So I've decided to get this project started, I've got a trailer that at times is a little much to tow for day trips or longer trips so I decided to sit down and bust out a sled deck.
Some items I needed to consider
1-I run a large bedbox with a fuel tank in it so I dont want to pull and store it all winter so the sledeck will have to allow to keep the bed box in
2-I want simple and clean and haul two sleds
3-I have a dually so there's no need to make it an expandable deck as my fenders always stick out
4-I don't want to pull the sledeck when I haul my trailer that has a short tongue so I may make the beavertail part flip over back into the bed
5- I didn't want to spend a fortune on it
6-three tow points to winch up any dead sleds
So at work we have a new tube laser which makes cutting and notching tube a breeze, also adding any holes or reliefs- I looked at what we had for excess stock material and decided on 1.75x.120wall square tube for the main frame work and 2x.120 wall for the front to rear runners. Doing some figuring and to clear the bedbox made it pretty simple to see what I needed to make- it ended up using one stick of 2" and 4sticks of 1.75 material. Also having the tube laser took me less than 5 minutes TOTAL to cut all material to exact length and add saddle notches for the top cross rails, adding the saddle notches left .250 of material at the bottom but made the top where the decking will mount completely level- I'm over explaining but the pics will show it
From here out I need to order two sheets of .125 Alum diamond plate for top decking and I think I'm going to laser cut two side rails out of 3/16's Aluminum and just make them bolt on for simplicity, then a ramp that will slide under and a front headache rack to keep ski's out if my rear window! Also some ski runners and tiedowns systems- I think rear flood lights as well as under deck lights to see gear in the bed
Any thoughts or advice will be considered as I've never built a sledeck before, the pics so far show what 5min at work and an evening welding after work has accomplished
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