New Product Announcement: The Mechanical Elements line of DIY Trailer Blueprints has just expanded with some new sizes for Torsion Axle Trailer Plans. You ask, then we work to deliver.
Our goal is to serve you, our customer. These new plans are one more piece in the chain. While we try, unfortunately we can’t accommodate everything immediately, but here’s one more that you ask for. Please let us know if you have a particular size you’ve been dying to build.
Update: Even more plans are now available! See them all in the Trailer Plans Store.
What’s The Big Deal?
We have said a lot about selecting axles and about differences in design for torsion axles versus leaf springs. We talk about the benefits of rubber suspension, and now we give you the trailer plans to build.
These are excellent changes. We now have some light duty utility and off-road, torsion axle trailer blueprints in the plans store. These offer some excellent advantages with deck height and ride.
There are not a lot of sizes yet, but there are more to come. Please be patient as we expand the plan offerings.
DIY blueprints at Mechanical Elements are fully engineered so you know the trailer you build is sound. Most of our plans use leaf spring axles because they spread the load more, and for DIY’ers, they are a lot less expensive. However, that does NOT mean we think less of torsions — they are just different. Check out the article on Trailer Axles 101 for a lot more on axles, parameters, and differences. There is also a section on how to buy the different types of axles.
Torsion suspension applies load to the frame differently, so our new blueprints include design enhancements for proper stress distribution. We have examples in the post about choosing axles.
Are you ready to purchase an axle? Get a ton of information about axles including torsion axles in the article Trailer Axles 101 – What You Need To Know. From there you can follow links to other reading.
If you compare trailer plans, please check to see that other authors discuss the way that torsion stresses apply in the design. Just like our other blueprints, these new torsion axle trailer plans include all the needed engineering. They are ready for you to build.
Torsion Axle Trailer Plans
Mechanical Elements is introducing DIY blueprints for new trailers with a torsion axle. These new plans have all the robust strength and stability of our other trailer, but with a design specific for torsion axles.
All of the new plans are based around the very popular Dexter Torflex line of products for consistency (though other axle brands will also work). Select the product you like, then see the last sheet of the drawings to know exactly what to order.
We say many times that the ideal place for torsion axle technology is with lighter capacity trailers. To support that, our newest torsion axle trailer plans are the 4′ x 6′ and the 4′ x 8′ utility trailers — both at 2000 pounds capacity. Also, our new Off Road Trailer at 4′ x 6.5′. All the plans come with lots of options for customization, including axle choices.
Just because the max capacity is 2000#, does not mean that’s what you must use. For instance, to haul your luxury HD motorcycle, a 1500# axle might give a smoother ride. It’s perfectly fine to substitute that axle instead of the specified 2000# one. Options like this are easily available. It’s one of the ways to customize your new trailer exactly to your specific needs.
Benefits With Mechanical Elements
One big benefit with trailer plans from Mechanical Elements is just that . . . . we design for, and encourage customization. We give lots of options and reasons you might choose one option or another. That is just as true for our new torsion axle trailer plans. Build it great, and build it the way you want it. And, it’s features like this you don’t get with Free Trailer Plans.
Torsion Axle Trailer Plans are available for download now. Click on the links just above, or just follow the shop links in the header to look at all the utility trailers we offer. For even more info, check out the trailer design articles at Synthesis. Get your trailer plans today, and start building.
Update: We’ve expanded the list even more, but this time, not by adding more torsion axle trailer plans! How? We’ve added Conversion Plans that allow you to upgrade any of our 6′ wide trailers. Find the single axle plans you want, then buy the conversion. You can change the trailer from Leaf Springs to Torsion Axle just like that. Read this article about the conversion for all the details. Enjoy!