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Old 07-17-2012, 11:34 AM
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Default I need to build a tilt bed trailer

Hi all, I have run up on a deal on a very nice Lathe, I have to move it, and its quite heavy, ( 3600 Lb ) I have been thinking about building a tilting bed car trailer for some time,I am always needing one. I was thinking the best way to get it on a trailer would be to have a tilting bed and winch it up on it......

My question is, has anyone here built one of these types of trailers, there are several designs being built by the trailer manufactures, some are rather in-depth and some are rather simple....any comments will be very welcomed......thanks
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:17 PM
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If this is a one time shot hiring a rollback tow truck would make more sense.
But if it is an excuse for a new trailer, go for it.

I have always like the newer, drop the floor down between the wheels design.
I think they use a parallel linkage type mechanism.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:52 PM
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I know I could hire it out, but I have all the raw steel, would just need to purchase the axels and wheels/tires, and yes a good excuse to build one.

These are some examples...


http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x...e/21436810.jpg

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x...W144649_11.jpg
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:14 PM
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Suggest you borrow or rent one, use it for this job, and
make a list of changes you would make when you do build
your own.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:27 PM
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There would be more builds of trailers like these available to the viewer online if all of them would have been posted without using 'photobucket' as the host for the pictures.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:30 PM
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Hop on PJ Trailers website and look at their T5 line. It's a nice solid tilt bed design.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:26 PM
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If your a top notch fabricator, looking for a little more of a challenge, you can build a roll-back trailer, much like a roll back wrecker, where the bed rolls back, for a lower angle of approach.

Two outfits in Texas build them. I happen to own one. I wanted a tilt bed until I saw the roll back, than I had to have the roll back. I didnt have time to build it, for I was working on the road for several years in a row (I lived on road, made it home for a week about every 9 months). So I ordered it custom built and had it delivered.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:31 PM
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If your a top notch fabricator, looking for a little more of a challenge, you can build a roll-back trailer, much like a roll back wrecker, where the bed rolls back, for a lower angle of approach.

Two outfits in Texas build them. I happen to own one. I wanted a tilt bed until I saw the roll back, than I had to have the roll back. I didnt have time to build it, for I was working on the road for several years in a row (I lived on road, made it home for a week about every 9 months). So I ordered it custom built and had it delivered.
No problem with fabricating, I have a complete machine shop, welding/cutting stuff, I have looked at the roll backs and don't think that's the direction I wont to take, they also look like they would require more steel to build. A tilting design would serve me quite well. Also no problem with the time to build it, I work for myself in my back yard shop, so after I get some customer stuff done I usually work on my stuff for a bit in the afternoon...Thanks for the suggestion...

OH, can someone tell me what's wrong with the Photo bucket links, they are working for me.??
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:39 PM
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I built a tilt bed trailer about 15 years ago to haul forklifts.
Its easy and simple.
I made an A frame type tongue and put a pivot on the ends of the "A".
The ends of the "A" go back under the trailer about 5'.
The pivots or hinge or whatever you call it was made from a big tractor lift bar "eye".
The swivel eyes from a 3 point tractor hitch.
I welded a heavy bracket on the trailer with a hole in it for a big bolt to go through,the bolt goes through the bracket and the "eye".
This allows the tongue to hinge.
More brackets were built to hold it form tilting,up at the front of the trailer.
I use a small hydraulic jack between the trailer frame and the tongue to tilt the trailer.
everybody said it would not work,the pivot needed to be further back etc.
It works fine,didnt add a ton of extra weight .
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