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trekkiejt 07-16-2012 03:29 AM

Converting Utility Trailer -> Boat Trailer
 
Hello all, I am converting a utility trailer to a boat trailer and want to keep it fairly original as I plan to be hauling some light stuff (besides the boat)with it also. Here is the trailer: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...duct_7262_7262. Adding a longer tongue is going to be the easy part, attaching the bunk board brackets is the hard part. Here is what they look like: http://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Roller.../dp/B002MYTV7U. The brackets affix with a U-bolt around the frame. The problem is that the frame on my trailer is in an open "P" shape (see below). My question is how do I attach these brackets without bending my trailer frame up? The loop of the bolt would have to go over the flap (the in side) and the bracket on the flat side (the out side) I think.
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The boat by the way is a 12 foot flat bottom Jon boat. I am also adding DIY guards on the back and a DIY post up front to tie the boat to.

Mort 07-16-2012 07:46 PM

A metal sleeve in between the frame rails? If I'm picking up what you're throwing down, that would work.

Also, make sure to water proof everything, including the lighting. Marine grease the bearings, the whole bit.

trekkiejt 07-16-2012 10:50 PM

I'm not sure what you mean about a metal sleeve between the rails. Please elaborate.

A friend suggested getting some short pieces of square iron tubing with an external diameter the same as the gap on the inside of the rail an the width of the "flap" to brace it. Is that really feasible?

BigJim 07-17-2012 09:36 AM

You might want to beef the tongue up a little and run side braces, on that trailer it is a little flimsy.

Mort 07-17-2012 09:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trekkiejt (Post 967635)
I'm not sure what you mean about a metal sleeve between the rails. Please elaborate.

A friend suggested getting some short pieces of square iron tubing with an external diameter the same as the gap on the inside of the rail an the width of the "flap" to brace it. Is that really feasible?

I wasn't really understanding, so disregard.

trekkiejt 07-17-2012 09:53 AM

I think I could manage that. Are you sure I'd need to? The boat, gear, and add-ons are only about 150 lbs added to that 120 pound trailer.


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