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Old 05-05-2015, 02:03 PM   #31
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[QUOTE=TURBS;855242]Better plan to reinforce the whole frame from front to rear then.

Whatever it takes to make this thing capable of hauling 300 pounds on the rear end... However, if it's impossible to do, or prohibitively expensive to accomplish, I'll have to wait until I can get a more substantial rig.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:06 PM   #32
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So, I guess you're certain that the i-beam frame on the Rockwood Mini-Lite is a 3-piece welded frame?
Yes, and the web of the I beam will have to hurry to measure 0.075" thick and the welding is not that good either. You need to really look closely. As Turbs says, you better be prepared to reinforce it the entire length of the frame.

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Old 05-05-2015, 02:06 PM   #33
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Go look at your frame it's most Likely iirc 6"-8" tall and a cap welded on either side, and not welded very good I might add.

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Lol I'd call it a tin frame before I'd call it a steel frame.

OK I've said enough, make a decision based on what you've heard.

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Sticker on the Rear from the (Factory) should say enough!You roo!!
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:15 PM   #36
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Sticker on the Rear from the (Factory) should say enough!You roo!!


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Sticker on the Rear from the (Factory) should say enough!You roo!!
The wt of the sticker is about the limit.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:21 PM   #38
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[QUOTE=TURBS;855256]Go look at your frame it's most Likely iirc 6"-8" tall and a cap welded on either side, and not welded very good I might add.

You're correct, Turbs... The i-beam is welded. The steel looks to be about 1/8 - 3/16 of an inch in thickness, without actually measuring for now.

What kind of reinforcement of this frame are we talking about to make it substantial enough to hold about 300 lbs without any problem?

I did talk to a local welder months ago about fabricating a solution and he gave an estimate of about $500 just for the welding of the mount to the frame. Quite pricey for that part. And we didn't discuss any type of "frame reinforcement."

I'll have to find out just how much weight the i-beam metal will handle with a bolted on support.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:26 PM   #39
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stryker even if the frame can hold the weight how are you going to make sure your tongue weight is not too low. 300lbs is 10% of your dry weight. You also only have 780 lbs of cargo (from yellow sticker of one I saw on sale) that would leave you 400 lbs for the rest of you stuff.
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The wt of the sticker is about the limit.
Funny guys, you all are!

However, you're referring to the sticker on the bumper, right? That sticker says nothing is to be added to the bumper. (I guess they didn't mean their own spare tire mount! )

But I'm talking about the frame's capacity for weight. (Which from the sound of it, may not be much....)

Doesn't seem to make much sense that a car or SUV with a single hitch receiver attached to a single point on the vehicle's frame could carry 300 pounds, whereas a frame for the trailer couldn't carry that much with TWO 2-inch hitch receivers.
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