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  • ASKANDY
    started a topic My Trailer Project

    My Trailer Project

    Well,
    Here is going to be an indepth picture account of a trailer I built for hauling multiple things from 4 wheelers to small cars. It's 6' X 14' with a diamond plate steel deck.

    It took awhile to do this project as it was more fill work than anything and after awhile It turned more into "lets get this done and out of the shop" job

    This is going to be a long thread as we have cataloged everything.

    Andy

  • Paul Seaman
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    I stand corrected,

    Thanks,
    Paul

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  • down19992000
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    http://i.b5z.net/i/u/1080235/f/Appli...te_Catalog.pdf

    scroll down to page 7 to trailer design considerations. It say torflex axles should not be used in situations requiring more than two axles.

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  • Paul Seaman
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    The axle question I have seen trailers by Alumalite with 3 torsion axles. They build alot more than I so I would assume from that there no problem.

    Andy,,,,,,very nice trailer. By the way, your welding well its pretty good.. Just kidding its AWESOME as usual.

    Keep up the good work.

    Paul

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  • Geezer
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    My Dexter torsion axles came with a bracket that bolts to the axle. I welded the bracket straight to the frame.

    Can't comment on the three axle comment, but will be interested to see the replies.

    I would like to know what type of JIG Andy used.

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  • down19992000
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    I thought it wasnt recommended to have any more than two torsion axles on a trailer? Something about if you put three on there it would load wrong and possibly damage one of the axles.

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  • Dave Germain
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    axle mounting

    Andy, Are the axles welded to the main frame rails? In the photos it looks like they are? I have a triple axle race car trailer with torsion flex axles also. We broke a spindle, losing the tire, wheel and hub. Fortunately it bounced twice and went over the side of a bridge into the water instead of hitting somebody. I decided to replace all three axles after talking to Dexter, the manufacturer of the axles. My axles were also welded to the frame. I found out the recommendation was to weld a bracket to the frame and bolt the axle bracket to it. That would make replacing an axle easier. As it was with the axle bracket welded directly to the frame it was a MAJOR pain to whittle them off the frame. You bolted your fenders on but it looks like the axles are welded. If you damage a spindle it will be a lot tougher to replace it. Dave Germain

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  • Scott V
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    Very nice job Andy.
    Out of position pulse (like upside down) works really well!)
    I wonder if you used your spot timer on the trailer fenders?
    I never was a big fan of those features, until you have a
    machine that has them. I love your table jig setup too.
    Very nice stuff.

    Scott

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  • terry welds
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    A Job Well Done

    you done a heck of a job on your trailer you should be able to haul
    a dozer if you want
    i realy like working with square tubing
    it looks realy nice when done

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  • paulrbrown
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    Andy, interesting capping off of 1 inch in pic 5677. I agree with mounting the lights near the fenders, I worked at a Trailer MFG in Greensboro for 5 years and we did tons of repair, on just that Item. Also being able to replace the fenders is a big plus, and the channel for variable ramp placement. Again, thanks, Paul

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  • paulrbrown
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    Andy, I love that measuring stick in pic 006, thanks for a great build. Paul

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  • ASKANDY
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    Also on the tongue, we welded 2 x 2 x 1/4" angle iron to the main tongue rails all the way under to the underside of the trailer bed frame for added tongue support as I will be loading this thing to the MAX

    At the back, I mounted the light assemblies close to the fenders. I've had other trailers where the lights were at the very back and they were constantly getting tore off, especially when it was loaned out!
    In order to make the trailer more versatile for loading multiple wheel widths, I welded a channel on the back so the ramps could slide to any position or width. Also made a good place to drill 2 holes for the license plate.

    Andy
    Attached Files

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  • ASKANDY
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    All the welds were with .035 National Standard wire.

    I lost a ton of the other pics so these next ones are some that I just took of it completed.

    I mounted the spare tire and hub assembly at the front of the trailer....don't ask why, I just thought it was a good out of the way place.
    The trailer is equipped with the break a way emergency break system as required by law here in North Carolina.

    On the top rail I ran diagonal supports from the top rail to main frame at each corner to add to the stiffness of the trailer.
    Attached Files

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  • metal-doctor
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    Andy ,forgot to ask what diam. wire were you using.Thanks in advance.

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  • metal-doctor
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    Thanks for sharing the project Andy. That is a sweet looking trailer. Something about that size on my wish list to if we ever get time for our own projects again. P.S. Very nice welds.

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