Winches On Both Sides Of The Trailer Or Split?

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Jamie's Comment
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Is there a reason why some flatbed have winches in both sides of the trailer rather then just one side? My current flatbed trailer which is assigned to me only has them on both sides, which can cause me to waste more time having to walk back and forth around the trailer, vs when I was with a trainer he had them all on one side. Just figured I'd see if there was any specific reasons to it.

I've been thinking about putting them one one side only since I do a lot of city driving and rarely have a full trailer that often anymore.

andhe78's Comment
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Some loads will ride a lot better if strap pull is alternated.

Jamie's Comment
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Some loads will ride a lot better if strap pull is alternated.

That would make sense. I'm not sure if the things I carry would make a huge difference, I commonly haul lumber, windows, doors, things commonly used to fix up houses and what not that is sold at Home Depot. But it's never in large amounts.

andhe78's Comment
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I don’t know, just a habit I’ve gotten into no matter the load. Seen several different loads winched on just one side that tipped to that side.

Our newer trailers actually have a hook holder between each winch that forces you to alternate. Never really felt it took that much longer.

Jamie's Comment
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I don’t know, just a habit I’ve gotten into no matter the load. Seen several different loads winched on just one side that tipped to that side.

Our newer trailers actually have a hook holder between each winch that forces you to alternate. Never really felt it took that much longer.

I have noticed certain loads will lean one way, so maybe I will try securing it from different sides of the trailer to see if that helps out!

Jamie's Comment
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Usually I only have loads on one side of the trailer, and not on both sides depending on what it is and how much I'm picking up. We do this since we have to unload it with a forklift that hooks unto the back of our trailers, so it makes it easier without moving the truck. Anyways, will this method work even with things that are loaded onto a single side of the trailer?

Rubber Duck's Comment
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I don’t have time to walk around the trailer either. That’s way i crawl underneath.

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