The Frame and Foundation
Designing and building the proper frame for any special use trailer took us down a path like Goldielocks. “This one’s too flimsey” or “This one’s too Heavy” and then at some point hopefully you know that “THIS ONE’S JUST RIGHT”.We spent months in the welding shop playing with different scenarios for our heavy duty light weight trailer. What we were able to come up with is a blend of thin and thick wall tubing mixed with some real cool CNC produced extrusions to create a stout yet lightweight expedition worthy hauler.
We start with a .120” wall 2”x3” perimeter frame coupled with a .188” wall “Backbone” running tip to tail. On the ends of the backbone are standard sized receiver hitch tubes to allow a standard hitch on the front or a fully pivoting coupler. At the rear the receiver will accommodate your bike rack, cooler rack, lightweight motorcycle, or? We found that using this backbone solved a number of potential issues in the extreme use arena.The rest of the cross members and box frame are made with 16 gauge 1”x1” or 1”x2” tubing. Our floors and ‘outriggers’ are made of 14 gauge CNC Laser cut and formed steel and supported by .120” wall 2”x3” tube. The computer controlled fabrication process insures consistency of construction and design. We built the prototypes with chop saws and tape measures, it works but leaves too much up for chance.
Each frame is built in-house to insure the quality we will deliver with every Turtleback Trailer. After the welding is completed we send it off to be completely primed and coated with a bedliner. We went with bedliner because of durability and longevity. Bedliner seals every joint, nook and cranny. It holds up to gravel roads and looks great. We started with powercoating but found it wasn’t going to give us real long term performance.