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post #1 of 14 Old 05-09-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Sports Trailer

My wife and I do a lot of outdoor recreational sports. I had looked at several different trailers, such as the Yakima RackandRoll, but for $2250, I knew I could build a much better, multisport trailer. I have started fabricating it to pull our canoe, kayaks, and dirt bikes. I am building it so that it can be flipped over for one side to carry the dirt bikes and the other side to carry the water sports equipment. I have also made a 12'6" beam that will attach the the front to extend the trailer out for the canoe. I also have an additional 4' piece to attach to the canoe extension so that the trailer becomes a 20' trailer for transporting the steel beams for future projects. Sure beats the 20' beams hanging over both the front and back of the Jeep!








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post #2 of 14 Old 05-09-2012, 11:48 AM
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Interesting. I will be watching this one...
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-09-2012, 12:08 PM
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Sorry for the slightly off topic question...but in the first picture is that a magnetic welding ground? I'm a pretty novice welder but I saw one of those in a welding supply store recently and thought it looks pretty handy, but had no idea how well it works so I didn't buy it.

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Sorry for the slightly off topic question...but in the first picture is that a magnetic welding ground? I'm a pretty novice welder but I saw one of those in a welding supply store recently and thought it looks pretty handy, but had no idea how well it works so I didn't buy it.
It works perfectly. As you can see in the pic, I now have no other way of connecting the ground to the steel as I have closed off all of the ends. Definitely worth getting!

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post #6 of 14 Old 05-13-2012, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some more pics of the trailer after finishing more of it today. The next thing will be getting the wheels and fitting them on and welding the spindles to the spindle mounts, before attaching the mounts to the trailer.








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post #7 of 14 Old 05-20-2012, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Here is the final picture of the main portion of the trailer. I am still working on the canoe extension, but should have that done in another day. I used one of my mountain bikes as a test for the trailer.










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Here is a pic of it with the canoe extension. The extension still needs to caps welded onto the ends and the bolts attached to the arms for the Yakima bars to be mounted. At that point, I can paint it and install the Yakima canoe holder. That is the final piece of the trailer and it is finished. There will be one more piece, and that will be the dirt bike rails to mount on the opposite side of the trailer, but I am waiting on that until we actually buy our dirt bikes later this year.


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Very cool idea. Are you planning on any sort of detachable fenders/wheel wells or anything? If TN is like UT, a trailer of that size does not need to be registered, so they wouldn't be necessary, but it might be kinda nice to keep the road spray down tho while you're traveling.
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Very cool idea. Are you planning on any sort of detachable fenders/wheel wells or anything? If TN is like UT, a trailer of that size does not need to be registered, so they wouldn't be necessary, but it might be kinda nice to keep the road spray down tho while you're traveling.
Thanks. Yes. I am going to mount fenders on it and make the switchable by welding bolts sticking up on the top and bottom sides so that I can just unscrew the fender off of one side and flip it to the other. As for the towing lights and license plate, I am going to use wireless towing lights that I found the other day at TSC and then make a plate holder that will swivel over to match the side the trailer is sitting on. The reason I am getting it licensed is because I know we definitely will be going out of state sometimes and it definitely has to be licensed at that point.

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Good plan. I ended up licensing my little M416 for the same reason. We used it to haul gear to Half Moon Bay and Lake Tahoe last summer... Cali definitely requires registration
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It works perfectly. As you can see in the pic, I now have no other way of connecting the ground to the steel as I have closed off all of the ends. Definitely worth getting!
Little late but... you can always tack-weld a little piece of flat stock to the frame somewhere and use that as a ground point. Project done and ready to paint? Grind the tack weld away and you'll never know the flat stock was there.

Interesting idea for a multi-use trailer. I like anything that can be made to fill different needs as your demands change. How's the cargo gunna handle the ride with no suspension? Or am I missing some sort of independant torsion bar set-up?

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Little late but... you can always tack-weld a little piece of flat stock to the frame somewhere and use that as a ground point. Project done and ready to paint? Grind the tack weld away and you'll never know the flat stock was there.

Interesting idea for a multi-use trailer. I like anything that can be made to fill different needs as your demands change. How's the cargo gunna handle the ride with no suspension? Or am I missing some sort of independant torsion bar set-up?
That is a good point! Thanks.

There really isn't any need for suspension on it. It is mainly hauling our canoes, kayaks, river boards, and bicycles. We don't have the dirt bikes yet, but I have looked at other motorcycle trailers and some don't have suspension on them, so I am not really that worried about that.

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You all can take a look at all of my pics on my Facebook album of the project.


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