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    Default aluminum trailer questions

    Hello all
    I am wanting to build a aluminum trailer for atvs and side by sides.
    I need it to be about 6 foot from hub to hub and about 14 foot long.
    I just built a steel trailer out of 2x3x1/8" tubing. My problem is i dont know what equilevant aluminm thickness i need. So any ideas?

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    Figure twice as thick and wider tubing for 14'. Nothing smaller than 4" wide and at least a 1/4" thick. Just my thoughts....Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
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    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
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    It is half the strength so you would have to double the size of the members in every dimension. That said aluminium deflects 2/3 more than steel, welding removes any tempering for 2" from the bead and flexing will lead to fatigue cracking.
    By the time you account for all of this the cost will become a problem.

    Ji
    Grip it and Rip it

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    Thanks for the advise. I was thinking of going over to my buddys and measuring his 14' aluminum trailer. Is that reasonable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino ak View Post
    Thanks for the advise. I was thinking of going over to my buddys and measuring his 14' aluminum trailer. Is that reasonable?
    Maybe. Is his a factory built welded one or a bolt together like these.
    http://www.trailex.com/ My family started this company in the early 60's....Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    Quote Originally Posted by aametalmaster View Post
    Maybe. Is his a factory built welded one or a bolt together like these.
    http://www.trailex.com/ My family started this company in the early 60's....Bob

    no its a karavan welded trailer. I just built a tandem steel out of 2x3x1/8" tube, my thinking is if i built the whole aluminum trailer exactly the same just twice the thickness i should be ok?

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    [QUOTE=aametalmaster;304360]Maybe. Is his a factory built welded one or a bolt together like these.
    http://www.trailex.com/ My family started this company in the early 60's....Bob

    WOW those are some nice trailers!!

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