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Old 03-05-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Anyone ever done this? I have access to a small flat bed trailer that I am thinking of converting to an enclosed trailer. I am looking for a few tips/pointers from those of you who have built one in the past. I dont think I need it real fancy, I just dont want the thing blowing apart while I am going 70 mph down the interstate. Any and all info will be helpful.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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Yes sir I made a 5ft x 8ft enclosed trailer on old fold down camper frame, it worked out great I made the frame out of 1in x 1in square tube and wire welded the frame had the welding shop put a small radius on the top frame so water and snow would run off.
Bought .90 aluminum for the skin and had diamond plate for the front rock guard of the trailer. I use 3/16 big headed rivets and put silicone chalk on the frame to adhere the skin, trimmed it all out with aluminum angle.
Turned out almost perfect!
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:29 PM   #3
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I have a friend up in Nebraska that made his own with plywood It looks and works really nice. It is real sturdy, he pulls it 80+ mph down I-80.

I will be up at his kennel tomorrow and if the trailer is there I will snap a pic for you.

Does your trailer have a ramp on the back? A picture of your trailer might help if you want to post it up
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:40 PM   #4
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Dean,
What did a trailer like that run you? Did you do the welding yourself or was it all done at the weld shop? As much as I would like to make this the greatest thing cruisin down the road, I just dont have the funds to do something like that. This is why I am going to try to do it myself.

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It does not have a ramp and it is fairly small if i remember right. It is my dads trailer. He used it to haul a riding lawn mower. I am thinking it is about 7 or 8 ft long. It could be shorter. I havent seen it for a while. I could try to get over there tomorrow to snap a pic but I will be pretty busy.
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I bought a small cart that had plywood sides and a steel frame from a guy that was used to pull behind a lawnmower. I took off the box he had on it, and made an enclosed trailer from plywood. I just made a 2x4 frame, and screwed plywood to it. It's nothing fancy, I have since bought a real enclosed trailer. I still have this one, mainly as a storage trailer. I put all of my full body mallards in it (5 Doz), 5 doz sleeper shells, and a few blinds. I didn't even rig it with trailer lights due to the fact it won't get pulled more than a half mile. I would trust it would stay together going down the highway or interstate, but wont do it since it has no trailer lights. If you are on a budget, great, if not, I'd hold out for a real enclosed. They wont leak or rot, you can lock them, etc. Good luck ! Huff
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I did everything myself except make the radius bends for the top
I had a short $600.00 in materials and that was 5years ago.
Aluminum 4x 10 foot sheets are around $90.00 today
Good luck I am sure plywood 1/4 inch would work but I would consider 3/8 for the sides if you are concerned about extra protection.
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I build my own trailer and I will never do it again. Its easier to just buy one, just save up and get the one you want.
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So here are the first pictures of this "trailer". I just yanked it out of the weeds this afternoon and bought new rims and tires. It is 8' long and jsut under 4' wide (inside to inside). I think I am going to replace the bearings since it has been sitting for 10 yrs or so. At the very least repack them. I pulled it home (approx. 13 miles) after changing the tires without issue, but I think I should replace them just to be safe. I think I am going to keep track of exactly what this POS is costing me. A brand new 4X8 from Wrightway in Hiawatha would run me $1500 (on sale).
Cost so far- $96, 2 tires and rims.
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I also got larger tires than are in the picture.
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What is the axle rating. It looks like 1000 to 1200lb. If thats the case it would not take much to overload it.
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What is the axle rating. It looks like 1000 to 1200lb. If thats the case it would not take much to overload it.
It is a homemade trailer. The tounge says 2000 lbs. It does have leaf springs for a suspension. I dont think that the material will be all that heavy. Some 2x4s and 1/2" plywood for the sides and maybe the top. Couple hundred pounds in gear. I wont be able to put that much stuff in there being only a 4x8. Will the axle have the rating marked somewhere?
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