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#1 twostep OFFLINE  

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Posted June 06, 2013 - 10:55 PM

Got the idea a few years ago and of course a quick search and I found you could buy them already... to the tune of $100 or more like this one from TSC:

http://www.tractorsu...600-lb-capacity

 

 

Since we moved to the bigger place now I park the popup in the back lot and it is too far to pull by hand so I wanted to get one that I could hook up to the GT. Of course I could just put a ball on the back of the GT and that is exactly what I have been doing. But the tongue weight on the little popup is more than I care to lift if I don't have to. So I made me a dolly. $6 for the wheels, $5 for the tube, $3 for hardware... total of $14.

 

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Edited by twostep, June 06, 2013 - 11:26 PM.

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Posted June 06, 2013 - 11:06 PM

Very nice!



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Posted June 06, 2013 - 11:08 PM

Looks GREAT!!

 

Now for the crazy idea.  :tapping_fingers:

 

Cut the ball and vertical square tube off, Move it forward 6-8 inches and re-weld.

 

Make a "hook" that will go over the ball.

 

Lift the tongue, attach the hook to the front of the GT, press the tongue to the ground. WOOT! a tractor lift!!

 

I have been thinking about one as a multi-tasker for years, you beat me to the welder!!   :boo_hoo:


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Posted June 06, 2013 - 11:33 PM

I think a tractor lift would be ver easy... with enough leverage.

 

I designed this dolly so that normally the popup sits on it's tongue jack, when I push down on the tongue of the dolly it lifts the popup off the jack for transport.

 

I know it's simple but it shows some of the folk that haven't/dont fab how fast you can save $100... Four more projects like that and you would pay for a decent little welder setup.

 

press the tongue to the ground. WOOT! a tractor lift!!


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 01:04 AM

Great job!  :thumbs:

 

 

Simple and cheap, that's the only way to do things. Now you say $14..... what about the paint, welding wire, and electricity for the welder? :D  



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 05:24 AM

Nice project !  I can see you in a few weeks ,,,, added a flat area for carrying the  garbage cans , ,,,holder for garden tools  all sorts of things I bet   :thumbs:


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 05:39 AM

Nice fab job. How did you atach the wheels to the square tube?



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 05:44 AM

Great idea, and good way to save 80 bucks.



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 07:49 AM

so now he has $14.00 plus a dollar two ninty five in it.

 

 

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 07:52 AM

Great job!  :thumbs:

 

 

Simple and cheap, that's the only way to do things. Now you say $14..... what about the paint, welding wire, and electricity for the welder? :D  

aww, the consumables, yeah they really do add up. When I built my Jeep I went through about 6 bottles of 75/25 and 2 spools of wire... that is several hundred dollars. But of course that is on a full out Jeep/buggy build = LOTS of welding!!



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 07:57 AM

Nice fab job. How did you atach the wheels to the square tube?

I just butted a grade 5 5/8" bolt up to the tube and welded them on. I ground the bolts coating off first of course.

 

The tube is not real heavy walled and I had a considered bracing from the ball down to the wheel "hub" area but after I got it together I chocked the ends of the axle bolts up and stood up on the ball and it had almost zero deflection. I was basically showing it the equivalent of 225 pounds of tongue weight.



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 09:00 AM

That looks sharp, almost like you've done some fabbing in the past :smilewink:  :D

 

Where did you get all that stuff for under $15?



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 09:20 AM

Wheels were on sale for $3 each at HF, I bought a whole bundle of 24" cutoff's of the 1" square tube at my local steel supplier. Got about 20 pieces for thier mininum order amount of $35. I used two pieces, so that is $3.50. the two 5/8" bolt axles were about $3 from TSC. So that is actually less than $15... The 1-7/8" ball was sitting in the corner, as well as the paint, consumables and the little bit of plate used on the tongue. 

 

Oh and I also put grease zerks in the wheel hubs so I can at least keep grease in the non sealed bearings.

 

Looks like they are $4 right now:

http://www.harborfre...tire-30900.html

 


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 09:53 AM

Very resourceful use of on hand and on sale materials. That looks like it would be a very useful attachment to have around. Thanks for posting!


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 02:01 PM

fine idea - but I don't have a usage for such a tool






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