Smiles to go! Updated 8-2 new pics! First trip!

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Smiles to go! Updated 8-2 new pics! First trip!

Postby booyah » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:48 pm

So, after lurking and the occasional post here, my build is officially underway. building a 5x8 benroy on a northern tool frame. just started making saw dust today. cut the 2x4s down to build the platform and will start to cut the profiles either friday or this weekend as time allows.

Doing full insulation, 3/8" acx for the external walls, I have Baltic Birch 5x5 panels on order, doors have arrived, hurricane hinge and fantastic fan. Bought the $99 tongue box from northern tool as well.

No pics yet, but will have some shortly

Building this with the kids too, so they can get a project to call their own.

The name is from my 10yo. Hope to log lots of smiles on this one :-D
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby Steve 70 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:58 pm

Good luck on your build. I built mine on a 5 x 8 Northern Tool trailer and it worked great. I did build mine 10 feet long. The extra space inside is really nice especially if your gonna have the gang along and it sounds like that the direction your heading. :thumbsup: I look forward to seeing your build pics. :pictures: My Dad Was with me every step of the way. The time I spent building the camper with him is priceless. There is no substitute for quality family time and sharing and teaching your children a skill that will last them a lifetime.
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:04 am

So please ignore the mess that is my garage

So, heres where we are now. Assembled the trailer frame

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Maiden voyage to get lumber
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and framed up (last night)
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby rebapuck » Fri May 01, 2015 2:55 pm

Kids will be out of school soon and ready for this project.
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby flbikejunkie » Sat May 02, 2015 6:06 am

Have fun. My kids helped whenever I needed another set of hands to prop things up or turn things over. Sanding was not their idea of quality time with dad. We've enjoyed camping and have a large SUV tent attached for their sleeping needs as mom and dad use the teardrop.[SMILING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Wed May 06, 2015 7:58 am

Not much for updates right now, been working too much, and kids have been sick.

last night I re did the deck, when I screwed it all down, I forgot to glue. Measured for my carriage bolts, drilled the holes for those, cut insulation to go in the floor and got myself all prepped for doing the asphalt paint.

Hope to get the first coat of the black beauty fence post paint on tonight, and its supposed to be clean and dry tonight.

Maybe get the second coat on before the weekend then I can start to work on the profiles!
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Mon May 11, 2015 11:43 am

Added rear stabilizer jacks, otherwise, waiting on the stupid rain to stop long enough to get a coat of paint on the bottom of the thing. Till then theres not much I can get done stupid weather! :x
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Thu May 21, 2015 3:33 pm

Two coats of black beauty fence paint on the bottom, insulation installed, and I am ready to flip the bottom over and work on the profiles!

finally got the weather to work with me long enough.

Hopefully tomorrow I will have pics of at least one side up!
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Tue May 26, 2015 10:34 am

PROFILES cut!

doors test fitted, so far so good!

Working on fitting 1x2s all around the profile, doors, and anywhere else that I need the extra support. Plan is to have the walls insulated, and trim the inside layer so I can get em standing up before the end of this weekend! Hope to post pics tonight of the first profile cut and the 1x2s around the inside. Need to run the router over them again to match the profile, but this is the most progress I've made since I assembled the trailer. Getting excited! :thumbsup:
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:09 am

so some pics!

Had a friend over, so we placed the walls up. Have to build and place the bulkhead, wire, insulate and complete the walls but at least they are up!
starting to look like something at least!

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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:20 pm

Question for anyone. Thinking about doing some 14 or 15" wheels. I would have to replace the fenders from what I am hearing, but it should help it tow easier and faster...

Thoughts? it appears the hub is 5x114.3 which is as common as rice in China, so I should be able to source em from the junk yard pretty easy and cheap.

Any one else swap out the wheels on a northern tool 5x8? Anything else fit under the stock fenders? Got a source on cheap fenders? Got a RPM calculator on how much slower the wheels will turn at say 55 and say 70?

Thanks!
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby KCStudly » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:36 pm

5 x 4-1/2 is a very common trailer wheel pattern. Also common on many Jeeps (TJ's, Cherokees, YJ's), small Ford pattern (early V8 Mustangs), and early Mopar, among others. Just be sure to check back spacing and hub diameter.

The rim size is not what matters. It is the size of the tire, or more accurately, the height of the spindle above the ground, which is determined by the tire, not the rim.

Easy enough to write the equation:

Rev per mile = (1 rev / effective tire circumference in inches*) x 5280 ft/mile x 12 inches/ft

* you can cheat and just use the tire circumference, either by measuring around the tread, or multiplying the advertised diameter x Pi (for Pi we can use 3.14). For a more accurate result use spindle height above ground x 2 x Pi. Spindle height is a more accurate representation of the effective tire radius. Be advised that the side wall size designation on your tires is usually only an approximation and can vary by a lot from the true rolling radius. The weight of the trailer affects this value due to the tread conforming to the ground, and manufacturers have been known to fudge the truth, especially in the off road tire industry.

So to compare a small trailer tire with an 18 inch diameter, with a 27 inch tire that may have come off a stock Jeep we get...

{1 / (18 x 3.14)} x 5280 x 12 = 1121 revs
vs.
{1 / (27 x 3.14)} x 5280 x 12 = 747.3 revs
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:15 am

Thanks KC
Quick question for people, I'm debating between doing just fiberglass tapes on the seams and epoxy over the entire tear then painting with brightsides paint, or doing a light fiberglass cloth (4 oz) and epoxy then brightsides.

Looks like the cost and weight of the fiberglass wouldnt be much more, but having never worked with fiberglass I'm very hesitant to get into it incase I do something dumb :thinking:

Thoughts?
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby Tommy2tone_1999 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:56 am

Great progress so far. Keep posting pics. :thumbsup: My build was also a Ben Roy type on a NT 5x8 trailer.
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Re: Smiles to go

Postby booyah » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:24 am

Thanks Tommy, I followed your build as you did it. Turned out very nice!
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