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Old 04-02-2012, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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couple trailer building questions

im looking into rebuilding my current trailer and have been running into a couple questions.

which would be a stronger/better material to build with? 6''x1/4'' web channel iron or 2''x6''x1/4'' wall boxed steel?

and the biggest one, where should i place the axles? it will have a 22' deck (20' useable and 2' for storage box)
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im looking into rebuilding my current trailer and have been running into a couple questions.

which would be a stronger/better material to build with? 6''x1/4'' web channel iron or 2''x6''x1/4'' wall boxed steel?

and the biggest one, where should i place the axles? it will have a 22' deck (20' useable and 2' for storage box)
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c -channel has lower torsional stiffness ... but boxtubing may rusts from the inside out
i prefer to build with box tubing ... but i live in rustfree AZ
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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sorry, new here. i live in northwest washington so it would probably rust like crazy up here lol.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i'd go with c-channel as well, and the middle of the axles should be 60% of the distance. so for a 22' deck, you should have the center line (in between both axles), about 13' back.
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don't you wanna be 60% of the distance from the coupler to the rear of the deck? not 60% of the length of the deck?
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i read online, might have been on here, that the axles should be at the 40/60 split. i just dont know if it should be 60% of the deck or the total trailer?
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pretty sure its 60/40 split of the deck itself, not including tongue.

http://www.trailerplans.com/index.ph...d=40&Itemid=29
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I was just in same position of needing to rebuild 20' trailer to 22'-24' and beef it up a little. After planning what I'd need, it turned out to way cheaper to sell my current trailer and buy a bigger one. Going this route I went from 20' 7k car hauler to a 24' 14k deckover trailer for about $600. The rebuild would have been around $1200 plus supplies and my time.
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An old timer who ran a trailer shop in the city years ago told us that the rule of thimb is:
"For every foot of deck, the center of the axles should be offset 1 inch to the rear." You don't count the tongue.
For example, an 18 foot trailer has a centerline at 9 ft. The axles should be offset to the rear 18". This puts the Center of the axles at 10.5 ft from the front of the deck. This is 58%, which is close enough to the 40/60 rule above.

Edit: Just read the link above. It says the same thing.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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awesome, thanks for the help guys. another question popped into the ole noggin the other day. does the way the channel iron is oriented make a difference is it just a personal preference? meaning flat side in or out.
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