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AN 8×16-FOOT CAR TRAILER GETS AN EL­E­VATED WINCH AND OTHER ENHANCEMENTS.

Successful Farming - - ALL AROUND - By Paula Bar­bour, Con­tent Ed­i­tor

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.

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