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  • ev372
    started a topic Utility Trailer Plans/Questions

    Utility Trailer Plans/Questions

    I have searched the message board and the internet for utility trailer plans/ ideas, with little success. Has anyone used one these plans with good results or willing to share some plans? I want to build a 6' x 12' trailer w/ 24" sides and a drop gate, #3500 axle. I have looked at some trailers to get ideas but most seem to be under built. I want to over build mine, to add a measure a safety in case it is overloaded by a friend. Any help or offers would be great. I bought the MM 175 and thought this would be a good project to break it in on instead of my MM 130.

  • aametalmaster
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    Originally posted by CAGO View Post

    I was told that 6' 6" would work if the box was on this size of trailer without the need to worry about it blowing over as it is pulled down the road
    It would work unless you were 6'8" tall. 6 foot would work for me...Bob

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  • CAGO
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    how tall would a cargo box be on a 6'x12' trailer

    What I am doing is buying 6x12 foot trailer the first 4 foot will be used for storage
    after that i want to build a cargo box on the trailer

    I want to be able to stand up in the box. I was told that 6' 6" would work if the box was on this size of trailer without the need to worry about it blowing over as it is pulled down the road


    Do you have any ideas on this?

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  • cope
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    Originally posted by fernesto View Post
    Chris,
    If you still have the plans could you please email them to me? I have spent countless hours on the internet looking for "free" plans and cannot find any. My email is adamfesta19@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance.
    Look here, Basic plans for single and tandem axle trailers. Champion also has all the parts you will need.

    http://www.championtrailers.com/UTIL...AILER_KITS.HTM

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  • fernesto
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    Chris,
    If you still have the plans could you please email them to me? I have spent countless hours on the internet looking for "free" plans and cannot find any. My email is adamfesta19@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance.

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  • cajuncat
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    Originally posted by SundownIII View Post
    cajuncat,

    That trailer looks substantial enough to haul your Trailblazer, along with the pickup you've got the Trailblazer mounted on.

    Just kidding, nice work.

    Can't beat the cost of materials.
    Just put the finishing touches on it this weekend.And my luck continues on the materials.The company that we use at work for all our painting told me for 2 cases of budwieser they would sandblast & paint it for me.Its in the shop getting painted as we speak.My buddy that I asked to hook up the electric brakes for me will supply all the lights for it for a case of bud light.And my father-in-law has the pressure treated boards left over from a job for me.I guess its nice when people don't mind working for beer instead of cash.Just hope I have the same kind of luck getting work for it.

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  • SundownIII
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    cajuncat,

    That trailer looks substantial enough to haul your Trailblazer, along with the pickup you've got the Trailblazer mounted on.

    Just kidding, nice work.

    Can't beat the cost of materials.

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  • vinniethesmelt
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    Would like a copy of the plans

    Chris,

    If the plans are still available i sure would like a copy of them Thanks In Advance
    you can send them to vinniethesmelt@hotmail.com

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  • ev372
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    Dave,
    I got a set of plans from Chris, so Im sure that will help with filling in some of the blanks and questions I might have as the building process goes along. On the tounge, I am going no less than 3" channel. I want to be able to load sod, dirt or gravel with out the worry of bending the tounge. I just wasnt sure what you used for yours and I understand what you said about building it to what its intended usage will be. Hey Thanks for the email on the steel companys, I will make some call this week. Thanks, Eric

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  • cajuncat
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    I still have some of the finish work to do to it like a spare tire rack.I'm thinking about using tubing to go from one side rail to the other where it arches over the welding machine to wrap my leads and hoses on.I have to make my brackets to hold my bottles.I will put a tool box on the front of it.And install my air compressor on it to so there will be more on it besides just a welding machine,but still a lot more trailer than for what it is hauling.

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  • dabar39
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    over built

    cajuncat, nice job on your trailer, yes , for the usage you describe it is a bit on the over kill side. Given the fact the materials were free, I would have done the same. The only thing that I may have done different from you is the placement of your 2x3's. I would have stood them on the 3" side so there is a kick board to help smaller items from wanting to slide out. Other than that it looks well constructed and should outlast you. Dave

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  • cajuncat
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    I guess this would qualify as one of those overbuilt trailers.The base frame is made out of 4"channel from the tongue all the way to the back of the trailer.The frame on top of it to hold my boards are 2"x3"x1/4"angle.The top box frame is made out of 2"x2" angle.The axles are rated 6000#.and all of this is mainly to haul my trailblazer on,so I would say its overbuilt.But the reason the material is so heavy pretty much everything was free.the only thing I will have to buy is the jackstand,coupler,lights,and the boards so I made it with what was availbe to me.
    Attached Files

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  • dabar39
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    it all depends on trailer usage

    Quick question- do you use the box tube for the frame or the angle for the frmae?

    It all depends on the actual usage of the trailer. If the buyer says he's only gonna use it for recreational purposes and isn't going to haul real heavy stuff, I will go with angle for the main frame. If he tells me he's gonna use it in his construction business I will step it up a little bit. As I said earlier in this post,I do not have any set plans for trailers. I just try to build them to their owners needs. Sometimes angle is all you need, sometimes I will go with channel, and sometimes I go with the box tube.

    If you are planning to use the trailer as a general (light) duty trailer and don't haul bunks of plywood or pallets of sod on a regular basis an angle frame would be fine for the average home owner type of trailer. Dave

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  • ev372
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    Dave,
    Thanks for the offer. If you can send me a number that would be great. My email address is: ev372@msn.com I dont mind driving to Orlando; its only 45 min. away to possibly save some bucks. Hey, I can stop at the Bass Pro Shop while Im there ; well there goes my saving from the steel On Monday Im going to call a place in Lakeland to check there prices.
    Quick question- do you use the box tube for the frame or the angle for the frmae? i like that idea of using box tube but concered about the additional weight. Thanks again to everyone for the help, Eric

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  • weld-tek
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    i used to build trailers at a small factory,now i just build a few customs.i build em all out of tube,and 39 is correct in saying 2 x 3 tube will fit the bill on most all common utility trailers,and i agree it is much neater.i hide all my wiring in the tubes.

    got to build one right now for a contractor,ordered the axles this morning,2- 7000lb dexters with brakes on both,gonna build this one out of 11ga 2 x 4 tube.

    imo,tube is a little higher but makes a much better product.you can miter all the corners for the frame and any railing and not have any open ends which looks great.just my opinon

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