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dgassaway
02-22-2011, 05:03 PM
I'm in the market for a new trailer to be used for comps and for work as well. what type rear door do you prefer? Ramp or barn doors?

Anything else I should consider?

Thanks,

Rich Parker
02-22-2011, 05:06 PM
Ramp is a must especially when loading and unloading smokers of any size. I would get a 6' 6" min interior height.

Coz
02-22-2011, 05:22 PM
With thoughts of an enclosed trailer in our future I am torn between the ramp and barn doors. I have seen the ramps set up to cook on but I would like to keep the set up to fit in a 20 ft spot with out having to roll the cookers up and down the ramp. I have figured out a short deck made of aluminum that I can attach and take back off fairly easily. cookers would roll part way out on the deck enuff for the exhaust and fire boxes to be out of the trailer . Gives you something to think about.

BBQ Bandit
02-22-2011, 05:49 PM
my trailer had barn doors... (7x16) being the trailer is 8' tall interior.

Went with a foldable aluminum ATV ramp (4' x 7') - over 1,000 lb capacity.
[a ladder bar shaped bi-fold - added plywood panels screwed down]

{Credit pic to Bobaft - from PGBBQ 2010}
The trailer/ramp is in the background

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj8/bobaftt1212/bbq/P5150154.jpg

Ron_L
02-22-2011, 05:49 PM
Coz has a good point. We have a 6x12 V-nose with a ramp (total length of the trailer and ramp is about 21 ft.) At comps with tight spaces we have to unload completely, close up the ramp and then back into the space all of the way. Then, to pack up, we have to wait until I can hitch the truck and pull forward enough to drop the ramp. I pay extra for a bigger space if the price isn't outrageous.

A trailer with barn doors and a removable ramp is a good alternative.

chibi
02-22-2011, 05:56 PM
my trailer had barn doors... (7x16) being the trailer is 8' tall interior.

Went with a foldable aluminum ATV ramp (4' x 7') - over 1,000 lb capacity.
[a ladder bar shaped bi-fold - added plywood panels screwed down]

I am like Bandit. my trailer is 7x14 and has barn doors. I went with bi fold ramps. they work out the side door also. So I can get parked and unhooked asap. also can load up again right away.

JD McGee
02-22-2011, 05:59 PM
Hey D-Gass...you have seen my 6x10 with rear ramp and side door. It is the perfect size for my gear...when unloaded I can fit a queen size airbed in it. $3000.00 out the door InterState...

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/Comp%20Trailer/SouthPawBBQ016.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/Comp%20Trailer/SouthPawBBQ014.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/Comp%20Trailer/SouthPawBBQ009.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/Comp%20Trailer/SouthPawBBQ013.jpg

Coz
02-22-2011, 06:00 PM
I am like Bandit. my trailer is 7x14 and has barn doors. I went with bi fold ramps. they work out the side door also. So I can get parked and unhooked asap. also can load up again right away.


Your rolling your clone down these ramps ? Not by yourself?

RixCue
02-22-2011, 06:06 PM
I am using a 6’ x 12 ‘ with a 6’9 “ inside height . It is a barn door style but I built a slide out deck that is just over 5 ’ wide and about 5 ’ deep . The deck tucks neatly under the trailer , easily slides out , stabilized by jack stands and locked in place with pins to prevent it from separating from the trailer . Then I can roll out the smokers , and if I need to lock up the trailer , if I am not going to be around , I am still able to close and lock the barns doors .

chibi
02-22-2011, 06:50 PM
Your rolling your clone down these ramps ? Not by yourself?


Not Big Blue I am not.(the one I showed here) It will not even fit in the trailer. to tall to fit in the door.
But I am rolling Little Red in and out. Smaller clone only about 300lbs

Michael

BBQ Bandit
02-22-2011, 06:53 PM
Your rolling your clone down these ramps ? Not by yourself?

800 lb Lang offset... on-board 12 volt winch (when by myself)... upgraded from a pull-a-long hand winch.

Smoke'n Ice
02-22-2011, 07:23 PM
6X12 Vnose with ramp door. Roll the FEC 100 and traeger out and use as a cooking platform or place them beside the trailer, place ramp on jack stands, put up the add a room and have an additional 5 foot work area that is protected. Would not consider any thing other than a ramp door due to the possibilities. It all fits into a 20 foot space

bigdogphin
02-22-2011, 07:29 PM
I have a 6x12 dual axle trailer with a ramp door. Like Ron L said sometimes its a pain if your in a tight spot but most of the time its been great. Make sure you get one you can stand up in.

swamprb
02-22-2011, 08:41 PM
I suggest you buy my 5x8 with the single barn door and I'll throw in an suitcase wheelchair ramp.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/IMG_3282.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/IMG_3283.jpg

Cool BBQ stickers no extra charge!

crd26a
02-23-2011, 12:20 AM
Using a 7 x 16 barn door trailer here, it fit into the budget for the extra's it had on the trailer we would have had to add later. I've got two folding ramps (Amazon.com: Lund 602004 Bi-Fold Loading Ramp - 30" X 69", 750-Pound Capacity: Automotive@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31gGefe64AL.@@AMEPARAM@@31gGefe64AL (http://www.amazon.com/Lund-602004-Bi-Fold-Loading-Ramp/dp/tags-on-product/B000A7BMKK) ) that I use to unload two Superior SS'2 (~350 lbs each). If I could change anything about the trailer, it would be to have an integrated ramp door over the barn doors. Why?

