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Posted November 06, 2011 - 08:19 PM

Ray drill the holes where they Whistle as you go down the road, Great job.
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Posted November 06, 2011 - 10:38 PM

Drill from the back side. That should work okay.

My concern with using a hole saw and drilling from the back side is that I'm going to end up cutting into the underside of the expanded metal.
I'm thinking of using a drill that fits into the openings in the expanded metal and drill thru a bunch of the holes in the expanded metal to relieve some of the air pressure off the ramps ( and yes .. they just might whistle ).

This trailer turned into a bigger project than I had originally planned.
I've been in a hurry to get this done because I need to get my snow blower in and replace a couple of sprockets and chain on it before it snows so I didn't take the time to think about these ramps as I should have.

It's November and around here we can expect to get snow at any time now.
So I think I'm going to brake off this for a little while and get that blower repaired and then I'll have time to finish the trailer with out something else pushing at me.

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Posted November 07, 2011 - 02:51 AM

Duh, forgot you welded the expanded directly to the metal. I'll get woke up one of these days.
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Posted November 07, 2011 - 04:19 PM

Time for a test run.
It wasn't as hard to load as I thought it might be with the tight clearance.
The first time I ran the forklift up, the rear wheels went in just fine but the front wheels were off just a bit.
I ran it back off and moved it over just a smidge and it went up on the trailer just fine.

It tows nice and straight.

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The front chain is hooked in place first.

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Then the back is fastened down with a come -a- long and pulled tight against the front chain.

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Posted November 07, 2011 - 04:24 PM

Looks like you have clearance issues with the forks. Good news is that little flag does it's job just fine, glad you now have a forklift trailer.
So where will you mount taillights?
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Posted November 07, 2011 - 04:29 PM

That does fit nicely doesn't it.Very nice job Ray.
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Posted November 07, 2011 - 05:42 PM

Nice. Looks a little tight but it fits. Nice truck as well.
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Posted November 07, 2011 - 05:49 PM

Lookin good, Ray. Awesome job once again! Best part is it fits.
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Posted November 07, 2011 - 06:46 PM

Wat to go Ray Looks GREAT now you will be able to rest a little.
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Posted November 07, 2011 - 07:46 PM

So where will you mount taillights?

Their going on the back of the fenders.


now you will be able to rest a little.

Not a chance ...
I've got to repair my snowblower than get back to work on this trailer and finish it up.
Then I can take a brake.

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Posted November 07, 2011 - 09:43 PM

Looking better every time I stop in, Nice Work. :thumbs:
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Posted November 08, 2011 - 05:30 AM

Wat to go Ray Looks GREAT now you will be able to rest a little.



I doubt Ray will rest,I'm sure he already has another great build project just waiting in the wings.:D
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Posted November 08, 2011 - 08:25 AM

I doubt Ray will rest,I'm sure he already has another great build project just waiting in the wings.:D

Busy hands are happy hands. .....

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Posted November 11, 2011 - 03:44 PM

OK .. I got my snowblower repaired so I can go back to work on the trailer.
I've changed my mind about adding steps to the back of the fenders and putting diamond plate on top of the fenders.

Granted I've hauled my forklift twice in one month this summer but the last time I had hauled it before this was over 5 years ago.
So this trailer is going to be used as a general utility trailer for 99 percent of the time.
The diamond plate fastened on the fenders would just give a place for moisture to set and rust out the top of the fender ( like the original horse trailer fenders did ).
The steps on the back would just make it look strange.

With that decision made, the trailer is a lot closer to being done.
If I mount the license plate on the fender, it sticks out past the fender edge by about 1-1/2 inch.
So I welded a piece of strap steel to the back of the ramp for the plate to mount too.

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I've got a pair of 6 inch diameter tail lights that fit nicely on the fenders.
Once the trailer is painted, I'm going to put reflective tape strips on the back of the ramps and along the sides.
That should make it nice and visible.

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The trailer tie downs came the other day so I mounted four of them in the bed.

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Posted November 11, 2011 - 05:07 PM

That looks great, Ray. I can understand the diamond plate decision, but how about some of that stick-on anti-slip for stair treads. Then you wouldn't have to worry about moisture under it.
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