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Q for those who have built or bought an off road trailer

I am curious what those of you who have built or bought your off road trailer for? I have been eyeballing AT's trailers for awhile and decided that I am going to build something similar. This has also lead me to wonder if there would be interest in a KIT version for the DIY people? Something that would come with all the steel cut to length and good directions for you to weld it together. The cargo box would be separate panels designed to bolt together with supplied hardware. Wondering what everyone's thoughts are. Would there be interest? what do you think an effective price point would be? I already have a prototype in the works for myself and a few local friends of mine. Just looking for more input.

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I think most people who have a welder to weld it together would also have all the other necessary items to cut the steel to the length they need.

Good idea though, expand your base though. Try expedition portal as well for interest.

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For my trailer, I went to a steel and trailer parts store. I drew sort of what I wanted then figured the size of metal once I was there. End up costing abut $500 from 3.5k axle, tires, wheels, metal and lights. Now it did take my dad and I 2 weekends of cussing and arguing, but that is the fun part.

The kits will end up costing close to that, then if you change you are looking at more money.

You just have to determine what you want in the end. If a kit will cover it great; if a kit won't cover what you want better off from scratch.


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Thanks Gunny. I was going to put out a thread over there as well when I get home. I am trying to look at all the ideas and options. Even offering completed trailers if there is enough interest...

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I went with modifying an existing platform, if the kit was reasonably priced I could see it, but shipping would deter most. If you are shipping decent materials the cost of transit will eclipse any savings versus building it yourself locally with raw materials.

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For my trailer, I went to a steel and trailer parts store. I drew sort of what I wanted then figured the size of metal once I was there. End up costing abut $500 from 3.5k axle, tires, wheels, metal and lights. Now it did take my dad and I 2 weekends of cussing and arguing, but that is the fun part.

The kits will end up costing close to that, then if you change you are looking at more money.

You just have to determine what you want in the end. If a kit will cover it great; if a kit won't cover what you want better off from scratch.


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I would always be open to ideas or design changes. Maybe later tonight I will try to put up some drawings of what I am currently building. To me, it's easy to work around a change or if someone would want something slightly different. If I do this and people are interested I feel that being flexible would be easy because being just me means no overhead. I would love to work with people on a slightly more custom basis.

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I went with modifying an existing platform, if the kit was reasonably priced I could see it, but shipping would deter most. If you are shipping decent materials the cost of transit will eclipse any savings from building it yourself locally with raw materials.
True. I would have to really look into shipping. Currently with the design I am working on, everything would stack nice on 1 maybe 2 pallets. It would all lay nice a flat.

Perhaps I could offer just some prints with cut lists and assembly instructions for people to source their own material. Kinda reminds me of the old "Boys Life" magazine from when i was in Scouts. You could get the go-kart prints for a dollar or something off the back pages. Lol.

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