1. Seagull-russ

    Seagull-russ Active Member I am in uk

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    hey all
    does anyone know much info on self build trailers in the uk? iv had some quotes for new chassis trailers which wud enable me to just build my frame etc on to it but that's around £1600 1.3ton capacity and 8x4 frame. been looking at the turtleback in America or patriot campers style as my guides.
    secondly I have a 120, my reg sheet is blank on towing, but I read 2.8ton is the limit. kerb weight comes in at 2250 on the reg sheet so I assume that's leaves me 1250ton before hitting the 3500limt on a standard license. (im after 1997)

    thanks all
     
  2. Higgy

    Higgy Well-Known Member I am in denmark

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    I know the law changed a while back in an attempt to stop people design/building their own trailers. All trailers have to be stamped plated by the manufactures.. Ifor Williams/Indespension/Brian James etc... VOSA were getting sick of incidents/accidents involving home made trailers made out of pram wheels and tin sheets.. They were determined to put a stop to it...Probably your cheapest option would be to buy a used 14/16ft used flat bed by Ifor W / or Indespension that's got all its correct I.D plates. with date /gross weights etc then design/ build off that... you can down load plans and designs easy enough of the internet (some great ones from NZ) .. Just be careful when it comes to Insurance .
     
  3. Lorin

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    I’ve looked at doing this. Biggest issue is the chassis simply isn’t built for off-road. It is also problematic to change the suspension and wheel size. I’m not sure there is a good answer in the U.K. I also would like to build an off-road trailer using patriot as a good source of inspiration but finding an appropriate chassis is proving impossible so far....
     
  4. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    chapel gate Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Yep, i see them down the local tip every sunday..
    a couple of useful looking ex army trailers show up on e bay now and then. Are these no use?
     
  6. Higgy

    Higgy Well-Known Member I am in denmark

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    Didn't realise he wanted it for of road use.. Some of the Ifor Williams cattle/stock trailers had tough uprated Axles and oversize wheels or even an old Rice twin axle horse trailer.. they turn up on ebay now and then. I think they ran on LandRover wheels /Tyres..( the early ones)
     
  7. Seagull-russ

    Seagull-russ Active Member I am in uk

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    I did look at the sankeys which is a potential base, regarding off road, well nothing drastic however the turtlebacks use a similar rubber style suspension but with shocks added however previous models used just the axle less rubber rated for 2ton so having leaf springs etc isn't a deal breaker.
    does increasingly look like either buying a Sankey and getting it trailored to my location or 2nd option buying a new frame rated for slightly higher than my intended loads.
    410expedition in Canada have built a trailer box from plywood and bonding agents which seems be holding up so might not need have a metal frame for the box.
     
  8. Gav missin

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    4wd action chanel on YouTube has some useful bits on off road trailers. Most use independent suspension set ups. Great watch anyway. Plenty of cruisers and patrols doing some epic out back trips.
     
  9. Seagull-russ

    Seagull-russ Active Member I am in uk

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    yup have them on the radar, gota love aus for its variety and size
     
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    Lorin Well-Known Member

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