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Too_Many_Tools
11-16-2009, 02:37 PM
I am finally getting around to building a couple of trailers and am interested in seeing what others have done.

Also any good trailer building sites and books would be of interest.

Thanks

MTNGUN
11-16-2009, 03:50 PM
I haven't built a trailer yet but I've got an old one that desperately needs to be rebuilt or else scrapped..

You probably already know about these sites but here they are anyway:

http://weldingweb.com search the "project" forum for trailer

http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/index.php

Post pics on our welding forum when your project is underway. :)

Too_Many_Tools
11-17-2009, 10:55 PM
*BUMP*

Thanks for the ONE response. ;<)

I find it hard to believe that only ONE other HSMer has a trailer to discuss. ;<))

How about guys...let's talk trailers.

Thanks

TMT

skyboltone
11-17-2009, 11:00 PM
*BUMP*

Thanks for the ONE response. ;<)

I find it hard to believe that only ONE other HSMer has a trailer to discuss. ;<))

How about guys...let's talk trailers.

Thanks

TMT
I waited for Horror, Fright, and Snails to have the 1480lb model on sale for $179. Put it together with 3/4" plywood floor and home made stake sides. I brought home a HUGE wood shaper and a pair of 16" and 24" Porter timber bed lathes in it. How about a 5' long tool rest eh? Handled the overload fine. Just keep lots of air in the tars.

HSS
11-17-2009, 11:03 PM
I built a trailer a number of years ago, before digital cameras so no pictures. It is 49" on the inside by 14' long just right to fit 2- 4 wheelers. I would suggest on your trailer you put rub rails down the sides so you can easily attach tie down straps.

Patrick

kendall
11-17-2009, 11:16 PM
I'm not building one, but I'm in the middle of shortening one, and converting another one.

Strangely, the one I'm shortening is an old boat trailer, that I'm turning into a flatbed, and the one I'm converting is a flatbed that I'm turning into a boat trailer....

Not as stupid as it sounds, the boat trailer is an old Evinrude 3500lb capacity made with 6" I beams, with a low rider axle, so it's perfect for the hauling I do .
The flatbed is 7000lb capacity that I need for hauling my sail boat.

Ken.

Walter
11-18-2009, 12:24 AM
I've built one trailer, a specialty deal for hauling a free standing rig for pulling wells. Simple channel structure and frame, was IIRC 6' x 14', single axle. decking was expanded metal (grating) as we wanted it to allow mud and liquids to fall through.

I have repaired several others. Unfortunately no pics as it's been a long time since I built / repaired them.

TClarke
11-18-2009, 12:35 AM
I haven't built one, but have fixed mine multiple times, especially after lending it to a friend who beat the snot out of it. Lots of pounding of fenders, rewiring, and grinding/welding on new angle iron.

I like keeping it ugly. Makes it so I don't feel so bad when I leave it out in the rain all winter long.

barts
11-18-2009, 01:43 AM
I built a custom trailer for our 19' steam launch... single axle, carpeted bunks, keel rollers and angled guides for ease of recovery. Simple enough....

I used 3" square tube for the frame w/ a 3/4" pipe strong back on the tongue.

Sorry, no pictures handy, and she's in the shed for the winter at this point.

- Bart

madman
11-18-2009, 09:46 AM
I built one with modular sides (to convert to semi flatbed) solid oak tops for floor milled edges soaked in ATF Fluid. Torque flex axle 3500 pound model. Continental trailer tires (150 each awesome rubber) and a locking brake panned bent dual opening tailgate with locking mechanism copied from a Tractor trailer . Also used 15 lights a tractor trailer seven prong outlet a holder for the plug so it is stored in a proper position to eliminate water ingress. Also a tractor trailer split box waterproof filled with old grease for light reliability. Also have four rectangular slots cut into the floor for a folding type rack that will fit into trailer for storage above and beyopnd the scope of sane individuals. I have hauled things with this trailer over great distances that i truly had no business doing so . LOL Anyhow id post pictures but i am picture retarded and just dont.

Richard86
11-18-2009, 02:10 PM
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg5/richard986/th_summer06002.jpg (http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg5/richard986/?action=view&current=summer06002.jpg)http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg5/richard986/th_summer06004.jpg (http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg5/richard986/?action=view&current=summer06004.jpg)http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg5/richard986/th_summer06006.jpg (http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg5/richard986/?action=view&current=summer06006.jpg)

This was a trailer I built for a guy that contracted with the state to mow right of ways. He used this mower to mow around the deliniaters.

Too_Many_Tools
11-18-2009, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the responses so far.

