working on it wrote:ekim952522000- Looking good, and you're building it for off-roading from scratch...not trying to modify it later, as I will be doing, as I get more free time-retirement-. Yours is 5x10, mine is 4x8, but similarly shaped. Even though I'm not contemplating "rockcrawling", ever, just soft-roading at most, one point of concern for me is the rear departure angle on my trailer (even after taller tires- to be added later-), is not great enough to yet cross gullies or even bar-ditches. Your design may face the same problem. Consider an up-angle at the rear of your frame; on a longer trailer (than mine) you can move the interior features up and away, just enough to create that angle...I may be limited to adding a skid plate and re-configuring my stabilizers to accomplish "crossing the bar"-ditch.
alaska teardrop wrote:Looks good Mike,
Two more suggestions. First, instead of welding the front wall center post, weld a 'T' flange top & bottom so that it can be riveted or screwed in place. This would allow easier access for working on the interior & fitting the larger interior panels. The front wall can then be completed sometime near the end of your build.
Second, rather than laying the 1x2's flat, install them on edge (vertically). It would make for a stronger floor & you would have the ideal platform for an aluminum floor. I know that you mentioned tucking plywood & insulation on top of the cross members & within the perimeter frame, but how will it be supported around the perimeter? By attaching a full sheet of aluminum, the underside will be protected, no pockets for moisture to collect & no wood to rot.
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