What are you using for a frame?

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What or whose frame do you use?

Harbor Freight
34
24%
Red Trailer
5
4%
Northern Equipment
4
3%
Custom, had it built
15
11%
Built it myself.
41
29%
Cannabalized an existing trailer and modified it.
41
29%
tractor supply
2
1%
 
Total votes : 142

Postby dguff » Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:58 pm

The last three frames I have built were all bolted together angle iron and rectangular tubing.

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Postby mikeschn » Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:33 pm

Since I couldn't answer the poll directly, I'll post my answer here...

I used...

2x Harbor Freight trailers
1x Red Trailers
2x I built it myself...

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Postby Jst83 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:05 pm

Well I Cannibalized an existing trailer but didn't modify it.
I started with an old pop up

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Postby 2bits » Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:06 pm

I put "built my own". I could have put had it built, but I designed the frame and the axle specs, and chose and bought the frame tubing, I just didn't weld it. I made the axle brackets by myself too but had those welded to the frame at the muffler shop.

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Postby teardrop_focus » Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:15 pm

Thomas has the right idea, imho... these are teardrops; there's never going to be 15 people walking around on the floor. There's no need to support that kind of thing.

My chassis will be a teeny bit simpler than even Thomas's... I'm going to build a 4H X 4 (or 4.5)W X 9L stretched Lil' Bear-style teardrop. The chassis will be one long cross w/ 2 diagonals from just behind the tongue to the axle cross. A 3/4 floor will be bolted to the chassis, then the walls and bulkheads will be dado-cut and bonded to the floor. It will be very strong and quite light.

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A "Kit"-style/shape teardrop's chassis is extremely simple too, especially for it's day. People have a tendency to overlook the very long useful lifespan of those types of chassis.
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Postby bobhenry » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:13 am

planovet wrote:Custom built here. I wanted something a little more solid than a bolt up and I have no steel working or welding skills at all.

http://www.diamondctrailers.com/

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Hey Doc is this you guys ? I found the pic long ago but couldn't remember who it was or where I found it . I'll see ya get credit when I drag it out of my album if it is.

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That's gotta be the same trailer ! I tucked it in my album to have as a pic for the local fabrication shop to build one similar when I hit the lottery :lol:
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Postby 2bits » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:14 pm

The coolest frame ever.. I would hate to even build anything on it, I just want to tow it around!

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Postby starleen2 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:40 pm

All four of my Builds have been on a TSC frame - three used the 4X8 no floor - One used a 4X5 utility trailer :thumbsup:

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Postby hugh » Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:25 pm

I built my own, it has a kick up in the back because the off road stuff I do dictates a short trailer but I really wanted to be able to stretch out at night, It is 2x2 square tubing with a little bit of 1x1 to extend the floor over the wheels.
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Postby bohemian » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:44 pm

I built my own trailer. It was a lot of fun.
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Postby eamarquardt » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:09 pm

I built my own. Extended the foretriangle 1 foot fo more space and added a rear bumpe that folds down out of ht way and pulls out to carry a small motorcycle. The axle is mounted on angle iron that can be moved to achieve proper balance when the trailer is finished and loaded.

To each his (or her own). http://tnttt.com/album_ ... c_id=34296


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Postby dan galvin » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:14 pm

Mine started as a brand new popup in 1986 as the years went by and the kids got older the popup went into disrepair and water damage now i have a homebuilt 4 1/2 x 10 teardrop on a 1986 trailer reborn :applause: :applause:
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Postby parivercat » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:13 am

My trailer began life as a Tee Nee sailboat trailer that was retired.
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Postby Arne » Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:20 am

just my opinion... most of these frames are way over built for a tear. The body of a tear is a rigid box... I like 2bits the best... I did it differently because of the way I mounted my axle.

Most of these frames weigh 200# more than they have to.
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Postby dovaka » Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:22 pm

i had a different approach to design where i made the layout of the body first and built a trailer that fit that so it ended up being 65"w by 110" plus a front rack for storage so i had to build a custom one
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