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Trailor Ideas...?

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Glenn F.

03-22-2005 21:29:21

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I was talking to a guy on the phone tonight who converted a 21.5' travel trailor into a flatbed tractor hauler. The deck is 6.5' wide. Tires are on the outside. He added more cross members and 2" decking. 2 5/16" hitch ball. Electric brakes on one axel. He says his two axels are rated at 10,000 lbs. each. I'm sure the trailor will not take 18,000 lbs. load though. He says he hauls his two MM tractor pullers on it, totaling 7500 lbs. Have any of you converted an old travel trailor? How well does it work? I've got a lot of the materials around here to convert one. Would I be happy with one? It wouldn't need to be fancy. I hate to have a lot of money tied up in something I don't use much. I have a DC and an SC Case I'd like to haul. I suppose they weigh 11,000 lbs.

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Troy w

03-24-2005 18:44:41

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 Re: Trailor Ideas...? in reply to Glenn F., 03-22-2005 21:29:21  
I work in the industry, these trailer frames are not built for much weight. And I would bet they are 2 - 5000lbs axles like trailerbuilder said.. The floor of these trailers adds much to the structure. Most manufacturers will not warranty a gooseneck hitch on these trailers because of the added leverage. I have seen trailers with bent axles from loading a 15000 lbs rated trailer too 13000 lbs and pulling down the road. If you are building go Dexter axles for sure. Over kill is always better when it comes to trailers. my 2 cents.

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03-23-2005 10:47:40

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 Re: Trailor Ideas...? in reply to Glenn F., 03-22-2005 21:29:21  
I am going to say that he probly has 2- 5000lb axles under it. If you like your tractors any at all you would be a long way ahead to buy a trailer that was built heavy enough to haul the load. Some states are checking tractor pullers since it has became such a big sport (passtime) and if your not up to date they will shut you down and the fines will overide the cost of the good trailer. (Just my thoughts)

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03-23-2005 05:13:52

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 Re: Trailor Ideas...? in reply to Glenn F., 03-22-2005 21:29:21  
Without a lot of additional bracing it will be very "flexy". Look at some of the purpose built haulers frame work and then look at the camper. You can figure the camper weighed about 5000# I don't think he had 10000# axles on a 21 ft trailer.

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mark smith

03-25-2005 05:31:04

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 Re: Trailor Ideas...? in reply to AO, 03-23-2005 05:13:52  
I just purchased a used 20 ft.gooseneck with 10,000 lb. axles for 1850.00. They're out there keep looking. Just my thoughts.

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