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Old 10-08-2018, 09:39 PM   #751 (permalink)
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Turned my 83" wide trailer into a 102" wide trailer. Drive over fenders with gussets in the middle, rub rails, extra stake pockets, 4" strap ratchets on driver side, jack brace, d-rings between fenders, license plate light guard and a few other misc. add-ons.

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Old 10-09-2018, 10:25 AM   #752 (permalink)
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^^^ looks sharp. add a fresh deck and rock out.
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:01 PM   #753 (permalink)
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Turned my 83" wide trailer into a 102" wide trailer. Drive over fenders with gussets in the middle, rub rails, extra stake pockets, 4" strap ratchets on driver side, jack brace, d-rings between fenders, license plate light guard and a few other misc. add-ons.
About to do this to mine and am curious what materials you used for the frame widening. Looks like 3" c-channel?
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:23 PM   #754 (permalink)
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About to do this to mine and am curious what materials you used for the frame widening. Looks like 3" c-channel?
2Ē x 4Ē rectangular tube and 1/8Ē diamond plate. No specific reason other than I already had it on hand and the dimensions worked out pretty well as far as proportions, etc. Iím sure channel would have been fine as well.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:53 AM   #755 (permalink)
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I was just about to ask what material you used to widen your trailer.

I've got a 28' 2 car hauler bumper pull trailer that i need to widen now that my rig is 96" wide. When i widen mine, i'm going to add a couple reverse lights to shine down directly in front of the front axle so that at night when pulling into an off road park (never fails that i arrive at night) i can actually see where the trailer tire is. Its hard to tell some times when its 50' or so behind my seat in the cab of the RV.
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I widened mine as well, I just used 1"x 2", it's strong enough, and not heavy. I then just put 1/8 diamond plate on it as well.

I also added lights and tied them into my reverse lights, they light up my fence where I park so I don't hit it.
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:05 PM   #757 (permalink)
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I really enjoyed this thread and have a list of things to add to my current trailer as well as future ones so thanks!

To give back, here are a couple things to share that I didn't see in here yet!

I switched the ends of my ratchets to be these chains (bought on Amazon, search 2" ratchet strap with chain)





They work excellent if you have the slots like that.

Two big vulnerabilities with the common car haulers are the lights and license plate, either getting broken, crushed or ripped off. So when I redid this trailer I kept that in mind and decided to flip the C channel around from the norm. What I did with the lights isn't that unique, but it does keep them protected completely from backing into something, or for when I drive up onto the trailer.



The license plate is held on with magnets. My Dad was super against the idea, saying that it'd never stay on. So far so good though.



And here are a couple more of my trailer, a before shot and now after widening and drive over fenders. Trailer has the junction box everyone talks about in this thread, and it is as good as advertised. Plan to add a winch up front and maybe deck and/or reverse lights too.











Thanks for looking!

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What are people doing for storage under deckover trailers? After looking at some setups this past week, seems like a generator, boxes, compressor, etc. can fit under the deck without much fuss.
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The license plate is held on with magnets. My Dad was super against the idea, saying that it'd never stay on. So far so good though.
Awesome rebuild, but that IMO will not last. It's well protected, so why is it so hard to drill 2-4 holes in the channel to hard mount the plate? Plus some shitbag could easily steal it
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:19 PM   #760 (permalink)
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Awesome rebuild, but that IMO will not last. It's well protected, so why is it so hard to drill 2-4 holes in the channel to hard mount the plate? Plus some shitbag could easily steal it
Yeah. Unless you're running three trailers on the same plate, I don't see the point...
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:49 PM   #761 (permalink)
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Yeah. Unless you're running three trailers on the same plate, I don't see the point...
That was my thought. Tucked into the channel like that, not much to go wrong.
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Awesome rebuild, but that IMO will not last. It's well protected, so why is it so hard to drill 2-4 holes in the channel to hard mount the plate? Plus some shitbag could easily steal it
The plate on mine has been stolen twice! Now it has 4 bolts not 2. Plus I welded the nuts on. Earn it thieves!

I agree, personally I hate drilling holes, dreaming of a mag drill. I would find 4 short bolts and weld the heads to the plate, throw some nuts on it and call it a day.
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Awesome rebuild, but that IMO will not last. It's well protected, so why is it so hard to drill 2-4 holes in the channel to hard mount the plate? Plus some shitbag could easily steal it
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Yeah. Unless you're running three trailers on the same plate, I don't see the point...
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That was my thought. Tucked into the channel like that, not much to go wrong.
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The plate on mine has been stolen twice! Now it has 4 bolts not 2. Plus I welded the nuts on. Earn it thieves!

