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Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby cmrcmk » Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:56 pm

I'm ready to start my build but the first thing has got to be the chassis. Can anyone give a good overview of what needs to be communicated to a welder besides the measurements of the frame and size of axle and wheels?

Also, if anyone has a welder they can recommend within an hour or two of Durham, NC, that'd be much appreciated.
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Re: Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby tony.latham » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:44 pm

Should I not assume you've included the steel dimensions and thickness?

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This one is 2" .120 square tubing.

Maybe a rotating jack bracket?

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Re: Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby cmrcmk » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:27 am

Tony, that's a good point. Would there need to be a conversation based on expected weight or is 2" eighth inch square tube The Answer?
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Re: Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby tony.latham » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:34 am

Would there need to be a conversation based on expected weight or is 2" eighth inch square tube The Answer?


I chose that wall thickness because it's easier to weld than thinner gauge stuff. A proffesional my try to talk you into a thinner gauge rectangular stock which makes sense. The problem with anything thinner than .120 is the axle attachment may need to be beefed up with some angle or something else.

But I'm not the expert. Hepefully someone else might chime in here.

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Re: Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby cmrcmk » Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:13 pm

But I'm not the expert. Hepefully someone else might chime in here.


You certainly seem to know more than me. Thanks for your input.
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Re: Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby dmdc411 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:09 pm

Don't forget tabs to bolt your teardrop down to. Maybe a flat gusset in the corners, and at the cross members. 6 to 8 bolts seems ok! How about leveling jacks at the rear corners?

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Re: Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby cmrcmk » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:47 am

Don't forget tabs to bolt your teardrop down to.

I guess I figured the bolts would just go through the square tube. What advantages do you see to tabs? I've wondered this a couple times as things like DMcCam's blueprints for the Atma Traveler (whose profile I plan on stealing) include them.

How about leveling jacks at the rear corners?

Good point! Thanks.
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Re: Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby tony.latham » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:25 pm

cmrcmk wrote:
Don't forget tabs to bolt your teardrop down to.

I guess I figured the bolts would just go through the square tube. What advantages do you see to tabs? I've wondered this a couple times as things like DMcCam's blueprints for the Atma Traveler (whose profile I plan on stealing) include them.

How about leveling jacks at the rear corners?

Good point! Thanks.
My walls are 1-1/8” thick. Since they sit over a 2” frame, there’s no space for a bolt.



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Re: Ordering a Custom Chassis

Postby cmrcmk » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:54 pm

My walls are 1-1/8” thick. Since they sit over a 2” frame, there’s no space for a bolt.


That makes a ton of sense. Thanks.
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