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Old August 3rd, 2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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Alright, I'm getting into finishing my trailer. I bought the frame. The deck is 81"X16'. Has a nice heavy frame, nice A-frame in front to a 2 5/16" socket. I got a set of axles that measure out to be exactly 102" from outside edge of rim to the other side. I've had such a hard time searching the SOS website and no one up at my local branch will help out.

I need to know...
  • overall legal width
  • overall legal length
  • max weight empty
  • corner light regulations

I just need to know if I'm getting close to the weight limit mainly. Its built out of 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1/4" thick C-channel and the front A-frame is 4" x 2" C-channel. Then, I gotta add ramps, deck, and angle iron around the outside. The axles I have are way more than needed, but I got them so cheap. They probably weigh 300lbs each themselves.

Oh yeah, there is no problems legally if I run torsion axles, is there?
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 04:23 PM   #2
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idk about the rest of the stuff but as far as weight goes my trailer weighs in at 1500 lbs. mines 20 ft tip to tail has tandem axles and it made of some heavy ass truck frame with steel reinforcement. mines probably 90-100" overall width. had no problem getting plate.
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Iirc the max width to be legal everywhere in the US is 102"
With only a 16' deck you're nowhere near the length limit.
No max weight empty, though staying under 2,500 lbs empty costs less for the plate plus you don't have to get a title ($15). The bottom of this page lists MI Trailer and Trailer Coach Plate Fees: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7...5432--,00.html

Toward the end of this PDF it lists trailers and their light and reflector requirements.
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ve...nts_8583_7.pdf

Another with diagrams of where the lights go.
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/.../Trlrpstr.html

Never heard of any legal restriction against using torsion axles. You just have to tow the trailer level since there is no equalizer to help balance the load between the axles. How much are they rated for? You'll need brakes.

What GVW are you shooting for?
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Thank you so much! Thats what I was wondering on the weight. I'm going to try and keep it under 2,500 lbs

The axles are probably 8,000 lb axles. They were for a 6-8 place horse trailer. They are brand new with 12 1/2" x 2 1/2" brakes.

And, I'll mostly be towing this with a 1/2 ton pick-up unless its a real heavy load. I also have a 3/4 ton van I can use as well.
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