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Homemade Trailer Build

I am building a 12ft drive off/on trailer.
Galvanized. This trailer is all bolted, no welding required.
All bolts will be either 1/2" dia or 3/8" dia. See images.

I am asking for advise on my steel member sizes? I think they are adequate enough, just wondering about if anybody has built their own.

Deck will be 2x6 lumber.

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A 2x6 deck will be really heavy. Most single axle trailers with axle/wheels under the deck use 3/4" marine grade plywood.

Make sure your axle and tires/wheels can take the weight of two sleds plus the weight of the wood. You don't want to have an axle that is not rated for the load.

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A trailer that length will handle better with two axles and have more load capacity as well.

As Dan mentioned, be sure to use an axle that can handle the load {2000lb+} and that it is located far enough back to have proper tongue weight or it will wander all over and be dangerous to tow.

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Thanks for the comments!

Marine grade 3/4 plywood is 52# per 4x8 sheet, and I would need 4 sheets with some cut off, this is around 208#. 2x6 lumber is 2# per foot, and I have 426# of lumber, so yeah the lumber is twice heavier. I like the idea using the 2x6 lumber, so I can just replace a board if it gets damaged.

I have 1,247# total weight just the trailer. Add in another 1,000# for (2) sleds and I am at 2,247#.

I think I will use (1) 3500# torsion axle, or I could use (2) 2200# axles, that should handle the weight.

It looks like the torsion axles come in different "start angles" 22 degrees, 30 degrees, 45 degrees and 0 degrees? Any ideas on these start angles? Is the start angle how high the trailer will be with no load? Just wondering and concerned if I use a 22 degree start angle, and the wheel hits the trailer when I load the sleds?



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