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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2016, 19:26 

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I'm doing my first trailer build and I figured I would put it all together on this tread. The trailer is very solid and is built like a tank. It's a tilt trailer which is something I love. Here is some before pictures.Image stripped down. Image

Because it's a tilt trailer the front trailer support could use some work and the previous owners used a composite wood post for a front support. I would like to change it to a wood bunk, so how would I mount it?Image

Another question for the on the pvc guides. It has the holes on a bracket of the side of the trailer. So can I drill a hole in a threaded pvc cap and bolt it to these holes or is it too much of a strain on the pvc?Image

The last question is the paint is in pretty good shape and under the paint it seems that it is galvanized and I got some self etching primer so there is no need to sand down to bare metal right?


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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2016, 11:03 
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Let's see if we can help..

Because it's a tilt trailer the front trailer support could use some work and the previous owners used a composite wood post for a front support. I would like to change it to a wood bunk, so how would I mount it?

E-Trailer and Overton's have tons of different braces/brackets that will do the job. I imagine a simple carpeted 2x4 with the right bracket will fix you up. Of course, don't use treated lumber.

Another question for the on the pvc guides. It has the holes on a bracket of the side of the trailer. So can I drill a hole in a threaded pvc cap and bolt it to these holes or is it too much of a strain on the pvc?

A PVC Cap will break the first time you put any side-load on it. I'd buy a 24/36 inch threaded steel shaft/ or/ a piece of galvanized pipe ( better) the same size as the hole. Put large fender washers and nuts on the top and bottom. Then, drop your PVC on that upright; drill large holes in the top cap (otherwise air pressure will float it off when you launch); and maybe run a light cord from the top of the PVC to the bottom support as a precaution to keep the PVC from disappearing.


The last question is the paint is in pretty good shape and under the paint it seems that it is galvanized and I got some self etching primer so there is no need to sand down to bare metal right?

If it really is galvanized, and some idiot painted over the galvanizing..I'd lightly wire brush it and re-apply galvanized paint over the top. Why anyone would mess with the best finish for trailers (galvanized) I don't know.

But, I am no paint expert. I'd re-post a simple question "Do I paint over old galvanized paint?" We have some true paint guys on here who can help more than I can. regards, welcome aboard

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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2016, 11:08 
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Oh, while you are at it...you might also consider moving your tail-lights up onto the PVC uprights...to keep them out of the water.

Or, I usually just substitute new LEDs and leave them where yours are now. LED's solve the "immersion into water/bulb blowing " issues. richg99



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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2016, 12:15 

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I got the new led lights. I guess I'll just keep the guides that I have already have.
For the paint I'm really wanting to paint the trailer because that will give practice when I go to my boat.


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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2016, 12:26 
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Your boat, you can do what you want, and you should.

As I said before, though, we have some really good paint guys here.
Post a second thread with your paint (only) question. Someone will pipe in and help.

Even though it is a trailer question, I'd post it in the Boat House section. As it is paint related, I think that you will get a quicker response there.

Remember, some of these guys work, so you may not see an answer till this evening.
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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2016, 15:37 

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Posting the question now. Thanks for your help.


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PostPosted: 23 Aug 2016, 19:29 

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Got the bearing and hubs pulled off and I got one wheel sanded down and primed. BeforeImage afterImage primed Image


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PostPosted: 23 Aug 2016, 20:48 
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Nice work...



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PostPosted: 29 Aug 2016, 06:31 

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Got a little bit done over the weekend. ImageImageImageImage


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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2016, 12:27 

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Got most of it painted. Just got to flip and paint the top side.Image


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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2016, 19:32 

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Image just about got it done.


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Coming along..... Looks good. richg99



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PostPosted: 13 Sep 2016, 05:49 

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Now I'm just waiting on the parts to build the new axle and it will be all done. I got it completely painted and started to put everything back together. Image


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Looks like new.



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Looks really good!

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