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  • weekend welder
    started a topic Trailer how big with single axle

    Trailer how big with single axle

    As the title says ,how big of a trailer can be built on a single axle.

    The cargo 180 wheelbase front engine dragster.
    Weight,dragster 1400, toolbox,fueljugs,jack,?,?,? for a total cargo weight of 2000?

    What I would like to build or buy is a 60" x 20' tilting deck single axle trailer with the axle at the 15 to 17 foot mark. If need be a 5000# axle could be used elec brakes would be ok.

    Has anyone seen anything like this. Ive seen vintage photos but nothing new.
    Ive been told if I were to build it myself, I'd most likely never get it registered in PA.

    Any sugestions???


    Frank Aka The Weekend Welder
    Last edited by weekend welder; 04-30-2012, 05:50 PM.

  • 2tay530
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    I would not use the tongue design drawn on those plans. Instead extend the angle all the way to the coupler and use an a-frame coupler. With the design shown, where the frame converges on some form of tubing, you're week point is right at that joint and if you happen to put to much weight on it, it'll bend right there.

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  • FusionKing
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    You can buy a brand new single axle Tracker trailer for a 20 foot pontoon boat.
    There are loads of heavy fiberglass bass boats running around on single axle trailers everyday.
    Single axle trailers manuever and roll very easily compared to tandem.
    That dragster won't weigh crap.

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  • weekend welder
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    design I found on internet

    I am Planning on brakes I never said I would not. A beaver tail design will not work as the ground clearance on my dragster is only 3 to 3 1/2 inches,trust me a tilt deck is what I want and need.

    Attatched is a rendering I found on the net. It is shown with tandem axle, I will be using a single torsion axle 5200 lbs capacity with brakes.

    Frank Aka The Weekend Welder
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  • PA Weldor
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    I agree with the poster that stated it could be scary with only a single axle. With what you want to haul, I'd definitely go double axle. Also, it's law in PA that any trailer over 3000 gvw requires brakes. I've built several trailers here in PA, so I do know the laws.

    If you're looking for a tilting trailer, why not go to a beaver tail design with ramps. Much less hassle than a tilting trailer, especially for your race car. An electric winch up front would help loading a disabled race car.

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  • kevhead63
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    Please just build the trailer this weekend ,and post the pictures Monday.

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  • JSFAB
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    Winches are most likely fixed to the frame, at the height necessary to pull a drag-car onto a tilt-bed. For those who don't know, as the rear of a tilt bed goes down , the front surprisingly enough goes UP!!!!!

    Winches are there for a reason, since any drag/race engine only has so many hours/minutes of running time available, you don't wanna p iss away run time just loading onto trailers.

    None of these look to be modified boat trailers, boat trailers are normally 96" or 102" OD, these look much narrower, plus notice the COG of the trailers look suspiciously close to the COG of the load. Looks like the trailers were built for a single purpose use.

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  • FernTJ
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    I understand why the trailer builders left the winch on the boat trailer, to pull the car on. I still think those are boat trailers because the winches are mounted higher than would be ideal for a low dragster.

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  • Bistineau
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    Originally posted by FernTJ View Post
    They all look like modified boat trailers. Two still have the hand winch in place.
    I would say the hand winch is to load the car on the trailer without using the engine. Ya gotta remember a dragster sometimes blows an engine during a race and can't be driven back on the trailer. Also with such a short trailer it's probably better/easier to control it so as not to overshoot the end of the trailer when loading. Probably not good to have part of the race car on the rear of the tow vehicle for the trip home.

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  • JSFAB
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    Originally posted by weekend welder View Post
    some picks of what I had in mind.
    Especially after seeing these pictures, I fail to see why this is even an issue.

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  • FernTJ
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    They all look like modified boat trailers. Two still have the hand winch in place.

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  • kevhead63
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    Measure up one of those in the picture and build it.

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  • aametalmaster
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    Originally posted by weekend welder View Post
    some picks of what I had in mind.
    Those are some sweet looking cars in those pics...Bob

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  • weekend welder
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    this is what I had in mind

    some picks of what I had in mind.
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  • aametalmaster
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    http://www.gregspradlin.com/blog/vin...agster-photos/
    Hey i have 2 vintage Goodyear Blue Streak slicks. Had them on my '33 Ford in high school...Bob

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