Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

A custom tri-axle hot shot trailer

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • welder_one
    started a topic A custom tri-axle hot shot trailer

    A custom tri-axle hot shot trailer

    my buddy the hot shotter asked me for a custom tri-axle 30 foot trailer. 3 7.5k axles, brakes and led lighting.
    Attached Files

  • Scott Hightower
    replied
    Nice work!!!!!!!!

    Nice work.

    I like the under-slung tool boxes they will come in handy for tie-down storage.

    Scott
    Fab Manager
    Welders360

    Leave a comment:


  • Pass-N-Gas
    replied
    Originally posted by welder_one View Post
    makes sense.... this trailer sees highway use...lol.... kinda hard to get any tires off the ground (if he does, he should slow down.... then again, ive never seen a slopar get fast enough)

    flame on
    I'm assuming you put some walking beams between those slippers? if so no problemo Dexter does not recommend 3 axles with the torflex's

    Leave a comment:


  • Dualie
    replied
    Just tell him to go easy pulling in and out of the truck stop parking lots and keep an eye on the leading and trailing axle at every stop. should be ok

    Leave a comment:


  • welder_one
    replied
    makes sense.... this trailer sees highway use...lol.... kinda hard to get any tires off the ground (if he does, he should slow down.... then again, ive never seen a slopar get fast enough)

    flame on

    Leave a comment:


  • Dualie
    replied
    A lot of the 3 axle trailers around here went for scrap. The problem with them was they were always breaking axles. ALWAYS.

    Load them up to capacity with hay and pulling in and out of the fields through the ditches and they would lift the front two axles off the ground. Putting 20K on one 7.5K axle isn't the best idea.

    I converted a couple of them to 8K tandem torsion axles with 17.5" wheels and tires that were adequate for part time uses for general transport stuff but not nearly as good as a dual tandem setup

    Leave a comment:


  • welder_one
    replied
    yes, i have a few helping hands, a john deere tractor with forks, a 4 yard wheel loader, a t-300 tracked skid steer with forks...lol... I fabbed the gooseneck seperate and welded it on the completed trailer body. I built it right side up from the start... I dont like to flip em and run the chance of knocking stuff out of square...

    I get everything tacked and clamped in place, then weld it all out... No final welds until its all in place. Might be a better way of doing things, but i seen too much stuff go wrong only to find that i have to cut welds loose to change it...

    Leave a comment:


  • yamahajo
    replied
    How did you go about fabbing up the gooseneck tongue? Im guessing you had a few helping hands? Also, did you start building the trailer upside down and flip it to finish it? Or did you build the whole thing right side up? I use to build all my own bumper pulls and I always started building them upside down. Made it much easier to weld the x members and rails on...but that goose neck looks like it would be a MONSTER to flip over!

    Leave a comment:


  • JSFAB
    replied
    No inspections here in Cal, build it, haul it to a DMV, lady comes out, puts a serial number sticker on it, goes back in, finishes the paperwork, you pay your money, get a plate, and done.

    Commercial CHP, however, have the right to pull any vehicle over, at any time, with a reason or not. Can do a quick inspection, or a full inspection, whatever they want.

    Over the years, I have NEVER seen anybody getting a ticket for too many lights, even in place of the "three-bar" on the back of the trailer.

    You WILL, however, get a ticket for any light that doesn't work. Some years ago, I built a headboard behind a Freightliner cab, required in Nevada for hauling hay. Driver wanted it dressed up some, install cute little lights up and down each side. Owner said fine, but not wired in, didn't want all the electrical problems. Just decorative. Sure enough, a few months later, got a ticket for inoperable lights, had to wire them in (cheaper than filling all the square holes I'd already cut into the frame).

    I notice also there was some mention of reflectors, if you buy the right lights they are reflectorized, meet the DOT requirements for both lights and reflectors. Costs a couple bucks more per light.

    Another point to make, Fed DOT specifically says, tail-lights can NOT be used to satisfy the rear clearance light requirements. A way around this, simply wire the outside "tail-light" on a two or three tail-light per side setup, into the marker light or clearance light switch on the tractor, it then becomes a clearance light. You still have other lights, to wire into the headlight or tail-light switch, that will satisfy the tail-light requirements.

    Remember, a typical seven wire commercial hookup, has both brown wire (for clearance/markers) and black wire (for tail-lights).

