IDEA OF THE MONTH
AN 8×16-FOOT CAR TRAILER GETS AN ELEVATED WINCH AND OTHER ENHANCEMENTS.
A functional car trailer is now even more useful after a few modifications by Roger Johnson that make it easier to load a vehicle or tractor. For starters, a short-box pickup toolbox “was just the right width to mount to the front of this car trailer,” says the Chandler, Minnesotan. A 5-ton winch (originally made for an ATV) is mounted inside the toolbox. An added opening accommodates the fairlead cable. (With a set of vertical and horizontal rollers, the cable never rubs against metal.) Also inside the box is a 12-volt battery to power both the winch and a 12-volt LED light used for loading in the dark.
Chains, straps, binders, and other items stay clean and dry in the toolbox, too.
The ramps originally slid under the trailer for storage. In addition to extending the ramps’ length by 12 inches, Johnson also hinged them to lock in an upright position. He credits Daniel Van Meveren, his employee, and Jeff Hansen for their help with the work.