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Frick Portable in West Virginia


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Old 10-16-2014, 05:00:40 PM
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I used to work for a feed-mill, and going around with a grain truck was always "fun". Our comment was that you always knew you were in the "good" areas when you saw your own headlights in the rear-view mirrors. Some of the switch backs pitch to the side so much its amazing we didn't roll those high center of gravity trucks.....

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So the 40' 28" high one would be too much sorry I can't help-Mike
The goosenecks I am familar with are about 48" to the deck and in those mountains it does make a difference. I had an engine moved with a big coal truck and a very stout tandem axle duel wheeled trailer and I think my dog could have ran beside us faster. When you have to double back on a steep mountain road you will be glad that you have the load a low as you can get it. Where Mark's engine is located is not very far from three of the major ski resorts in the state. There are specialized trucks in the area for big heavy loads that are short.
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The goosenecks I am familar with are about 48" to the deck ......
Got a photo or link to the manufacturer of this trailer? Most goosenecks I've seen around here have been no more than 36" from platform to ground, depending on wheel size. Just curious on this one just in case I find one to haul home or to a friends barn. ....

I think I've seen a smaller Frick like this one at some of the Foothills shows in Maryville a few years back..
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I check with my local hauling guy and he thought his gooseneck was 37" deck height which sounds about average for around here.


We hauled a thresher all over creation with that and it was not an issue either on windy roads or on the interstate. Loading and unloading went well until that one time the winch failed and it nearly tried to kill us....which was about normal for any thresher I have ever moved. Apparently they are all evil and thirst for human blood.
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Talk about a day late and a dollar short, just hauled our dozer into Parsons last saturday. Bought a trailer just for heavy loads and country roads.
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We have a Low pro trailer is why, so i can haul my Vertical boiler easier. -Mike
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http://youtu.be/1qNgoK56U0M

My hero for hauling through WV is Johnny Boston. You can see his family's oil well at 1:15 at the link above. He took two trailers and welded them together to get the length needed to haul his display. He explained to me how he put the entire display together and his history with the well. That is one of my favorite displays.

Mark, you might contact him if your new hauler doesn't work out. If he can't do it he can point you to who can.

---------- Post added at 09:02 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:14 PM ----------

I may be comparing apples to oranges on what to use to haul with because the WV highway system has changed much over the years since I left in 1994 and the places we brought stuff out of in the mountains or river valleys were in the original locations and pulled in by mules where we couldn't get trucks into, including the many items out of Belington, Newburg, Kingwood, and the list of towns goes on. A lot of this stuff has found new homes and is not in the original location anymore, but where it can be loaded easy. Many of the roads were single lane switchbacks, that were dirt or paved once in their life and were terrible to haul on. Many items we had to drag or skid quite some distance to even get back to the trucks. We used to tow the oil well engines dad bought from the head end and we used the flywheels for the wheels just to tow them to the truck to load them and haul them out. One time dad even used a cable skidder and flew a 10hp Stover over a massive section of washed out road just to get it loaded on the truck. The guys he worked with in his crew signed the trucks out for the night and dad had already skidded the engine about a mile to the location of the wash out and then they left work and headed to get the engine. They worked until it was time to go back to work and the turned all of the equipment back in. They ran a cable to a huge tree on the other side and pulled it tight and used a pulley system similar to what is used in logging, but for utility line work and they flew the engine over the ravine onto the truck they used to haul te engine. I learned a lot from my father and saw a lot of neat ways to get rusty iron he bought out of the woods.
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This engine is now in Kentucky and under roof. Thanks!
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Glad things finally got worked out Mark. Sorry I wasn't able to do it.
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