A trailer is a compartment used to accommodate additional storage space and is easily attached to a vehicle for mobility. Types range from the simple box-like variety without cover, to more elaborate versions which protect its contents from the weather and prying eyes. In addition to using trailers for storage and transportation of goods, they can be mobile homes used as permanent residences or for vacation breaks.
Assuming you are keen to own a trailer, you have the option to purchase or build one. First, do some homework on how to build a trailer. Will the trailer be an extension to the trunk of your car or will it be your living quarters during road trips? Once you decide its purpose to transport things or people, read up on possible types and designs from how-to books and the internet. If you have friends who have some prior experience, pick their brains. Else the local hardware store is always a good bet for advice and tips on how to build a trailer.
If you are an amateur at building trailers, the best option is to follow a ready design. They are very helpful as they list the required materials and tools, with clear instructional steps. Establish a workplace with sufficient space, power and lighting. Since a fair amount of welding work is required, either hire or purchase a welding machine. If you have no prior experience, join a welding class as it’s a skill worth having if you’re intending to venture into more home projects. Else, engage the services of a professional welder. Rope in some able-bodied family members or friends as this is not light work for a solo builder.
Since a trailer is going to bear a substantial load, ensure the construction of frame and axle is sturdy. Determine the trailer’s center of gravity complies by the law of Physics as it poses as a road hazard if it tips and shed its load midway. The trailer’s tongue, being the sole connection to the pulling vehicle, must be of robust material and able to bear the weight of the trailer with full load. It is important not to skimp on these aforementioned areas.
For a long-lasting trailer, coat its metalwork with a rust-proof material. Treat the wooden boards to withstand extreme weather conditions. Regardless of whether you use the trailer for days or nights, attach tail lights to avoid unwanted collisions. Add a roof, walls and doors to protect and secure your trailer’s contents. If you are building a trailer as living quarters, run the power, gas and water lines in the proper manner to avoid leakage and shorting of circuits.
As added incentive to your trailer building activities, why not get someone to film the process? You then end up with a physical trailer to transport items and a movie trailer with memories of your 1st big project.