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Old May 12th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #1
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I'm going to need a utility trailer this summer/fall. I've lost my big vehicle hauler for 4x8 sheets of stuff and bags of sand, etc... and I plan on selling my car hauling trailer, so I need to build something that I can tow around with our XJ.

I need it to fit 4'x8' sheets of plywood/drywall and be able to unload it.

It needs to be able to haul at least the max I can tow with the Cherokee which is about 5,000lbs.

It'll need to have sides (or removable sides) capable of supporting sand/dirt/gravel.

I'd prefer to keep it as a single axle.

I want to put surge brakes on it so I can tow with different vehicles without needing a brake controller.

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So, what would be ultimate utility trailer be? What kind of things have you seen that worked well, things that sucked?

Should I buy the surge brake and use drum or disc? Catalog of surge brake actuators...

Should I incorporate a dumping feature/tilt frame? Electric lift gate on the back? Crane? Tonneu(sp) cover? Leaf spring? Air bag? Truck axle?

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Old May 13th, 2008, 11:49 AM   #2
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It needs to be able to haul at least the max I can tow with the Cherokee which is about 5,000lbs.
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Should I incorporate a dumping feature/tilt frame? Electric lift gate on the back? Crane? Truck axle?
All of these items will add weight to your trailer, taking away from your usable cargo hauling weight. Handy features for sure, but that will be the drawback. Plus the extra cost/fabwork. Depends on how bad you want them.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 11:54 AM   #3
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Lucas, make sure you get ahold of me for your trailer build parts. You will get the GLFWDA volunteer special pricing. I have everything you need except the steel and wood.
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I bet it would be cheaper to buy a used trailer and do whatever fab work you want to it.

Steel is getting expensive and craigslist can be a goldmine.


Check this out http://detroit.craigslist.org/tls/678187092.html

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Thanks for the link. Only thing I might use off that one would be the axle, if it truly were a 5k axle...8lug is what I want and the steel off it. I'll browse Craiglist to see if there is something like what I want...

I work at a metal shop, so I've got access to quite a bit of odds and ends. The scrap guys that visit us, I can order stuff from, kinda like "give you $20 for at least an 8' piece of _____", next time he comes by, if he finds it, he drops it. The only thing I would need to locate would be some C channel, the tubing I have. I've got a couple sheets of some .125 and .090 thats a bit rusty, but they're full 4x10 sheets. I also have some expanded metal, about a 4x4 sheet of that.

I'm leaning towards a 2' sided 5x9 inside non tilting trailer. I think a small swinging/rotating engine hoist would kick ass on the rear corner. Probably a swing down rear gate and make some ramps for it that store on the front.

What would anyone use for the floor? Steel? Or replaceable wood?

I'm going to need some rocks pretty soon. Then I'll need it when I build my shed in a month or two.

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Lucas you can borrow my Suburban any time you want to haul stuff
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