[TowerTalk] Building a Tower Trailer

K8RI on Tower talk k8ri-tower at charter.net
Mon Jun 26 18:13:34 EDT 2006

> Kelly, e-mail me off the list and I'll teach you everything I know about
> trailers.

If it's about building a tower trailer, please...do it here.

Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2

> Dino  -  K6RIX
> dino at k6rix.com
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Building a Tower Trailer
>> From: Jim Lux <jimlux at earthlink.net>
>> Date: Mon, June 26, 2006 1:47 pm
>> To: Dino Darling <dino at k6rix.com>, Kelly Johnson <n6kj.kelly at gmail.com>
>> Cc: towertalk at contesting.com
>> 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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