Buy a trailer? Build a trailer? Loan a trailer? Buy a truck? Loan a
truck? Have the damn stuff delivered?
I have loaned a trailer and a truck from Mafia relatives. You know
the ones; you owe them for the rest of your life. I 've owned a
small truck that got very little use and cost too much to keep up.
And I looked at the 'kit' trailers sold by places with minimum wage
employess that cost 1000$ plus. And like other posts, these are bolt
After some thought. I bought the steel for the box frame and tongue
(trailer is 49" X 72" ) and used a rear coil spring axle assy from my
written off Chrysler car (I get to use 14" wheels). After 2 minutes
of hand hacksawing a piece of steel, I wised up and bought a steel
cutoff wheel and used my Sears mitersaw for all the cuts. This is
where welding experience is really handy. I went to a sheetmetal shop
and got them to bend 18 ga galavanized steel for my sides and
tailgates. I have one tail gate in the front and well as one in the
back. The bed is 1/2 plywood and supported 2' OC. The tongue looks a
bit long with both gates up, but makes it slightly easier to back up.
This way when I have it sitting idle, it uses less storage space than
an 8 footer and most stuff I carrry will fit in the 6 ft box. On
those days when I need sheets of drywall, plywood, long boards, etc,
both gates go down and the load can be evenly distributed for decent
tongue weight. The 12' boards sit on top with the gates up. The
capacity is under 1000 lb or until the trailer wheels get to within 2"
of the fenders. The rear coil springs used by Chrysler are not that
big. This just fine considering that I can haul it around with my
Fiero or any other 4cyl. car.
Total cost to me; about 400$. Value; about 1400$.
I gave it to my kid 700 miles away and built another using leaf
springs. (add 100$ to the cost) The coil springs give a nicer ride -
you don't know the traile is there on the highway. The leaf springs
increase capacity and you know there's a trailer behind you. Now
when she brings me lumber, I haul the finished stuff back to her and
we both have a usable 'haul ' vehicle.
Pete 'the builder'