Utility Trailer Build!

by Rick Tanguay
(Southington, CT. USA)

starting the trailer build

starting the trailer build

starting the trailer build
halfway done
utility trailer hidden ramps
completed utility trailer

A utility trailer build: 6' - 4" x 10', 3500 pounds.


I just bought a Millermatic 211 mig welder and needed a project to try out the machine. Seeing I own a zero turn mower, I thought I would fabricate a utility trailer to transport it.

The trailer took me about two weeks to build and I used two 10 pound spools of .035 welding wire and about 800 pounds of steel.

This utility trailer 6'- 4" x 10'.

Utility Trailer Build Picture Descriptions:

Picture 1: Just starting the build, the trailer frame is upside down

Picture 2: Mid point of build, tongue and fenders are on.

Picture 3: Showing how ramps are stored under trailer

Picture 4: finished 3500 pound gross wt. trailer

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Mar 09, 2014
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Determining gross weight
by: Anonymous

The gross weight is mostly determined by the axle and tire rating. Also, in Connecticut, you must have either electric or hydraulic brakes on the trailer when the gross weight is over 3000 lbs. (It might be even a little less than that) Check with your local state specifications first.

Mar 08, 2014
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Weight calculation
by: Anonymous

I am curious how the total weight that the trailer can handle is calculated? Is it just based directly from what wheels/axle/suspension via manufacter or is there more to it?

Mar 27, 2012
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trailer plans
by: Rick Tanguay

I bought the plans from trailerplans.com and they were well worth the twenty something dollars I paid for them. I modified the tailgate and made the sides 18" high instead of 16". I also added the ramp carrier under the trailer.

From trailerplans.com, you can also buy the fenders, lights, and axle package.

Rick

Mar 27, 2012
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Nice Job!
by: John McNitt

Thank you for posting your photos of the utility trailer build. It looks awesome! Did you use a plan or did you just figure out what to do? I especially like how you did the ramp storage.

What's next?

Feb 23, 2012
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TrailerFab
by: WeldingRod

Being the lazy sumbitch that I am, I just advertise for free derelict travel trailers. Strip them down, sell the aluminum and appliances, give away the insulation then put a deck on the resulting frame and running gear.

Usually costs me zero in the end and I sell them for $1200-1500.

As an old time welder using my own dollar I have learned to be both lazy and cheap.

Good job on the trailer; nice planning and execution.

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