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post #841 of 2985 Old 09-02-2013, 09:38 AM
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For those of you that have replaced the stock tongue with full length square tubing. How did you attach the tubing to the frame? Did you run a bolt all the way through from top to bottom? Did you somehow fish a nut through the tubing? How did you do it? Thanks
Bobdog went with a full-length tongue, but he welded everything. I'm not a welder so if it were me, I think I would sandwich the tongue tube between two pieces of angle steel bolted to the frame. You could then bolt the tube horizontally (and vertically if desired). This would give you more strength and less lateral movement.

Having a full length tongue allows you to have a hitch receiver on the rear, which would be great for a lot of reasons. The stock tongue on the HF trailer is plenty strong though.

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post #842 of 2985 Old 09-02-2013, 09:41 AM
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I can't invision what you're saying as far as sandwiching the stock tongue with angle

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I'm wondering why so few builds use marine plywood for the box?

Is it just ascetics?

Seems like it'd be a quicker, easier build, especially if one were going to paint it.

Thoughts?

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I'm wondering why so few builds use marine plywood for the box?

Is it just ascetics?

Seems like it'd be a quicker, easier build, especially if one were going to paint it.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

John
I didn't choose plywood because of aesthetics personally. I think it looks good with the t&g pine and it's very solid. And because this is my first time building anything and the first time working with wood, I wanted a bit of a challenge. Plus I just wanted a more time consuming project.

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I can't invision what you're saying as far as sandwiching the stock tongue with angle
Just a crude white board drawing, but hope this helps:
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Last edited by pentaflex; 09-02-2013 at 10:15 AM. Reason: To clarify, I wouldn't do this with the stock tongue since it is not a tube.
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I'm wondering why so few builds use marine plywood for the box?

Is it just ascetics?

Seems like it'd be a quicker, easier build, especially if one were going to paint it.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

John
It's very dry here in Colorado, so we don't worry too much about rust or rot. Like switters, I also like the look of T&G and I did not want to paint it. Cedar is lighter than plywood and stands up to the weather naturally (although I did spray on a clear coat water sealer). I used treated plywood for the floor and top.
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It's very dry here in Colorado, so we don't worry too much about rust or rot. Like switters, I also like the look of T&G and I did not want to paint it. Cedar is lighter than plywood and stands up to the weather naturally (although I did spray on a clear coat water sealer). I used treated plywood for the floor and top.
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A quick pic of the trailer hooked up to my '98. I'll be towing the trailer primarily behind my JKU but I have to buy a hitch first.
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Centennial, southeast Denver
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Doesn't the bottom of the trailer have a shape? Or is it flat?

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Scratch that. Its a sideways C. correct?

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Scratch that. Its a sideways C. correct?
It's flat. The side rails are a C channel, but the cross members are kind of a question mark. (See the manual here.) Where the tongue attaches to the cross members it is flat. The tongue itself is a sideways 'C', but it has several tabs welded on to "close" the C at certain spots.
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Just a crude white board drawing, but hope this helps:
What about using a straight piece of metal along the inside HF frame above you angle pieces to kind spread the contact point, like a big flat body washer does?

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What about using a straight piece of metal along the inside HF frame above you angle pieces to kind spread the contact point, like a big flat body washer does?
I was thinking a piece of angle along the crossmember so you've got reinforcement in two planes.

How's your trailer project coming along coops2K?
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I was thinking a piece of angle along the crossmember so you've got reinforcement in two planes.

How's your trailer project coming along coops2K?
Have not yet started, but one of the local guys has offered to help me build a frame using 2.5 square tubing, so I might get away from the HF trailer. I hope to talk with him this weekend. 8 Jeeps just did a weekend trip to the Ouray area and Fred had his trailer along. You can see pics of his trailer here. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f52/our...ml#post4235769

I would still do the simple box, T&G or "Bear Box", just a lot stronger frame.

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