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  • sofldist
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    I thought I posted this the other day but for some reason it did not post

    I'm starting to really think about tail swing. I'm thinking of dismissing this and just build an aluminum trailer. I went to the trailer store today and looked at some flatbed trailers. I'm thinking around a 6' X 10' trailer. I liked the aluma MC-210 trailer. I would build it as a tilt trailer. I noticed that the tilt trailers do not have any storage or tool box upfront. Most likely it would not tilt with the weight. Take a look at the 8220 tilt trailer. It starts to tilt behind the platform. How do I make that hinge?

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  • Olivero
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    Haha, well there you go.

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  • ryanjones2150
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    Mmmm...helga is pretty much a home body. Probably be easy to bring the RV to helga. She gets cranky when I ask her to move.

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  • Olivero
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    Haha, I would jump in on this If I could. Ryan could bring Helga, would be great

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  • sofldist
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    As long as it's cheap whiskey I can afford it.
    I'm hoping Friday I can make a mock up of what I want and then figure if it will work or even worth it

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  • ryanjones2150
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    Use steel and make it hydraulic. <br />
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    Build a lift like the one that was on it, or is that not big enough? <br />
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    I think there's probably good reason why these types of trailers aren't in mass production. Surely the RV accessory capitalist pigs would've exploited it by now. <br />
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    I think it's a cool project, but I think my fee has gone up to a 5th of cheap whiskey.

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  • Olivero
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    Okay.... Hmm, well.

    I am fairly confused at this point. Is the whole thing aluminum? including the top deck? Like a sheet of aluminum will be on top of the sub frame that is made of 1" or 2" square?

    If you use aluminum, I guarantee you it won't last as long as steel, Aluminum might have a shear strength that is acceptably close to steel but it will get worn down way faster than steel as it is just generally softer. Depending if there is any weight load on the hinge or not will be the decision maker on this, if its holding weight, make it steel and make it work. If its not holding weight and acts as a "leveler" then it can probably be made of aluminum.

    Where is the hinge on your last drawing?

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  • sofldist
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    Originally posted by Olivero View Post
    So, 3 wheels? The longer platofrm sticking out is just for the bike?
    Yes.
    I'm also looking to store some chairs and such on the platform

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  • sofldist
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    olivero, that's not it. the part in front of the hinge will get bolted to the frame. It's job is only to pull the platform forward when driving the RV.
    If I used a steel hinge how would I attach it to the aluminum.
    It's not going to collapse onto itself. I'm going to raise it up either hydraulically or manually. That's why I need it as light as possible.
    I have a hydraulic pump since the last owner had a motorcycle lift on the back. He sold the lift, but the pump is still there.

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  • Olivero
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    So, 3 wheels? The longer platofrm sticking out is just for the bike?

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  • sofldist
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    I've been thinking of tail swing and you guys just made me think harder about it. If I design it like this it should reduce the swing

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  • Olivero
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    Well, What do you mean "in front of the hinge"?

    Are you planning on having a wheel under each platform? That way if your going down a dip, one of the pieces will bend down with the hinge while the other half is still supported as it will otherwise loose support and both pieces will sag. See drawing.

    I would not use aluminum for a hinge like this, in this case, I think steel is your better option, Aluminum is just too easy to grind and cut, its a softer metal so the rod will wear it out in no time. For hinges, use steel. Yes, aluminum hinges do exist but I would not use one here.

    Now, is that drawing what you had in mind? The whole collapsible idea to make it less space consuming, etc.

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  • sofldist
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    Originally posted by Olivero View Post
    Weeeell. The whole having 2 hinged pieces so its a fully collapsable trailer seems a bit iffy. I could see one piece of metal folding but I would not trust both. You don't want to end up with all of the trailers weight being held by a hinge, you need to have some support for it and unless you can find some really strong hinges to hold it, I would not trust it.

    I am all about making things work and figuring out how it can be done but it also needs to be safe and somewhat standard, inventing something new is not incorrect but you are starting from scratch.

    I attached a drawing of what I am understanding from you, a side view is much more usefull in this application than a top view as all the structure and features are under it which I can't see how or where they connect in your drawing.
    Yes, that's pretty much it. In front of the hinge there is no weight, it's only a support to connect the platform.
    The hinge I was thinking of using 1" aluminum tubing cut into 1' pieces and a steel 1" rod as the pin.
    Would this type of hinge work?
    It has to have a hinge or when going up an embankment such as a driveway it would put too much stress on the RV and trailer.
    My bike is in the shop right know I should have it back before next weekend. I bought some 2" X2" lumber and I will make a mock-up of what I'm thinking when I get the bike back

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  • ryanjones2150
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    Some of our fire trucks here have a good bit of tail swing, especially our areal apparatus. It's not uncommon to wipe out someone's Mercedes a few times a year while making simple maneuvers through a parking lot or something.

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  • Olivero
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    Weeeell. The whole having 2 hinged pieces so its a fully collapsable trailer seems a bit iffy. I could see one piece of metal folding but I would not trust both. You don't want to end up with all of the trailers weight being held by a hinge, you need to have some support for it and unless you can find some really strong hinges to hold it, I would not trust it.

    I am all about making things work and figuring out how it can be done but it also needs to be safe and somewhat standard, inventing something new is not incorrect but you are starting from scratch.

    I attached a drawing of what I am understanding from you, a side view is much more usefull in this application than a top view as all the structure and features are under it which I can't see how or where they connect in your drawing.

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