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  • Just Another Trailer

    I'm almost finished with this 5 x 10 utility trailer. I'm maybe saving about $300 building it myself but there's a lot more than that in labor. But it has been fun for the most part.

  • #2
    Looks good. Don't know what you are going to carry but with the axle that far back you can easily overload the angle you used for the tongue. If you plan on really loading it I would swap the angle for tube on the tongue. You could even put a pc. of tube inside the angle to stiffen it.

    I say this as most people tend to load the front first & if your getting firewood, gravel, dirt etc. the majority of weight will be in the front 6 feet of the trailer which is in front of the axle.

    The weakest point is where the angle exits from under the deck.
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    • #3
      Is that axle really sitting directly on the trailer frame?
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      • #4
        I think I see a spring, Its just the camera angle.

        A 60% set back on the axle from the front of the trailer box is the proper location.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by 1havnfun View Post
          I think I see a spring, Its just the camera angle.

          A 60% set back on the axle from the front of the trailer box is the proper location.
          !0% back of center of balance is all it really takes to put the weight on the hitch.

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          • #6
            lELet me see....
            50% + 10% = 60% back from the front of the box.

            I do believe that is what I said.

            Oh Donald, the hitch has nothing to do with this calculation, only the box or platform.
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            XMT350 CV/CC
            22A Feeder
            MM175
            Dynasty 200DX
            TB302
            12vs Extreme
            Hypertherm PowerMax 1000
            20" x 40" CNC Mills (2)
            16" x 60" engine lathe
            65 Ton edwards iron worker
            3/16' x 24" power slip roll
            16' power feed mitering bandsaw
            and other fun toys

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=MMW;263202]Looks good. Don't know what you are going to carry but with the axle that far back you can easily overload the angle you used for the tongue. If you plan on really loading it I would swap the angle for tube on the tongue. You could even put a pc. of tube inside the angle to stiffen it.

              I say this as most people tend to load the front first & if your getting firewood, gravel, dirt etc. the majority of weight will be in the front 6 feet of the trailer which is in front of the axle.

              I was going to use 3" channel for the tongue but that would have been $50 more & since I had 10' of 3" x 2" x 3/16" left over from the frame material I decided to go with it. I'm going to put a brace from the top rail to the cross member in the tongue to at least stiffen it a little & just keep an eye on it.
              As for the axle it is NOT on the frame, it is on leaf springs & it is indeed 2/3 from the front of the frame.

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              • #8
                The one thing I didn't mention...
                Nice looking trailer and it looks like it'll do the job.
                Live Right Have Fun

                XMT350 CV/CC
                22A Feeder
                MM175
                Dynasty 200DX
                TB302
                12vs Extreme
                Hypertherm PowerMax 1000
                20" x 40" CNC Mills (2)
                16" x 60" engine lathe
                65 Ton edwards iron worker
                3/16' x 24" power slip roll
                16' power feed mitering bandsaw
                and other fun toys

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MMW View Post
                  it is indeed 2/3 from the front of the frame.
                  2/3 = 66%, not 60%, which was pointed out to be the correct location.
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                  • #10
                    Originally Posted by MMW
                    it is indeed 2/3 from the front of the frame.
                    2/3 = 66%, not 60%, which was pointed out to be the correct location.

                    The above isn't even my quote. It was written by the OP after he quoted what I wrote in post #7.

                    Wow guys I'm sorry I commented on this. It seemed to start a debate about proper axle placement. If you re-read my original post all I basically said was the tongue looked light compared to the axle location. No where did I state the axle was in the wrong place.
                    Last edited by MMW; 04-13-2011, 04:02 AM.
                    MM250
                    Trailblazer 250g
                    22a feeder
                    Lincoln ac/dc 225
                    Victor O/A
                    MM200 black face
                    Whitney 30 ton hydraulic punch
                    Lown 1/8x 36" power roller
                    Arco roto-phase model M
                    Vectrax 7x12 band saw
                    Miller spectrum 875
                    30a spoolgun w/wc-24
                    Syncrowave 250
                    RCCS-14

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                    • #11
                      My bad for saying 2/3. In any case the centerline of the axle is 73" from the front of the frame. I used the dimensions from a trailer made by a company called Big Tex Trailers who have been around a long time, so I figure they know trailers. The particular model I copied, somewhat anyway, also used 3 x 2 x 3/16 angle for the tongue as well so I feel confident the trailer will do just fine.

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                      • #12
                        Trailer Looks Great

                        Hope you make some more progress. I plan on building one similar for my Jeeps. My TJ can only tow 1k pounds so I need to make something light. Do you have an estimate on weight?
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                        • #13
                          More or less finished except for a few little odds & ends. I'm going to make some detatchable fences two feet tall as my wife will use this trailer for her business & carries things that are bulky but not really heavy. Also going to make detatchable ramps for when I need to load a lawn tractor etc.


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                          • #14
                            That looks Great!
                            I see you did what many think about long after the fact, a front center tiedown ring.

                            The whole trailer looks very good and I foresee many years of service.
                            Live Right Have Fun

                            XMT350 CV/CC
                            22A Feeder
                            MM175
                            Dynasty 200DX
                            TB302
                            12vs Extreme
                            Hypertherm PowerMax 1000
                            20" x 40" CNC Mills (2)
                            16" x 60" engine lathe
                            65 Ton edwards iron worker
                            3/16' x 24" power slip roll
                            16' power feed mitering bandsaw
                            and other fun toys

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 1havnfun View Post
                              That looks Great!
                              I see you did what many think about long after the fact, a front center tiedown ring.

                              The whole trailer looks very good and I foresee many years of service.
                              Thanks for the compliments!

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