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  1. #1
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    Default 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.

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    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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    Is that axle really sitting directly on the trailer frame?
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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    [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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    The one thing I didn't mention...
    Nice looking trailer and it looks like it'll do the job.
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    Quote 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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    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.
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