[TowerTalk] Building a Tower Trailer

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 26 16:47:29 EDT 2006

At 01:37 PM 6/26/2006, Dino Darling wrote:
>Sure Kelly, That would be easy.
>To give you some ideas, head down to your local US Rentals and look at a
>"light tower".  I used to build these as well as other traffic control
>trailers.  Our club owns a home built tower trailer and my experience
>with it has taught me what NOT to do.
>You first need to decide how much money you want to spend and if you are
>going to build one from scratch or convert an old watercraft trailer.

Another source of a sturdy trailer to start with would be a used horse 
trailer. They get pretty beat up after a while, but the beating is on parts 
you might well be removing.The actually running gear and frame will be ok, 
but the body and floorboards will be shot.

I think that one thing that most people don't contemplate is just how much 
weight they're going to wind up piling on that poor trailer by the time 
you're done.  A little jetski trailer designed to carry a few hundred 
pounds isn't going to hack it.  To a certain extent, you can limit the 
"piling on", by limiting the size of the trailer, and not providing a place 
to put more stuff. (any flat surface is an invitation to lash on just one 
more thing.. like 400 pounds of ice). 

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