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    My 4 place trailer project

    I just thought I would post my trailer project for you guys. It took about a month and a half from start to finish. Most of the time was spent waiting on steel. The work was all done by myself and a couple buddies of mine in my garage with very basic tools, chop saw, welder, cut off wheel, grinders well as lots of cobolt drill bits and wrenches. The plasma was loaned to me about 90% of the way through the build. The steel is all 3/16 thickness. All bolts where we were able to were grade 8. Everything that was able to be removed from the trailer, was and replaced. All lights, wires, brakes, tongue, etc. I tried to pay attention to as much detail as I was able to. Only thing that wasn't done that I kind of wished would have been was getting the whole frame sand blasted. I was told that it would destroy all of my wires that were on the trailer and the brake lines and I didn't want that, this ended up happening anyway. I used POR15 for my primer then the same paint code as the truck and 3 coats of clear. The goal was to have the trailer match the truck. The weight of the boat is far more than the skis that replaced it. The total weight with truck/trailer is 14,400lbs of which 8,500 is truck. So trailer and ski's come in at around 5,900lbs. I welcome all comments and would love to hear what you guys have to say as far and problems etc. I'd love to build a 6 place from scratch this year, however I doubt I'll be able to sell mine as there is not much need for them. Let me know what you think, Thanks!

    This is what the boat/trailer looked like when I got of.. then I had to get rid of the boat. I tried everything..
    To my true amazement, many people want it, they just didnt know what to do with it. After no one following through with wanting it after 24 hrs I just took it to the local dump.
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    Here is the trailer in my garage before we started.
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    All the bunks and fenders removed.
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    3 ft extension off the back. I wasn't sure I needed it at the time, however I was glad we did this. The tube that goes from side to side is welded in the middle due to us using 3ft drops that I got for free, this was prior to be buying any steel.
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    Boredom playing with instragram. It was one of the welds
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    The front trying to make it wider.

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    Another angle of the front

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    The rear, fender extensions maybe? Not sure what they would be called.*
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    Poles up, boards just laying in place.

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    bought some aluminum diamond plate and just have it laying in place.

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    Bolted one side of the rails and put skis on it.. I wanted to know I was going in the right direction

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    Same thing.. different view

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    Playing with instagram and plasma cutter.

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    Diamond Plate cut and laying in place. I did put 2x8 under the walk way to give it strength as it is very flimsy. I didnt want to spend an arm and a leg on this stuff when my solution was far cheaper and probably works out better.

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    Rear behind the fenders.

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    Winches welded up. I am very anti wench I didnt want them on here at all, but I was forced into getting them. The cuts were very hard because of the angles, they were fish mouth(?) in place and I have to say, they turned out amazing. I couldn't ever have imagined that I would have liked them like I did. I'm glad I have them.

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    Another view, you can see where we welded on a piece on the bottom to make it straight with the frame. This was due to using a drop that was a little short on that side.

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    This is nose stop for 2nd ski. They are adjustable up and down, as well as folding flat.

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    Just a pic of them laying flat.

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    Just a pic of the trailer with first coat of POR15 (DO NOT GET THIS STUFF ON YOUR HANDS, IT DOESNT COME OFF EASILY)

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    I can Only see about half the pictures... Nevermind they're working now! Nice build!!

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    Finished Product

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    Now to put some ski's on her.

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    Ignore the little boy in the pics.. haha

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    I hope you all don't mind me blowing it up with pictures.. if you have any questions, comments, concerns. I'd love to hear them. Share your thoughts.

    Thanks guys!

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    Anyone have any idea why not all the pictures are showing up? If I go to edit post, then save them they show fine, but as soon as I leave the thread then open it up again, some are hiding again.

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    That turned out great! There is nothing like building and fabbing yourself, I added a keel roller to my boat trailer yesterday, when I called my buddy to let him know I was coming over to build a bracket that I could have bought for $35.00 his reply was "cool see you out there, we will spend $45 in material and an hour worth of time to build it LOL" actually built it out of scarp though. I am a fan of doing everything you can instead of buying it. Love the trailer!

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