Break-down cart design

With my 27th. annual Canadian fishing trip coming up in a month, I usually
come-up with an idea to enhance the trip with technology. Last year was the
radio controlled trolling boat...too windy and cumbersome and a general PIA.
This year I was thinking of a cart to haul our gear up and down the "Cardiac
Hill" that is about 150' long by 50' high. The camp is about ten miles up
the lake by boat. It's not too bad unless you have to carry about a
thousand pounds of stuff in the heat and bugs. The van won't make it up and
down the hill, even if it were 4WD.
I'm thinking of a 4'x4'x4' cart that will break down for transport. For
some strange reason, I have a couple of wheelchairs around for wheels that
are light and big enough to handle the rough terrain. I am thinking of
making a fixture that would fit into the hitch receiver on the van with a
small electric winch mounted. Thus, run the cart up or down the hill with
64 cubic feet of gear on it. (Not as much beer and hooch as there used to
be, the drugs of choice are now Naproxin and Tums)
My fear is that it will weigh 500 pounds, have independent suspension, cost
thousands, won't fit in the van and not work right when I'm done designing
and building it...and I only have a month. Any ideas would be appreciated,
is there a commercial thing I could buy?
Reply to
Tom Gardner
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There are four wheel garden carts that I have seen, fat flotation tires, with two steerable wheels controlled by a handle, sort of like an old Radio Flyer wagon. Add a cable winch and you should be in business.
Ace hardware sells a "Garden and Farm Utility Cart", but there are many others. This one has a deck about 3 feet by 1.5 feet.
Tom Gardner wrote:
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Richard Ferguson
The guy next door to my receational property lot had to move building materials up a hill to the cabin site. He used cable and snatch blocks tied to trees so that he could drive his truck along the road below pulling the lumber up the hill. A 500 pound load could even be skidded up the hill with the power available from a truck. You would need two snatch blocks and around 300+ feet of line. Randy
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Randy Zimmerman
Personally I think I'd start with something like this:
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Add a floor, sides and a removable front wheel and you can use your winch to lower it down the hill and bring it back. It wouldn't need to collapse and take up space in the van either. :-)
Best Regards, Keith Marshall
"I'm not grown up enough to be so old!"
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Keith Marshall
You might look at
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for game carts. They have collapsible models rated for 500 lbs., weigh 30-40 lbs., and cost less than $200.
Pete Keillor
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Pete Keillor
"Tom Gardner" wrote: (clip)and I only have a month. Any ideas would be appreciated, (clip) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ When I was a kid on the farm, I recall that we used to use a horse-drawn wooden sled for some of the harvesting. So, how about taking some lumber and building a sled at the foot of the hill? You could run it with a winch, as you suggested, or pull it with the truck, as someone else suggested.
You COULD prefab some metal brackets and runners to make the sled quicker to put together, and more durable if you see fit.
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Leo Lichtman
I've got at least ten old bicycle frames you can have to make a light weight foldable cart out of if you are close to me. I'm in Surrey B.C.
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Actually, I'd start with a small Quad ATV with cargo racks, or a John Deere "Gator" 6x6, and a utility trailer to get it there - bada-bing, fast and easy, no fabrication needed. ;-) But there are often spoilsport Forest Rangers and stupid "No Vehicles" rules to contend with...
Or you can start with one of these pneumatic tire garden carts:
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If you don't feel like pushing it up the hill, or hauling it on a rope tied to the car bumper to get the cart up and down the hill, you could build a modern version of the logger's 'Steam Donkey' winch. A small Briggs engine, a BIG muffler (see Ranger comment above), suitable speed reduction, and a windlass drum.
Three or four wraps of rope around the drum, and when you keep the free end tight it pulls - want to stop, just slack off on the free end of the rope and let it slip on the drum.
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Bruce L. Bergman
You might also look into electric propulsion, with the cart dragging an extension cord. Not usually practical, but doable for short runs like 150'
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Nick Hull
To modify Bruce's idea use an electric winch made for a pickup or ATV and a couple of deep cycle batteries. Are you already packing a generator? lg no neat sig line
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larry g

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