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    Default Trailer design, links, suggestions....

    Does anyone have any links for design, parts sources at a discount, etc.?

    I am planning a flat bed utility trailer with 2 3500lb. axles. I want to use tubing rather than channel for the structure to have a stronger/lighter trailer. Planning on torsion axles, led lighting, etc. Size will be 16'x7'ish, enough to allow for the fenders and tires. I was planning on using 2x4 .120 wall tubing for the structure. Questions I would have include proper design of the frame, weight distribution, axle placement (fore and aft), etc.

    Any sources, links or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Cool

    I have built lots of trailers, look around here for some ideas...Bob

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    Default try Northern Tool or East Marine

    Both of the companies have considerable parts available. East Marine also calls itself "Trailer Superstore" or something similar. They have axles in just about any length in case you make something odd-sized. I have a cargo trailer and have also made an open 4'x8' trailer. Northern Tool also has blueprints for about $25 to $40 depending on design. Good Luck

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    Thumbs up nfinch86- Canadian Weldor :

    Quote Originally Posted by deafman View Post
    Both of the companies have considerable parts available. East Marine also calls itself "Trailer Superstore" or something similar. They have axles in just about any length in case you make something odd-sized. I have a cargo trailer and have also made an open 4'x8' trailer. Northern Tool also has blueprints for about $25 to $40 depending on design. Good Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by aametalmaster View Post
    I have built lots of trailers, look around here for some ideas...Bob

    http://s110.photobucket.com/albums/n...0have%20built/
    Hey Bob,

    I have a small shop down in Florida and I was wondering how I could get into the trailer business. Who would I sell them to besides building one and putting it for sale on the side of the road. I've repaired more of them than I care to remember and have built three for shops that I worked at in the past. One was a huge BBQ grill, one a utility, and one a fifth wheel for a semi. None came back, so that was a good sign of axle placement and tongue weight. Anyway, do you have any suggestions?

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    Thumbs up Web Site !!!

    Trep813,Mike, Hi; Congrats on the Web Site !!

    Very Professional, Great Job !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nfinch86 View Post
    Trep813,Mike, Hi; Congrats on the Web Site !!

    Very Professional, Great Job !!!

    .......... Norm :
    Norm,

    Thanks about the wesite. I checked yours out, nice and clean. It looks good.

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    i just bought 3 trailer plans from northerntools
    18ft car trailer 16ft landscaping trailer and car dolly
    plans there great
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    Default Trailer questions

    I too, would like to know if there is any secrets to designing a flat bed trailer - I think some refer to them as "Landscape" trailers.
    Any how I'd like to build a 12' x 5' bed trailer, with an 'A' frame coupler, and I'm debating tandem 2000 pound axles. The questions I have are; How do you determine the placing of the axle assemblies. (center of gravity stuff)? By eye balling several ready made trailers, it appears that the single axle is placed 2/3 back from the front edge of the bed. Is this correct? What about the tandem placement?

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    Thumbs up Axle Placement

    I would think placement would depend on how you were going to load it, you want to avoid excess tounge weight, yet you need some to keep the trailer from going squirrely on you(for ball hitches). if your not sure how your going to load up the bed, try to split the deck length with the center of your axle(s)... on a different note make sure to keep your tounge length approx. 60% of the width of the tow vehicle, so when you turn tight you don't hit

    Good Luck!!

    Kelly

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