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Old 03-04-2018, 09:30 AM
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real nice fab work-----how many years have u been doing fab work
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Old 03-06-2018, 11:31 PM
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Thanks guys!
Means a lot when your peers notice.

I am a custom home builder by trade (Specialize in lodge styled stuff). Lifelong wood worker, but metal work is more of a hobby. Think I got a mig/plasma about 10 or 12 yrs ago.

Everything crosses over, though. Skills you learn in one medium carry over to the others. Just have to practice the new technique.

Think I'm really lucky in that I'm able to picture things. Always trying to learn new skills. Built all sorts of crazy things

Still lots to eventually learn , though. A few to tackle still:

Never have done engine work, transmissions, rear ends, etc.
Never have learned machining

....and white water kyaking

Did I mention my A.D.D...
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:32 AM
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Trailer fab done, painted, and time to check the fit on the ramp trailer, before I get all the small details done. Better to know now if something needs tweaking. Going to haul the trailer up to the property for "snow trials". Hoping it all works as intended.

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The trailer has 3 modes (hence the "convertible" title)

1) Compact mode- For fitting on, and hauling on the ramp trailer with the cat. This uses the "short" hitch, which is placed in the receiver backwards, and wraps back under to the front, allowing up-close proximity to the cat. You can still get in the back door of the cat, and you can still turn slightly while positioning during loading.

2) Hauling mode- Either 6 ft length (folded up) or 9ft length (folded down into a flat deck). This involves replacing the "short"hitch with the vertically stowed "long" hitch. Later on I'm going to incorporate a snap-on seating bench (against the upright back 1/3 of the deck), this will be for extra seating/sleigh rides (snow cat rumble seat).

3)Ramp mode- The back 1/3 of the deck can be dropped down to a 22 degree ramp, and rests on large rubber bump stops. For hauling snow blower, quad, snowmobile, etc. (sorry, no picture yet)

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Have all the Perf-O-Grip deck panels done, but still needed to finish securing them, so they were left at home.

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The picture below shows "Hauling" mode (6ft), with the "long" hitch installed. (over 90 degree of turning clearance due to length).

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Trial by Fire- The snow conditions were less than ideal. I expected a bit more snow. The unexpected melt off turned the 4 mile approach road into a quagmire. My 10,000 lb truck, and combined 5300 lb trailer load were not going to make it. Had to unload the cat, and start a real-life worst case scenario for the actual maiden voyage. I was intending on putting it to the test, but slowly (It's always tough that first time you're going to hammer a freshly painted project. OUCH!!) Felt like one of you Tucker-ites after freshly painted pontoons!!

Hammer I did! Combined several miles of gravel, mud, wheat stubble with plow mounds, ice, rocks, some snow, but overall a true workout. Lots of turning to try and stay on snow patches, and all done at normal travel speed.
Trailer pulled perfectly. Didn't even know it was back there (with an under powered Imp) Never bucked, never submarined, never jolted the cat. Granted this was done without a load, but any load will most likely be on better snow.

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Phew! I can now sleep!!
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:41 AM
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Great job...
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Default Re: Convertible freight trailer on skis project-Help

Just my opinion.
Mikemikelle You need a pair of mud - snow flaps.
You have done a great job.

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Awsome job.
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Fantastic!
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Default Re: Convertible freight trailer on skis project-Help

Nice job, do they come in Frandee yellow? What is the function of the belts on the skis?
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Default Re: Convertible freight trailer on skis project-Help

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What is the function of the belts on the skis?
Brakes. Increases the drag when on steep slopes.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:38 AM
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Default Re: Convertible freight trailer on skis project-Help

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do they come in Frandee yellow? What is the function of the belts on the skis?
They do come in Frandee yellow, but pretty sure the sticker shock will make you puke that same color!!!

As Cidertom stated, belts are for brakes. There is a bit of discussion on it earlier in the thread.

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Old 03-14-2018, 12:17 PM
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Default Re: Convertible freight trailer on skis project-Help

The choice for using the UHMW is a good one.

That stuff is super slippery and wears like iron, and also will stand up to forays over gravel and other hard stuff.

I lined the Tubs on my rock rig before it ever had a load dumped in.

Great stuff.

I like the "brakes" sweet, easy and great use for an old sled belt that's seen better days

Here is a piccy of my rock rig.
You can see the Black poly starting about half way down the side of the truck tub.
3 pieces in there with a W pan that retains the pieces of poly and allows the tracks for the transfer to bolt in.

The rear tub was a real animal to get the plastic into.

We would cut it to length and width then roll it up with 2 come along's and then tie it in a roll, and then drag it up over the side.

BOBCAT AND TRACTOR SHOW.


I really like your trailer design with the extending draw bar.



Coaxing the 1/4" polymer into those big azz tubs was always a challenge for warm/hot days.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:03 PM
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Finished up the wood sides, and took the cat/trailer to the Mt.Hood Snowflake adventure. The wood sides are VG Hemlock, stained grey, and now are awaiting spar varnish. Only remaining project is to wire up all the LED running lights. (Also built a new rock/spray shield for the ramp trailer to protect the cat. The trip to McCall caused a few blems)

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Brought the trailer because I thought the grades up the hill would be milder. The past cats meow pics didn't do the slope justice. It was steeeep!

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Still was able to pull it all the way up without any trouble, and the temp gauge read the same as always.

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It works! Thanks to all that viewed, and special thanks to all whom made suggestions. The brake idea is perfect! If you look close, you can see the belts tucked under the skis for the Imp-ending downhill run!!

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Default Re: Convertible freight trailer on skis project-Help

Really cool project - thanks for sharing. Great fab work.
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Yes great fab work. That is one trick imp!
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