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anyone whos built a pickup bed trailer:

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by R77K10, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. R77K10

    R77K10 Banned

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    im probably gonna make a trailer out of the 85 k-20 truck

    i need to knwo from someone who has made one how much frame rail length fron the front bed panel forward you used and where you made the cut and bend in the rails- the length


    and how accurate do you really have to be as far as centering the fornt end where the ball goes

    does it have to be totally precise? or will it pull fine if youre a little bit off ?

    how do you check/know ?


    and where online do you buy the hitch deal to weld on ?

    nohing local has anything like that i live out in cornfields no where

    what weight rated one to get ?

    same as what the bumper that will be puling it is ? or ?

    500 and 2000 ? or ?

    laymans terms only please lol


    thanks
     
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    Try WalMart for the coupler (hitch deal), I have bought them there before.

    I just get mine close to center by sight and all of them have always pulled fine.

    I cut my frame just behind the front cab mounts. Then I cut small V notches in the top and bottom of the frame rail near the rear cab mounts so I could bend the frame rails in. For the hitch, I cut two lines in the frame, then bent the sides out to slide the box iron in, then welded the side of the framerails to the box.

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    You need the ball centered as much as posible. To check it measure from the front center of the hitch to the center of each axle. When you get it within a quarter you should be okay.

    do a search for bulldog trailer hitches, they can get you the hitch.
     
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    They're only about $13.00 at walmart
     
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    We did one out of an old K30 for our scrap steel. Works well. We cut the frame off just before the rise or around about the front body mount. Made for a nice long tongue. Notched top and bottom and bent toward center. Cut a plate to put a Square tube through and that plate was what the frame was welded to at the front. Attached the tube to a fabbed crossmember and put the coupler on.
     

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