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Old 12-01-2014, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Boat Trailer to Car Trailer

I took advantage of the long Holiday weekend away from my Jeep and garage to convert a boat trailer that I picked up for $500 on Craigslist into a 16' car trailer. I also threw an additional 40ft of 2x4 3/16 C channel and 100ft of 2x2 3/16 angle at it. I wanted to stay away from any type of box tube because you can't paint it the inside and therefore it rusts away with the abuse and neglect that trailers seem to see.

I wish I had a few more pictures of the start, but my historian was gone at work.

Started by building the main upper frame, then added new cross members, then built drive over fenders and the new tongue, then cut out the original cross members.







Sunk a toolbox that I had leftover into the deck on the front. It'll be nice to bring extra spare parts that I would otherwise leave at home and have them locked up on the trailer.



Welding the Bottom!




Put mom to work! Trailer decking is sealed with oil based SuperDeck brand deck sealer on all sides.


Still needs electric brake hardware in place of the hydraulic brakes that the boat trailer had, lights, ramps, and a new (non surge brake) coupler. All in all, I'm happy with the results. Deck is 7'9" to the outside which should easily fit any full width crawler.
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So, how much total $ do you have into it? Honest counts ;-)
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah that's my problem with 7k trailers. Granted they aren't made real nice with drive over fenders, but I can buy a newer used one for under fifteen hundred any day and closer to a grand on a good day. And I've built a couple trailers at this point and I appreciate the amount of work that goes into it. Appreciate it so much that I bought a used trailer this go round, for less than I could build it.
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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In this part of Cali, the best deal on used trailers I see come up are in the $1500-$1800 range. Cheaper ones are usually sketchy on the DMV side, need new tires, or need a new deck.

The reason I went with a smaller 7K trailer versus building something bigger (would have been the same amount of work and just a little more $$) was that I will be towing my one ton V8 CJ7 with an 01 Tahoe, yikes! So I am trying to stay as light as possible.

Realistic money spent thus far on this is as follows:
Boat Trailer with decent tires-$500
Steel- $400
Wood- $160
Spray Paint and Tek screws- $40
2 5/16 Coupler-$25
Electric Brake backing plates and associated brake hardware- $65

So we'll say I'm in it for about $1200 and have the trailer that I want. Plus I still have some stuff to sell on Craigslist (Surge Brake Coupler, original sheetmetal fenders, etc) so that number will drop a little. Looking back, I would do it again, just a little different to avoid having to make so many miter cuts. Those were a pain with the Portaband!

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kick A$$ build. Who the hell cares if he could have saved a few buck by buying a different trailer. This fits his exact needs, and is more what he wants. Plus the satisfaction of building it yourself is much better than buying. Going and buying a $1500 trailer used means re-doing the decking, bearings, brakes, and paint just to get it to where he is at now.

So it looks like you used standard lumber and stained it... or is that pressure treated stuff? I see you are in CA so rotting probably isn't as big of an issue.
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I have built trailers. Nothing like people complimenting your trailer, having exactly what you want, and knowing that you built it.

But around here 1500 gets you something a few years old with good tires, brakes, and deck... So I don't really agree with that.
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Thanks for the compliment! Yes it's just stand fur. Rotting in California isn't much of an issue and with deck sealer this will last a long time.

Again, trailer prices here aren't what they appear to be everywhere else, or PBB just isn't being realistic. Decent trailers here are expensive. Especially ones wide enough for a full width crawler. Was this a lot of work? About 3 full days mostly working alone but with a distracting audience. I'm really happy with the results though so its worth it.
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Going by used trailer prices around here, you did good.


Here, for anything decent, price starts at $2500 used. And I still can't find what I want. I will probably build one soon.
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Looks good.

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When I read the title I thought it was gonna be a complete wad of shit ( I've seen some lovely pieces of repurposed shit ), but I think it turned out really nice. You are into it right. You could sell it and make money on the deal, even a few years down the road. I have looked for trailers and people want near new money for anything under 10 years old, and the cheaper ones aren't worth scrap value let alone what the crazy people are asking.
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Added a nice adjustable hitch and wired it. The 7 pin junction box is a great addition. It's the little things like this that make a trailer great, things you'll never find on a store bought trailer.

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That's some awesome work brother.
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you cheated using the tractor man. looks great!
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How heavy is it? There's an aluminum boat trailer in the weeds next to my brothers house. I've been eyeing it for something similar.
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I don't know the weight, my guess is like 1200-1500#?

Not comparable to an aluminum boat trailer though. Are you sure it's aluminum, not galvanized steel?
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It's the little things like this that make a trailer great, things you'll never find on a store bought trailer.
If only there was a thread about those little things.... If only...





















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Good point! I'll contribute!
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Not comparable to an aluminum boat trailer though. Are you sure it's aluminum, not galvanized steel?
Its aluminum. Made of big I beams bolted to the cross members. No welding that I remember. I wonder if that's because its heat treated? Maybe 6000 series aluminum extrusions? I have this nerdy dream for a sub 1k lb car trailer.

Nice build though. Glad you didn't cheap out and keep the surge brakes. Those things are a little freaky.
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:54 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I think I've found your next project - a welder cart!
My first welding project was a cart for my newly bought first welder, and I used my creeper as my weld cart during that project. I even bring my cart if I bring my welder to a friend's house because it's such a pain not to have it, even though I have to load it in my truck separately.
I'm in the middle of a complete rewiring of a used car hauler I bought recently. I flipped through the "little things" thread and saw all the nice things I plan to do, then did 10% of them because I need the trailer road worthy in 3 days...
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I had a welding cart at this time. I did this project over Thanksgiving at my parents house and didn't pack the cart with me. Then a few months ago I threw it away and got one of the black harbor freight ones with drawers. Way better. Then I retired all of that and got a new Miller 252 with dual bottle rack and a spool gun.
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I was skeptical when I clicked it open, I expected a turd, but it looks well thought out and sounds like it will suit you well
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I like it. Very nicely done.
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