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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Hauling "Cradle" advice needed

To: "'Steve Katz'" <>,"'Bill Erickson'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Hauling "Cradle" advice needed
From: "k6xyz" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 11:04:46 -0600
List-post: <> could call Skip Bolnick KJ6Y over in Woodland Hills.

He has a tower trailer for use with his tower erecting business and I'm
positive he can do the job. I highly recommend him no only to move your
tower but to do the complete installation....especially on a tower like
He made short work of my tower removal a couple of years ago.
My tower was up in Torrance for 27 years and left on the same trailer it
arrived on!

I have some pictures if you would like to see them.


Dave Harmon
Sperry, Ok.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Steve Katz
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 10:35 AM
To: 'Bill Erickson';
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Hauling "Cradle" advice needed

To move this kind of stuff I've just rented a large boat trailer; they're
available up to >24' long, are very strong, and pre-wired with lights &
signals and have a license plate.  The "cradle" idea sounds cool if you want
to own something permanently and keep moving towers around, but if your move
is a one-time deal, probably not worth the investment. -WB2WIK/6

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Erickson []
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 8:42 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower Hauling "Cradle" advice needed


I need to move a 24 foot long (when collapsed), 2,400 pound tower.

I can not find a rental trailer that is longer than 14 feet.

A long time ago I saw a ham towing a tower as a trailer. He had built and
attached a cradle
near the base of the tower. It had 15 inch car wheels and tires.

He had a short mast that slipped into the top of the tower. He had welded a
2 inch ball hitch
to it.

He then hooked it up to his truck, and off went the tower. Slick!

My questions are:

Does the "Cradle" have to be licensed in California?

Are tail lights and brake lights required at the base end (back) of the
I wouldn't think so since the trucks rear lights would be visible, and the
tower would be towed
during daylight. However, the California Highway Patrol can be very picky.

Does anyone have any photos or drawings that they could e-mail me.

Thanks for you thoughts on this project.


Bill     N6MXU

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