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Old 15 April 2006, 13:52   #1
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Today was an absolute pain in the arse towing and marshalling trailers around the yard behind the Surf and the Tractor and I was wondering if a Quad bike would do the Job better.

Does anybody have any Actual experience of doing this and if so with how much success!
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Old 15 April 2006, 14:38   #2
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Old 15 April 2006, 14:50   #3
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There was a time when I could have! I would think his would be a bit fkkd by now!
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When we were in Gibralter racing one year they had the jetski boys down there as well and they moved all of thier stuff with quads - they are great although I would imagine limited in the amount of weight they could cope with?
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Old 16 April 2006, 08:12   #5
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Have a look at scrapheap challenge - they are always dragging things around with a quad. They manage to pull things like sherpa vans out from under piles of scrap etc.

Some of the bigger quads have towing limits of 700kgs - what they will really pull is far more than that on level ground I suppose.
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They shift big ribs with a monster quad in Salcombe.

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This looks perfect!!!

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We had a building job in Polperro last summer and used a relatively small Honda 2wd quad(350cc) I think to shift all the gear up and down from the Harbour . It ran all summer no problems and the record was 9 people on and in the trailer and the quad with a trailer full of rubble which must have wieghed 250 kg on its own . It was the type the farmers use and the low gears were very low it would pull anything.
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Old 17 April 2006, 04:27   #9
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Today was an absolute pain in the arse towing and marshalling trailers around the yard behind the Surf and the Tractor and I was wondering if a Quad bike would do the Job better.

Does anybody have any Actual experience of doing this and if so with how much success!
Rogue I am sure I have seen one in use at Calsot you could try and ask down there as its not to far from you.
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I looked into getting a quad for towing my rib up onto the drive way as the turning space is very limited.

The best quad for the job spec wise i could find was the Polaris Sportsman 700 Twin with a Towing capability of 1500 lb./680.3 kg, the only problem was the price tag £7000

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Stuart, unless your going a long way what about a mini/compact tractor? We've used mini tractors for moving touring caravans for years, a huge advantage is you can actually see the tow hitch and ball from the drivers seat so making a 1 person hitch up a one try wonder! Depending on which make of tractor you use you can actually connect up whilst still aboard, really saves on time. The disadvantages are that you can see almost nothing whilst reversing as the Rib/Caravan is only a couple of feet from you and blocks your view, wing mirrors aren't usually wide enough apart to help. Mini tractor in low range crawler gear will move at a snails pace but will push a house uphill, unless your on wet grass, then its out with the LR. I would guess most of this applies to quads.
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I've been dragging my Rib around with one today (see Heath Robinson, Rib Gallery). Not overly impressed. I reckon that the auto clutch would give out given extented use.
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Stuart, unless your going a long way what about a mini/compact tractor? We've used mini tractors for moving touring caravans for years, a huge advantage is you can actually see the tow hitch and ball from the drivers seat so making a 1 person hitch up a one try wonder! Depending on which make of tractor you use you can actually connect up whilst still aboard, really saves on time. The disadvantages are that you can see almost nothing whilst reversing as the Rib/Caravan is only a couple of feet from you and blocks your view, wing mirrors aren't usually wide enough apart to help. Mini tractor in low range crawler gear will move at a snails pace but will push a house uphill, unless your on wet grass, then its out with the LR. I would guess most of this applies to quads.
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These are good points that the cockeral haired gypsy caravan trader has mentioned above. The fact that the hitch is buried under the seat is a pain, too hard a turn and the handbrake or jockey wheel start hitting the quad ( I knocked a rear light out with he jockey wheel handle this pm). A mini tractor, although not as quick, would be a gutsier tow vehicle.
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Cheep, manoeuvrable, good visibility and if you fill the skip with sand it will tow 10 tons Des
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Old 19 April 2006, 00:44   #15
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thanks for your help guys.........some good points, as usual with weak willed people such as myself, i am changine my mind more towards the mini tractor/ dumper option. those dumpers have yanmar engines sometimes I believe
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Old 19 April 2006, 02:29   #16
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Donít know about Yanmar, but most have Petter, Perkins or Ford 2722 (70hp version of Pac22 engine) engines, all good engines
Originally I was toying with the idea of removing the skip and changing the skip hydraulics to operate a front mounted hitch Havenít got around to it yet though

Thinking about your situation, if you arenít using it on the road and assuming your yard is mostly concrete,how about a forklift with a ball welded to the forks something like this Des
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