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#1 maddhorse OFFLINE  

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Posted February 20, 2012 - 10:40 PM

Trailers! I had my alluminum stolen awhile back and am building a new steel one. I read otherposts saying 6 x 10 or 6.5 x 12. I got this frame for free it was a pop up camper. It had been completly torn down, even the wires pulled. I cut 11inches off each side as I did not want the sides out past the tires unless the tires were underneath. Put new brake kit in and wheel bearings then started welding. I am working up a place for a winch on the front and ramps 8' long to keep a shallow angle. I would get fustrated with snowblowers and tillers getting hung up on ramp so you need to take them off to load / unload tractor. It will be 5 x 12.4 I will be decking with 1 x 6 rough cut hemlock. It should be better than my last trailer, if nothing else brakes and sway hitch are nice when hauling 2,000 pounds on Maines back roads. I am curious to hear what you guys think and will post more pics as I go.




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Posted February 20, 2012 - 10:55 PM

I'm in trailer planning mode myself and have thought about a pop-up camper frame. Your progress is confirming my thoughts. Looks to be a lot more cost-effective than starting from scratch. Do you feel the original frame is heavy enough? Does it twist like those Tractor Supply ones if you sit on the front corner?

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Posted February 20, 2012 - 10:56 PM

It looks to be a good build and a good base to build on. I too have a 5X8 on a pop up camper frame. From my perspective 5 ft is barely wide enough.
Mine has the wheels inside the 5 ft and I can't load my JD 318 with 48" mower on it?

Edited by JD DANNELS, February 20, 2012 - 10:57 PM.


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Posted February 20, 2012 - 11:46 PM

Good start on the trailer, should be a nice one when you're finished.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 05:43 AM

Good start on the trailer, should be a nice one when you're finished.



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Posted February 21, 2012 - 05:48 AM

Looks good, but some mowing deck get quite wide. The 48" deck for my Cub 108 is just over 5' wide. Good luck with you build.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 06:34 AM

Good start on the trailer, should be a nice one when you're finished.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 06:46 AM

Looking good!

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 08:44 AM

Looks good. Looking forward to following your progress.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 08:47 AM

looks good and brakes will be great on it.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 01:31 PM

Looks great, this is one I will be following.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 05:41 PM

Great progress on that trailer, looks to be a great re purposing. Glad you cut the width, never did care for the ugly of the tire IN the bed.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 07:20 PM

I brought home some rough cut hemlock and painted edges and under side with used engine oil. I also wrapped up the welding. I will post pics tomorrow it was dark when I was done. Tractorholic, The frame is a lot better than those mass fabricated bought at a store trailers. Once the deck is on it will be very solid. I almost purchased one from Tractor Supply I would have been happy except I would have settled for smaller more affordable one. I got this frame for free and thought that the extras I could build into it would make me happier. I’ll have about $500 in it when I am done. I used a lot of bed rails and scraps to cut on costs. I also thought about mowing decks and the width. I figure I don’t mind wrestling with a mower deck but I do mind fighting a snow blower or tiller. Every time I lift either I drag it up my shin. Those damn things are heavy and solid; I don’t want to try lifting one into the back of my truck again. I promise Pics tomorrow morning.
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 08:03 PM

Creative thinking on the Pop up trailer frame. Should make you a nice set up.
Good luck with your project.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 09:01 PM

Looks like a solid and useful project! There's a lot of things you're adding that will make it a great tool for you to use! I would love to build my own trailer, but in PA the DOT makes it nigh on impossible to do it legally! Great fabrication work!




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