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Q-Dat
08-10-2013, 04:47 PM
I have a 20x7x7 cargo trailer that I want to open up in the back but leave covered so that I will have a porch to cook under without having to unload cookers.

The current plan is to build a wall with a door either 6 or 8 feet from the rear end of the trailer. Then remove the plywood and skin and leave the 1" square tubing that makes the frame in place. The tubing is every two feet.

Anyone know if this will still be structurally sound without the plywood on the back end? I did a lot of searching to avoid asking here, but couldn't find anything specific enough.

Q-Dat
08-10-2013, 05:01 PM
Probably not much help, but here is the trailer in question.

http://i1334.photobucket.com/albums/w649/Q-Dat44/tapatalk_1362843748731_zps2ddcce16.jpg

http://i1334.photobucket.com/albums/w649/Q-Dat44/tapatalk_1362843754907_zps63aca2e9.jpg

http://i1334.photobucket.com/albums/w649/Q-Dat44/tapatalk_1362843769900_zpsecc868f4.jpg

Ford
08-10-2013, 06:17 PM
I'd probably leave a foot at the top and 2 at the bottom and at leat 1 foot from the back intact. Then brace it. You could go all the way top to bottom but need to reinforce with cross pieces. You'll be putting a lot of weight at the back so also need to worry about it being tongue light.

Q-Dat
08-10-2013, 06:41 PM
I'd probably leave a foot at the top and 2 at the bottom and at leat 1 foot from the back intact. Then brace it. You could go all the way top to bottom but need to reinforce with cross pieces. You'll be putting a lot of weight at the back so also need to worry about it being tongue light.

I like this idea. A lot. It makes good sense and allows me to achieve my goal.

JUST SMOKIN'
08-14-2013, 08:17 AM
We run a 40' toy trailer and have a deck. We bought 2 scissor jacks like those used to level and attached them to the back door with steel 4" x 4" plates and carriage bolts, unload what you need with the ramp down and then put the gate up and level with scissor jacks. You can modify 1 10 x 10 easy up and connect two of the legs to the door lock mechanism, and make two extensions for the outside legs and create a great canopy.

Tim Schopp

TIM'S FULL BELLI DELI
Oshkosh, WI

Q-Dat
08-14-2013, 09:42 AM
We run a 40' toy trailer and have a deck. We bought 2 scissor jacks like those used to level and attached them to the back door with steel 4" x 4" plates and carriage bolts, unload what you need with the ramp down and then put the gate up and level with scissor jacks. You can modify 1 10 x 10 easy up and connect two of the legs to the door lock mechanism, and make two extensions for the outside legs and create a great canopy.

Tim Schopp

TIM'S FULL BELLI DELI
Oshkosh, WI


Sounds like a nice setup but how many spots are they making you pay for? That would be almost 50 feet. Down here the spots are usually 20 feet.

shortyssmoke
08-14-2013, 12:12 PM
Timmy's crew uses two spots...but one is just for the wrestling tourny on Friday night. :)