The 4x6 expo trailer build.

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  1. cmck

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    I got the spare tire winch welded on the trailer. I have a cleaner photo so you can get a better idea of it.
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    What about this as the off road spare location? Thoughts?
     
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    The tailgate has 21 parts, hmmmm. I upsized my welder ground clamp since I’m starting to close the open ends of my tubes.
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    I like the Rotopak and spare mount underneath. Are you carrying two spare tires?
    My opinion is to put a tongue toolbox on the front with enough room to access the Rotopaks, and the spare/s underneath. This keeps the tires more protected from UV, and keeps the weight lower. Just my $0.02
     
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    I didn’t explain well enough. When on the road the tire is underneath, easy decision. The front position is for wheeling only or for running two spares.
     
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    TAILGATE! Best weld ever! Photo Op!
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    That makes sense. Keep up the good work.
     
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    Tack it in one day, grind it out the next day cause it hits the rear receiver. Just another oops on the way to figuring it out. I want the tailgate to have the ability to swing all the way down. Also I’m outta 1” square tube.
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    Might think about using some C Jacks instead of the jacks you have. Lot simpler and don’t have a tendency to move around and they store very flat.

     
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    Thanks, but too late, I bought them and welded the mount on. This is the 2018 version. I do plan to remove them and store them in the trailer bed for all travel.

    I will keep the comment in mind if these perform poorly.
     
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    by the way: “Thanks” for all the time you must put in on Mud it’s by far the best forum I have ever used.
     
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    I went to pickup the trailer’s sheet metal floor pan, sides and fenders. I have lots of work planned for the weekend.
     
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    I decided to drill and tap for the Destaco 341 latches, 5/16 18. It was not a smooth process. I think I would recomend thru bolts. Here is the remade vertical section from 3 posts to 4.
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    Today had it’s frustrating moments with a broken bolt to be drilled out. A filet weld on the hinges, that in the end, had to be ground 80% out to get the tailgate to close again. That was a operator error.

    I started to fab up the supports that the cargo rail bolts to. This will hold in the pan.
     
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    One side of the cargo pan supports are put on. In addition I’m looking at front tongue tire mounting approach.
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    Welded the remainder of the pan/tub supports in and did the grind them smooth task. In two and a half weeks, I’m doing 300 miles and 3 nights with the trailer. I have plenty more work to do.
     
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    Sheetmetal makes the trailer look way different. Also the rear receiver sticks out right thru where I want the tailgate to swing down. I cut it off so I can cut it shorter and move it inboard.
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    Fixed the receiver issue by moving it back in under the frame more.
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    Inch by inch I’m moving forward in the build. Sizing the tailgate 16ga sheet metal to fit. Sanded and primed one side of all the other sheet metal.
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    I drilled all holes to mount the inside cargo rails. Welded up some fitted caps for the top of the tailgate side posts. I used a bit of the left over 1x3 and keep the rounded off look. Also welded in the top spare tire holder supports on before I cover the interior with sheet metal. I’ll add the actual removable upper tire mount later.
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