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post #1 of 3 Old 03-24-2016, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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So last week my girlfriends dad allowed to give me his old trailer that he hasn't really used in years. The last time it was used was last August when we replaced the shingles on his shed and we threw the old ones in there. Unfortunately we never cleaned them out, and he wanted to get the trailer out of his yard. So it was free as long as I disposed of the singles.

So last weekend I hooked it up to the jeep and drove it home! The tires had gone flat and were barely holding air, but I made it home okay. I've had a lot going on since then, but since tomorrow is bulk trash day, I made the time to get it emptied. My dad had taken a few out a couple days ago but my brother and I got the rest today.

The plan is to strip it down to the frame, wire brush it clean and paint it with either rustoleum or por-15, then replace the deck with water sealed wood and do the same for the sides. I also plan on cleaning up the wiring and mounting the lights a little better.

So here's what I started with, and after the trailer was cleaned out.

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-26-2016, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Took the sides off yesterday and took the measurements needed to replace the sides. I'm leaving the deck on for now because I need something to haul our lawn tractor to the repair shop and having sides on it will make that lots more difficult.

I also decided that on the bottom deck when it gets replaced will be with pressure treated slats instead of one large piece of plywood. This way there will be some tiny cracks for water to seep out of and so the wood will last a lot longer, even though I plan on water sealing it.

So the next step is going to be starting to strip the paint off and cleaning the frame up and prepare for a fresh coat of paint.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-27-2016, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Bought paint stripper and a few cans of paint and primer for the frame and got started on the stripping. Turns out the trailer was blue and green before it was brown. Made some progress on getting it stripped and primed and painted the front left post. Probably shouldn't have actually painted the post yet because now I'll have to mask off where I painted when I get to prime some more.
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