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Need homemade gooseneck trailer pics

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by fireboy5722, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. fireboy5722

    fireboy5722 Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Got a good heavy 5th camper frame and plan to build a deck over out of it need some ideas. What do you guys have?wesport:mechanic:
     
  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    If it's just your standard 5th wheel frame with 5 or 6 lug axles it's going to be built pretty light compared to even a 14k deck over gooseneck and will be no where close to a 20k+ trailer.
     
  3. fireboy5722

    fireboy5722 Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Only looking for 10-12k so I don't need to license combination.
     
  4. 07PSDCREW

    07PSDCREW Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    I am all for you making a trailer.... Just want to add my .02. Don't bother if you are going to convert a Lippert brand 5th wheel trailer. Lipperts could barley hold the campers that were put on them. If its an older trailer, say a Valley brand trailer... Your good. From my experience many years as a fifth wheel owner/forum member.
     
  5. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    I have only seen a few decent homemade trailers. When I was looking for my gooseneck I went to look at a few "custom" trailers. They were cobbled up pieces of junk. It takes a lot of work to make a good trailer. Might want to just wait and look for a good deal on one that is already made. That is what I would do.
     
  6. fireboy5722

    fireboy5722 Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    But it's hard to pass up free and the guy is giving me the frame after he strips it.....
     
  7. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    Sometimes getting something really cheap or free seems like a good way to save money but ends up costing you more in the end. With the cost of steel, wood and anything else you will need to convert the camper frame, I bet you could find a decent gooseneck for close or less than you will have in the camper frame. Not to mention a ton of your time. I would still take the camper frame and take it to the scrap yard and put that money towards a trailer. You might even be able to sell the camper frame for more than scrap price to someone.
     
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Camper trailers use the structure of the camper body for strength and rigidity. Once you strip the camper they flex and twist. Not a good basis for a flatbed equipment trailer.
     
  9. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Have seen it done many times. About the only thing a converted camper trailer is OK for is hauling a couple ATV's. Don't waste your time...especially if you plan on putting 12k on it.
     
  10. OldSchoolPSD

    OldSchoolPSD Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I looked at building a gooseneck trailer last year. I have the shop set up to do it, great prices from steel suppliers, and the skilled labor to put it together and it was STILL cheaper to buy one than to build one.

    Camper trailer frames are weakness. No way you will put 10k on one and have it live. For safety's sake, please forget that idea.
     
  11. Plow_king

    Plow_king Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 41

    if its free take it and scrap it and put the $$ towards a real one.
     
  12. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992


    been there done that, people come in all the time asking about building a trailer cheaper than tractor supply:dizzy: they're not great trailers but still as you said can't by the materials for that money.
     
  13. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    Not trying to rain on your parade but its just not worth it... I tried it ended up scrapping it
     
  14. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188