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Harbor Freight frame?

Postby Andy Ehle » Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:58 pm

What capacity frame is best?

Is the 1175lb frame enough ar should I get the heavier capacity? :thinking:

I happened to notice that the 1175 is on sale now.

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Postby mikeschn » Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:11 pm

Unless you are planning on doing some rock hopping off road, I think the 1175 is plenty. My current build is on the 1175.

The torsion box that I build (the teardrop) will keep the frame straight!!!

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Postby Andy Ehle » Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:32 pm

Great :thumbsup:

I would like to save money any way I can.

Thanks alot
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Postby madjack » Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:04 pm

Andy, keep in mind that you really need some over capacity to keep from flattening the springs...this is especially true on a Td where the weight will always be there...with the 1175# frame you should try to keep the build down to around 800#s
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Postby Arne » Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:39 am

I have a 1,200# tear sitting on a 1,800# h/f trailer... I think it is a perfect match.... M/J is right. I would not build a tear that was close in weight to the gross weight spec on a trailer...

That is why you see 2,000 pound torsion axles on 1,000 pound tears...
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Postby Andy Ehle » Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:44 am

thanks madjack

After a little more thought I think I would feel safer with a higher capacity trailer.

I seem to have the tendency to overbuild things :) and since I'm goin over the frame the floor will have a wood frame structure under it.

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Postby bsandey » Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:24 am

I bought the 1800# trailer. Sure, I'll probably come way under that weight, and could have been just fine with the 1175# trailer, but I just wanted to be sure. And this way, I'm kind of unrestricted (weight-wise) on what kind of mods I can do to it. Of course, I'm going to be restricted size-wise. There is only so much that you can cram into a TD and still have room to sleep.
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Re: Harbor Freight frame?

Postby Joseph » Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:46 pm

Andy Ehle wrote:Is the 1175lb frame enough ar should I get the heavier capacity?

The 1175 lb frame is plenty as long as your finished tear weighs less than 1175 lbs. :lol:

I used the 990 lb frame and am quite satisfied with it. My finished tear weighs 620 lbs.

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Postby madjack » Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:10 pm

Joseph...note the 50% overage in capacity rule of thumb in your build...620#s + 50% = 910#s...onna 990# capacity trailer that is
just right...an 1175# frame needs to come in at no more than 800#s of sprung weight....
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Postby Ptomaine » Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:54 pm

If you buy your trailer at the right time and with the right coupon, you really won't spend much more for the 1800# model.
It lists for $400, goes on sale for $300, and a 20% off coupon brings it down to $240. That's what I paid. :)
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Postby Arne » Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:46 pm

same here, $240 for the 1,800 h/f trailer.. what a buy.

Mabye we need a place for people to put the most recent H/G discount coupons????????? that would be nice.
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Postby Endo » Sat Jul 29, 2006 5:22 pm

Arne wrote:Mabye we need a place for people to put the most recent H/G discount coupons????????? that would be nice.



http://www.billt.com/harborfreightcoupons.htm
:D :D

I don't remember where I got this link from. I haven't used one of these coupons yet but there is no expiration date!!!
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Harbor freight trailers

Postby tully83 » Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:30 pm

I'm going to buy one of there trailers the next time they go on sale, has anyone upgraded the tire size to 14" and what rims did you find fit?

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