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Tilt trailer build plans

Does anyone have any plans on how to build a tilting 2 place trailer? Mainly how I can make it tilt. I have most of the materials I think I'll need, now I jsut need some instruction. Thanks, Matt
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I just got the Master catalog from Northern Tool and Equipment aned init they have a section for trailers. There is an ad for a huge trailer plans book.
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Thanks, they have exactly what I'm looking for.
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I have the plans of the 2 place tilt for sale by Northern tool. I can get a copy of that part of the plans if you want. I'm building the trailer now actually.


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Thanks Avro. Thats cheaper than the $25 they wanted. My email is Matg1024@lycos.com.
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I have the plans of the 2 place tilt for sale by Northern tool. I can get a copy of that part of the plans if you want. I'm building the trailer now actually.


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question...why would you want your pivot point be at the axles, and have your toung articulate like that?

for our trailer...the toung all the way back to the axles is stationary, and the bed of the trailer is what tilts. then you put a pin to lock the bed of the trailer into the frame of the trailer. (make sence) im know ive got a pic of my trailer up somewhere to help explain

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Sent to ya buddy, let me know if u can't make out measurements and need em.

Would it matter having it pivot there?




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question...why would you want your pivot point be at the axles, and have your toung articulate like that?

for our trailer...the toung all the way back to the axles is stationary, and the bed of the trailer is what tilts. then you put a pin to lock the bed of the trailer into the frame of the trailer. (make sence) im know ive got a pic of my trailer up somewhere to help explain
Dewd!! WTF?? I thought you were an frickin' engineer!? Tilt trailers pivot on the axle/wheels when you remove the pin that secures the front of the bed to the mid-tongue area. The rear of the toungue is able to pivot on a through-bolt.
If you're saying you have a trailer bed AND a frame, then you got one heavy-duty unit!! I think if you take another look, you'll see different from what you descibed!
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Excellent. Thanks.
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My R&R has a straight tongue that goes all the way back to a point just above the torsion axle. It hinges from there, so the angle at the ball never really changes.

I had a utility trailer (happened to be from Northern) that tilted just like the one in the plans shown here. It was sort of weird, because as it tilted, the tongue raised up and the rear edge pushed forward. I used it to haul my tractor around, and I started using ramps because I didn't like how it tilted. Just my $.02... but, I kind of agree with INDY500.

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He can modify the plans a little and use a longer tongue and mount it back under further if he chooses.
Plans are just a guide anyway.

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You also wanna take into account the angle of the bed when its tilted to help you get it the way you want it. The less bed length you have behind the axle the steeper it is. I've loaded stuff on trailers with such steep angles you almost needed to be an acrobat to get stuff far enough on it to level it out.

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Dewd!! WTF?? I thought you were an frickin' engineer!?
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Dewd!! WTF?? I thought you were an frickin' engineer!? Tilt trailers pivot on the axle/wheels when you remove the pin that secures the front of the bed to the mid-tongue area. The rear of the toungue is able to pivot on a through-bolt.

this is what im talking about. the pic in my previous post shows the frame that does not continue all the way to the rear axle. mine (as showin the sketch) does. thats all i was referring to.

in addition, im not sure if there are additional diaginol braces from the frame, to the torsen (to create a x mas tree look). anyway, heres what my trailer looks like
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this is what im talking about. the pic in my previous post shows the frame that does not continue all the way to the rear axle. mine (as showin the sketch) does. thats all i was referring to.

in addition, im not sure if there are additional diaginol braces from the frame, to the torsen (to create a x mas tree look). anyway, heres what my trailer looks like
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^ thanks dewd. i figured if i drew it, ppl would understand it better than my typed jibberish

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Wow, too much info for me. I'm gonna need some help with this project.
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You also wanna take into account the angle of the bed when its tilted to help you get it the way you want it. The less bed length you have behind the axle the steeper it is. I've loaded stuff on trailers with such steep angles you almost needed to be an acrobat to get stuff far enough on it to level it out.
Yea, something important to note if you decide to mount the tongue all the way to the axle. The less bed length behind the axle, the steeper the angle when it's tilted.

I'm just gona stick to the plans, start changing stuff and crap goes wrong on me. Don't wana be working on this thing when it starts getting cold. Plus I'm going on a 2 week vacation this Sat so time is gona start to fly.




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Well believe it ,or not I understood what PI500 was tryin to say. The pivit point on my trailer is mounted to the trailer bed frame right above where the axle is. My axle is mounted so I have 4.5ft off the back, and 3.5ft. to the front. This way I have about a 20-30 degree tilt. My trailer is the old style though. 8'Lx6'W.

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