Friday, 8 January 2010

DIY Enclosed Trailer

After years of loading and unloading station wagons enough was enough. I needed an enclosed trailer so that I could simply hitch up and head of for some TOW. I looked at what was available on the market and nothing really suited my needs which were...

  • Take all of my gear each time I go sailing.
  • Fit everything inside rather than the boards being on top racks.
  • Allow the possibility to sleep inside.
  • Have a low drag body for minimal fuel consumption.
  • Have the same track as my sedan.
  • Not sit too high above the roof line of my sedan.
  • Have a long drawbar for towing stability and ease of reversing.
  • Transport building materials when doing jobs around the house.
Here are some shots of construction and the finished product.
I have a lot of experience in composites and have made 10 or so boards so building a trailer was the way to go. After looking at several different fabrication type construction methods such as steel and aluminium I decided I would use a similar contruction to that used in wooden boats. This method was also different to anything I have seen(in trailers) so I wanted to give it a try. An outer shell would be glued to a wooden framework that was to form a self supporting structure that would be bolted to a welded steel chassis. This was going to be more labour intensive but would give me the seamless result I was after.

I started sketching and modelling forms that were aerodynamic, utilised the materials strong points and maximised internal storage volume. I also added a few features such as "frenching" the tail lights and pumping the guards. I will post each stage of the build process seperately. The stages are...

  1. Design
  2. Chassis
  3. Body Frame
  4. Skin
  5. Finishing

6 comments:

  1. Great looking trailer Tim! Very interested to see the steps invovlved and some price comparisons. Well done.

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  2. Hey Maximus, I will have to dig up all the reciepts. I am a little scared of how much it actually cost!

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  3. Tim can we get some more detail on the build I am halfway through building a traditional trailer but I don't want to just bolt metal cladding on to it. I am looking for something different to do with it, maybe a wood composite skin?

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  4. I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation. Wishing you the best of luck for all your blogging efforts.
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  5. Thanks for your encouraging words Prolix!

    Busy with house reno's but hope to do more on the trailer build sometime soon.

    Regards, Tim.

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  6. I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this!

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