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Rebuilding a utility trailer

Postby Dave Smith » Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:11 pm

Rebuilding utility trailer. I bought this old trailer at a garage sale. It is heavy duty for a 4x8 trailer. The frame is made up of 3 and 4 hot rolled car channel, not cold rolled. The axil and hubs
are heavy duty. New bearings cost me almost as much as I paid for the trailer. It had no deck.
I wonder what it was made for in it’s previous life. It had clips welded to hold something on top
that I ground off. It originally had hydraulic surge brakes that were shot, so i removed them.
710 X 15 light truck tires.
I wire wheeled, primed and painted it. I added stake pockets and will fabricate side boards.
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Re: Rebuilding a utility trailer

Postby Fawteen » Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:10 pm

Nice work Dave! That'll be a rugged trailer when you're done.

Out of curiosity, is there a way to tell hot-rolled from cold-rolled steel without knowing where it came from?
What do you mean I can't do that?

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Re: Rebuilding a utility trailer

Postby Dave Smith » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:12 pm

Hot rolled will have more squared corners on the outside.
The legs inside will be thicker at the base of the web with a rounded apex.
I have handled hundreds of thousands of tons of structural steel woking for
Bethlehem steel. The structural steel we rolled was marked
Bethlehem USA L. The L stood for Lackawana NY.

Cold rolled is shaped from flat stock and is the same thickness all the way
through with rounded corners.
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Re: Rebuilding a utility trailer

Postby Fawteen » Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:24 am

Ah. Good to know, thanks!
What do you mean I can't do that?

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Almost done

Postby Dave Smith » Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:59 pm

All I have left to do is wire up the lites.
I am disapointed in the quality of plywood, 3/4 inch pressure treated almost $50 a sheet.
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Re: Rebuilding a utility trailer

Postby Fawteen » Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:40 pm

Yup, the crap that passes for lumber these days is disgusting. Especially at these prices.
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Re: Rebuilding a utility trailer

Postby curtludwig » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:51 pm

Prices for plywood trees are through the roof. Even poplar (quaking aspen) is desirable for use in OSB.
Dad had a buddy who took a snowmobile trailer (about 1000#) of yellow birch to the mill and came home with almost $2000...


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