1. Douglas Owen
    May 26, 2018 @ 6:49 AM

    I stumbled onto your website and I am thrilled about the ideas, the content, the write ups, the videos — in short, this is the website I have been looking for — for a long time. Technical enough to provoke thought and educational and practical enough to see it all come together. You folks are Masters!
    I am currently building a goose neck trailer — 26.5′ flat and a 4.5′ dovetail. I am using 12″ X 19# I-beams (some call them wide flange) — flange surfaces are all parallel and 4″ wide. I have been looking for sometime for intelligent information on using Torsion axles for this project. I have three 7,000# torsion axles with electric brakes that I will be using. I may just make it tandem but I would like the option to make it a triaxle. I am very interested in your plans for the “walking beam” you have created to make a tandem using torsion axles — brilliant thinking outside the box!


    • Eldon Goates
      May 26, 2018 @ 4:43 PM

      Thanks for the compliment about the site. We want it to be more than just a place for plans.

      With a trailer that length, triple sounds great, but I’m not sure how to do triple with torsions in a way that won’t overload one (or two) like going over a speed bump or into a parking lot. In doing the tandem with torsions I toyed with a combo of springs coupled with torsions. Read the Hybrid Using Mechanisms section on this page: https://mechanicalelements.com/choosing-tandem-axles-triples/ and see if that sparks something. Good luck with your project!


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