The ramp door will be a little longer than those ramps, allowing for an easier angle to load / unload the smokers. Also, as you set those ramps up over the lip, I've always got a lip to start with that I have to get the wheels up and over, then hope the momentum isnt going to pull me down the ramp a little fast.

Likewise, as there isn't a flap at the bottom of the ramp, coming back up them I have the same issue, taking the smoker from a standstill against a bump and having to get 350 lbs of momentum pulling it up the ramp. With a easier pitch and the integrated ramp flaps / lack of bump, it would have a lot more ease in loading / unloading the smokers.

Hope that helps.

Fishiest1
02-23-2011, 05:47 AM
Great info, yall! Thanks!

Spydermike72
02-23-2011, 05:56 AM
Good thread, I am eyeing a trailer as well...

tmcmaster
02-23-2011, 06:28 AM
I am also looking at an enclosed...

Ford
02-23-2011, 09:17 AM
side ramp door is the way to go. and can put a swing door in the back as well.

bbqfun
02-23-2011, 09:38 AM
Please keep the pics coming. I am thinking of an enclosed or small toy hauler. Thanks

Bbq Bubba
02-23-2011, 09:40 AM
Then what are you all waiting for ???

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=93756

Ron_L
02-23-2011, 09:54 AM
Here are some pictures of our trailer.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_syPcXIICFRo/Sh11jtScglI/AAAAAAAAC_c/taFxFQTMh6Y/s288/P8300338.JPGhttps://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_syPcXIICFRo/SjAThz_uI0I/AAAAAAAADKg/kZ4lq4gOWA4/s288/100_3369.JPG
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_syPcXIICFRo/SlnmsehjxZI/AAAAAAAADYg/0357JQWTwBg/s288/PA170514.JPG
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d172/Ron_L/Elk%20Grove%20Ribfest%202008/IMG_4565.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d172/Ron_L/Elk%20Grove%20Ribfest%202008/IMG_4568.jpg

It is a 6x12 V-nose with 6" extra height, RV screen door, two sliding windows with screens, awning, lighting and electric, finished walls and ceiling and rubber coin flooring.

This trailer may be available later this spring. We may be upgrading :-D

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
02-23-2011, 10:16 AM
We went a bit overboard and got a 24 foot with a ramp. I didn't want one that big but for $3900 I couldn't say no. We have a stumps stretch and needed a good size ramp to roll it in and out of the trailer.

http://184.72.239.143/mu/a6cd0c78-3344-8096.jpg

http://184.72.239.143/mu/a6cd0c78-3368-4034.jpg

We are building it out with new walls, 30amp electric, a/c, heat.

This Is How We Que It
02-23-2011, 10:21 AM
Look at interstate trailers at trailers plus.com. Apples for apples they were the best deal in town, great customer service, showed you what you need and doesn't try and up sale you. They have all kinds of sizes, colors and features!

Kosmo's Q
02-23-2011, 10:23 AM
Another option is.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=100929

dgassaway
02-23-2011, 10:47 AM
great information, thanks guys!

CivilWarBBQ
02-23-2011, 11:43 AM
EDIT ## Doh! I should read the entire thread before I post. ##

Didn't see it mentioned yet, but there is one setup where the barn door trailer is superior - when you are in extremely tight quarters and don't have room to lower a ramp.

That said, if you have heavy cookers (like the Primo Grills we use) a ramp door is a must for old guys with bad backs. Often we have to leave the trailer hanging out in the road while we roll the grills off, then close up and back into the final position.

thillin
02-23-2011, 12:11 PM
I use a 6x10 Haulmark with rear ramp and side door. Wheel the medium Spicewine and large BGE to load/unload. It's small enough that I can spin it and move it with a trailer dolly even when loaded. Might take 2 people to move it easy, but I've done it myself a few times. I usually unhook and use the dolly to moce in nose first. I can still drop the ramp if needed. I take pride in being loaded and ready to go before awards. After awards, I can beat the rush! (I have to work at 6AM the following day)

swamprb
02-23-2011, 03:35 PM
great information, thanks guys!

$1200 and its all yours David!

Gerrit_Boys
02-23-2011, 05:50 PM
Our trailer has a ramp. Mostly because everyone around here with a cargo trailer has a ramp and that's what dealers stock. I wouldn't have it any other way though. Our trailer gets used for alot more than contests as everything can come out easily. I wou;d love to be able to do enough contests to justify a cook trailer and I'd get an extreme bbq trailer and put my smoker on the porch. Never load or unload it again!

dgassaway
02-23-2011, 06:25 PM
$1200 and its all yours David!

I need something big enough to haul parts from Seattle to Kalispell. I'm thinking 16'.

worthsmokin
02-23-2011, 06:42 PM
http://i725.photobucket.com/albums/ww255/bmcelvain/reardoor.jpg

We have a 36" pocket door on our vending trailer with a 6' back porch. This way we don't have to worry about door swing.

Coz
02-23-2011, 07:32 PM
http://i725.photobucket.com/albums/ww255/bmcelvain/reardoor.jpg

We have a 36" pocket door on our vending trailer with a 6' back porch. This way we don't have to worry about door swing.

Is this the Yellow trailer with the clone I was lookin at on sunday very early at the Royal ?

worthsmokin
02-23-2011, 07:42 PM
Is this the Yellow trailer with the clone I was lookin at on sunday very early at the Royal ?

I bet it was, it depends on how early is how much I remember:heh:

Coz
02-23-2011, 08:47 PM
I bet it was, it depends on how early is how much I remember:heh:

6 am or so if I remember correct that was the first time all weekend I got out and about