Using steel instead of wood for the sides etc?

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Using steel instead of wood for the sides etc?

Post by Jeep07 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:42 pm

I'm looking to build a camper section on top of my 22" 11k lbs trailer. I do alot of work with steel and thought about building the wall frames from some 1" or 1.5" sq tubbing. I am interested in using thin wall tubbing which is still rigid enough to handle the load easily.

So my question is why are all the trailer plans designed using wood?

I'm guessing this might be because alot of times the tools are cheaper and the material might be somewhat easier to come by?

If one chooses is steel at least an equivalent material to build the sides,roof & floor with if not superior?

Thanks so much. I really admire some of the projects I've seen built using the plans available for purchase.

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Post by J Patroni » Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:19 pm

I built a 25' fifth wheel travel trailer 35 years ago and used
all 1x2 thin wall tubing for the floor,walls and roof. Light weight
and strong as hell. Used it more as a camper than a travel
trailer. Weighed in just under 3500 lbs. No fridge, just a cooler etc.

Wood is just easier for the average person to work with.
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