Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Longview, WA (one hour north of Portland, OR)
So making a tray:
I purchased a receiver mount cargo tray that was 60 inches wide; I had to narrow it to 40". I actually ended up narrowing it to 37" wide. Like the saying goes, I measured (more than) twice before cutting. The metal seemed a little thinner than I was expecting, and I had to come up with a way to join the ends together. What I ended up doing was getting two 36" long pieces of 2" angle iron 1/8th inch thick from Home Depot for the front and back. Lots of measuring and drilling later it's coming together. It ties into the trailer frame on the back side, and up front on the tongue. I'll also be using the bracing that goes from side-to-side and mounts under the tongue. Most of the bolts are 5/16" bolts, with a few 3/8" bolts in key locations.
Hopefully I'm done cutting and drilling; next up is paint and misc. nuts/bolts/washers before mounting it up and seeing how it looks. The ammo can is going to go back on the tongue right in front of the tray. It will be mounted to both the front of the tray and to the tongue itself.
After it's all put together I'll do the 90 degree test and see how much I need to extend the tongue for clearance. Hopefully you can follow the pictures to understand what I'm doing. I'm doing all this so I can mount a cooler on the outside of the box on the tray. It's a lesson learned from taking the trailer to Alaska last year from having the cooler in the trailer box with all the gear - there's got to be a better way (and I think this will be it).