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#16 FixItCharlie ONLINE  

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Posted June 09, 2015 - 09:28 PM

I have had 2 trailers that used the frame from Popup Campers. The first I built into a fully enclosed trailer. One change that I made was put a longer axle under it moving the wheel outside of the frame giving more flat bed space.

 

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The sad part with this trailer is that it was lost because of a drunk driver that did not want to stop for a stop sign. If it had not been for this trailer we probably would have been kill, because this accident was also a hit & run which took the whole right side of my wife's truck. One thing I learned from if you have a trailer of any value it needs to be insured with your home owner insurance on a special writer. The second trailer is a flat bed trailer that I bought on EBay for $85. Since I still had the parts from the old trailer so the first thing was to swap axles moving the wheel to the outside of the flat bed.

 

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This picture is how it was when purchased & I have not taken any pictures after I have put it together. With this trailer I have hauled garden tractors, tools, & other items when making trips to my moms place. This trip is a little over 200 miles one way. The only problems I have had was with tires which I learned was caused by the way I had mounted the fenders. I corrected this problem by mounting them differently, so far no problems (knock on wood). I have found the frames on these trailers is as strong if not stronger then most utility trailers found on the market & usually cost a lot less.

 

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Posted June 14, 2015 - 08:57 PM

Moving along with the rebuild. Frame is getting wire brushed and painted, and the rims have been repainted.
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Bringing the rims and new tires to the tire shop this week, and ready to put the new wood bed on too. Rewire the lights as well.
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Posted June 15, 2015 - 05:42 AM

Are you changing over to leaf springs ?  Here's a Dexter 2 pdfs   that might give you some idea of what you have if your keep the torflex axle

 

 

http://dexteraxle.co...00-1100_Lbs.pdf

 

 

 

http://dexteraxle.co...00-2200_Lbs.pdf


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Posted June 15, 2015 - 03:58 PM

Al, the second torsion tube is closer to what I have. Thanks that info is very helpful.  I am keeping the torsion tube as most of the time it will be used for a 800# GT , so trailer and tractor should be under the limit safely. Plus they say a smoother ride.



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Posted June 18, 2015 - 06:07 PM

It will work fine for a GT. I have a 5x8 made from a fold out Trailer. Mine does have leaf springs.
I haul my 318 on it to mow my property 12 miles away.
The axle was too narrow to haul my 50 inch mower between the fenders so I had to dovetail the back 2 ft to run over the fenders.
It works but am not sure I like it, it puts the mower weight higher than I would like.

If I were to replace it, I would not go less. Than 12-14 ft. Shorter does not give you enough room to balance the load for enough tongue weight and load on the axle.
That is where you might get in trouble with the 195.
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Posted June 18, 2015 - 08:26 PM

If I were to replace it, I would not go less. Than 12-14 ft. Shorter does not give you enough room to balance the load for enough tongue weight and load on the axle.
That is where you might get in trouble with the 195.


6' wide and at least 10ft at a min is about perfect for most things.
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Posted June 25, 2015 - 06:48 PM

Ok here's some progress pics. And I just had to try the 195 on it. Trailer held it, but I think it's too short among other thingsimage.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
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Posted July 15, 2015 - 03:49 PM

I built the wheel wells using a section of an old oil tank. They still need couple mounting flanges welded on and paint.

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Posted July 16, 2015 - 07:47 AM

Looks great, looks like that ford sits on there pretty good, that trailer looks a lot heavier then the trailers sold at the local farm store.


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 02:48 PM

Here's the latest pics. The bed is done, the D rings are on , wiring complete and the frames for the ramps are welded up.

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I still have to add a frame at the front only ,( not doing the sides) and the rails to attach the ramps. Going to have rails at the back and the front sides . be able to put one on sideways up front, then drive the 2nd on from the back.


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 04:38 PM

That's really looking nice,


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Posted September 19, 2015 - 10:54 AM

Ramps are done!  :dancingbanana:  now just attachments on the trailer for the ramps and I'm done.

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They are a bit heavy 70lbs, but they probably won't ever bend under anything that the trailer can hold.


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Posted September 19, 2015 - 03:01 PM

Looking great tom !!!  iam going to have to build a new trailer sooner or later. I cant seem to find anything I like for sale and all the new ones are just junk.  cant wait to see the finished product.

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Posted September 19, 2015 - 10:50 PM

Look great!


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Posted September 19, 2015 - 11:37 PM

That really is turning out nice. You should get many years of use from it.

Happy hauling.  :D


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