Choosing and Building a Utility Trailer

Posted: February 10, 2014 in Boats, Parts and Accessories, Shopping, Trailers, Vehicles
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Having a utility trailer offers a number of benefits. It can be used to haul boats, furniture, building supplies, livestock, and other equipment. These utility trailers come in different types such as enclosed, open, large, small, and they may even be customized to match a particular towing vehicle or load.

When building or choosing a utility trailer, you have to look into the type, method of construction, and the constructor’s competence in accomplishing the task. For instance, if you are to use the trailer in hauling lumber, you need to ensure that your chosen trailer has large and sturdy wheels for optimum support.

Once the type of trailer has been decided, it will be easier to decide which materials will be needed. Most trailer designs, consists of a bed, a hitch, a tongue, an axle with wheels, taillights, and a license plate frame. When the materials are gathered, a trailer frame should be assembled by welding a support frame and support beams. Metal boards should then be attached to the frame bed. The axle and tires should be attached with 60 percent of the frame in front and 40 percent in the back to distribute the bed’s weight. Other utility trailer parts, like the tongue and the hitch should be welded to the bed, and the park, brake, and signal lights should be affixed to rear on either side.

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