Trailer Loading Geometry

Uncle Willie

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If the leg was slightly short of the ground and able to swing freely, it would contact the ground under load in a compression-only position.
If it was in contact before loading, you would just need to position it properly.

As long as the ramps do not slide they would not have any reason to fold.
If you intentionally made them slightly longer and positioned them with the bottom end farther from the trailer, they would tend to push the ramps toward the trailer.
This would help prevent the ramps from backing off the trailer deck.

The real advantage of attached brace legs is two more item that cannot fall off the trailer or get lost in the shuffle.
 

bugflyer

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dunc;n1139174 said:
I have considered legs but was unsure how to easily keep the leg from any undesirable folding. I am really open to ideas. Meanwhile I can easily build a couple removable wooden supports for the upcoming Utah trip, and move on to other items that need attention.
Something like this: https://www.woodworkerexpress.com/steel-folding-leg-bracket-2-1-2-lx2-1-2-l.html
or this: https://www.hafele.com/us/en/product/folding-bracket-for-tables-and-benches/0000000100013d7200010023/

smiles,
Charles
 

dunc

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Bugflyer - I like the second one. It looks like it won't fold under sideload. Thanks!
 
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