Utility trailers are handy for a variety of things; they can be used to haul boats, furniture, building supplies, livestock, and other equipment. There are several types of utility trailers, which may be enclosed or open, large or small, and they can be also styled to match a specific towing vehicle. A WikiHow article provides steps for building a utility trailer.
Before starting, the type, method of construction, and the constructor’s ability should all be considered. If the trailer will be used to haul lumber or building materials, for example, it may need larger wheels and a stronger suspension, or an enclosed sturdy trailer for machinery and valuable tools. The type of vehicle that will be used to pull the trailer should also be considered; a trailer to haul groceries behind a bicycle will be significantly smaller than a trailer for a suburban, built to haul a table saw.
The builder’s level of ability should be also considered in deciding which kind of trailer to build. Building a trailer from scratch requires welding, carpentry, and electrical knowledge. That said, a trailer may also be built with utility trailer kits.
Once the type of trailer has been decided, it will be easier to decide which materials will be needed. Most designs, the article reads, consists of a bed, a hitch, a tongue, an axle with wheels, taillights, and a license plate frame. Once materials are gathered, a trailer frame should be assembled by welding a support frame and support beams.
Metal boards should then be attached to the frame bed. The axle and tires should be attached with 60 percent of the frame in front and 40 percent in the back to distribute the bed’s weight. Other common utility trailer parts, like the tongue and the hitch should be welded to the bed, and the park, brake, and signal lights should be affixed to the rear on either side.
Ultimately, building a utility trailer requires a lot of planning and skill. Building a utility trailer successfully, however, will entail reliable utility trailer parts.
(Article excerpt, How to Build a Utility Trailer, WikiHow)