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Guido
05-25-2008, 08:38 PM
I have done some searching for a trailer to haul my horse drawn Studebakers, but I am reluctant to put $3,000 into a trailer I will use sparingly. In addition, since I only plan to haul 1500 pounds, most are way overbuilt.

However, I came across a frame for a travel trailer today that I think would work perfectly for what I have in mind. The frame is lighter and I could cover it with 5/4 decking boards. Does anyone know if any of the trailer manufacturers (i.e. in Northern Indiana) would sell a bare trailer frame?

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sweetolbob
05-25-2008, 09:35 PM
Guido, Why don't you give this a try, looks like it's right up your alley. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/20-Foot-Car-Utility-Trailer-Chassis-Frame-Like-New_W0QQitemZ190225002424QQihZ009QQcategoryZ80770QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZVi ewItem

mbstude
05-25-2008, 10:01 PM
There ya go Gary. Even in the right state. :)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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stude freak
05-26-2008, 01:50 AM
Guido,have you thought about finding an old moblie home frame?You could prob pick up a frame cheap and floor it to your own specs.

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Guido
05-26-2008, 06:58 AM
Thanks for the tip on the one on e-Bay, that is about 20 miles from me. It may be too short as I need one 22 feet long as my wagon is 10+' long and each of my buggies is 5+' wide. This one actually looks to be like 18' long.

I wonder why it is missing part of the front crossmember?

http://i5.ebayimg.com/03/i/000/f3/2b/32df_1.JPG

Also, while he has it listed as a 2" ball, I bet it is 2 5/16", that is why he says it is loose. I think this is the way to go as I will not be hauling any heavy loads on it.

A mobile home frame will work, but it will be heavier and I would have to cut it down as well as move the axles.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/36/86/2567936860097493054TXiheL_th.jpgGuido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful" and real Studebaker horsepower lives

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sweetolbob
05-26-2008, 09:52 AM
Good question on the cross member. I'll bet there was a holding tank of some kind installed. If it were me, for light hauling, I'd add the two feet. There is no way to buy the steel, if it goes close to the listing price. I weld my own but any weld shop should be able to add length. I'd just make sure to load it with sufficient tongue weight. Your observation on the ball size makes good sense. Even if it is a loose 2", they are cheap to replace. Good luck

kurtruk
05-26-2008, 12:27 PM
[quote]Originally posted by Guido

Thanks for the tip on the one on e-Bay, that is about 20 miles from me. It may be too short as I need one 22 feet long as my wagon is 10+' long and each of my buggies is 5+' wide. This one actually looks to be like 18' long.

I wonder why it is missing part of the front crossmember?

http://i5.ebayimg.com/03/i/000/f3/2b/32df_1.JPG


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