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    Default New woods trailer for our RTV...

    We recently got a kubota RTV500 and have needed a trailer that fits in its wheel track to pull into the woods.
    A while back I took apart and scrapped a trailer frame (was originally a popup that the previous owner made into a flatbed). I kept the wheels and will be using those under the trailer.
    The rest of the frame will be made of a chair rack that was getting thrown out by someone and some angle iron that we have on hand. If I get real ambitious, I might see if I can make the tongue hinge to allow the trailer to dump. Below are some pictures of the mockup before I cut it down:
    From the front:
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    Front corner:
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    From the back:
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    I may look into replacing the tires with some wider ones at some point, but for now they will work

    Aaron Z
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    That looks pretty cool. I have an old pop up that we still use maybe once a year. When we finally retire it I'd like to convert it into something useful like this. I have an old trailer made from some sort of international truck bed. It would be nice to have something a little smaller that my B7610 could pull through the trails in our woods. Good luck with your project.

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    Thanks. It will probbaly end up behind the B7500 and BX2660 from time to time. Just need something heavier than the "yard cart" trailers (although, the leftover pieces of channel will probbaly be used to lengthen the tongues on our "yard cart" trailers).
    Our current trailers are a 6x10 landscape trailer and a 7x14 flat bed dump on haywagon running gear. Neither work too well in the woods.

    Aaron Z
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    Thats a great start. We had a trailer that we used for years that was made from an old pop-up. They are very heavy duty frames. I bought a trailer that was for sale in the center of my town last year that was used to haul pumpkins. It was built on the frame of an old Ford Model T. It is a great little trailer and we use it all the time.
    Mitch

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    Welded it together today with the neighbor. He tacked the first couple of joints together than handed me the MIG gun and said "its your trailer, you should be doing the welding" The first couple welds were rocky, but the later ones looked decent. Once I figured out that the puddle needed to look like it did when I was brazing linesets with an Oxy/Acetylene torch, my welds started looking better.\

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    Aaron Z
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    That's even got hydraulic brakes?

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    That's even got hydraulic brakes?
    The axle does. I didn't use the brake actuator as the coupler because I wasn't sure if it still worked and it the golf cart doesn't have a ball on it. I may take them off at some point as we aren't going to use them and they are dragging a little.

    Aaron Z
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    A couple more pictures including the butt weld on the middle crossmember (where the tongue is welded on).
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    Aaron Z
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    Looking at putting lights into the back of the side frame rails (ie: the hole on each side seen in the picture below) recessed enough that they wont get banged up when someone backs into something
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    My idea is to use a single function light (this one to be exact: Clear LED Red Light 1x2 5" Oval Surface 2 Diode Trailer Truck Marker CLEARANCE | eBay ) in the hole in the frame rail on the trailer.

    What would happen if I were to take a single LED light and connect it as seen below:
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    The reason is, sometimes I would like to pull on the road behind the tractor and having both marker lights and turn signals would be good then. There is a space on each side of the frame where a pair of 1"x2" LED marker light would fit nicely (and be well protected), but I cant find any 2 function lights in that space.

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    Aaron Z
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    Default Re: New woods trailer for our RTV...

    Quote Originally Posted by aczlan View Post

    What would happen if I were to take a single LED light and connect it as seen below:
    -ledlight-png

    The reason is, sometimes I would like to pull on the road behind the tractor and having both marker lights and turn signals would be good then. There is a space on each side of the frame where a pair of 1"x2" LED marker light would fit nicely (and be well protected), but I cant find any 2 function lights in that space.

    Thanks

    Aaron Z
    The wiring diagram will work to combine the two functions onto one light. But I don't think the resistor will dim the LED like a running light would be. The LED works on a lower voltage than the circuitry that drives it.

    I base this theory on my Led flashlight that runs on the same battery pack that my drill uses. As the battery gets weaker the Led never dims, it just goes out, then the battery recovers a little and the LED comes on then the battery dies again, and the LED goes off, so it just flashes.

    I have seen LEDs advertised to work from 5v to 30v, so I guess it depends on the circuit that drives it.

    If you don't have a brake lights on the tractor, you don't need dimmer, as in not as bright, marker lights
    Let us know what you come up with.

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