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My Surveyor Build - July 2013- July 2015

Posted: November 15th, 2015, 7:04 pm
by flynlow

Re: My Surveyor Build - July 2013- July 2015

Posted: November 16th, 2015, 2:11 am
by AJW
Nice job, looks good.

Two questions

1: Was the trailer built from the plans Bryan sells?

2: What are your rudders made of & how were they made?

Re: My Surveyor Build - July 2013- July 2015

Posted: November 16th, 2015, 1:07 pm
by flynlow
Hello Al,

Yes the trailer is built from Bryan's plans and stretched to 16 feet, I also used individual torsion axles as they were sourced locally .

The rudders are made of 1/8" PVC plastic... 32" x 42" sheet folded in half to create a 16" x 42" Rudder. The internal frame is 1/2" square tubing with a 3/8" stainless dowel pin inserted into the end for rudder pivot and crank. All is bolted and pop-riveted, the tail end of the rudder is PVC glued. Still need to round out the tail ends but all and all they seem to work... time will tell on their longevity ?

Cheers Scot

Re: My Surveyor Build - July 2013- July 2015

Posted: November 16th, 2015, 2:09 pm
by AJW
I've ordered the trailer plans as I want an easier life onloading. With the longer craft unloading can be a pain because of the gap between skirt & ground that appears when half way off the trailer.

Is the PVC UV protected?

Re: My Surveyor Build - July 2013- July 2015

Posted: November 16th, 2015, 5:32 pm
by flynlow
This trailer makes life so much easier, takes a little getting use to ! I pull the craft with my wife's 2.5 L Mazda CX5 with no problem... tows nice !

Don't know if the PVC is uv protected... guess I could always paint them if not.

Re: My Surveyor Build - July 2013- July 2015

Posted: November 21st, 2015, 10:52 pm
by jchovernut
I have the same trailer & pulled it laden with Barry Palmer's 15' FanTastic, his old boat trailer, molds, & other stuff. My 1.9L VW Jetta TDI pulled it effortlessly from Seattle across the mountains to Orlando. The trailer rode along smooth as silk on the torsion axle...awesome design! I added stake guides in the front & back so I can make it into a box trailer for hauling stuff. Still have to fabricate the stake panels, though.