I literally put the cart before the horse today... I have been looking for a medium sized utility trailer for hauling my 12 foot Hyside with gear and the occasional random furniture, etc.
I searched Craigslist some and found a few that looked decent, but the owner didn't have a title. Rather than get into that whole rodeo, I decided to start looking for new ones. Well it turns out that all the major stores (Lowes, TSC, Northern Tool, Southern States) all sell the same brand, Carry-On.
AAAANNNDDD, Northern Tool had the 5x8 mesh floor w/ folding gate for $529!!!! It's usually $649....So I bought it!!
Then I realized, I can't (easily) remove the gate ramp.
This is a problem for hauling my 12 foot raft as I need it to hang off the rear of the trailer about a foot to fit. I called Carry-On and asked if the hinge pins were removable, a the guy said they are "crimped inside the hinge" and could not be hammered out. Here is what they look like:
One side of the hinge has a grease fitting like this, which looks smaller diameter than the hinge:
The other side has a flat head on it, like the top of a door hinge pin:
I find it really hard to believe I can't hammer the pin out by hitting the grease fitting side with a mallet... I don't want to try though, because I might just return it. If I could hammer the pin out, I could just replace it with a grade 8 bolt and it would be easily removable!
Ideas? Experience? Thanks!
Here she is: