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jon f mn
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:39 am    Post subject: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you look at the deck you can see a slight twist, the front near corner is lower. I suppose I'm being nitpicky here, but to me that sticks out like a sore thumb every time I see it. lol. What happened was I had the frame on the stands with the main frame, crossmembers, and side rails all ready to weld. As I came around the front to start welding I hit the front corner of the side rail with my thigh, HARD. After I got done cussing, dancing, crying and got back from the doc's office with 3 stitches in my thigh and a 6" diameter bruise, I forgot that I had knocked it out of square. So I proceeded to weld the entire main frame together FAR out of square. I didn't see it til I came to put on the beavertail and the sheet didn't fit. I was MAJOR bummed. lol. So what I did was cut the horizontal welds on the crossmembers at the outer rail, completely removed all the main crossmembers in the main frame, then put a come-along corner to corner and pulled it til it was square. My shop had some anchors in the floor so I was able to use those to keep the twist out. Then I re-welded the whole thing going over the old welds as well as redoing everything I cut and re-installed the main crossmembers. I also put 2 1 1/2x 3/16 flat bars at a diagonal over the crossmembers to make sure it stayed straight since because I didn't cut the crossmembers free from the main rails they were now a bit s shaped. When I was done and the floor was on you couldn't see it, but over time the stress eventually gave it the twist you can see. I know most people don't even see it, but since it was a mistake I made to me it's an eyesore. lol

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That's a great looking trailer I can't see any twist. I am the same way when you make a mistake like that you see it every time you walk past it.one of those things you have to point out to every one.good job.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It sure does not show in the picture.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just tell everyone you did it intentionally so water would drain off.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you need someplace to dump that eyesore, I have a place for it. LOL. Looks great to me , not really that noticeable.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:57 pm    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That's what I like to see these days. Some call it perfectionism, I call it a craftsman that knows his work and wants to do a quality job. Nice trailer!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:17 am    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If the flaw was that you hit it with your leg and threw it out of alignment and then went and welded it up that way, how is it the customers fault in how he speced the trailer?? That is what you iluded to in your first post...
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:05 am    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No, you missunderstood. The customer never knew that it was flawed when he rejected it. That was a totaly separate issue and just and interesting history I thought.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It was rejected for totally unrelated reasons. When it was done the first time it had the lighter axles on the other trailer and only a 2' beavertail. The guy couldn't use it because it was too high and the tail was too short and the ramps were to short so the bends were to sharp. He sold and serviced lawnmowers and riders wouldn't go over the bends. When I redid it I put on heavier axles. To do that I added a subframe to raise the trailer for tire clearance for the taller tires. I also extended the beavertail to 5' to get it a bit lower and make it more usefull.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:38 am    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ah HA! Now it makes sense. Thanks for clarifying it Jon.
BTW- What did you use for the leveling deck on the beavertail of the second trailer. Looks like a good idea.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:11 am    Post subject: Re: the answer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I do that by continuing the crossmembers down the tail just like the deck. Then make a frame out of 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 square tube and weld a diamond plate to it. The top hinge is just a 1" shaft inside the top tube for a few inches on each side. The bottom is supported when up with a frame made out of the same tube that just tips forward underneath when its down. A couple of tabs on the support frame to keep it under the top and that's it. When up it's only for light stuff like hay and lumber and such. If you want to haul something heavy the deck needs to be down, that way there is no need for spring lifts and such.
 
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