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Re: Looking for welding plans to build trailer
I'll tell you one thing you should NOT do. You should not buy the book "Trailers: How to Design and Build, Volume 1" by M.M. Smith. It is a complete waste of time and money. It is so high-level as to be useless.
Do I really need to buy a book to explain to me that a trailer's electrical system should include brake lights and turn signals? Seriously. The book spends about three pages, rambling on and on, and in the end tells you nothing more than that.
Or that the springs are intended to protect the cargo from bumps and potholes in the road? Given its title, I thought it might include some details on how to calculate spring loads, or determine their best location. But no, it went into no more detail than to explain that most trailers have springs, and they are to protect the cargo. Well, DUH!
Volume 2 might be useful. I don't know. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. As completely useless as Volume 1 was, I was not going to throw my money away on Volume 2 (which, by the way, costs more than Volume 1).
Personally, I would agree with the recommendation to go to the Glen-L site. Good luck.