Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Wildomar, Southern California 92595
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I received a couple of questions about specs, so I'll put them on here for those who want to build one on their own.
-The frame is 2x3 .120 wall and 4 feet by 6 feet, I chose 4x6 because its not too big and I buy the steel in 20 foot lengths, so there is no wasted steel.
-I then used 2x2 .120 wall for the floor, I dropped it an inch, so I could slip in the floor and have it flush with the frame and the bottom will also be flush.
-I don't know the manufacturer of the axle, but it's 63 inches hub face to hub and it's a 3500lb axle (needed to be tough for the trails), Most trailer supply stores can order from their vendor or you can find them online.
-Springs are from a Suzuki Sami. I had to modify the hangers and link plates to fit a 2 inch spring, because 3500lb trailer springs are narrower.
-Shocks, I just went to Napa's website and found the size I needed and picked them up from my local store.
-I used 16 guage sheet metal for the sides and the top.
-I used 1x2 .120 wall for the sides.
-The fenders, I had a sheet of 12 guage sheared at 14 inches, then I had them bend one inch on each side at 90 degrees, I then cut them down to 5 foot lengths, I then notched the flaps on the fenders at 18 inches from each end and bent them to the shape I wanted. I mounted them with 1.5x1.5 angle iron on the bottoms. A lot of work, but they look cool and are really strong once welded up.
-I framed the top with 1.5x1.5 angle iron and used 2x2 for stability and a rack to mount stuff on, possibly a kayak or tent.
-The hinges for the tailgate and top are made from a rod sleeved with tubing.
-One more important thing, on this trailer I placed the center of the axle 9 inches behind the center of the 4x6 frame to allow for tongue weight.
Obviously there are many ways to make one of these, but this is how I made mine.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Last edited by reddragons; 04-28-2010 at 11:08 AM.