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Old October 9th, 2021, 10:07
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Maybe i missed it but are you going to put anything under the chain pockets to keep them from bending up?
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Old October 11th, 2021, 10:58
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Maybe i missed it but are you going to put anything under the chain pockets to keep them from bending up?
Kickers off the Channel. I just got back from my fishing trip so it's time to get back on it!
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Old October 11th, 2021, 15:10
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Kickers off the Channel. I just got back from my fishing trip so it's time to get back on it!
You catch any fish?
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Old October 11th, 2021, 16:52
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You catch any fish?
My party and it seems like everyone else at the lake didn't catch anything
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Old October 15th, 2021, 17:36
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I'm getting some of the hard parts made, this piece of 1/4" plate had be "press-braked" into a 18"x4"x1" "C-channel.
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Old October 16th, 2021, 13:13
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I got the tongue/hitch portion completed today. Since the 3"x3" weld was so close to the receiver weld I decided to make it a triple pass weld.
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Old October 22nd, 2021, 10:51
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I've been busy this week cutting steel! I got the winch done and all the diamond plate supports cut along with most of the pieces for the ramps. Yesterday the (new) new fenders came in and the fit mocked up great! It's actually starting to look like a trailer.



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Old October 24th, 2021, 07:28
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What seemed like a easy task (30 cross supports) has been a time consuming project since they equate to 180 precision cuts!
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Old October 24th, 2021, 17:35
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Today I took a break from the tedious cutting (inner supports) and started tacking together the outer supports/fender mounts. It's all a slow progress!



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Old October 28th, 2021, 14:37
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I finally got all the cross-braces cut, but before I can weld them (and the diamond plate) I need to get all my holes/tapped holes done before I lose good access. I also received my equalizer hitch mounts and sway bar mount.

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Old October 28th, 2021, 18:07
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It's time to get back to work, I just received my Bulldog hitch (2-5/16" ball/12,5000 lb). I couldn't meet the 50* A-frame design so I went with the 3" straight coupler.
I'm curious if there's a reason you chose this style? I have one, and it's always a pita to operate. All my other trailers are the my common design....although I have no clue what either is called?
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Old October 28th, 2021, 18:57
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It's stronger and much more wear resistant than all the others!
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Old October 28th, 2021, 21:18
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It's stronger and much more wear resistant than all the others!
I figured strength might be the reason, I noticed the high rating. Hadn't considered wear, my car trailer has about 40k miles on it in the last decade...maybe I better Check the tongue for wear, it has the other style.
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Old October 29th, 2021, 07:49
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It's probably not a issue for most but my sons shop does fleet maintenance so he see balls that totally wear thru the coupler! Today I have to get the safety chains figured out and ordered.
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Old October 29th, 2021, 15:03
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I have to finish up some welding from underneath plus painting so I needed to test it all out! I also mocked up my hitch.
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