    Leave a comment:


  • welder_one
    replied
    Originally posted by Horns View Post
    What kind of lights are those 1/4" ones you're talking about? We have those on our Kenworth roll-beds but I havn't been able to find them online.
    i'll look it up today. i buy all my trailer stuff from champion trailer in jacksonville, arkansas

    Leave a comment:


  • Horns
    replied
    What kind of lights are those 1/4" ones you're talking about? We have those on our Kenworth roll-beds but I havn't been able to find them online.

    Leave a comment:


  • c wagner
    replied
    Originally posted by welder_one View Post
    the little lights at the bottom are red/ amber lights. they are red as clearance and 2 per side turn amber with the flashers. same with the main rear lights. it has led marker lights up and down the sides. the marker lights on the sides only required a 1/4 inch hole for mounting and are very small.

    i did not sell him the trailer cheaper than a manufacturer... fella wanted a trailer that he could trust (you know what im talkin about) buy a trailer from lowes and then build one for yourself...... which one gonna be better???

    i didnt make a killin off the trailer, however, i did make a little. (besides, he delivers my iron work across the nation for REAL CHEAP)

    if the lights are a problem, then how does a truck and trailer that's running "chicken lights" all over it fair? i was told by a DOT officer that if they on there, they gotta be lit... the trailer passed insp and got tagged.... now that weight sittin on the inspecting officer *shrugs*
    Good to hear that it made it past inspection, that's the main thing.
    I'm also glad to hear you charged him more than a factory trailer, because even though I don't know you personally I KNOW your quality would be better (yeah I know EXACTLY what your talking about ).
    I've done a lot of warranty repair, repair and custom fab on factory built trailers, their quality is the reason their prices are where they are... well that and the quantity that they build per year.
    Good on him for being willing to pay for the quality that he wants, that trailer will last him for a LONG time.

    Like I said in my first post, nice trailer.

    Leave a comment:


  • welder_one
    replied
    the little lights at the bottom are red/ amber lights. they are red as clearance and 2 per side turn amber with the flashers. same with the main rear lights. it has led marker lights up and down the sides. the marker lights on the sides only required a 1/4 inch hole for mounting and are very small.

    i did not sell him the trailer cheaper than a manufacturer... fella wanted a trailer that he could trust (you know what im talkin about) buy a trailer from lowes and then build one for yourself...... which one gonna be better???

    i didnt make a killin off the trailer, however, i did make a little. (besides, he delivers my iron work across the nation for REAL CHEAP)

    if the lights are a problem, then how does a truck and trailer that's running "chicken lights" all over it fair? i was told by a DOT officer that if they on there, they gotta be lit... the trailer passed insp and got tagged.... now that weight sittin on the inspecting officer *shrugs*

    Leave a comment:


  • c wagner
    replied
    Originally posted by wroughtnharv View Post
    I wondered about the four instead of three lights too. I knew the three indicated 96" width or more. But then you see guys with pickups who want to look kewel running with marker lights all the time so I guess it's something the cops don't get too excited about.
    Actually it's anything over 80" wide that require the identification lights.
    I don't know if they would complain about something less than 80" having the lights or not... all depends on the officer I guess.

    In the grand scheme of things I just wanted to make everyone aware that building a trailer isn't as easy as welding up a frame, bolting on a coupler, axle and finding just any old lights. (Not saying that's what you did welder_one)
    All too often people figure they will save a couple of bucks and do it themselves, nothing wrong with that as long as they do it right. Some places require a home built trailer to be inspected before your able to get plates/ insurance. The wrong lights, reflectors in the wrong locations and your going back to the store to spend more money and time doing it right the second time... pretty soon your in deeper than driving to the trailer sales place and getting one off the lot. Well ok that point may take awhile to get to ... but the point is there are rules that need to be followed. Welder_one or his buddy might have put the reflectors on after these pictures were taken, I'm not saying they didn't do it right, I'm just saying it isn't right in these pictures, so I hope they make it right before it hits the streets.

    Leave a comment:


  • wroughtnharv
    replied
    I wondered about the four instead of three lights too. I knew the three indicated 96" width or more. But then you see guys with pickups who want to look kewel running with marker lights all the time so I guess it's something the cops don't get too excited about.

    The way I've always done it was three in the rear, red at the side rear, amber at the side front and if the trailer is longer than eighteen feet an additional amber about in the middle side.

    This tells anyone approaching from the side where the trailer starts and ends with a reminder there's a trailer there in the middle.

    I've always understood it was the same for the front, except in amber, three to indicate width. But again, you see little pickups with big truck markers on their roofs and you see some rigs with umpteen lights across the front.

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X