Flatbed Utility Trailer PBL Project
This is a concentrator/capstone level metals project leading students through the design and fabrication of an all-purpose flatbed utility trailer.
Note: This project can be followed by the "Flatbed Trailer Project: Custom Options PBL Project" found here:
In this project, students will calculate and layout the necessary materials needed to build a 48/flatbed-trailer-project-custom-options-pbl-project" x 96" trailer. In the design and materials estimation process, students will evaluate materials to be used and create a cut list. Students will also discuss and evaluate placement rationale for axle location (forward to back ratio).
Once trailer design and materials estimation are complete, students will explore techniques to ensure the trailer frame is built square. Upon completion of the square frame components,angle iron rail, tongue, coupler and safety chains, a single axle will be installed based upon determined location. The decking materials will be fastened, followed by any desired peripherals and accessories including mounts for required lighting, electrical wiring and license plate.
The main project will be centered around the basic flatbed utility trailer design. However, custom optional features such as sides, rails, ramps and a tailgate could be added, depending upon the desired outcome. In the final steps of the fabrication process, students will apply finishing processes including base metal preparation and paint. Students will research DMV requirements for trailer registration for use on California roadways. Each of the technical and evaluative skills learned in this project will help build students’ skill-sets that are required in today’s manufacturing industry.
This project is brought to you by Matt Joiner (CTE) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Joshua Bradley.