Loading And Unloading A Dump Trailer 84 5.2 RAMP WEIGHTS ! CAUTION Ramp and gate weights shown do not reflect or suggest the load capacity of the ramps or gates. Weights shown are subject to change due to changes in construction materials or changes in design. Use a safe lifting procedure to avoid injury when lifting ramps. See table in Section 6.1 for ramp weights. 5.3 LOADING FIXED LOADS Fixed loads include palletized materials, skid-steer loaders, mowers, etc. Fixed loads that are to be carried or dumped should be loaded evenly throughout the trailer. Too much load in the front portion will strain and possibly overload the hydraulic hoist. Too much load in the rear can lead to trailer swaying at highway speeds. Couple the trailer to the tow vehicle. Park the tow vehicle and trailer on a firm and level surface, both front-to-back and side-to-side. Attempting to load on a soft or uneven surface may cause the trailer to overturn, which can result in death or serious injury. ! WARNING Risk of electrocution. Dump body coming near or contacting power lines can cause electrocution. Electrocution can occur without contact. Be sure there are no overhead power lines over or near the trailer before raising dump body.
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