GREAT writeup. I just built one of these trailers and I followed your advice. Thanks!
I can't fine the corner brackets you used for the wood panels. What are they called and where did you find them?
There's a link in the post right above yours that goes to Northern Tool. They're right there the page.
Tony-2, I've been watching the trailer as I've been using it these last several months. I can see where there'd be a problem with the toungue but with having it welded I think it helps significantly. Welding the whole trailer as well as much as possible has also definitely been a good idea. You're right, the whole trailer frame is on the flimsy side and welding will definitely help. But then, anyone who sees this trailer in person will probably come to the same conclusions.
As a bit of an update:
I've come to REALLY like this little trailer. So far I've used it to haul:
- about 20 yards (in about fifteen 1.5 yrd trips) of rototilled sod for disposal
- made several dump runs with bulky loads
- hauled rented power equipment with the flat deck (no sides)
- moved large pieces of furniture
- picked up various loads of building materials for a remodel project
It has performed flawlessly at each of these tasks. What I've been finding is that except for the sod hauling most loads in the trailer tend to be bulky, not heavy. . . so it's modest load rating is not an issue. And the sod loads were right at the trailer's max weight limit.
Working through the side-panel and hinge design to maintain 48"+ internal clearance REALLY paid off when picking up building materials, especially 4x8 sheets of drywall and plywood.
These modular concrete form panels fit just right in the trailer's
48 3/8" clear-width bed area
Bearings seem to be holding up well. Even on the heaviest sod runs at max weight and 55-60 mph freeway speeds the bearings / hubs were nice and cool. And they've been nice and tights without play when I've checked for looseness in the hub
The extra effort put into the "quick" lock down features also really pays off. Without any tools the trailer can go from folded up and stored to hooked up with side panels installed in 3-5 minutes. Same time to stow the trailer after I'm done using it.
Most of the noise I've noticed comes from:
- Play in the receiver / hitch with no load on the trailer (it jiggles)
- the tongue-to-front trailer frame connection
- My screen-door securing hooks
- Panels w/ the corner brackets (they clang with some play)
Noises are GREATLY reduce with a load in the trailer.
When empty I use my 48" bungies at the forward and rear tie-down points and run them over the panels to keep tension on the panels. It keeps them from bang on all but the roughest bumps