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    Being a National standard for building small...

    Being a National standard for building small trailers, itís be hard for individual States to try and make a change like that go through without a fair uproar from manufacturers.
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    You can, as long as the axle capacity and spacing...

    You can, as long as the axle capacity and spacing is correct, as per the information in Krynís reply.
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    As Karl said, they're a Marine seal. The...

    As Karl said, they're a Marine seal. The retaining ring is Stainless, and the rubber seal is a tight fit on the stub axle. The outer flange of the rubber seal spins against the outer face of the...
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    Having non load-sharing suspension on a trailer...

    Having non load-sharing suspension on a trailer means it's less critical where the load is placed in the trailer. With a load-sharing suspension, any load placed forward of the centre hanger is...
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    Ford Spectron was the people carrier version of...

    Ford Spectron was the people carrier version of the Econovan, and they also are 12" rims at the rear.
    Irrespective of make and model, the big trick is to find wheels that have offset that puts their...
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    Hey Simon. How's your trailer coming along?...

    Hey Simon.
    How's your trailer coming along? Couple of tips if you haven't gone too far yet.
    Firstly, to maximise your carrying capacity, look at increasing the side height from 300mm (12") to 450mm...
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    The varying weights of Horses and whether there's...

    The varying weights of Horses and whether there's one or two is mostly the reason why Horse Floats are built with their wheels much further rearward than the conventional "rule of thumb" for building...
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    Most trailer manufacturers are not set up to do...

    Most trailer manufacturers are not set up to do custom stuff, so do charge quite a bit more for this as they're taking labourers off their bread & butter work.
    Also, the stresses involved in a...
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    Droog is correct. If you make a trailer in your...

    Droog is correct. If you make a trailer in your backyard, according to the National guidelines for building such trailer, you are considered the manufacturer.
    Now, the dictatorship that is each...
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    As John stated, the thing with Galvanising, they...

    As John stated, the thing with Galvanising, they will not put any hollow section tube in a bath without 1/2" holes drilled at either end of an enclosed tube. So I wouldn't worry how "water tight"...
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    Although the question has been answered with...

    Although the question has been answered with generally a resounding ďNoĒ, I think I need to clarify a couple of points.
    Very rarely do trailers have their wheels located on the centre bore as cars...
  12. Not having played with that controller, I canít...

    Not having played with that controller, I canít comment on it, but in general with most installations and controllers, if thereís a short in the blue feed wire that powers the magnets, the system...
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    Correct. Generally, the unloaded weight of an...

    Correct.
    Generally, the unloaded weight of an empty box trailer won't move the shackles too much from their setup point. Once loaded closer to capacity they'll tend to move closer to vertical.
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    OK, now I'm on a PC, the second pic is how...

    OK, now I'm on a PC, the second pic is how they're supposed to be set up.
    //metalworkforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=374533&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1533380570
    And the rule of thumb is a 25mm...
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    Well, having worked for Al-Ko as well as having...

    Well, having worked for Al-Ko as well as having run Melbourne Trailerís repair shop, I think Iím fairly confident in my advice without seeing the pic... 😊😂
    Industrial Spring Works in Adelaide also...
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    Iím on my phone, so I canít see the attached...

    Iím on my phone, so I canít see the attached pics, but the proper way to set shackle springs in ALL configurations (single, tandem, tri-axle) is that if you draw a vertical line through the centre of...
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    Hey Ash. You'd be surprised as to how strong...

    Hey Ash.
    You'd be surprised as to how strong just 1 inch of weld is.
    I do weld along the drawbar where it crosses any of the cross rails.
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    Yep, looks good. I use whatever I have lying...

    Yep, looks good.
    I use whatever I have lying around... :laughing1:
    But yeah, 3mm flat bar on both side would be fine.
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    The best thing about trailers, particularly if...

    The best thing about trailers, particularly if you're handy with a welder, is their ability to be modified to suit your needs. I have done several customer's trailers where I weld in an SHS upright...
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    Looking good Gazza. You could still make it a...

    Looking good Gazza.
    You could still make it a car trailer, but have provision for tying down motorbikes as well.
    The most critical point on a trailer is the drawbar attachment, so have a read...
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    Yes, correct. And the gussets run along the...

    Yes, correct.
    And the gussets run along the cross rail and down the drawbar.
    The picture above Legion put up shows a gusset running down the cross bar and along the drawbar, which will only stiffen...
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    Correct, a new Drawbar will allow you to attach...

    Correct, a new Drawbar will allow you to attach it to the spring hangers. Numerous trailer manufacturers leave this gap as it saves them steel, 100mm per side on every trailer you build adds up to...
  23. The attachment point of the coupling plate does...

    The attachment point of the coupling plate does not have the flexing that the drawbar does where it goes under the front cross rail, so does not suffer the same fatigue fractures at that point.
    As...
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    Hi Ash. Once the drawbar has a crack in it,...

    Hi Ash.
    Once the drawbar has a crack in it, depending on your experience, you'd be better replacing rather than plating, unless you can grind the crack completely out, repair, then plate.

    For...
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    The drama with any type of lock that stops the...

    The drama with any type of lock that stops the coupling being attached to a towball, is that there are instances where I've heard of thieves just hooking up the chains alone behind a stolen car. They...
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    Yeah, probably not a bad idea. I'll try and put...

    Yeah, probably not a bad idea.
    I'll try and put something together and then 'sticky' it. :2tsup:
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    Firstly, sorry to hear about the job. The Knee...

