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Username Post: Building a car trailer        (Topic#194913)
Gary_K 
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07-24-08 12:15 PM - Post#1484756    

I would like to have a car trailer for my 55, but coughing up a multi kk$ hair ball is not my idea of fun I've seen a couple of home built trailers that don't look all that bad. Let me know if you've ever built or assisted building one and what was the outcome??
thanks,

gk


 


Rick_L 
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07-24-08 12:30 PM - Post#1484763    
    In response to Gary_K

My experience is that it's hard to buy all the materials for what you can buy one for. That was when steel was a lot cheaper - might be worse now.



 
acardon 
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07-24-08 12:43 PM - Post#1484774    
    In response to Rick_L

I was thinking the same thing. The axles, wheels, tires, and brakes are going to be close to a $1000. Check Craig's list in your area. I've seen pretty nice ones for less than $2000.

Don
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jeffs55 
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07-24-08 12:45 PM - Post#1484776    
    In response to acardon

Just drive it....

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Mad55surfer 
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Loc: VA.
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07-24-08 01:52 PM - Post#1484806    
    In response to Gary_K

Why would you want a trailer? Doesn't the motor run?

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HYPR 
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07-24-08 03:06 PM - Post#1484859    
    In response to Gary_K

Rick makes a very good point however a way of getting around this is to look for burned out or otherwise casualty loss trailers. For example I recently saw a burned out 28 foot toyhauler in the desert. These can be picked up for a song and make a good base for building your own car hauler. Strip and clean up one of these Lehland or other brand frames and build a floor then walls and you may be half way there. They would certainly be strong enough to hold a car after all they are built to handle far more weight. All you would need to buy/fabricate a tailgate and you are done.
Just an idea.
Bob

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sedandelivery55 
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07-24-08 04:45 PM - Post#1484927    
    In response to HYPR

I've helped build a few trailers using the axles from a mobile home. You can get them with electric brakes or without, we always used one of each.

Lee

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Nick P 
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07-24-08 05:04 PM - Post#1484944    
    In response to Gary_K

  • Gary_K Said:
I would like to have a car trailer for my 55, but coughing up a multi kk$ hair ball is not my idea of fun I've seen a couple of home built trailers that don't look all that bad. Let me know if you've ever built or assisted building one and what was the outcome??
thanks,



Not a great picture of my 18' Dove Tailed Trailer, but for $1500 you can't build it. Bigtex.com






 
Rick_L 
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Loc: Katy, Tx, USA
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07-24-08 05:22 PM - Post#1484960    
    In response to Nick P

Nick, I'll take it for $1502. You won't even have to deliver it.

GaryK, you didn't really say what you had in mind for a trailer. Something like Nick's? Something more, something less?



 
Nick P 
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07-24-08 06:44 PM - Post#1485010    
    In response to Rick_L

Me too. I am certain they have gone up. Mine rides great, never know it's there. I have over 12000 miles on it - no issues.

http://bigtextrailers.com/trailers/70dm.html



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CharlieC 
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07-24-08 08:25 PM - Post#1485050    
    In response to Nick P

I bought one just like Nick's with a full metal floor and metal shield across the front for $1,750 on ebay from a dealer in Dallas.

I'm with the others... unless you have nothing else to do with your time, I don't think you can build one for what you can buy one for. RacingJunk.com is another place to look.

Charlie

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Datguy57 
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07-24-08 09:15 PM - Post#1485067    
    In response to Gary_K

I've built a lot of car haulers and used trailer house axles BUT the bad thing is they use 14 1/2 inch wheels or most of them do. A few of the older trailer houses used a small bolt pattern and 15" tires The thing about the trailer house axles is the tires are hard to find used and they don't seem to last a long time on the road . You really need to buy axles and they are usually 5 on a 5' bolt pattern.
If you collect all of the parts for a trailer you get a lot more wrapped up in it than you think you will.
I always had a lot of material laying around is why I built mine and I then got the trailer I wanted built the way I wanted.
Look around for a used one you'll find one but be careful as you'll find you have a lot more friends when you have a trailer sitting around
I always had trouble knowing where mine was

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HYPR 
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07-24-08 09:50 PM - Post#1485074    
    In response to 56BUDDY




Now that's one really cool and practical car hauler with a ton of neat features. Who built it? If I had the money at the moment, it would be in front of my house by the weekend!
Bob

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56BUDDY 
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07-24-08 10:07 PM - Post#1485078    
    In response to HYPR




Now that's one really cool and practical car hauler with a ton of neat features. Who built it? If I had the money at the moment, it would be in front of my house by the weekend!
Bob



Bob, not sure of the builder. It was owned from a friend who recently passed away.
I've never really seen a trailer like it. Those side doors are just too cool! If I had the space, it would be parked at my house.

Mel

Mel




 
alans 55 
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07-25-08 04:53 AM - Post#1485144    
    In response to Gary_K

took and old 16' utility trl and modified it to a car trailer. added a 3' dovetail on the back and made the ramps slide out the back to be easier on my back. they are 6' and have grip strut tops to stop any tire slippage. had to move the wheels and axles back to get the proper distance with the addition. made the fenders removable by pulling 2 pins. the only drawback is that this is an older one that is only 6'6" wide and you have to watch clearances between the axles. guessing have less than a 1k in it including the new tires,wheels, brakes and wiring.



yeah, I know it's on the trailer but had to get it home after dropping a rod on run.



