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Truck bed trailer tongue height

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dremu, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    That's a tongue twister to say :p:

    Anyway, I'm throwing together parts I have in the yard to make a utility trailer (You Might Have A Truck Problem If... :rolleyes: ) primarily my parts 14B and a chunk of frame off a C&C truck.

    I haven't measured it yet, but it sure LOOKS a heck of a lot higher than my pickup, like the tongue's gonna be waaaay off the ground. Guess it'll be better once I put a bed on it and load it down, but the C&C has some gnarly huge springs on it, so I'd have to put my house on it to load it much. I could pull a few leaves, I spose, but I'm too lazy.

    Spose I could flip the axle over and do spring-under :haha: ... anybody done this and found that the tongue is way high?

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  2. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Hmm, I'm not sure on the tongue height, but that is gonna be one VERY heavy trailer! :yikes: :eek:
     
  3. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Nah, bed'll be half sheetmetal and half 2x4's... and I'll either pull it with my '09 CUCV (*slowly*!) or with my big-block C30 dually. :D

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    But don't forget the 500 pounds of axle, 250 pounds of frame, 125 pounds of springs, etc...
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Well, the 14BFF has been stripped of drums and backing plates, will prolly lose the shafts (I'll make plates for the ends) and might lose the carrier ... but yeah, it's solid. OTOH, it's cheap.

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    Cmoe 1/2 ton status

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    Here is my trailer from a '80 Chevy long bed....
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    I don't know what the tongue weight is. I do know that the frame heigth is about the same heigth as my 74 with 33 and stock reciever hitch.
     
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    I bought (for $50) a '81 C10 with an all steel flatbed and a boom/hoist with intentions of keeping the 14 bolt and then haul the rest for scrap, but after I picked it up I decided I wanted to keep it... but not as a truck, so I made it into a trailer. The hitch height lines up real good with my C1500. I haven'y weighed it yet, but it feels real heavy just pulling it around. Here are some before and after shots



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    What a waste of 14B Full floaters :(
     
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    Yeah, but the one I used is a dually width (not C&C, wiiiiide dually) and set up for IFS trucks etc etc.)

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    I think not...

    Actually, I'd PREFER a 14 bolt FF axle in something like that,that could be potentially overloaded with scrap,etc!..I have a nearly identical setup as Divorced,and it has a Eaton FF 3/4 ton axle under it,on a '62 GMC 2wd frame..only thing that I dont like is its coil sprung..kinda bouncy!..

    I often feared my SF 14 bolt axle would snap an axle shaft off when I loaded that bed and flatbed with lots of weight ,when it was mounted on my 74 K20!..it never gave a lick of trouble though,despite the axle tubes being so rusty they were very thin in spots..never felt at ease about it though..:crazy:
     
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    Yah cause they're so rare and everything.:D
     

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