eliminate rattle.


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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Lis, I have just the truck for you, 1969ish, 4-53 Detroit with a 5 speed, the hydraulic brakes have dried out and need some work but she purrs like a kitten.
    On a serious note I dragged it off a farm for a friend that wants to put the Detrout in an older F350. Name:  20181001_130724.jpg
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    Ok, the dreaded sideways pic.

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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by 12V71 View Post
    Lis, I have just the truck for you, 1969ish, 4-53 Detroit with a 5 speed, the hydraulic brakes have dried out and need some work but she purrs like a kitten.
    On a serious note I dragged it off a farm for a friend that wants to put the Detrout in an older F350. Name:  20181001_130724.jpg
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    Ok, the dreaded sideways pic.
    Stuff the 4-53 into a GMC COE like this....




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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Oooh yeah...

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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Stuff the 4-53 into a GMC COE like this....




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    Extremely nice choice of colors!!!

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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    You could put a A frame on a flat bed and load any thing up to about 3000#. An A frame set up is lighter and cheaper than a crane but does take a little getting use to, to get the most out of it. A man told me I could have a 40' piece of 10"x10# I beam if I could load it myself and it went to the shop with me. Piece of cake.
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    Re: Transporting Cool Stuff for Hobby/Retirement Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    You could put a A frame on a flat bed and load any thing up to about 3000#. An A frame set up is lighter and cheaper than a crane but does take a little getting use to, to get the most out of it. A man told me I could have a 40' piece of 10"x10# I beam if I could load it myself and it went to the shop with me. Piece of cake.
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