Can I compensate the thickness of aluminum to use a steel trailer print?

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Can I compensate the thickness of aluminum to use a steel trailer print?

Postby Stafford » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:40 am

I've been approached to build a polished aluminum trailer using 2x6 tubing. I have searched and searched for an aluminum trailer print to follow to no avail. Does anybody either know where I could get such prints or know if I can use a steel set of plans and increase the wall thickness of the aluminum to make up the difference in strength?

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Re: Can I compensate the thickness of aluminum to use a steel trailer print?

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:59 am

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This can be done. But, a Structural Engineer will need to covert the steel sections to aluminum. Two things must be compared, strength and flex. Aluminum strength is easy to compare. Aluminum will be more flexible.

My Al. trailers have galv. steel axles. If this for saltwater use you will want torsion axles and disc brakes.

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