"side kit" on utility trailer- Anyone here use one ?
Fairly common on semi trailers but don't recall seeing one used on a pickup truck pulled trailer (photo of one below however) Can be done but wondering without a permanent headboard structure how the front panels would hold up to the wind. Downside (besides cost and labor to install/remove as needed) is standard panel size is 4 x 4 feet with 2 foot arch on the steel tubes, so 6 foot* in center is max height. Also you need some sort of tie down system integrated into the floor of the trailer so your chains or strap can be attached inside of the panels. Cost for 20 foot deck over trailer about $2,400. That's posts, panels, loops, tarp all the way around.
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You can go taller of course but anything above 4 foot panel gets iffy in the rigidity department according to the salesman at loadcovering.com. Also, the material comes in 8 foot lengths so one 4 x 5 panel costs as much as two 4 x 4 panels.
*I suppose in theory you could have a 7 foot tall machine poking up between the hoops. The tarp would look a bit screwy in that area but seems like it would work in "get 'er done" situations.