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Old 03-08-2009, 12:45 PM   #15
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I looked at a Compact Jr. (cute trailers), and it seemed to me that the challenge would be (as Steve noted) getting more weight up to the tongue. I say that because there was a lot of storage cabinetry at the back (kitchen, closets, etc.) and only the under-bunk lockers at the front.

I like the idea of placing the proposed items on the tongue and then taking an actual weight - can't beat actual numbers.

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Old 03-08-2009, 12:56 PM   #16
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This is how I did mine.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:32 PM   #17
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What is the tongue weight limit of your tug? You don't say what your tug is. Place the tongue on a bathroom scale and try adding the things you propose and see if you exceed that weight. Find your tug on this website:

http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=42175
Thanks for THAT link, Roger! The tongue weight limit is 350. Even fully loaded with the addition of tire and batter, the tongue weight wouldn't come close. Still, no, I haven't loaded it and put it on a scale. Will attempt that one another night - when my back has healed.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:47 PM   #18
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Chester - I like that, but I don't know how I'd fit the battery out there, too. That's a biggie for me. (Sure, I could rough it like Larry, but I always figured if I was going to move up from tent to trailer, I wanted WATER and LIGHTS. Toilet? meh!)

I really like the shelf idea several of you pitched, particularly Coach George's three-legged approach. That could give me more flexibility to, say, throw the camp chairs up there if needed. Or room for the battery box as it grows (all things seem to grow to fill their space, don't they)?

Larry - always another question from me - did you just weld the tubing support to the crossmember? How's it holding with road vibration?

Thanks SO much for all of your great ideas! HOPEFULLY this mod will be done in time for sharing at San Antonio Lake in May!

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Old 03-09-2009, 01:52 AM   #19
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Larry - always another question from me - did you just weld the tubing support to the crossmember? How's it holding with road vibration?



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JEN--- yes, just welded on. Road vibration is minimal--- think about it, everything inside the trailer survives doesn't it? And your propane tank doesn't come loose, either..... Larry
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:39 PM   #20
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Here's our present arrangement. We moved the spare from the side of the tongue to the center when we removed the propane & added the tongue box.
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OOPS!
I put the photos to wrap up THIS discussion in with my general project discussion.

On another note, related to the trailer tongue, my tongue seems kinda wonky. It appears as if someone may have cut off the original hitch end and then welded either the old one or a new one on TOP of the old channels. So, essentially the WELDS appear to be holding the weight of the trailer. Doesn't seem like a good idea.

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Larry?
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OOPS!
I put the photos to wrap up THIS discussion in with my general project discussion.

On another note, related to the trailer tongue, my tongue seems kinda wonky. It appears as if someone may have cut off the original hitch end and then welded either the old one or a new one on TOP of the old channels. So, essentially the WELDS appear to be holding the weight of the trailer. Doesn't seem like a good idea.

Anyone?

Larry?
Jen-- would need to see a picture of it to make a guess. However, a good weld is just as strong as the metal it joins together. (note that I said a GOOD weld). Prob the reason it was cut off and put on top was a quick fix to lower the tongue height........ Larry
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Jen-- would need to see a picture of it to make a guess.
How's THIS...need another? Happy to post 'em.
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How's THIS...need another? Happy to post 'em.
Jen--- that's certainly no weaker than the rest of the frame. Not exactly the prettiest of welds, but looks like there will be no worry. Larry
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