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Making the best of my utility trailer

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by Classy63, May 10, 2021.

  1. May 10, 2021 at 4:31 PM
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    Classy63

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    So I bought this 5x10 utility trailer with a 3500 pound axle for $700 about a month and a half ago. It was in pretty good condition, but I can’t leave anything alone... it didn’t have a spare, I wanted more support for the heavier loads, and I want it to be pretty for a trailer. I also need the trailer a bit taller because my truck is taller and I am running a 6” drop hitch and with heavier loads, I dislike the angle of the trailer.

    So, it has been just used and abused since I bought it, but I put in an order for sumo trailer springs, new wheels, falken wildpeaks, and red leg nuts!!!

    and this week when I was waiting for metal, an idiot backed his trailer into mine and busted the tail light on the passenger side of the trailer... so now I am considering breaking out the grinder and welder and coming out with a “custom” solution.

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  2. May 11, 2021 at 2:11 PM
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    Classy63

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    And installed! Lifted the trailer at least an inch, and here are the new tail lights.

    I flared the fenders and I have a 3rd wheel and tire to go on the spare, but it wouldn’t fit, I am going to have to cut and weld something different

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  3. May 13, 2021 at 7:24 AM
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    Classy63

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    I took the trailer out for it’s first run with the new wheels and tires yesterday. Drove great and I loved the extra width so I could see the tires in the mirrors. Loaded down, it rode well, I was worried about suspension bottom out, but it never hit the fenders.

    This morning I had some time between installs, so I installed my sumo springs. I cut the first rib off and bolted it to the board (I know wood isn’t the best for this support, but it will do for now until I add a metal strap). My trailer is loaded down with about 2000-2500 pounds right now, and it lifted the loaded trailer about an inch. I was going to make longer shackles for the leafs, but I think this will work this way. I no longer need to worry about the fenders hitting the tires during suspension bottom out and this will bring the trailer to damn near level when loaded. Assuming it rides well, I should be done with anything to do with height or suspension. With the suspension unloaded, the sumo springs barely touch the axle. I didn’t want the trailer to be a pogo stick.

    I have a new weld on swing jack coming because I hate having a straight up and down jack... then I can modify the spare tire mount to accept the bigger wheel and tire. Then some paint and new lights.

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  4. May 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM
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    Extended the spare tire mount, mounted the 3rd wheel and tire for the spare, welded on the new swing out jack, I hated the old one... I would bottom out on it at the metal yard. I also installed the new tail lights since the passenger side stopped working since some backed into my trailer and shattered the plastic.

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  5. May 18, 2021 at 7:34 PM
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    Sumo springs in a trailer. Not a bad idea!

    Nice build Tyler!
     
  6. May 18, 2021 at 8:04 PM
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    Thank you, boards need to be replaced soon, I will add some better support under the trailer where the sumos go. I am also considering making longer shackles to lift it alittle more. Unloaded it can be a bit bouncy
     
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  7. Jul 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM
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    Classy63

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    Well, it was fun, but I have heavily outgrown the trailer and it is for sale, I just picked up this beauty today

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  8. Jul 21, 2021 at 8:12 PM
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    I love threads like this. thanks for making spend more money @Classy63

    My utility trailer's leaf springs are directly under the frame, making it super easy for some sumo springs.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2021 at 8:33 PM
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    Correct, I was going to make longer shackles aswell, I think I am going to sell it to be an expedition trailer.
    I am thinking about test fitting the big wheels and tires from my little trailer on the big one
     
  10. Jul 21, 2021 at 9:06 PM
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    Can't wait for your new trailer "for sale" ad when you need 5200 lb axles...LOL
     
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  11. Jul 21, 2021 at 9:39 PM
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    I would be lying if I haven’t thought of that already…

    it is 2 3500 pound axles, I am assuming I can run a bit over 5000 pounds, so about double what my other trailer could do. Plus I can haul my car, or farm equipment on it. I am fairly confident that 5200 pound axles would be on a taller deck equipment hauler rather than a low deck car hauler, my little red car is lowered and I doubt it would make it on an equipment hauler

    In all honesty, I need a shop and a fork lift before I need a bigger trailer. I might just start having hot shots pick up and deliver for me
     
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  12. Jul 21, 2021 at 9:42 PM
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    I could only imagine how much plate steel you go through....
     
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