View Full Version : Enclosing a trailer?

03-13-2008, 11:13 AM
2 ransomes 36" walkbehind
1 Wright sentar sport 36"
1 shindawa whacker
1 Stihl whacker
1 Redmax blower
1999 Ford Ranger 3.0 (i need a bigger truck :cry:)

My business is legal as of june 2007, i'm 18, i work with a 5x13 single axle trailer... my dad and i were recently thinking about splitting the cost of a welder and i was wondering if anyone thought it might be possible to enclose a small trailer like that with the right material... or is it not even worth my time?

03-13-2008, 11:19 AM
IMO I'd save my $$ and buy an enclosed..

I have, though, seen a couple of set-ups where guys welded roofs and sides on to open trailers. Usually looks a bit ugly, though..

03-13-2008, 11:30 AM
yeah i don't really think an ugly trailer would help me gain a professional rep... thanks

03-13-2008, 11:56 AM
why do you want it enclosed just for security purposes

03-13-2008, 12:00 PM
you can enclose it with the right materiels but i agree it will look ugly i would sell the one you have and find a good used one maybe on craigslist

03-13-2008, 01:07 PM
well i'm gonna be moving out soon and i might not have the comfort of my garage anymore so i want to have some weather security ya know? is craiglist a good site? another thing is i have no idea what my trailer is worth...5x13 rebuilt deck all pressure treated... we sprayed the frame with a special enamel... rewired the brake lights..ran new break lights and installed a weed whacker rack... it was junk before i put a couple hours into it but now its a nice trailer in all honesty...

03-13-2008, 01:30 PM
yes you can enclose it yes you can make it look good is it worth it? it just depends on the person. You may be better off selling it a and buying a 6x12 enclosed. How good are you at welding if you are pretty good and you want to tackle it I can not see why not. You might also want to see iff you can find a shop that can bend your roof supports with a slight arc to them. I would use 1 inch square tube or maybe the same size angle that is already on the trailer for the frame. You can by baked enamel .040 aluminum in desired colors from most sheet metal dealers at around 100 dollars a 4x10 sheet I would use this and rivot it to the metal frame work. this is the way most trailer builders skin trailers. you will probably have about 1500 in materials in it but you will have the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself.

03-13-2008, 02:04 PM
One note: beware that enclosing a trailer can change the tongue weight. Also, figger out how you will make the rear door work. I temporarly enclosed my 6x12 for a cross-the-country move, using scrap-wood framing (most RV trailers use wood framing), plywood sides, and a galvanized metal roof. It survived about 4000 miles of highway travel; but it was too much work for the $400 extra a U-haul would have cost. Also, my wooden rear door lightened the tougue weight too much, so for the empty half of the journey the door and gate rode inside at the front of the trailer.

03-13-2008, 03:08 PM
Its going to end up being WAY more expensive to build I think in time, money, and the look it ends up with. A few years ago, I was pricing new sheets of metal to go up on the sides for my older trailer and I think they quoted me like $500 or somthing crazy for only like 4 sheets. If all you need is a 6x12 enclosed, just search around craigslist or ebay or wherever you go for that kinda stuff. I picked mine up for $1k that just needed a little work. I see deals all the time for less than $2k for 6x12 in nice shape and you'll be sooo glad you went to an enclosed.

03-13-2008, 04:26 PM
Oh what you do is get a large Cordura (or Dernier) tarp size of 8x10 matter of fact get two of those and another 6x8, then you cover up your crap at the end of the day with the tarp and gtg. They're not cheap those tarps but they last a long, long time.
Also works great for hauling leaves, to cover up the trailer.

I've kept my open for 6+ years now, never felt much need for anything else.

03-13-2008, 07:36 PM
yes craigslist is a good site and craiglist is a porn site so yes they are both good hehe make sure you put the s in craigslist...
its hard telling what your trailer is worth if you go on craigslist there will be other trailers on there where you can compare them to yours that way your in the ball park of what there going for in your area

04-12-2008, 11:06 PM
The stuff you want can be found at a good metal fabrication company, one that fabricates extruded aluminum for the trucking industry. Fire Trucks and Ambulance bodies are built with the stuff. A company such as Wells Fargo probably has special designs extruded just for them by the thousands. Research the web if you really want to manufacture your own. Don't forget about the DOT and registration time, what you fabricate may turn out to be unacceptable.

You are better off just buying one.

04-12-2008, 11:35 PM
Don't waste your time and money trying to enclose a trailer. THe parts are expensive, and your labor will be high too(even though your doing it). It will look ugly, and your better off spending the 2,800 and buying a trailer that is allready an enclosed. for the 2,800 you can buy a brand new 6x12 haulmark with electric brakes, which will save your trucks brakes. Not worth it IMO. And, to me, image is everything.

04-14-2008, 09:25 PM
thanks, thats actually a really good point i never even thought about how a trailer loaded with all my equpiment could effect the life of my breaks.. appreciate the insght...