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Can you safley extend the tongue on an enclosed trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lawnpropm, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    Found an enclosed trailer around town and I think its a pretty good deal. Its a 8.5x20 v nose enclosed trailer, asking $3k for it. Only problem is the tongue is so short I know that my dump truck will hit the front of it while turning/backing up..... My question can you safely cut and weld/fab a longer tongue? Or should I pass it up and keep shopping?.......
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  2. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    It can easily be done. I'm not sure of your welding skills, but I would leave to a fab shop to be sure everything is welded perfectly straight.
  3. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    I can weld but this is something I would take to the shop if it can be done......
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  4. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    Anybody else have any input??
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  5. Wayne 55

    Wayne 55 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Well yeah it can be extended easily. If you can weld like you say why send it out? I personaly would do it myself and save the cash for other things than sending it out to be done by someone else.
  6. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    well im not a welder by trade im a landscaper
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  7. norsky

    norsky LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 52

    trailers are designed by engineers to be capable of handling the rated weight and being safe. unless you have it redesigned by an engineer i would leave it alone.
  8. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    Engineers are tards.

    I would definitely take it in to a shop. If the new tongue doesnt go on perfect, the trailer wont tow strait. Single axle, no biggie. But you will tear through tires every fast if anything is off. Also, be ready to spend some extra coin on the v nose. It will probably have to be modified some for the new tongue.

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    We have done three of our enclosed trailers.
    We use cabovers to pullcour trailers and wanted to make sure no one could jacknife into them!
    Our tongue extensions are removeable if we ever sell our trailers. We fsbricated extensions to bolt into pintle ring track.
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  10. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    Do you have any pictures? ?
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