I am new here to this forum and am revamping my camping/expedition trailer; I have searched some threads here but still have a few questions from the experts to help me along to ensure I am good to go. My trailer is a 8ft ford F-150 pick up bed with as much weight taken of as possible. Mainly all the unnecessary brackets, fuel system, brakes, and spider gears in the differential. I built it last year as a parts/utility trailer and because I soon ran out of room in my 94 Bronco. (Misc gear and the dog bed with a kid didn't help.) So I started taking it with me camping and long story short, I wanted a purpose built trailer for weekends in the mountains and still be able to use it for utility. Where I am at now is I the working trailer platform to build off, have 33 mud Terrains/alum rims and a Napier sportz tent III. My plans are to cut of the hitch and add a max coupler, 10lb Lite propane cylinder with American Van Freon tank mount, (it's cheap and the correct size) Valterra 9 gal fresh water tank with Rocket hand pump and a tongue storage box. There will other things, but these are the meat and potatoes.
The water tank will be mounted under the the trailer behind the axle and won't hang done to low, plus I will have a skid plate on its metal frame. Now I want to mount the storage box, hand pump and the propane on the trailer tongue. I want to first put sheet metal on the top of the V tongue to create a platform. Question is 1/8 thick be thick enough strong enough to hold the tongue box, propane and other misc goodies?
I also need to add a support cross member to between the frame rails for added strength and to butt the max coupler receiver tube to. I was thinking 1/8 steel and a rectangular tubing of 2x6 since the frame width is about 6 inches and it will have enough support for the receiver tube.
Lastly, I was looking at a 18" receiver tube; this should be a long enough extension for the tongue correct? The tongue length is now at 4ft and it has a pretty good balance. I know there are equations online, but just checking on your input.
Here a couple of pictures and thanks for any help! The tape measure is 18 inches if you can't read it. IMGP0002.JPGIMGP0001.JPG