Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Howard Lake, MN, USA
Re: converting a rv camper to a car trailer?
i had the same idea a year ago- was given a 23 foot camper trailer for free. once i knocked the body off (and got about 500 pounds of aluminum and copper that i haven't brought in yet..), i got to measuring the frame and really looking at it.
the frame itself seemed alright- 2X6 rails spread 6 feet apart- but the crossmembers would have needed to be beefed up, and the tail would need to be sloped down in a beaver tail to make it easy to get cars on and off. it has a pair of 7500 pound axles under it with brakes on both axles- but they are narrow- 6'4" between the tire sidewalls, which would be about 2" of clearance on my Monte..
i kind of gave up on it, thinking it would not be up to the task of hauling a 5000 pound vehicle. my opinion of that changed about a month ago, however, when we made it into a round bale hauler by adding a 10 foot wide deck made of 2X6 treated lumber ran across every 2 feet.. we get 7 of the big round bales on it- around 1000 pounds each. the springs are barely compressed, and it pulls really nice. it only flexes at al lbehind the axles, where there isn't as much support.
i'm thinking of looking for another one to tear apart- i'll just take the axles in to work and get one of the welders to widen them about 6", add some 2X3 tube crossmembers, beaver tail the back end, and put some treated decking on it.
i'm thinking that the frame rails being right under the wheels of the car that's sitting on it can only be a good thing.
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