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Flatbed
July 08, 2015 08:45AM
So, the flatbed trailer i bought to haul the rally car is getting an overhaul. I towed Kobayashi's car once, my car a couple times, my other rabbit a few times and the wife's car across country. Soooooo.....only one brake is wired in. The other is just hanging out in mid-air. 14 boards, 7 bolts per board and only 3 boards didnt have any bolts break or already broken. 3 boards did not have and good bolts (all broken).

Gonna rewire the entire trailer and add in reverse lights.
Have the new boards, waiting on hardware.
Gonna mount a winch for pulling cars on (was so much fun to use ratchet straps to get the rally car on afterwards)
Gonna perm mount the tool box up front.

Want to mount the spare (possibly 2 spares) somewhere as well. Ideas?

As for the brakes.....any tips/tricks or other things i should keep in mind when wiring in both sides?
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Chad Eixenberger
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Re: Flatbed
July 08, 2015 08:47AM
I really like the tire rack I had added to the front of my trailer.

Holds the trailer spare and a bunch of rally tires.
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Re: Flatbed
July 08, 2015 09:31AM
run ground wires and get some LED lights on the thing. also add a break away kit while you are at it.



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Re: Flatbed
July 08, 2015 10:40AM
I would build a shallow triangle box for the tongue area for tie-downs and to hold the winch battery (can't run the winch off the tow vehicle and make sure you unhook it when you use the winch). Find some of those narrow truck boxes that fit over the fenders like these. http://mobile.walmart.com/ip/Tradesman-Fender-Well-Tool-Box/19584730
I would surely find a use for that framework fore and aft of the fenders since most car haulers don't have that extra real estate.



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Re: Flatbed
July 08, 2015 11:23AM
You towed my truck on it once!

LED lights are great, so much less trouble than the old style incandescent bulbs. A lockable storage box and spare tire are very important. Repack the wheel bearings and don't scrimp on tires!



Robert.

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Re: Flatbed
July 09, 2015 07:45AM
Thats right. Hauled all that and only one brake wired in. Im surprised this thing made that far plus 3500 miles with close to 10k lbs on it.

Have already been looking at LED markers and tails. Have single LED lights Im going to use as back ups. Pretty bright. Found a line on 7-wire cable. Thats a plus. Already has a 7 pin plug, middle pin just not used.

I want to chop off that bar (its hollow square tube) where the winch is mounted and create something new. Like mentioned, a tire rack or something.

Creating a shallow box on the tongue is a good idea. I just had an old truck bed box strapped down there. Too tight of a turn and i hit it though (already did).

Checked again, only one axle has brakes. Would it be worth it to swap out the non-brake axle with one having brakes? Meaning having two axles with brakes? Is it necessary?

Got a line on new axle hardware and bearings.

Already replaced the jack.

Break away kit.... something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-20019-Trailer-Battery-Charger/dp/B0049MF28K


Or maybe I should just skip all this and build one of those micro houses on it.
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Re: Flatbed
July 09, 2015 08:58AM
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Break away kit.... something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-20019-Trailer-Battery-Charger/dp/B0049MF28K

yup. here's all the junk I just put on mine:

http://www.amazon.com/Maxxtow-Towing-Products-70205-Trailer/dp/B008CE0W5Y
http://www.amazon.com/Tekonsha-50-85-313-Shur-Set-Breakaway-Battery/dp/B004I9ZZOA
http://www.amazon.com/Conntek-Inline-Trailer-Junction-6-Feet/dp/B0044YQHT6
http://www.amazon.com/Optronics-Waterproof-LED-Red-Light/dp/B003HFPZZ0/ref=pd_bxgy_auto_img_y
http://www.amazon.com/Convenience-Courtesy-License-Plate-Light/dp/B007V8WBPQ

mine still needs new tires (age not wear) / wheels and a good paint job. I'm lucky that there is a large trailer supply place in town, it's just a matter of going down there but we keep towing to canada instead.



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