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post #91 of 123 Old 08-19-2008, 03:35 PM
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post #93 of 123 Old 10-15-2008, 08:48 PM
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I will tell you all, he has really motivated my wife and I to build our own, similar to his with a few additions, such as an ice chest mount, two metal hinged trays welded to the back to drop down as cooking platforms, and a space for loading firewood on. I am working right now in Autodesk Inventor to design it out before we start building it this winter. I agree with him that if everything is ready to go, then we would go camping a whole lot more too. We can't wait to get started.
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post #94 of 123 Old 10-27-2008, 12:08 PM
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So one question here. Has anyone here who have built their own trailer gotten it licensed? I have been talking to the department of safety here in TN and I need to take it to the trailer inspection office first before getting a VIN for it. Then I can apply for a title and a license plate. The reason we want to license it is so that we can go out of state for camping, such as LBL. I was also wondering if there is a guide anywhere as to the inspection requirements?
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Here we go to the State Police Dept. They assign the VIN#

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I built an offroad trailer, and now I'm doing a second trailer.

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I will tell you all, he has really motivated my wife and I to build our own, similar to his with a few additions, such as an ice chest mount, two metal hinged trays welded to the back to drop down as cooking platforms, and a space for loading firewood on. I am working right now in Autodesk Inventor to design it out before we start building it this winter. I agree with him that if everything is ready to go, then we would go camping a whole lot more too. We can't wait to get started.
I have just read through most of all of these posts with great amazement. This trailer project is way bigger than either of the trailers I built or am building.

If you have a few minutes I have details and other things to consider in this write up. My Offroad Jeeping Trailer Build


I went smaller and taller and more of a big box to pull versus all the extra compartments and locking boxes in this build.
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post #97 of 123 Old 10-31-2008, 12:34 AM
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I am starting on this. Do you all think that 2"x2"x0.12" square steel tubing is sufficient for the trailer? I was considering 2"x2"x3/16" square tubing but one guy told me he thought 3/16" was overkill.
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I used 2x3

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what thickness?
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I used 2x2 .120 and 2x2 .060 Square tube.

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I am starting on this. Do you all think that 2"x2"x0.12" square steel tubing is sufficient for the trailer? I was considering 2"x2"x3/16" square tubing but one guy told me he thought 3/16" was overkill.
I just looked at my notes I used 2x2 x .120 wall for the base frame. For the inner suports on the base and the side I used 2x2 .060. The trailer is very strong, but I don't plan to have it haul more than 1000 lbs.



This is ok picture of my Trailer hooked up and loaded down for 3 days on the Rubicon.

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Off Road Jeep Trailer First Test on the Rubicon

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.120 i'm pretty sure

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I think that I have decided that I will use 2x2x3/16 for the base frame and 2x2x0.12 for the rest of it. I want a strong base that could potentially carry 1500+ pounds. As soon as I finish getting it designed in sketchup pro, I will upload the preview here.
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Here is a good website for info about tongue strength of a trailer.

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I think that I have decided that I will use 2x2x3/16 for the base frame and 2x2x0.12 for the rest of it. I want a strong base that could potentially carry 1500+ pounds. As soon as I finish getting it designed in sketchup pro, I will upload the preview here.
I wanted to mention a site I found from the Australian government about building trailers. It confirms the size and style on tongue I am using on my 4x4 trailer strong enough. I have tested my trailer fully loaded and did not have any issues, it's just kinda nice to see a technical write up from the mechanical engineering perspective.

http://www.angib.pwp.blueyonder.co.u...rop/tear84.htm

I might be a little late adding to this thread so I Hope this helps.
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post #104 of 123 Old 11-06-2008, 07:45 PM
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Thanks for that link. That is awesome info for me. I have not gotten the steel yet as I am still designing it in sketchup Pro. Thanks again!
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Since this is TD's thread, I'm going to have to lock it to cut down on the chit-chat. I'll leave it stickied for a while so that people can see what he did on his build though.

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