    Firstly, sorry to hear about the job.
    The Knee Suspension you've heard about, used to be called the Symons Suspension, and is a factory fitment to Coromal Caravans. It is manufactured by Melbourne...
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    In addition to Kryn's response, Standard...

    In addition to Kryn's response, Standard run-of-the-mill trailer suspension is short leaf spring, and therefore, has a much narrower range of optimum weight capacity than a car's suspension. Even...
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    Hi Ian. So, if you've just bought a new 2500Kg...

    Hi Ian.
    So, if you've just bought a new 2500Kg GVM caravan, and in the next month or so are upgrading your tow vehicle, why would you want to spend several hundred dollars getting a battery...
  30. I haven't closely looked at a Trik Trailers...

    I haven't closely looked at a Trik Trailers trailer, so I can't tell you anything about their build quality. Generally, a new $500 6x4 will be made from really light material, and from the sounds of...
  31. Have you got any photos of the one you've got...

    Have you got any photos of the one you've got J&H?

    For a new 6x4 trailer, work on the $1 per Kg mark.
    A $500 trailer will be good for about 500Kg capacity.
    A $750 trailer will get you a half...
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    I'd like to add something to this if I may. It...

    I'd like to add something to this if I may.
    It has always annoyed me that the Transport Authorities in each state seem to think that they know better than the National Department of Infrastructure...
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    Awesome stuff mate. Glad it's not just me that...

    Awesome stuff mate.
    Glad it's not just me that takes a while to get back to projects... :;

    And I like your "welding trolley"... I have one just like it. :2tsup:
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    Yes, I wonder how many tyre fitters have actually...

    Yes, I wonder how many tyre fitters have actually towed a trailer with tyres that haven't been balanced...??

    It can make the difference between a dream trip and a nightmare, especially with hitch...
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    :B I wouldn't got to the trouble of retro...

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    I wouldn't got to the trouble of retro fitting the Al-Ko unless you set the trailer up now for the mounts. I would use the trailer as is, then either build an identical one, or by that time you...
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    Loving your work Aufitt. May I suggest... The...

    Loving your work Aufitt.
    May I suggest... The 3mm spacer plate you're fitting under the rear hanger, trim the wide section in front of the hanger and only stitch the plate in so that it can be...
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    You could go to the trouble of putting anti-seize...

    You could go to the trouble of putting anti-seize on the thread, but unless it a commercial trailer used on a daily basis, the amount of times the front spring bolt would ever need to be removed...
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    I take it you mean the Red/Blue polyurethane...

    I take it you mean the Red/Blue polyurethane bushes that are fitted as aftermarket replacements to Motor Vehicles, then yes, they require lubricating with Molybdenum Disulfide grease, otherwise they...
  39. Hi Simon and Welcome aboard. In some cases it's...

    Hi Simon and Welcome aboard.
    In some cases it's like asking to compare Apples with Oranges... let me explain.

    There are two types of axles available for small trailers, either a beam axle or an...
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    Firstly, Welcome Jethro. I gather you'll be...

    Firstly, Welcome Jethro.
    I gather you'll be using your existing floor, and just replacing the chassis...??
    If this is the case, then I'd be looking to use the same perimeter measurements as your...
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    The load rating of the Parallel stub was designed...

    The load rating of the Parallel stub was designed with an "Off-road" wheel & tyre in mind, so should still be 1600Kg per axle, whereas the braking efficiency of the 10" Electric brake with the larger...
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    Sorry naddis, I missed this earlier. As Aufitt...

    Sorry naddis, I missed this earlier.
    As Aufitt has touched on, those ratings/recommendations are from 30+ years ago when cars had 13" and 14" wheels, and 4WD's had 15's & 16". The rating for the...
  43. Thread: Axle alignment

    by Yonnee
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    Measuring the axle being central is the first...

    Measuring the axle being central is the first step, because if it's not central, then triangulating it from the coupling will make it worse.
    Think of an isosceles triangle,...
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    I hear what you're saying Legion. I built a...

    I hear what you're saying Legion. I built a trailer for my Catamaran years ago, and I was quite chuffed on how it turned out. When it when for Rego, it took longer for the Vicroads officer to walk...
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    If you're at the point where the difference...

    If you're at the point where the difference between an 'A' frame drawbar and a straight beam drawbar gives you a slightly better angle, then you're in a pretty tight situation to begin with. And I...
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    If the Hitch receiver on the rear of the Camper...

    If the Hitch receiver on the rear of the Camper is for carrying a bike rack, my concern would be the 1.6mm material of the Camper chassis, not your welding.
    Even if you went to the trouble of...
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    Hi BLKWDW, and Welcome to the forum. I see...

    Hi BLKWDW, and Welcome to the forum.

    I see Kryn has been helping you with your query, even quoting me in the process... :B

    Just want to clarify a couple of things from your options list.
    If...
  48. Thread: Squeaky wheels

    by Yonnee
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    "Squeaking" will generally be the suspension...

    "Squeaking" will generally be the suspension rather than wheel bearings. Buggered bearings will tend to "rumble", but they have to be pretty bad to even get that. While the trailer is on the ground,...
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    Kryn's correct. There's no point having 4000Kg...

    Kryn's correct.
    There's no point having 4000Kg of spring capacity and only 3200Kg of axle capacity. 200Kg is not going to overload a 3000Kg spring set.

    I don't want to speculate on who you spoke...
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    Good to see. :2tsup: I've seen too many over...

    Good to see. :2tsup:

    I've seen too many over the years where Commodore rims are fitted to early Holdens as well as trailers, and it's just a recipe for disaster.

    Looking good.
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