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« on: June 12, 2011, 07:49:35 PM »

I've been working on a hauler started out as a 4x8 open trailer improving my welding skills as I go along. Unfortunately my other project on here is on the back burner. Anyway I need somewhere to store my tractor when it is finished.













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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2011, 07:57:14 PM »

Are you gonna just paint it? When I made my enclosed and made the roof with a small arch so that water doesn't sit.. just a small one..

Then I painted the roof with asphalt sealer used on driveways.. never had a leak.

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 08:35:46 PM »

I'm gonna cover it with .024 aluminum skin and am gonna add an arch to the roof. It just made more sense to me to add that to the roof framework rather than build it in. BTW I think that I have a source for the skin but anyone know any good deals on it.



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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2011, 11:17:07 AM »

I would really suggest a "V" nose or even one of those trailer bubble's on the front. We have been pulling a small flat front trailer and it will kill your fuel mileage!
Especially with that long tongue you have there you are really sticking that thing out in the wind!
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2011, 07:33:28 PM »

I would really suggest a "V" nose or even one of those trailer bubble's on the front. We have been pulling a small flat front trailer and it will kill your fuel mileage!
Especially with that long tongue you have there you are really sticking that thing out in the wind!

Good idea I will check into a bubble or fab something up out of sheet aluminum to add a bit of aerodynamics.
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011, 11:12:22 PM »

So i'm gonna make the back door of the trailer a ramp. I'ts basically 4x6 using 3/4 pressure treated plywood. Is 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/4 steel angle heavy enough for the basic framework. I have never noticed how these doors are constructed so I have nothing to base my design on. Anybody have a trailer with a back door ramp? If so could you post a pic?

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2011, 06:14:02 AM »

That should be heavy enough.  Just make sure you space them 12 to 16 inches apart or so to support the weight.  I assume that the plywood is on the interior? Put one leg of the angle flat on the plywood in my opinion.
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 07:34:40 AM »

I have been thinking of making a new hauler too.. I've been looking at the teardrop design that many rigs use in the UK and Europe. It is suppose to improve air mileage dramatically.

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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011, 11:48:05 AM »

That hauler should hold all you will ever need!   twothumbsup
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2011, 12:34:18 PM »

I just picked up a 25' travel trailer 2 axle.Gonna gut it, re- skin the inside put a drop down gate on it and lights all over.It has a roof top a/c unit and good windows, thinking about makeing it into a double deck inside that will double as bunks.mount the generator where the prop tanks where and done......stole it for $60 four tires and the tags are new....
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2011, 03:37:45 PM »

NOW THATS A GREAT IDEA! Good thinking,and what a way to recycle a used up camper. Most of the time nobody wants them and are hard to get rid of.
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2011, 07:58:31 PM »

then you can register it as an rv too...I think once it is gutted it wont weigh much because real thin walls and all aluminum.gonna make the same gate out af angle and plywood old bed frames work perfect the are light and super strong.makeing mine with top and sides doubled so it creates a 't' piece that will serve as the door seal 3 runners in the middle.gonna do the same to an old minne winne I got and make it into the "mowtow home".
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2011, 08:07:17 PM »

Sounds like a plan! You know- there's probably alot of thinking going on now. lol
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2011, 08:25:39 PM »

My frame came from an old pop up that we used in the mid 1970's... gutted it and it's gets you most of the stuff you need to start a build. I made a new axle with Chrysler mini-van ends welded onto a tube for the axle. The Camper axle couldn't hold up the weight.
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2011, 09:01:07 PM »

hence the beauty of the trailer axles ,I should be able to get 6 on each level with room for toolboxes etc.Plus it has brakes !
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