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Salt Creek Bar-B-Que
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PostPosted: Tue May 01 12 12:25 am    Post subject: Boat trailer to Utility Reply with quote

I picked up this boat trailer this weekend for $230. tire is good shape and axel seems stiff but I don't know how to tell its capacity? It's 3x2 tubing, and the springs have 5 leafs each 1/4" thick, length of 26".






I plan to convert it to a utility trailer, using as much of it as I can, but its on 1/8" (3"x3" tubing) thick material, so I will be redoing the tongue with 1/4" 2"x3" tubing. I plan to make a wood floor (2x6) so how far apart should my supports be?
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PostPosted: Wed May 02 12 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt Creek Bar-B-Que, I would make the supports 16" to 24" apart using 2" x 6" lumber.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02 12 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up putting them on ~20" centers.

These show the bottom side with the tongue complete.




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PostPosted: Fri May 04 12 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt Creek, looks like you have it under control man.Youve done a nice job of taking what you had and making it into a nice trailer frame. Should do the job well, nice work Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 07 12 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks troy, your framed pictures helped me out a bunch. Right now going though the design process to make removable sides as ramps. Also thoughts on how to make my rear ramp removable??

Hope to get more pictures up soon, took time off this weekend to go see the family on the farm.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08 12 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt Creek Bar-B-Que, you can use 3/4" rod and pipe and pin them to the rear. just make the pins with removable keepers.
For side rails use 1.5" tubing for your stave's and have 2" tubing as receivers.
I hope this helps. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 08 12 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

K.A.M. -

thanks for the reply. I have been trying to wrap my head around the rod and pipe for the hinge. How do I pin it to keep it from sliding out, yet it doesn't interfere with the gate's motion? I just can't picture it. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08 12 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt Creek, on your side rails, just frame your sides out however you want them and when you get to the ramp portion of the rails, you can go like Kevin said or you can use some small "C" channel and slide the ramp down into place from the top. Use some angle iron or tubing for stops on the trailer for the ramps/side rails to rest on.

This picture isnt from any of my builds, but similar to what I do.




On your rear gate, what I do is use 7/8" solid rod and 1" pipe, to make your hinge. That gives you a good fit but just enough play to get them in and out easily. I use 2 seperate sets of rod and pipe, one on each side of the trailer, using one long solid bar makes it pretty hard to get it in and out especially with wear and tear over some time. I weld a flat plate on one end of the solid bar and drill a hole on the other end and use a pin on it to hold it in place. For best results and ease, grease the rod when you put it in place and put some grease on it often when you take it in and out, this will help drastically over time.

Hope this helps and doesnt confuse much Confused
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PostPosted: Wed May 09 12 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info on the hinge, that sounds good to me, 7/8" rod and 1" pipe (inside diameter)?

My sides are similar to that, however my sides are 16" tall with my ramps only being 12". So I am going to put stops in the slides so the ramps will be the same as the sides.

Hope to have pictures up tonight. Thanks again Guys. Don't know how you do this for a living!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 09 12 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt Creek Bar-B-Que wrote:
Thanks for the info on the hinge, that sounds good to me, 7/8" rod and 1" pipe (inside diameter)?

My sides are similar to that, however my sides are 16" tall with my ramps only being 12". So I am going to put stops in the slides so the ramps will be the same as the sides.

Hope to have pictures up tonight. Thanks again Guys. Don't know how you do this for a living!!!!!!

We vent to each other on a regular basis. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 09 12 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the progress. I am happy with how the side ramps turned out. Only one is complete, ran out of expanded metal.

Also got fenders installed. Need to get front and back supports on them as they shake quite a bit.




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PostPosted: Wed May 09 12 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
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We vent to each other on a regular basis. Laughing


Robin says were worse that 2 old women shopping at the mall and bi*ching about sale items Shocked


Salt Creek, your trailer looks nice man, very nice job indeed. Heres a pic of what I do on fenders. Just a small brace that also acts as a step up onto the trailer. I have these broke out of 11ga metal and tie then into my trailer frame and weld them out solid. You could use some 1x1 square tube or even some 1x1 angle iron Rolling Eyes to frame a area out and then skin it with some treadplate or hotroll steel. Works well and I do it on all my builds, nothing worse than a loose fender flopping around.


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PostPosted: Wed May 09 12 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy where do you buy the light boxes on your trailer. I see the clearance light is 2 inch round, what is the tail, brake, and turn oval?
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PostPosted: Wed May 09 12 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smok'nAZ wrote:
Troy where do you buy the light boxes on your trailer. I see the clearance light is 2 inch round, what is the tail, brake, and turn oval?
Sorry about the thread hi-jack.

Steve, Troy is probably still wiping the sleep from his eyes. Razz Laughing
Here ya go.
Scroll down to page 31
http://www.redneck-trailer.com/Portals/4/web_content/files/J.pdf
I got mine local but I know Troy uses Redneck for parts it is close to him.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09 12 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve, Troy was probably up and out of the house before Kevin got out of his Captain America pj's and Elmo slippers.


I do get those brackets at Redneck, part # CMC-007, 2" clearance light and a 6" oval. They work great! I'm sure most trailer suppliers have them. They are pretty popular.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09 12 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. Much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23 12 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

progress

Got it painted. I used the rustoleum truck bed liner. I am NOT a professional painter, nor do I have any desire to be one.













Hope to get the boards on by end of week. Thanks for all your help guys!
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PostPosted: Wed May 23 12 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt Creek Bar-B-Que, very nice work on your trailer i like it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 26 12 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt Creek, your trailer turned out nice man! You did a great job on the build. I look forward to seeing it decked. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 26 12 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt Creek Bar-B-Que, Very nice job on the trailer. Very Happy
You turned it into something to be very proud of, nice job.
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