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Posted November 11, 2011 - 05:38 PM

Very nice work Ray, glad you are able to work on it some more. Kenny, that skid tread stuff doesn't hold up to weather very well.
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Posted November 11, 2011 - 09:38 PM

I know from looking at the great paint jobs on other projects that this would go against every fiber of you being, but how about painting in some anti-skid or getting that garage floor paint with the anti-skid in it? Most of those floor paints wear like iron and with the "sand" in it, your exit from the trailer won't be on AFV.
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Posted November 12, 2011 - 12:44 AM

We used to add silica sand to paint for antiskid on wheelchair ramps. Lowes has it in the paint dept.
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Posted November 14, 2011 - 07:59 PM

The trailer tongue was the same length as it was on the horse trailer.
That worked fine for the horse trailer because the front of the trailer was round.
After I squared the front of the trailer, I found that I couldn't turn as sharp as I would like to because the corner of the trailer came too close to the back of the truck.
Also it wasn't very easy to back up because of it being so short.
So I decide to lengthen the trailer tongue.

The original coupler is cut off the tongue.

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Then I welded on a section of that U-channel from the pallet rack that I have.

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I don't like the hinge type coupler that they use on horse trailers so I decided to change the coupler also.
This coupler is rated at 8,000 pounds.
It is designed for a "V" style tongue so I cut a wedge out of each side and left a 4 inch wide center section.
The coupler is then welded to the top of the tongue.

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Then I bent the sides in and welded them to the tongue.

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Using 2 inch angle iron, I added a brace on both sides on the underside of the tongue.

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A hole was drilled thru the top of the tongue for the jack and I welded on another U-bolt for a tie down clamp.

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The outside of the trailer is all sanded down and primed.
I used a two part epoxy primer in the wheel wells.
All that's left is to sand and prime the inside and then I can paint.

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:24 PM

Looks good Ray. Quick question, how stout is that U channed you used?
And did putting that 2 inch jack hole in it compromise anything (even though the coupler is right there)?
Also, will you be adding any more structural support diagonally between the tongue and bed of the trailer?
Is there a hole drilled to keep water and stuff from collecting in the tongue?
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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:33 PM

The U-channel was designed as a rack to hold pallets of materials in a factory.
Each channel is 4x3-1/2 and 1/4 inch thick.
Each rack was 12 foot long with two channels per rack and the pallets sat across the two channels.
I don't know the exact weight but we stacked stamping dies on these racks and I know we put several thousand pounds on them.

I think the 40 inch section that I used would have been strong enough by itself but I added the angle iron bracing anyway.

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:40 PM

Ray, I didn't realize it was that thick of material. I have some pallet racking myself and it is not nearly as heavy as yours is, but enough for use as intended, which is how I am using it.
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Posted November 15, 2011 - 05:19 AM

Very nice ,Ray. You'll never bend that tongue.
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Posted November 15, 2011 - 05:52 AM

Looking good, Ray. Can't wait for some color to appear!
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Posted November 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM

Nice job Ray!! That should make it a bit easier to back and turn now.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 01:28 PM

The tongue jack and safety chains are mounted and the reflective tape strips are put on.
Finished wiring the lights and brakes today so I hooked the tractor to it and brought the trailer outside.

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Now I can go back to work on the Shaw Du-all tractor.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 01:45 PM

That looks GREAT, Ray. Fine job! Give yourself another pat on the back for a job well done.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 02:28 PM

The trailer looks great Ray.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 03:59 PM

looks great Ray. Your builds are always top notch and informative
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 04:29 PM

Great work Ray, and an excellent color choice, I used Hunter Green on my own trailer.
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