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Old 11-04-2022, 08:09 AM
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I'm in Surrey too (at least my shop is) and I've built lots of trailers using tubing. Cap the ends and keep it well painted and it will last a long time--it's not hard to build a trailer without any holes in the frame. Change the width of the frame a bit and weld on brackets for the attachment points for the suspension.

On the other hand, channel would work just fine, I just find it easier to work with tubing.

Shoot me a PM with your phone no. and we can grab a coffee and discuss your project...

Measure twice and cut once...or...wait, was that the other way around?
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Old 11-16-2022, 03:11 PM
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I used a variety of steel when I built this trailer back in Y2K.
The 3"x1/4" angle around the perimeter was overkill but that's what I had.
The 1/2" plywood decking is screwed to 2x2x1/8" angle.
The rest is 2x2x1/8" square tube.
It's a relatively heavy trailer but it has served me well, mostly hauling snow machines and 4 wheelers all over Alaska for the last 22 years

I've had to replace the plywood decking twice, the springs and axle once, and last summer I rebuilt the tongue due a jack knife incident.
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Old 12-04-2023, 02:58 PM
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I'd say go with the 3/16 wall tube. It's a bit on the heavier side, but the added strength and peace of mind are worth it. I remember feeling relieved that I went with the thicker option, especially after loading up my trailer for a big camping trip.

The Timbren suspension system is a solid choice, but it does put more stress on the frame compared to traditional leaf springs. So, that extra thickness in the steel can really make a difference. When I was building mine, I kept looking at how heavy-duty trailers were designed for ideas and pointers. It’s fascinating and super helpful to see how the pros do it!

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