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Trailer storage

Discussion in 'Trailer Tech' started by geoff2664, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. geoff2664


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    Jun 29, 2010
    Looking for a system that will allow me to suspend a single axle utility trailer from the rafters in my garage -- and a way to hoist it up there myself no doubt. I have plenty of overhead space and the rafters are exposed which should make installation easy. I'm sure I've seen systems like this in the past but can't recall if they were homemade or manufactured for consumer distribution. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
  2. Ebag333


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    Medford, OR
    I've considered the same, and there's some things that you would need to consider.

    1) Weight is a big key. Is your trailer a couple hundred pounds...or a couple thousand?

    2) Support is a problem. Not only do you have to have a beam to support it (I wouldn't want to hang a couple thousand pounds off of 2x4's or even 2x6's), but you have to make sure it's not going to go anywhere. If I was doing this myself I'd be looking at steel I-Beams that were anchored by cement in the floor.

    3) Getting it up and down safely, and keeping it there. You'd probably need an electric winch or a pulley system to get it up and down, and have it designed in such a way that you can do it by yourself. And once you get it up there you'll need a braking system to keep it there. If a bike falls on someones head, it'd be real bad but most likely not lethal. If a 1k lb trailer fell on someones head.....

    Some quick Google searching doesn't turn up much, likely because of liability.

    If the trailer is empty just stand it up on end or side and leave it against the wall. If it's not, save hoisting things up to the ceiling for light stuff, like bikes.

    Found on another forum:

  3. NorCal Cruiser

    NorCal Cruiser I don't post much

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    Nov 3, 2005
    Tuolumne/ Rancho Cordova, CA
    My dad has a hoist system set up in his shop to store my sandrail (weighs about 800 lbs). We use a harbor freight electric hoist mounted on two 12' 2"x6"s that are on edge to spread the load out onto six trusses to lift the sandrail. Once we have the rail up to the trusses we secure it with two additional 2" ratchet straps on the front and rear of the rail. The shop has 14' walls so even with the rail hanging down 4' we still have tons of room underneath for storage.