I understand about the hesitation to post pictures but again, if you can please do.

If you see a homebuilt trailer or commercial one that merits a comment on its construction, please post it.

Thanks

TMT

Richard86
11-18-2009, 05:43 PM
What would the hesitation to post pics be? Those were the first pics I've ever posted and I suppose there is a reason I should not have done it. They aren't posted as I would like, but I struggled just getting them on in the first place. Maybe thats the reason for the hesitation, for us computer illiterates posting pics is a pain in the backside.

Anyway in the first pic you can see a hydraulic cylinder (which I'm using as an air cylinder) that I used to hold the tilt in the up position while loading. I used the tongue for an air chamber, so when you pull on it allows the bed to tilt into the travel position. I built this in 06 and surprisingly he has never had to add air.

Rich

Too_Many_Tools
11-18-2009, 06:35 PM
What would the hesitation to post pics be? Those were the first pics I've ever posted and I suppose there is a reason I should not have done it. They aren't posted as I would like, but I struggled just getting them on in the first place. Maybe thats the reason for the hesitation, for us computer illiterates posting pics is a pain in the backside.

Anyway in the first pic you can see a hydraulic cylinder (which I'm using as an air cylinder) that I used to hold the tilt in the up position while loading. I used the tongue for an air chamber, so when you pull on it allows the bed to tilt into the travel position. I built this in 06 and surprisingly he has never had to add air.

Rich

Slick idea about the air chamber/tongue.

Many times the hesitation to post pictures is just the hassle of it...many people are not fully digital yet.

TMT

jdunmyer
11-18-2009, 08:14 PM
Here's a page that a friend made up on the subject of trailers. His are mostly purpose-built, for hauling antique engines.

http://www.oldengine.org/members/rotigel/trailer/trailer.html

Lotsa ideas on those pages, pics, too.

Rob Garner
11-18-2009, 08:57 PM
Built this one to haul an old ford backhoe. 25' o.a.l. 8'6" wide.


http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t150/robg_010/TRAILER1Small.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t150/robg_010/TRUCKtrailerSmall.jpg

scatter cat
11-18-2009, 09:45 PM
Sorry no picture to dark to take one. But I have built several trailers.You don't say if the trailers you want to build are single or tandem axle. To distrubute the weight right and get to trailer to pull good no squrellie stuff offset the axles to the rear of your trailer 1 inch for every foot of length of the bed of the trailer 16 ft move the center of the tandems back 16inches past center. I am guessing these are bumper pull trailers. Goosenecks or fifthwheels may be different.Mainly just build it heavy enough for the load you intend to haul don't skimp on your materials.

andy_b
11-18-2009, 09:56 PM
I haven't built any trailers, but that is because here in PA it is impossible to get one licensed and registered if you build it yourself. I'm guessing that is the issue in many other states in the US as well. I would LOVE to be able to build my own trailer as every trailer I have ever used has not had the features I wanted.

andy b.

deeman
11-18-2009, 10:03 PM
http://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv71/colchesterlathe/012.jpg

http://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv71/colchesterlathe/SN850052.jpg

Here`s 2 i did....1 i reworked totally and the other i did completely from scratch...hydraulic arms,everything adjustable...back open to just back under and lift

deeman
11-18-2009, 10:15 PM
http://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv71/colchesterlathe/002-1.jpg

http://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv71/colchesterlathe/008.jpg

http://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv71/colchesterlathe/010.jpg

I wish i had better pics...i just found some of these while digging through the pile...it shows me building spindles and fenders which are no treat on walking beam suspension.

mcskipper
11-18-2009, 10:29 PM
Built a sailboat trailer back some years ago.
All aluminum frame.
Mast supports are aluminum.
Built my own axle & spindles.
Spring mounts are stainless.
Trailer lights are flush like a dump trucks are. (Used the same lights)
The trailer had mount points for a hydrolic jack to lift both the bow and stern so that I could put on an envalope cover on by myself.
This was to keep the boat clean from road grime when I went to the regattas.

The body has failed me so I no longer race.
Day sailing only now.

Cheeseking
11-18-2009, 10:29 PM
I would LOVE to design and build a custom trailer if only I had a place to keep it when finished. Where I live they don't allow em to be stored outside.
I have considered making a heavier duty version of those fold up kind HF and big-boxes sell - where you can stand it on end in the garage. I looked at those $179 kit trailers and the are juicy fruit wrappers with wheels.
Therefore for now, I simply rent the appropriate trailer for the job as required. $30-$75 a day. Which is straying off point from the OP so I'll shut up and leave it at that.

mcskipper
11-18-2009, 11:14 PM
First attempt at posting a photo.
All Aluminum trailer

Richard86
11-18-2009, 11:14 PM
I haven't built any trailers, but that is because here in PA it is impossible to get one licensed and registered if you build it yourself. I'm guessing that is the issue in many other states in the US as well. I would LOVE to be able to build my own trailer as every trailer I have ever used has not had the features I wanted.

andy b.



