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SXS Hauler Trailer Build

Discussion in 'Trucks, Trailers, & RV's' started by sootman67, Mar 11, 2020.

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  1. sootman67

    sootman67 Ben SXS Nation Rookie

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    Hey everyone, new here but not new to quads/offroading.

    Thought I would document my new sxs trailer hauler project here.

    I'm starting with a 1994 34' camper frame with 8” I-beam main rails and 3500lb axles.

    Goals:
    -As light as possible
    -As low as possible
    -Fit two 2 seater sxs’ + 1 Quad, or a 4 seat/2 seat combination
    -Not require use of ramps by fabbing a dove tail that’s can be climbed up on. (I hate dealing with ramps)


    Currently the plan is as the model below shows, shorten to 24’, leave the center open, a couple drive lanes with e-track, a self-cleaning dove utilizing the cutoff frame rails and some angle, and probably a 4” torque tube down the center to reduce torsional flex (not pictured).

    Currently have bought 3x5x.25 angle to make the drive lanes, new suspension and hangers (to relocate axles and drop 2.5” off the deck height), and a new drop leg 5k jack.

    Picture of current trailer we use as well, weighs 5,500lbs empty and makes the windshields act like a sail on the highway.
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    Looks like a cool project. With the dove tail I doubt you would need ramps with most machines. Keep us posted.
    I’ll take that goose neck off your hands if you want to free up some space:)
     
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    I plotted out the dove to tire relationship too, I think even stock machines will be able to climb up it. Annotation 2020-03-09 133625.png Annotation 2020-03-09 133709.png
     
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    Here is a camper frame I but together a couple years age.

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    You clearly have more knowledge and skill when it comes to planning and mocking this stuff up than I do. I would do it and if the machine wouldn't clear the ramp....I would just get bigger tires :)
     
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    Well my pioneer buddy can't really put bigger tires on, 28 from 27 is all he can fit. My 30's will climb anything. I ask him everyday when hes upgrading to a Talon lol
     
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    Got a lot done in the wake of our state being shutdown. Little more left to add then flip over to finish weld all the new stuff in.

    The tube down the center made all the difference in torsional stiffness. 20200324_111518.jpg

    Climbed right up onto dove with 4wd. Stock 26" tires.
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    Fabbed the dovetail piece by piece.
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    Looks awesome!
     
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    Looks like a cool project! I love doing thing myself also.
     
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    Definitely looks like a well built trailer. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.
     
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    Thanks guys

    Quick run down on costs.
    Trailer: $200
    Steel: $610
    Spring hangers/jack: $113
    Paint: $20

    Running total: $943

    I'll still have lights, wiring, brake breakaway, and a new coupler, tires, and brake rebuild in costs but should come in well under $2k.

    Did some quick math and my buddy's pioneer should be only 100" tall from the ground. Should be right below truck cab.
     
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    I had originally planned to use e-track down the length on both sides but that's a lot of drilling and tapping through the 1/4" angle iron.

    Instead I've decided to use 8" chunks of L-track where the wheel nets will land. 20% of the cost of this trailer will be those and Macs wheel nets lol
     
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    I have some Mac's stuff. A bit spendy, but SUPER nice. I like L track, but I would probably just use e-track and thru bolt it down. A nice cobalt bit will drill that steel easy. If you or your buddy ever switch machines you wont have to move the L track around.
     
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    I would agree with Seastacker E-track then the trailer would be more universal able to strap anything down! but then again I may be a little bias IMG_20180711_201048443.jpg
     
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    I may end up with L-track down the entire length but in reality there's only a handful of machines that'll be used on it at first. All equal wheelbases.

    Got a price estimate on having it galvanized, pricy but would look awesome and last forever.
     
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    Just food for thought if you can find a scrap semi trailer or one that's been wrecked like a tow yard or scrap yard may get the Galvanized E-trac rather cheap! That's how I got mine. Trac is like new with no sign of use and got 1 strip out of a 53 foot trailer that had been rolled paid 40 bucks for the length I took it out cut what I needed and gave what was left to a friend the trailer had 6 strips the full length on the inside 3 on each side wall
     
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