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    Default My trailer fixer upper

    I have been looking around for a camping trailer for the past few weeks. Spending mega bucks on something that we will only use occasionally and financing would be out of the question. So we decided R30k budget would have to cut it. I was shopping around but could not find much. Then yesterday we came across this home made jobbie at a park and sell. With papers all in for R16k. I like home made innovation and with a bit of tlc and other wheels we are going to have a LOT of fun with this. Pics attached

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    Default Re: My trailer fixer upper

    Nice one. Add extra struts to draw frames and replace heavy wood with 10mm marine ply. Cut trailer weight down.
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    Looks nice and a good price. A home built trailer can only have a tare of up to 750kgs unless you get it registered by a registered trailer builder, or pay the inspection centre to get an engineer to come out and inspect it if you want a higher GVM.

    Mass builds up pretty quickly so I would take that to a weigh bridge and see what you are actually dealing with before you plan anything else.

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    Default Re: My trailer fixer upper

    Nice!

    Is that a braked or unbraked axle?
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    Default Re: My trailer fixer upper

    Is the trailer braked or unbraked.
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    Hi Willie,

    Ek het destyds iets soortgelyk gedoen:

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...ion?highlight=
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    Quote Originally Posted by MANDREAS View Post
    Hi Willie,

    Ek het destyds iets soortgelyk gedoen:

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    Default Re: My trailer fixer upper

    Quote Originally Posted by FWM View Post
    I have been looking around for a camping trailer for the past few weeks. Spending mega bucks on something that we will only use occasionally and financing would be out of the question. So we decided R30k budget would have to cut it. I was shopping around but could not find much. Then yesterday we came across this home made jobbie at a park and sell. With papers all in for R16k. I like home made innovation and with a bit of tlc and other wheels we are going to have a LOT of fun with this. Pics attached

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    Progress to follow
    Subscribed Willie. Good score. Looking forward to your progress on this project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    Nice!

    Is that a braked or unbraked axle?
    Its a braked axle Kobus
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Subscribed Willie. Good score. Looking forward to your progress on this project.
    Thanks Uncle

    Funny enough my FIL said this one will cost me less to fix and keep running than the Landy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenplumb View Post
    Looks nice and a good price. A home built trailer can only have a tare of up to 750kgs unless you get it registered by a registered trailer builder, or pay the inspection centre to get an engineer to come out and inspect it if you want a higher GVM.

    Mass builds up pretty quickly so I would take that to a weigh bridge and see what you are actually dealing with before you plan anything else.
    Correct me if I'm wrong but the plate on the chassis has the empty weight (tare) on and it was just under 300kg. Is it possible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWM View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong but the plate on the chassis has the empty weight (tare) on and it was just under 300kg. Is it possible?
    No idea, but thats why a weigh bridge is worth the effort. I was just looking at a Ronny Dahl thread on doing up his hilux and he was weighing everything that was going on and everything that was coming off. It was amazing how quickly it adds up. Even Rhinolining was 16kgs.

    I think many of us are totally unaware of the real masses we are towing, and as I recently found out, this can land you in trouble.

    I would be supprised if you got much change from 100Kgs for a braked axle with wheels attached. Possibly more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenplumb View Post
    No idea, but thats why a weigh bridge is worth the effort. I was just looking at a Ronny Dahl thread on doing up his hilux and he was weighing everything that was going on and everything that was coming off. It was amazing how quickly it adds up. Even Rhinolining was 16kgs.

    I think many of us are totally unaware of the real masses we are towing, and as I recently found out, this can land you in trouble.

    I would be supprised if you got much change from 100Kgs for a braked axle with wheels attached. Possibly more?
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    Update:
    Okay so far I have fixed the wiring and lights, paperwork done and drawers sanded and repainted.
    I have decided to keep the drawers as is and packed all our stuff in.
    So for now the trailer is campworthy so now its a matter of testing and planning and and changing to what works for us.

    What I would like to still do:
    I would like to get a bit more weight up front so I am starting to ponder a nose cone for a proper camp fridge on drawers and a battery..
    Also planning on closing up the one front rack (left front) to carry some wood and then I still have space for 6 jerry cans.
    Then I am going to change the wheel and tyre size to the same as the bakkie.
    https://www.errolstyres.co.za/wheel/...x-factor/10362 something like this with 245/75R16
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    Gaan groot Willie hou ons asb op hoogte

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    Me and Swambo took the trailer camping this weekeend.

    2 Things that urgently needs attention is the hitch.. Its either worn or the pin is bent because the trailer unhitched itself. Was it not for the safety chain i would have been in a predicament.

    Second is the wheel bearings. We did a 40km trip and the wheels became pretty hot.

    Where would be a good place to get a hitch and what can I expect to pay?
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    Me and Swambo took the trailer camping this weekeend.

    2 Things that urgently needs attention is the hitch.. Its either worn or the pin is bent because the trailer unhitched itself. Was it not for the safety chain i would have been in a predicament.

    Second is the wheel bearings. We did a 40km trip and the wheels became pretty hot.

    Where would be a good place to get a hitch and what can I expect to pay?
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    Default Re: My trailer fixer upper

    For bearings try Bearing man group they have quality bearings at affordable prizes

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    Anything trailer related your one-stop shop

    www.sleepwaparte.co.za

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    Sterkte Willie met bearings verseker bearing man

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