Finally getting around to posting some information about our new trailer. Of course, you may have already seen our brief overview video. If not, it is linked below. I’ll provide some more photos and discussion of the features here.
While that video does a pretty good job of showing the overview, some details might be missed. Let’s start at the front.
This photo shows the upgraded coupler. This coupler and hitch assembly is rated for 12,000 lbs. It is height adjustable, and has an easier way to lock/unlock the ball than less expensive hitches.
Behind the hitch, you see the break-away system complete with a battery. If the trailer ever becomes unhooked from the truck while on the road, the brakes will lock up, keeping the trailer from running me over, or running over anyone else.
Moving back a bit further, you’ll see the ‘big momma’ jack. Brad (@ DK Trailers) discussed many upgrade options as I was configuring the trailer. He mentioned that a heavy duty jack was available. In my mind, I was thinking the standard jack was one of those wimpy jacks which in practicality won’t hold up a 50lb bag. So, I was quick to jump on the ‘upgraded jack’.
Now that I know Brad’s ways better, I should have realized that his ‘standard’ jack would be equivalent to everyone else’s upgraded jack. I’m certain that the jack he installed on this trailer would lift a freight train!
While it functionally works well, it isn’t very handy for my situation. It cranks too slowly, it is too heavy, and in general, is simply too large for my trailer.
This, of course, is my fault, because I insisted on the upgraded jack! Oh well.
Also in the above photo, you see the steel box which contains the fluid reservoir, hydraulic pump, battery, and electrical components necessary for the dump feature. Not visible from this side, but protruding from the other side, is the male 120v connector which can be used to recharge the battery. This is a typical ‘battery tender’ type of device which provides a low amperage charge to the battery. The battery is also charged via the truck when the 7-pin tail light connector is connected.
Moving to the rear of the trailer, this close-up photo shows the latch which keeps the ramps from sliding out on their own. If you look closely below the latch, you can see the roller I asked Brad to add. This roller makes it much easier to remove/insert the ramps from/to their storage racks.
Here, Brad is demonstrating how easy it is to pull the ramp out. One handed! The easiest way is to ‘push down’ a bit while pulling it out. This forces the main weight onto the roller rather than the channel ‘slides’ further into the trailer.
It wouldn’t be right to avoid mentioning the dump feature in this post. Afterall, this is the main reason I chose this trailer. This photo shows the trailer in its ‘fully tilted’ position. Approximately 45 degrees. Hopefully this will be sufficient to get material to slide out.
Here is a view from under the trailer. There are two 3 1/2 x 36 inch cylinders. Together, they are rated to lift 10,000 lbs. This should be more than sufficient for this 10,000lb gvwr trailer. I suppose it would be possible to put a large load at the front of the trailer. This would cause strain on the cylinders. However, this situation is not likely anyway, as the tongue weight would be too high if loaded on the front. So, we’ll simply have to make sure we load it over the axles.
Not easy to see in this photo, but I wanted to point out the safety pole laying down just to the right of the right-most cylinder. This can be stood up and wedged against the bed so that one can safely work under the deck while it is raised.
I’ll post more information in the future as I use the trailer further. Until then, be sure to check out the D&K Trailers website to see examples of other custom trailers Brad and his team can build for you.