I am 100% committed to making a trailer. I am going to use this
which I won on a GovLiquidation auction. This bed is 6' by 11" and is
VERY sturdy, has sides, nice tiedown attachment points etc. It is a
very serious bed. You can click on pictures
Its weight is probably about 800 lbs. That's based on my trying to
lift its one corner and their official weight listing.
I have a few questions.
1. Ball vs. lunette coupler. I have a combo hitch that doubles as both
ball as well as lunette. So, my question is what is better to put on
trailer's tongue, ball or lunette coupler. Lunette couplers seem to be
easier to hitch and unhitch, and more idiot proof. They might clang a
little when I brake, etc.
2. Brakes. I have a full size Silverado 2500HD pickup. Up to what
capacity can I, if ever, get away with not having brakes.
Second related question, is that sensible to go with electric
brakes. I believe that my truck has a proper adapter for electric
3. Axle capacity. Someone local is selling a nice condition
(supposedly) axle with 3,500 lbs capacity. The price is $125. It comes
with wheels and has no brakes, though the seller claims that brakes
can be easily added. Would that he a sensible capacity for a trailer
(based on your life experience) after subtracting 1,000 lbs of trailer
weight. (2,500 or so hauling capacity).
The alternative here is to buy a 5,000 or 6,000 lbs new trailer axle
with electric brakes and no tires, for about $400. Then I would need
to buy tires.
4. Trailer height. I want this to be a low trailer, not crazy low but
easy to load and unload, add ramps, etc. Especially given that there
is crosswise ribbing beneath the bed, which makes it a little
What options to I have for mounting the axle a little closer to the
bed, without compromising safety.
5. Framing (related to 4). The bed is quite sturdy. Underneath it, I
want to weld on some 2x4 rectangular steel tubing pieces (1/16"
thick?), lengthwise, at the distance equal to distance between axle
springs, and connect axles to those pieces. These 2x4 tubing pieces
would be laid with width of 4 and height of 2 inches. The tongue would
probably be mounted on 2x4 or 3x4 piece in the middle, properly welded
to frame and also to the two tubing pieces above, to form a triangle
of sorts for rigidity.
Does it make sense?
15 years ago