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Old 08-05-2009, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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converting flatbed trailer to a box trailer, Q?s

has anyone converted a flatbed trailer to a box?

I have a 18ft American Manufactures trailer with a 2 ft dove tail, Im thinking about converting it to a box trailer and looking to see what ideas people have used to do this on the cheap and light..

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has anyone converted a flatbed trailer to a box?

I have a 18ft American Manufactures trailer with a 2 ft dove tail, Im thinking about converting it to a box trailer and looking to see what ideas people have used to do this on the cheap and light..

Strangely, I've been considering the very same thing. Basically build my own toy hauler. I'm SURE I won't save any money, but it'd work for what I need it to do. I am concerned about it looking like ass, though.
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it would be alittle tricky to get the round shape up top and the corners... you could prolly make it square but it may let water stand up there and maybe not as aerodynamis.

lately ive seen a couple 16 footers on local craiglist for $2500. alittle shorter than your current setup,but im sure you cant build it that cheap and if you buy it, it wont look like ass

even if you figure $3500-$4500 for a decent 16-20 foot car hauler type enclosed trailer youd prolly still come out ahead to just buy one. especially if you put a value on your time.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you REALLY want to enclose your open trailer, look up "Redneck Trailer Supply" they have nice web site. They have the aluminum "stuff" to make the rounded front, and all the trick top bows, and side "studs", and after looking that over, you can buy a nice used one much cheaper than you can build it.
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it would be alittle tricky to get the round shape up top and the corners... you could prolly make it square but it may let water stand up there and maybe not as aerodynamis.

lately ive seen a couple 16 footers on local craiglist for $2500. alittle shorter than your current setup,but im sure you cant build it that cheap and if you buy it, it wont look like ass

even if you figure $3500-$4500 for a decent 16-20 foot car hauler type enclosed trailer youd prolly still come out ahead to just buy one. especially if you put a value on your time.


Good advice. I've been looking for an enclosed. I've looked at the Work and Play models as well. The wife thinks they look to "utility" and would prefer a more RV look

I really think I'm going to get serious about hauling my Jeep on the deck of a flatbed though (F450 or similar). Then just tow a conventional travel trailer.
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