Today is the first day of rifle season here in Vt. I suspect "Joe the welder" is out chasing the elusive whitetail and by the time he gets back we will have had several snow falls with lots of salted roads. Not good for trailer frames. As such I have lots of time to decide how to proceed.
Roger mentioned his Trillum was different so I went to the registry and had a look, followed by an hour or so of "tongue inspections". We all need a hobby. Roger's tongue is two straight pieces of metal with the tongue section welded on top of the trailer section, making the tongue level. Trillium
Outback does the same thing. Casita's and Scamp's also appear to have level tongues and no upswing. With a level tongue, the battery/ propane
shelf can be welded on the top of the rail. The original Trilliums have one piece rails that are bent up and in to form the tongue. Escape
appears to be doing the same thing. On our California Trillium
they create the same effect by welding each rail from 3 pieces of metal. With this style frame the battery/ tank shelf, which needs to be level, is welded to the upwardly sloping rails on the side. Only the 2010 California Trillium
has the shelf suspended below the rails.
Each manufacturers frame design reflects their solution to the variables of tongue height, head room, trailer height, and ground clearance. Interesting stuff. Raz