Agree. It's my car that sits outside when I'm using it. Not my wife's! I found unpainted 4 X10' .032 sheets for $48 ea. at discount steel Mpls to run through it . Hoping to create side panels with 4" brakes on it for the tiny vacationaire . The deeper throat on this model should allow it.
The throat is the issue I struggled with. 14" was the max. You really have a full 2' depth?
For multiple campers it makes sense.
By the way, the brake and metal took over both parking spots in my garage and took two people to operate. Three would have been better.
No not 2' Its a 20 3/8" throat, and 44" sheet width (not 48" or 49") is the max width to get 4" brake pattern on a 20 3/8" throat brake. Using this brake will get you siding for lower profile trailers like a forester or friendship vacationaire or any trailer where each panel width, top or bottom is 44" or less, Including any seam lock or auto mold you are going to bend. This last trailer I did, I bought the completed panels from hemmit, ( worked great!) but with the stock 48" wide sheets, I ended up trimming almost a foot off the btm panel and 4" off the top anyway. And I paid for those extra Brakes I didn't use! Downside is If you ran a 48" width sheet into a 20 3/8" throat, you would end up with an 8" brake in the center of the panel. That would make your trailer stand out! My plan is to cut the sheet width before adding the brakes. I bought the shear to cut with the brake and it works awesome. This wide throat brake is not a solution for everybody, especially if your doing "tall" trailers. My thinking is stuck on these lower profile trailers, cause it's all I've got!
Very old post, but, if you have a manufacturer near you that forms steel siding for pole barns near you, check them out. The one near me just bought a brake with a three foot throat capable of bending .030 steel, 21' long. Much cheaper for me than shipping from the west coast. I also have access to a Pittsburg seam machine that my cousin owns.
Sure unpainted .030 steel will rust, that's just the capacity of the brake. It would most likely bend up to .045 aluminum. I am contemplating using 29 (.015") gauge steel for everything but the roof. It comes painted with Valspar in a dozen colors, with a 40 year guarantee against rust. My trailer is stored inside except when I'm camping. The steel will weigh 81 pounds more than aluminum but I can buy it 12 miles from my home, and the vender will put the 6" bends in it for me, for $275. That's thousands less than Hemet, since I live in Ohio.
$182 for both sides, front and rear, and I'll use the old metal from the roof as its in very good shape. I can buy matching paint for the roof. I'll absorb the 81 additional pounds of weight for this much savings. Some may say dissimilar metals, steel and aluminum may cause a problem, but I took out what seems like millions of steel brads holding the aluminum roof to the curbing, so I don't see a problem. My trailer is presently down to the channel iron and angle iron frame awaiting sand blasting and paint before I install the new floor, birch plywood and walls. I am very fortunate to have a gorgeous shop that is heated AND air conditioned, so I can work year round. Oh, my trailer is a 62 Shasta.