I currently haul big square bales of hay/straw on a 24' flatbed straight truck with a hoist. Works great, but I would like to use my semi instead for a couple of reasons (more capacity, and have one truck, several trailers for different jobs rather than maintaining two trucks). I have a flatbed trailer, but would like it to be self-unloading, so I was wondering about a walking floor, or live floor trailer. All of them that I see have sides and doors in the back. Do you think this sort of thing would work on a flatbed? Could my existing 45' flatbed be fitted with a walking floor, or maybe an apron chain? How fast are the walking floors, ie. how long would it take to unload 45'? I was considering buying a cheaper walking floor trailer and cutting the sides off. Bad idea?
Any ideas on this? I've never used a walking floor trailer, so I don't know if that would work well or not. The loads generally weight under 1000# per foot of trailer length.