Utility trailers are a useful addition to your work inventory due to the fact that they can be used for a number of things, such as moving large items from one place to another by simply attaching the trailer bed to the back of your motor powered vehicle.
You will be able to purchase your utility trailer from any automotive store at a pretty reasonable price. However, today we are here to tell you that you can even make your own trailer! If we can show you how to fix exhaust pipes without welding, we can surely do the same with a trailer. Follow our article closely to find out how to build a utility trailer without welding at home.
How to Build a Utility Trailer without Welding?
Let’s get on with the actual process.
Check the Rules in Your Area
Different areas have different rules set for their motor vehicles, and some even have rules made explicitly for things like trailers that are used to carry objects such as the classification of trailer kits for the state of Connecticut. If using a utility trailer that was built at home is allowed where you live, then you may proceed to the next steps.
1. Choosing the Type of Metal
When it comes to building your own trailer, you will want to make sure that the metal you make it from is as durable and long-lasting as it could be. If you are planning to use your trailer on rough, uneven terrain, we would suggest you opt for a steel body.
On the other hand, if you want a trailer that is lightweight and will not rust, then go for aluminum. However, if you do not wish to go for either of these, you could even use pressure-treated lumber scraps or any other types of scraps that you may find in your garage.
Needless to say, try not to use synthetic scraps since they lack the ability to stay together in one piece whenever you go over even the slightest of bumps. Although you can treat cast iron without welding, you should not go for that. They are very brittle. If you cannot find any suitable material, try building the frame using pinewood or hardwood and then spar-varnish over it in order to make it look more presentable.
2. Gather the Parts for the Frame
First, you need to acquire some steel posts from a scrapyard. Do make sure that they have been sprayed with rust-resistant paint on the outside as well as on the inside in order to increase its life.
You will be able to purchase the axle and the other necessary parts from any automotive store. Purchase galvanized brackets as well since these will be needed to hold the trailer in place.
3. Re-Adjust the Brackets
You might have to re-adjust the brackets’ dimensions to make sure that the square-shaped posts would fit in it. The galvanized brackets will, later on, be screwed into the corners where one post meets another.
4. Set up a Work Station
The ideal height of your worktable would be one that reaches just up to your waist so that all corners of it are accessible to you. Next, set the frame of your trailer on the table and get started!
5. Measure and Fit the Cross-Members
After laying the frame down on the table, measure the cross-members, and then shape them up accordingly before adding them to the frame. Ideally, three cross-members should be used. Out of these three, two of them should be put at the spot on the frame where the axle springs will later be located.
6. Extra Bracing
You may take extra measures when it comes to bracing the corners of your trailer. We would suggest you purchase a couple of 1 x 2 angles, which you will be able to fit into each corner across from the galvanized brackets.
7. Secure the Tongue and Attach a Front Wheel
You will be able to secure the tongue assembly to the rest of the frame with the help of a few more galvanized dock parts. And you will also be able to install the front wheel of your trailer onto the tongue with the help of these dock parts.
8. Secure the Trailer’s Wiring Connection
You will be able to do this by passing the wirings through a length of conduit in order to prevent them from coming in touch with water or the road. Make sure the conduit is not hanging below the trailer by bolting it in place with normal conduit clips and self-tapping bolts.
Make Sure the Bolts Are Tight
Since you will not be welding the different parts of your trailer together, there is a greater likelihood that they will tend to fall apart. While you are still working on your trailer, do make sure that you routinely check up on the bolts and their alignment to make sure that none of them have become loose.
In case if you find out that any of them are loose, simply tighten them up with the help of a wrench or a pair of pliers before moving on to working with the rest of your trailer. However, if constructed properly, you will not have to stop midway through your journey every now and then just to see if the nuts are loose or not.
Just to be on the safe side, though, tighten them once before you hit the road and another time after you have reached your destination.
Getting a Trailer Kit
Trailer kits are a great substitute to opt for if you do not wish to build all of your trailers right from scratch. Generally, a trailer kit comes with all the tricky parts of a trailer, such as its wheels, the axle, the bolts, and what not, equipped for your convenience.
All you really need to do is secure the body of your trailer onto the kit, and you are good to go.
Moreover, a lot of people actually opt for trailer kits rather than going all the way up from the very beginning because it also costs them much less. So, if you are interested in building stuff and would love to make your own utility trailer, this is the way to go.
Once you are done carrying out all the steps above, and you feel satisfied with how your trailer turned out, do make sure to get a license plate for it and set up the fenders and wires for the lights.
We hope you were able to learn about how to build a utility trailer without welding from today’s article.