Snowmobile Tilt Trailer Build welding project – Day 5

Snowmobile Tilt Trailer Build welding project – Day 5

Day 4 I wondered wether the leaf spring spacers were going to be too ‘tall’ for the leafs and axle.

After having thought about it for a few days, I’m going to trust that the engineered trailer prints have been tested and are correct and get on with Day 5 of my Tilt Trailer build welding project.

I also questioned placing the axle right at the centre point of the trailer frame. Hopefully everyone knows NOT to do this! Putting the axle at the centre point does not put enough of the trailers weight onto the hitch and causes issues when towing. I forgot to take into account the length of the triangular tongue section – the extra length out the front will put more weight on the hitch.

Empty Tongue Weight: 115 lbs

Anybody know the saying “eat the frog”? I had a high school teacher who loved to say that and in my adult life I’m learning the wisdom in it. It’s a well known productivity tactic. Do the ‘thing’ you least want to do FIRST. That way it’s over quickly, you don’t dread doing it, put it off or never do it entirely.

MY ‘Frog’ Day 5?

All the short cuts on these last tie down pieces are the ‘frogs’ I have to ‘eat’ today – marking carefully each one and cutting even more carefully and then sanding corners and burr removal on each piece… both ends….inside and out – UGH

I did finally cut all 12 tie down/side rail spacer pieces. Tedious with an angle grinder and zip cut, but something I really want done and just ready to go.

I did them in groups of 4 switching up the micro-tasks between cutting and cleaning. I’ve learned to play this little game with myself. I know my brain will get bored and start inventing ALL KINDS of things I would RATHER be doing. But I’ve learned that setting myself up is key to a fun build.

“set yourself up!”

With all my pieces cut and clean, I’m left with the fun and last bit of assembly of the main trailer frame. I can just get in the zone and COMPLETELY enjoy because I don’t have cutting these pieces still to do. This is actually SO nice.

I want to keep this feeling going by assembling the tie downs and rail on the side of the frame that has the least amount of clearance in the garage. We wanted access to our tools for other projects and unforeseen projects during this Snowmobile Tilt Trailer Build so kept it off to one side in the garage.

By the time I’m frustrated with the lack of space, the one side will be done and it will feel super roomy and easy on the other side. So nice.

Create ease. Especially in the places we WANT to be.


This is my Miller Maxstar SMAW/GTAW welder.

I am using 3/32″ 7018 rods at the settings in the picture. About 90 Amps with 40 – 50% of available DIG.

To be honest I’m feeling a little bored with the rectangle frame in the garage and wondering if I’m getting anywhere.

So, just to make myself feel better, I laid out the tongue pieces. I really DO NOT want to forget those 4 pipe sleeve pivot points!

Okay. Now I can visually see the next step coming together… that feels good!

Stay Awesome,


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