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Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby Justardnck on Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:52 am

I built this trailer to haul a new truck mount welder that has some expensive attachments. Here in Florida people will steal the leads to cash them in on the copper not to mention the very expensive spool gun. Knowing all of this I decided that an enclosed trailer was the only way to secure the equipment but I now had another problem, while the welder is in use it requires lots and lots of fresh air, this fresh air is not available in a typical enclosed trailer so I stole the design concept from a local equipment dealer who builds trailers for mobile car cleaners. I spent 10 mins studying their trailer then I got back in my truck and drew it out on paper for accuracy. During the build I made many changes to the structure and convenience options to personalize it to meet my expectations. Note the rear door locking system, no pad locks here :mrgreen:

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2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD, extended cab, long bed, 4X4, 6.0L, 4:10 gears
2003 Forest River Flagstaff 25LB
No WD hitch or sway control. Primus brake controller
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Re: Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:44 am

Wow! I wish I had the skills (and time) to fab like that. What was the total construction time would you estimate, and would it be worth your time to manufacture some for sale?

I'd figure that there's more people out there in your exact situation that would buy rather then build..
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Re: Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby Justardnck on Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:32 pm

PrivatePilot wrote:Wow! I wish I had the skills (and time) to fab like that. What was the total construction time would you estimate, and would it be worth your time to manufacture some for sale?

I'd figure that there's more people out there in your exact situation that would buy rather then build..
It cost me about $1800 and 40 hours of labor, I could have got it built for $3600 and that is cheaper than what it would have cost me if I had billed myself for the 40 hours at my current labor rate I bill customers at. The difference is I got my trailer built my way and I guarantee it's way stronger than the one I was quoted at $3600

Mine:
3500lbs axle
1/8" thick body frame work
4"x4" x 1/4" angle frame
2 1/2" x 1/4" thick tounge
Nickle dead bolt locking system
Folding wheeled tongue jack
More side supports
Thicker aluminum skin
Wiring is 100% in conduit

Theirs:
2000lbs axle
1/16" thick body frame work
2" x 3/16" thick tongue
BS padlock system that requires kneeling down to unlock
No tongue jack
Less side supports
Thinner aluminum skin
Wiring stapled to the wooden floor

2"x2" x 3/16" angle frame
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2003 Forest River Flagstaff 25LB
No WD hitch or sway control. Primus brake controller
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Re: Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby Zinger on Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:09 pm

Nice you should start building teardrop campers!!
Have a good one
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Re: Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:14 pm

Time to change that handle... You ain't Justaredneck, you are a very talented redneck!

Nice work!
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Re: Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby Justardnck on Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:30 pm

Fire Instructor wrote:Time to change that handle... You ain't Justaredneck, you are a very talented redneck!

Nice work!

Thanks but there's lots I can't do... namely... pick decent winning stock :lol:
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Re: Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby Rough2000 on Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:24 pm

I'm not sure why you replaced the 2x4 with the lifts...this guy seems to doing OK. :lol:


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Re: Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby Justardnck on Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:31 pm

Rough2000 wrote:I'm not sure why you replaced the 2x4 with the lifts...this guy seems to doing OK. :lol:



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That lid is pretty heavy without the shocks I was worried about my bald head :lol:
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Re: Not an RV but is a utility trailer

Unread postby Rough2000 on Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:34 pm

Justardnck wrote:
Rough2000 wrote:I'm not sure why you replaced the 2x4 with the lifts...this guy seems to doing OK. :lol:



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That lid is pretty heavy without the shocks I was worried about my bald head :lol:


That's why we wear the cap. By the way, excellent job on the fab.
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