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Author Topic:   Building a new trailer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 257
posted December 24, 2003 06:28 PM  
When positioning the axles, do I measure from the ball hitch, or where to find where the first axle should be. And if so, what is that distance???

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 431
posted December 25, 2003 02:23 PM  
When building a trailer the Axle needs to be about one foot off center to the rear. That's one foot off center of the deck, do not include the coupler. If this is a tandem trailer the first axle should be about one foot in front of the center of the deck.

The main thing to keep in mind when this trailer is loaded you need at least 10% of the trailer weight on the hitch.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 257
posted December 25, 2003 05:35 PM  
I put the first axle dead center of the deck. then I added the tounge, and it just seems to be too tounge heavy. The tounge is really heavy, and maybe thats why I thought I might have it too far back. It pulls great (although it has no springs), it has NO whip, and follows great. I just doubted the axle placement.

Whats everyones oppinion about axles with no springs. It rides great when the car is on it, but empty, or with something on it with no suspension (wood or hay) it rides terrible. LOL, go figure huh.

[This message has been edited by M1 (edited December 25, 2003).]

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1876
posted December 25, 2003 05:52 PM  
i would have some type of suspension or it will be bouncy, i really like torqueflex type axle(uses a torsion bar inside it instead or a leaf spring) they are nice if you have the extra money,
every trailer i hav built we put the front axle in the middle or a little behind it has been a while sincee i built one. my trailer i tow with has got the front axle like 1 foot behind middle

Dirt Freak

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posted December 26, 2003 01:09 PM  
what we did when we biult ours is from the hitch to the back then went dead smack in the middel singel axel. pulls like a dream

Gene R
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted January 06, 2004 10:22 AM  
Hi, I build trailers for a living and the center between the 2 axles should be 60% back from the front of the trailer. Has nothing to do with the coupler placement.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted January 08, 2004 09:49 PM  
I have always heard that you put the center of the two axels ! inch per foot of trailer behind center. 16 foot trailer center of the axels should be 16 inches past center.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 68
posted January 25, 2004 05:08 AM  
The reason the trailer is towing so well is because the more tongue weight it has the better it will handle. As stated before SLEEPY has a great article in circle track on this subject.

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