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Old September 30th, 2008, 08:40 PM   #1
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What's the Legal on widening a trailer ??
I think it's 101" max width ??

i just plan on bumping the deck out to the same width as the fenders so i think im good there.. i just want to be able to put 2 quads next to each other on the back..

these are really the best shots i have of the trailer.. its a 18' USA trailer sales Car hauler.. 2' beavertail..

I plan on widening it from right behind the fenders to the end of the trailer..


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Old September 30th, 2008, 08:49 PM   #2
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do it. nothing to it. id use 2x4 or something similar at a 45 to the width taht your looking for. sorta like a triangle down the side and weld on the metal or wood that you want to use. sounds easy and will be more then strong enough to support a wider truck or the quads that you will be hauling. i tend to over build things and make them to heavy so any tubing will work. or bend up some schedule 40 tubing at work ad do it that way. easy to do it.
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Old September 30th, 2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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do it. nothing to it. id use 2x4 or something similar at a 45 to the width taht your looking for. sorta like a triangle down the side and weld on the metal or wood that you want to use. sounds easy and will be more then strong enough to support a wider truck or the quads that you will be hauling. i tend to over build things and make them to heavy so any tubing will work. or bend up some schedule 40 tubing at work ad do it that way. easy to do it.
never thought about doing it with tubing... i was gona do C channel thats what the rest of the trailer is made of..
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Old September 30th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #4
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be a cheap way to do it. seen it done once before i think and it turned out well for widing a trailer. thats what i would do.
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Old September 30th, 2008, 09:42 PM   #5
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sorta like a triangle down the side and weld on the metal or wood that you want to use.
how do you weld wood?
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Old September 30th, 2008, 09:44 PM   #6
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ok sorry. screw down the wood of choice.
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Old September 30th, 2008, 09:53 PM   #7
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how do you weld wood?
dude, you've never welded wood before. you just gotta pre-heat it good with a torch then you can weld it tig, just make sure you use sticks from the same kind of tree for filler rod
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i wanna say legal width is 108"
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Hmm.... I could be wrong, but I always thought 103"? Maybe I should look it up.
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Old September 30th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #10
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Ha! Looks like we're all wrong... it's 102".
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Old October 1st, 2008, 03:38 AM   #11
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haha, i was thinkin you guys were all morons. you had it surrounded!
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how do you weld wood?

you first need to drive a bunch of nails into the wood, and then paint it with the fake chrome stuff, but dont use the cheap paint, the high dollar stuff has more metal in it....oh, and keep a bucket of water handy, in case the wood catches on fire...
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Here's what I'm working with. It's old, it's ugly, but its heavy duty as fawk. Tires are a dime a dozen mobile home Load Range E tires, and they use the old donut rims still.

And yea, 102 is the magic numba. I'd like to widen my trailer so it's around 7.5'-8' wide (90-96"). The reason I want it wider, is becuz the axles I'm using are fullwidth 60's, and the WMS on them is 69", well I measured one of the 44s I had sitting there, and from the WMS on the rim, to the outside of the tire is 9", so I added 18" (9" per side) to the 69" axle WMS-WMS width, and came up with 87" wide. I figure if I can take the trailer out another 4 or so inches beyond that, I'd be happy, for different width rims and tires and since I'm lookin at possibly doin Rockwells on down the road.

Hopefully this winter, maybe next spring, I plan on tearing the trailer apart and rebuilding it and doing kind of like you're saying with widening it. That's the only problem with it right now. As you can see, the frame on the trailer needs some TLC baaaad, or just a full rebuild / replacement.












And here's a trailer similar to ours, cept with a C-channel frame, and tubing for the parts he widened it...actually it's very similar though to what I'd like to do. Cept' I'd like to have fenders. Either driveover type, rubber, or a removable type. I'm also a big fan of the school bus....



Hope this helped ya see what tube might look kinda like....

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Old October 2nd, 2008, 10:12 AM   #14
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Make drive-over fenders.

JCR did my old trailer that I SOA'd, if anyone ever saw it. Atakrator here on GL has it now. They did a great job, too. Took the entire length of the deck out to the edge of the fenders, made me some nice & strong drive-over fenders that were framed with square tube, recessed all the lights, and beefed up the tongue a lot. I think every trailer I own in the future will have drive-over fenders like that one did.

It was the perfect height to tow behind my Ram. I miss it.
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Make drive-over fenders.

JCR did my old trailer that I SOA'd, if anyone ever saw it. Atakrator here on GL has it now. They did a great job, too. Took the entire length of the deck out to the edge of the fenders, made me some nice & strong drive-over fenders that were framed with square tube, recessed all the lights, and beefed up the tongue a lot. I think every trailer I own in the future will have drive-over fenders like that one did.

It was the perfect height to tow behind my Ram. I miss it.
Any pics of your old trailer?
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Old October 6th, 2008, 09:13 PM   #16
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I just wana widen it behind the fenders.. so i can put 2 quads side by side on the back behind the s10.. will prob have to put the s10 on backwards though to keep from too much tongue weight...
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Old October 6th, 2008, 09:21 PM   #17
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Ive been thinking of having some tube bent for fenders, then I have some conveyor belt to lay over it.

Good idea??
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Old October 8th, 2008, 07:20 PM   #18
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Ive been thinking of having some tube bent for fenders, then I have some conveyor belt to lay over it.

Good idea??



Yea, I've seen that done a lot.....as long as the conveyor belt is good thick shit, you should be fine.....
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Hell, I would just use Schedule 40 and a Harbor Freight Kinker.

no need to pay someone with a tube bender or to pay for HREW
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In some states the 102 are only allowed on US federal hi-ways and interstates systems.
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