I agree, personally I hate drilling holes, dreaming of a mag drill. I would find 4 short bolts and weld the heads to the plate, throw some nuts on it and call it a day.
Good points, didn't consider the plate stealing aspect. Maybe I'll throw some bolts on there for just that reason!
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Iíve wanted to add some back up lights to my trailer for years, not that I need them often but Iíve been in a few situations where they would be nice. I ended up coming across the TecNiq Inc: T14 ID Bar. It is plastic but appears well made. On my trailer the ID bar is fairly well protected so I thought it would be better than led pod lights.
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Iíve wanted to add some back up lights to my trailer for years, not that I need them often but Iíve been in a few situations where they would be nice. I ended up coming across the TecNiq Inc: T14 ID Bar. It is plastic but appears well made. On my trailer the ID bar is fairly well protected so I thought it would be better than led pod lights.

I like that, my ebay center clearance lights have crapped out on my trailer. A set with reverse light would be a nice upgrade.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:00 AM   #766 (permalink)
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Turned my 83" wide trailer into a 102" wide trailer. Drive over fenders with gussets in the middle, rub rails, extra stake pockets, 4" strap ratchets on driver side, jack brace, d-rings between fenders, license plate light guard and a few other misc. add-ons.

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I need some help, I'm gonna need a new car trailer and I would swear about a year ago somebody mentioned a trailer place in Minnesota that built some nice trailers. I went through this thread and a couple other's but didn't have any luck. Seems like they built low deck overs and tilt beds and had an excellent paint or coating on them. If somebody remembers them and could post a link or just shoot me the name that would be greatly appreciated
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I need some help, I'm gonna need a new car trailer and I would swear about a year ago somebody mentioned a trailer place in Minnesota that built some nice trailers. I went through this thread and a couple other's but didn't have any luck. Seems like they built low deck overs and tilt beds and had an excellent paint or coating on them. If somebody remembers them and could post a link or just shoot me the name that would be greatly appreciated
not sure about MN, but ABU is in the Dakotas and makes nice stuff
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I need some help, I'm gonna need a new car trailer and I would swear about a year ago somebody mentioned a trailer place in Minnesota that built some nice trailers. I went through this thread and a couple other's but didn't have any luck. Seems like they built low deck overs and tilt beds and had an excellent paint or coating on them. If somebody remembers them and could post a link or just shoot me the name that would be greatly appreciated
Felling ? No experience, but i've heard good things
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We have a 40k Felling tilt at work. One of the tongue pivot pins has fallen out twice now. There is very little space where the retainer nut/bolt hold the pin in place. There's no room for lock washer or a tall lock nut so it keeps coming loose. I think the second time one of the guys welded the nut to the bolt. Seems crappy that they build/sell them like that.
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We have a 40k Felling tilt at work. One of the tongue pivot pins has fallen out twice now. There is very little space where the retainer nut/bolt hold the pin in place. There's no room for lock washer or a tall lock nut so it keeps coming loose. I think the second time one of the guys welded the nut to the bolt. Seems crappy that they build/sell them like that.
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Should have had a all metal lock nut on it: https://www.fastenal.com/product/fas...FamilyId=26217

Or: https://www.fastenal.com/product/fas...FamilyId=26218


Same height as a standard nut.

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I need some help, I'm gonna need a new car trailer and I would swear about a year ago somebody mentioned a trailer place in Minnesota that built some nice trailers. I went through this thread and a couple other's but didn't have any luck. Seems like they built low deck overs and tilt beds and had an excellent paint or coating on them. If somebody remembers them and could post a link or just shoot me the name that would be greatly appreciated
Maybe www.johnsontrailerco.com, but they are in WI.
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Thanks guys, it was Johnson trailers in Wisconsin. Really appreciate the help
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Should have had a all metal lock nut on it: https://www.fastenal.com/product/fas...FamilyId=26217

Or: https://www.fastenal.com/product/fas...FamilyId=26218


Same height as a standard nut.

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100% agree, but it was not delivered with a lock of any kind. I tried not to get involved with it, but the guy who did just tacked the nut to the bolt. It should never need to be removed in its lifetime anyway.
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