Trailers are important to life when you can’t get everything in your car or truck. However, they are easy to ignore learning about because they are so “easy” to use. You hook them up, load stuff in there, and go. Right?
While that may be possible, and you can get away with that with light loads. When you have to do heavy loads to get some work done it is a good idea to actually know something about trailers. You especially don’t want to go to jail right?
I have ignored trailers, and understanding them for a longtime. However, this last week I was prompted to start learning about them, and I dove deeeeeeep. I have an all new understanding of trailers from how to properly use them, and especially how they are constructed and built.
In this episode I go over a bunch of things people should probably know if for no other reason so they can understand a few things when they get around trailers. The better part is understanding these things so if you have to do something you don’t use the wrong trailer.
I’m still addicted to sketchup as well. Though, I’m still running version 8.0.16846 2008ish, before trimble started bundling. (version 8 was released by google, and trimble started adding their branding). Part of the trap is that I can export the 3D Model as a kmz edit the coordinates and have it as part of GoogleEarthProDesktop models. The other part is it is engrained deep into my keyboard shortcuts and mind.
I agree that Fusion360 workflow feels weird I wasn’t able to embrace it combined with that it is an online engine and my 200kilobyte per second doesn’t play nice.
But with them tinkering with the hobbyist licenses (sept 2020) they have shown they can take away a feature at any moment or access to your files.
My goal was to learn FreeCAD b\c it is open source they can never restrict or take away features. (If I can find the time.)
My introduction to trailers was pulling a lawnmower trailer for a thousand miles poorly loaded. (a ten foot tall chicken trailer on the tongue with a few birds and rabbits does not provide adequate tongue weight. Above 55 mph it wanted to wag and shake itself free.
Plys are written on the sidewall of the tire (along the inner bead) Right now I am running what feels like a 1 ply on my car that picks up a nail/puncture every month or so. Fuel efficient maybe, not rated for dirt roads. But you are right my dry rotted trailer tires don’t live up to their load rating.
20′ Lawnmower trailers (with their side rails) make it difficult to quickly load a skid from the side.
Think about a dump bed on an F-350 rather than the trailer. Putting the bed on the trailer is limiting where you can get into and what you can do.
Who has the different F360 workflow? (3.5min in)