Build Your Own Trailer Box..?

Hi all,
I was in the process of hooking up my trailer to go get a bunch of free 1800's heart pine (I'll gloat on that later, after I've seen the material ;-)) and I thought "wouldn't it be nice to have an enclosed box that fits the trailer bed and lifts on/off via a hoist in the garage?" (like a Haul Mark etc). It would be the best of both worlds - leave the trailer bare for big ugly stuff (e.g. the wife's mulch :-)) and put the box on for more security (e.g. taking the tools to job sites).
Anyone have ideas for this or have done it before? I'm envisioning building a frame of either 1/2" angle iron or even wood, and then attaching lauan to it for a shell. Then maybe fiberglassing the whole mess for structural integrity/water tightness.
The one drawback is that I think I might be getting near the "you could've bought a damn Haul Mark for that!" point ;p-)
Cheers,
-Henry
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First question - is there already a hoist in the garage rated for at least 500#? If not, re-inforcing the frame in the garage to support such a hoist will add to the cost.
I saw this done in plywood - it was quite heavy and leaked a bit. Whatever material is selected - treat it like it will be in heavy rain frequently. That should eliminate the materials which would rot out.
On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 19:27:11 GMT, (Big Al Dexter) wrote:

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