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    Garage trailer storage..

    So this was my solution to not wanting my skis. Trailer. Or cars outside this winter. Has anyone here done this before? If so how did you get it down? I'm thinking about buyong a 2000 pound winch. Mounting it lower in garage to help pull skis off trailer. Also put a pulley up in the cieling to run line over down to trailer. Hook on and pull up. Or lower down. Much easier then ratchet straps and chain pullers. So has anyone else done this?
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    I have not done that particular arrangement, but I lean towards pulleys and steel cable with an electric winch to raise the trailer.

    Then multiple support chains through heavy hooks to hold it up there after the winch relaxes the pulley tension.

    Enough chains and hooks that one or two could fail completely and the trailer would not fall. Safety margins.

    I also prefer aluminum trailer. Less weight

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    That's pretty creative! to bad my garage has a low ceiling

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    Another approach might be to back the trailer up onto wheel ramps.

    Then winch the nose of the trailer up high to clear your truck box. Keep the skis right on the trailer, just tilted upwards all winter.

    The wheel ramps get the rear of the trailer high enough to not hit the ground, and allow the trailer tongue to swing much higher. Even up between the ceiling joists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Another approach might be to back the trailer up onto wheel ramps.

    Then winch the nose of the trailer up high to clear your truck box. Keep the skis right on the trailer, just tilted upwards all winter.

    The wheel ramps get the rear of the trailer high enough to not hit the ground, and allow the trailer tongue to swing much higher. Even up between the ceiling joists.
    that is a good idea, but i tend to like to wrench on the skis in the winter, so i like to easily move them around, now by no means do I have a small garage...it is 30x36 i currently have 3 cars in it , and tons of room. but with that massive trailer down it takes up a TON of space and in the picture you can see the tongue easily goes to almost the cab of my truck soooo the girlfriends dad and I did this, there are 3 lift points, with ratchet straps( semi sized ones) and at every point, chain tied off, incase a strap where to snap. trailer wont fall. but those straps onnnly go up..not done...soooo problem....LOL i can get a winch easy enough and then pulleys, im thinking that would be the best way to go as it would also come in handy pulling skis off the trailer onto carts....Paint in the arse to do alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    I have not done that particular arrangement, but I lean towards pulleys and steel cable with an electric winch to raise the trailer.

    Then multiple support chains through heavy hooks to hold it up there after the winch relaxes the pulley tension.

    Enough chains and hooks that one or two could fail completely and the trailer would not fall. Safety margins.

    I also prefer aluminum trailer. Less weight


    I got that trailer for a super good deal, and it was missing parts and surface rust, i spent a month sanding it, priming it and painting it with black rustoleum, i think it looks nice. it worked out well for me. one of the reasons i did not want it outside in the snow and ice...didnt want water getting under the paint and freezing or what not. better to just store it inside.

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    Be careful hanging that kind of weight from trusses. The bottom chords of them are not engineered to carry a load like that. I assumed your garage was framed with rafters because of the age of the house. Looks like a relatively new construction.

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    Garage is less then 10 years old, cant see in the picture but the rear of the trailer is tied to the supports VERY close to the wall header. the front of the trailer weight is spread across 2 or 3 trusses with a Steal Jeep bumper.

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    As seen here that top board you see running over by the rear strap, is linking 5 of them together
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