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Old 07-31-2017, 10:07 AM
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Hello all, would like input on if it's worth it to buy or build a utility trailer. My nephew just purchased a house and money is tight for him. would like to surprise him with a trailer. He would use it to transport building materials from home depot and to the dump. Do you need an engineering degree, or is it pretty straight forward. If I build one, would like to make it 8 feet long. This way, he can just slide lumber or standard size drywall onto it. will be pricing stuff. Thanks
If you have the iron in your resource pile it can be cheap. As a for instance, I built a 4 x 8ft trailer out of scrap 2x4" tubing in 1987 in one day, and moved all my family belongings a thousand miles to Yellowknife. Since then it has moved my kid to and from Vancouver, and finally back to Alberta from the Arctic. Then as a farm trailer hauling junk around here. Now the wood is rotted, and I am putting new springs, wood, axle and lights.

If you have the wood and iron, I would buy the lights and axle. You can make your own axle, but I found, because I used a car spindle which no longer exists, I cannot get rims or replace a damaged hub. A new axle is $150 here and lights kit around $35 on sale.
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:13 AM
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If you plan to build, etrailer.com is your friend.
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:50 AM
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I would got the build route but that is my preference. I tend to over build
stuff, we used to call it sailor-proofing.

What is he going to be pulling it with, based on the discussion here I assume
he does not have a pick-up. So you have to keep in mind what the towing
vehicle is.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:01 AM
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What is he going to be pulling it with, based on the discussion here I assume
he does not have a pick-up. So you have to keep in mind what the towing
vehicle is.
I kinda thought that too.

I would make it a "Faux pick up" meaning 5' x 8', with sides, and maybe a ladder rack type overhead framework (removable) for ladders and long poles
(and canoes, and kayaks, and kids....)

The framework could also support a nice tarp to make it enclosed.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:18 AM
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There's a bit of fun factor in a trailer build too. It's a pretty simple project that most every ag student has attempted in shop class. Nothing wrong with beefing it up and adding in little extras as you see fit along the way. As long as you have the shop space and the time, it's worth a shot at least once.

You can get that same "I did that" feeling from buying used and rehabbing it too. If you can find a deal, you can save money in the end.


Shop around, see what you can find, and don't get in a hurry. Something will turn up if you keep the cash on hand.
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:54 PM
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He does have a pick up, but it only has a 6 foot bed. I helped him tear down a couple of walls and his ceiling in his kitchen. afterwards, we loaded his truck up with mostly drywall, but he would still have to make a second trip. I'll keep looking. the idea of buying a used trailer and refurbishing it sounds interesting, as long as I can get it for a good price. I've never own a trailer before, do you register like a car? does it come with a title or just a bill of sale? Thanks
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:47 PM
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Don't forget to scour craigslist for "boat trailers".

You can make you bed on top to whatever you want, wiring, axles,
tires and suspension is already done.
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:52 PM
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It will have a title or something called a Certificate of Origin. I'm guessing that in NY you will need a license plate.
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