Aluminum Gangway converted into a portable free span ATV Bridge

The engineering staff at RollingBarge.com was challenged to design a portable bridge for a gentleman with property in Alaska.  Since we build Aluminum Gangways for our floating docks we basically used the same design with some enforcements to handle the load requirements The bridge had the following requirements:

  • Free Span 32 feet at 8 feet wide
  • Carry 2000lbs of ATV, Rider, and Trailer
  • The longest piece in the kit could be no more than 12 feet long to allow the bridge to be easily transported.
  • Allow assembly with only battery operated tools like a screw gun.
  • Completely bolt together (no welding).
  • The bridge will be installed near the coast and needed to hold up to salt air.

Before shipping we decided to completely assemble the bridge so that we could test it and get some photos. The fully assembled frame weighed about 585lbs. Before installing the deck, we moved it to a scenic location outside where we could get some nice pictures. We put a dolly under the back of the frame and set the front of the frame on a trailer towed by an ATV. Once the frame was in place we set each end up on concrete blocks so that we were truly free spanning. The next step was to set the plywood in place. Before screwing down the plywood, we leveled the bridge side to side and we measured the bridge corner to corner to make sure everything was even. With the deck in place, it was time to give it a try! Our ATV and rider was probably only 650lbs and the trailer was probably less. We were looking to get a better test so… …we grabbed a nearby Toyota Previa and drove on up. The deck is 5/8” thick fir plywood and the joists are on 24” centers. This is not designed to carry the lbs per square inch that would be generated by the little mini-van tires. So we covered the deck in 2×6 boards to help distribute the load.

While this is more load than this particular bridge is warranted for, the engineering shows that it should support this weight at rest and still have a safety factor of 3.0 (this means that forces three times greater will be required to break something).

Properly assembled and installed, this bridge should provide a lifetime of trouble free service as an ATV bridge in the wilds of Alaska or wherever it is placed.

Floating Dock Converted into a Camper Barge

 floating trailer that is capable of carrying up to 5000 lbs right down the launch ramp and into the water opens up a lot possibilities. Shown here is one customer that mounted an 8.5′ slide-on camper onto a floating dock kit that was converted in a floating barge. This customer created for themselves a trailer-able houseboat complete with wrap-around porch and sundeck.

Note: All Rolling Barge products are shipped fully certified by both the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. You may choose to modify the product or use to carry something that causes it to no longer be certifiable by either of these organizations.  For more information on the load capacity of our products please check out some of our Engineering Reports .

Camper on a floating Barge

 

 

 

 

 

Amphibious Trailer to Tow a Vehicle Down the Highway and Across the Water

amphibious trailer to tow vehicles on the water

a trailer to tow down the highway and accross the water

Amphibious Trailer?  When you here the words Amphibious Vehicle it’s hard not to immediately have the image of a James Bond movie pop into your head where 007 drives into the water in his Austin Martin and drives under the water.  Although much less glamorous, Rolling Barge designs and builds amphibious trailers to tow large items such as a truck or crane across the water.

The design of our floating utility trailers is essentially the same as our floating docks-kits, but are also equipped with wheels, hitch and motor transom.  Once these converted floating docks are licensed they are highway legal and are considered a boat by the DMV. The weight capacity is 5,000 pounds, which would be enough to tow most vehicles.  Depending on the weight of the load, the decking would need to be reinforced to stand up to the vehicle weight.

Watch the video below to see one in action.

 

Double Decker Pontoon Boat in the Party Cove

Here is a video that we made a few years ago as a product video for our double decker pontoon boat. AKA the Party Barge.  Rolling Barge makes Party Barges and Pontoon Boats on a custom basis only. We are not able to sell these as a kit because there are so many different options. Accessories such as bathrooms, slides and different sized motor option are all available.

As far as sizes go there really is no limit to how big we can make them, however if you want to tow it down the highway 30 feet long and 17 feet wide is the largest size. A Party Barge of this size would give you a maximum weight capacity of around 4,500 pounds or about 25 people.