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HAL_396 
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07-25-08 05:18 AM - Post#1485158    
    In response to alans 55

I have a tilt trailer I bought from Jim's trailers in Tipton, IA. I believe they run about $1625 now.

I will say that if you store your trailer outside, get one with a metal floor. My has wood and its starting to rot after about 6 years. Maybe treated lumber will last longer but it's rotting from the bottom up.

HAL

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5rob5 
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07-25-08 06:45 AM - Post#1485200    
    In response to Gary_K

You are better off buying one. We have a metal fabrication shop at work and steel prices have gone through the roof. If you are not in a hurry I would do like Bob said and look for a toy hauler or something simular.
Rob.

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GaryC 
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07-25-08 07:32 AM - Post#1485232    
    In response to acardon

  • Quote:


Yeah, ditto that. Some nic eones well under 2K.

Gary

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wagonman100 
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07-26-08 06:40 AM - Post#1485780    
    In response to GaryC

You are probably better off just buying one, unless you want to incorporate features not found on production trailers. I would like to get one, but I have no place outside to keep it, so I'd have to have one that fits in the garage and have a car on it while in there. I will drive my cars almost all the time, but there are times you need a trailer. You can rent one, but if you need one often enough, that's not practical. I just saw a fold up trailer in Popular Hot Rodding, but it's weight capacity is only 3,000 pounds.

Jay
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Thurman55 
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07-26-08 11:50 AM - Post#1485919    
    In response to wagonman100

A lot of good points being made here in regards to buying or building a trailer. My 2¢ worth:having built numerous trailers over the years when steel was readily available and affordable there is no doubt that in today's market I would only recommend to buy. Unless you had access to almost free steel and had your own shop where you could write off some of the expenses involved. Here in S. Ga. we can no longer buy steel from salvage yards. Nothing, not any. If it goes through the gate, it cannot be sold. Now, I've been told and have not followed up on this one-supposedly in Ga. there is now a law that forbides using a "mobile home or manufactured housing" axle on a utility, stock, auto hauling,and other type trailers. I have used them but never liked them anyway. They are usually too wide and have to be cut down, therefore you have to be careful with the built in camber. The post about the tire sizing is correct. The lug nuts, or clamp nuts, seem to work loose more often than regular auto type lug nuts. My experience with mobile home type electric brakes is bad, they lock up too often. There are sources in S. Ga. where you can buy a really good, steel decked, dovetailed trailer with sliding rear ramps for $1600. Add accessories of your choice and have what you want. I also would like one of those enclosed trailers with the sliding side doors pictured in the post. That's just way too cool. David.



 
Thurman55 
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07-26-08 11:51 AM - Post#1485921    
    In response to Nick P

NickP-is that a jig for building frames on your trailer? Looks very nice.



 
Steves32 
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07-27-08 09:42 PM - Post#1486757    
    In response to Thurman55

Most guys I know who built trailers had several problems.
1st was registering it w/ DMV (at least here on left coast)
2nd was the weight.
Home made trailers usually weigh more. Not always but most of the time. You don't want a pig you can't haul anywhere.
Even the manufactured ones get heavy. A friend of mine has a 20 ft enclosed for sale from a big name builder. Trailer alone weighs in at close to 7,000 lbs & that's no car! Has every bell & whistle on it & no one wants it at his $3500 asking price (he paid 4 times that).
He has an all aluminum enclosed trailer that weighs a whole lot less now.



 
Gary_K 
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07-28-08 06:19 PM - Post#1487427    
    In response to Steves32

All good points and I think everybody answered my question.
Thanks for the great feedback

gk


 
toms57 
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01-31-21 12:15 PM - Post#2813346    
    In response to Gary_K

What ever you decide, buy or build, put as much axle and tire combination that you can afford under it now. Working on the highway because you just barely have enough under it to carry the load Really Sucks!!!

Toms57



 
56sedandelivery 
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01-31-21 12:58 PM - Post#2813353    
    In response to Gary_K

Cough up the hairball, and be done with it. 5 years ago I bought a "nice", used car trailer with dual axles, 4 wheel electric brakes (Wa. State requirement), aluminum, diamond plate for the tire flooring (open in the center). The fenders were a little dinged up, and the wiring/lights were in sorry shape. But, for $600.00, I thought I could rebuild it, and have a really nice trailer. Stripped it down and rebuilt the brakes (they had not actually been used at all-wiring never connected), took the fenders off, and pounded out the dents, and straightened them up. Took a wire wheel mounted to my HD grinder, and went to work. Then, I needed another cervical spinal surgery (2016). That put things on hold for quite a while. Come summer I decided time to paint it with Hammerite paint, but it was so hot out, the paint dried on the brush, so painting was put on hold for cooler weather (it's either hot or raining here). Had the wheels sand blasted after taking the bad tires off, bought FIVE new tires, and a spare rim. Bought the best Harbor freight winch (12,000 lb) they had because a friend swears by them. All new lights and wiring, and the trailer came with a 7 foot long, 3 foot wide, 3 foot tall diamond plate aluminum box with gull wing doors at each end, that has been sitting in my back yard. It's a dove tail trailer, and because of the box that mounts to the front, it's longer than most car trailers. Other projects have delayed the trailer, hot weather has delayed the trailer, rain has delayed the trailer, and I just had another spinal surgery on 1-5-2021, so that's going to delay it even further. I should have just bought a new trailer, and been done with it. So, like I said, just cough up the hairball, and be done with it. Anyone want to buy a nice trailer (some assembly required)? I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 


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