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Trailer made out of a truck bed

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by chvyhs, Feb 15, 2002.

  1. chvyhs

    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone in California made a trailer out of a chevy truck bed? I want to know how you do it and what it takes to make it street legal. It's a 77 chevy long bed 3/4 ton. I'm taking the 14B FF and putting it in my Sub and my 14B SF is going in the truck/trailer. 3 of us bought the truck and and are parting it out. I'm the one hauling away the pieces. I just thought this would make a good off road trailer with a tow pintle (instead of a ball), some 4" or 6" blocks, and some 33s or 35s. Good for trail clean up and fire wood.

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    The way I've always seen them is basically the frame is cut where the bed is and they weld a hitch on it and ta da!

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    I have one.. I didn't make it.. I bought it. If you need any pics let me know...Dan

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  4. chvyhs

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    A few pics would be a lot of help. Do you know how to do the inital registration? How useful is it.

    Thanks.

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    how 'bout we throw your 14SF under my truck, and your trailer gets a sweet 10B?
    eh?

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    You have to take it to DMV. And they inspect it to make sure all lights work. And if over a certain size it has to have brakes.. But usually not on these trailers.. They then make a VIN sticker for it.. Dan

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    delta9blazer
    I'm willing to help you find a 14 Bolt for your truck. I want to have 8 lug rims on the trailer for spares and if worse comes to worse it's a spare rear end to get me home.

    gokartergo
    Will you be bringing the trailer to Blazer-Fest 3?

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    No, I live here in Hollister.. But if you want we could run out to my house one day. I live about 8 miles from Hollisterhills....Dan

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  9. Ddragggon

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    FWP made a trailer out of my old 3/4 ton pickup. basicaly, its like everyone's said... rip the cab off, cut the frame, at either the front of the cab, and bend the frame into a point for the towing end of it, or cut it off a little before the bed, and weld on some C Channel at the front to hold the trailer hookups stuff. my dad built a trailer for his Jeep, ( he bought an unfinished one) and put jeep hubs on it so he could cut down on the number of `Spare' tires he needed to carry, plus, as you said, it gave him 2 more spares to rotate in as an absolute worst case scenario.

    on another note, do you really want to lift the trailer? the stock 3/4 ton springs are going to make it stand up really tall to begin with, and the suspension isn't going to be flexing out anywhere near as much with whatever you put in it, as with a full vehicle, so fender clearance on tires shouldn't be an issue either.

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  10. chvyhs

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    Lifting it is more for visual effects, so it will match the tow vehical. I have some spare blocks and U-bolts.

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    Can we paint it purty colors?




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    It took me about 10 minutes.

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    One bit of advice- Most frame rails have partial VINs stamped into the steel. Not sure about Cali, (I'm sure they are more restrictive than AZ), But it would be a good idea to take the original truck title (if you have it) to DMV when you have it inspected. They had to run the partial Vin on my trailer, to make sure the original truck wasn't stolen. I almost didn't get it registered that day, but I got lucky. The cop that does the checking just happened to be there that day.

    Rich- I put a lift on the trailer. It was way tilted backwards when I first hooked it up to the K5. Works good now.

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    I was just thinking about this; Wouldn't this be a heavy heavy trailer? It'd be durable and beatable for sure, but wouldn't the frame and bed be a huge load alone?

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    I'm not too worried about the VIN I have the title. I'm not sure if I'm going to lift the trailer. I'm trying not to just so it will be easier to get in and out of it. I want to put at least 36's on it.

    I'm not sure how heavy it will be, maybe 1000lbs? I'm going to gut as much as I can. I'm planning on taking the overload spring out too. How much is too much anyways? I pull a car hauler that weighs 2300lbs by itself. Offraod I'm not planning on pulling a hole lot. Just fire wood and miscellanous junk. It will probably be dropped off at camp anyways. I also want to use it as a truck bed for things I don't want to throw in the back of my carpeted Suburban. We'll see.


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