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Re: START HERE~ Forum Suggestions ~ Trailer builds & More

Postby Zipline65 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:13 am

We have decided to attempt a build on a 5x8 trailer. I have poured over threads on pros and cons of the different trailers. I'm not concerned about our ability to build the actual teardrop but I feel like the information on the trailers is in a foreign language. My first question is weld vs. bolted. If we use a kit and only bolt it together, will we need to check the bolts regularly to make sure everything is still tight? Once we have the trailer I am sure we will have more questions but there is so much great information about construction here that I feel that we should be able to work our way through step by step.
Thanks for any help.
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Re: START HERE~ Forum Suggestions ~ Trailer builds & More

Postby bobhenry » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:35 pm

The bolt together trailers have nylock nuts in the kit. These act like a high tech lock washer. I personally feel there is no serious concern with having your trailer unbolt itsself. Just be sure you tighten them well on the first try. These nuts are a one use thing and are best replaced if you have bolted and unbolted the same fastner.

There are trailer bargains elsewhere... I picked up this one used for $250.00 and simply sawed off the side rails where I didn't want them.

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Re: START HERE~ Forum Suggestions ~ Trailer builds & More

Postby Zipline65 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:36 pm

Thanks for the information, Bob. I've been watching craigslist Chicago for a used trailer religiously.
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Re: START HERE~ Forum Suggestions ~ Trailer builds & More

Postby NCBooger » Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Just an FYI. In Steve's first post all of the links i tried are dead. Maybe my computer here at work but I don't think so. :( Still alot of good information here though! ;)
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