I feel for you. So far here in Ne its a breeze to license. Walk into courthouse tell them how much it cost to build ( they don't even ask for receipts, although they do have a minimum now, too many of us building out of scrap and having zero cost I'd guess), then they give you a homebuilt trailer license.

Speaking of that a couple years ago Nebraska switched the trailer license from the small trailer plate to the regular size vehicle plate. So now you see a lot of plates screwed sideways on the fenders.

Rich

rdesign
11-19-2009, 12:15 AM
Here is a small 5'x8'-6" aluminum trailer I built a couple years ago in process...

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa315/rdesign_photos/5x8trailer3.jpg

winchman
11-19-2009, 02:12 AM
I built several trailers long before the days of digital cameras.

The simplest one was made with a mobile home axle and two eight-foot pieces of guard raillike this:

http://galaxyfences.com/myPictures/Guard%20rail1.jpg

Guard rail is usually pretty flexible in bending, since it can expand in width. By restricting that movement with flat bars welded on at one-foot intervals, it was stiff enough to support my small tractor.

The trough in the guard rail fit the tires perfectly to keep the tractor from shifting side to side.

A simple A-frame tongue from the coupler to some sleeves around the outer ends of the axle let the bed tilt for loading.

Roger

Evan
11-19-2009, 08:20 AM
This is the most important trailer around our place.

http://metalshopborealis.ca/pics/fire1.jpg

andy_b
11-19-2009, 12:30 PM
I feel for you. So far here in Ne its a breeze to license. Walk into courthouse tell them how much it cost to build ( they don't even ask for receipts, although they do have a minimum now, too many of us building out of scrap and having zero cost I'd guess), then they give you a homebuilt trailer license.


Rich

It used to be like that in PA years ago until some fools started building junk from scrap metal and crashing. I can get axles for free, and even an entire mobile home undercarriage with axles for a few hundred bucks. The pain to try and license it makes it not worthwhile though. I really need a 16' dual-axle 12,000# trailer with a wood deck and about 20 tie-down loops. That would suit me well for anything I'd need to move.

andy b.

pgmrdan
11-19-2009, 12:44 PM
I suppose I'll have to put a trailer on my list of projects. I need one for my beekeeping activities, especially when harvesting.

My 5 hives are about 800'+ downhill behind my house. That's fine when I take empty equipment down to add to the hives but it's a real PITA when I carry full, deep supers up to the house to extract honey.

I used my pickup truck this year but having my little tractor pulling a little trailer would be so much cooler. :D

Evan
11-19-2009, 01:23 PM
You need one of these Dan:

http://metalshopborealis.ca/pics2/dumpcart1.jpg

pgmrdan
11-19-2009, 02:15 PM
I like that Evan but that's just a little bit too small.

I need something about 3 to 4 feet wide and 4 to 5 feet long with a tongue height of about 19".

I found some 4'x4' utility trailers that can handle highway speeds that would be nice but I really should try to make one.

MrSleepy
11-19-2009, 04:11 PM
Evan...


why is the yellow trailer the important one...do you use it to put out fires or general watering of fertilising or ..... ?..

or has it got your whiskey in it:)

Rob

Evan
11-19-2009, 04:36 PM
It's for fighting fires. We have no fire protection here since we live too far from town. It has already helped to save this hill from burning once quite a few years ago. It is filled and ready at all times in the summer. I leave it hitched to the pickup when the hazard is high and I leave the keys in the truck. The neighbours know they can come and get it any time it is needed and I am not home.

ahidley
11-19-2009, 06:00 PM
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z80/ahidley/1-2.jpg
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z80/ahidley/1-2.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z80/ahidley/2-1.jpg
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z80/ahidley/2-1.jpg

andy_b
11-19-2009, 06:17 PM
You need one of these Dan:

http://metalshopborealis.ca/pics2/dumpcart1.jpg

Evan,

How much force is required to lock the dump back in the up position, and will it still dump with a load of gravel (or something heavy) in it? That is a sweet idea, and since it will never be on the road legally, I can build something like that. In fact, I have several small axles laying around for just such a purpose.

andy b.