View Full Version : Converting a boat trailer to a utility trailer(Progress Pics)

04-14-2009, 06:59 PM
well recently i bought a boat trailer that i am going to convert to a utility trailer. i paid $200 for the trailer and figure i will put about $200 into converting it and in the end i will have a 6x14 utility trailer. i have been wanting to do this for a long time and thought maybe some of you guys would be interested also. i will post pics when i get updated but the whole build it probably going to take around 5 weeks.

this is how i got the trailer

04-14-2009, 07:03 PM
this is what i got done yesterday. i took all the rollers and unneeded parts off

next step will be rebuilding the second axle i have all the parts for it but i do need tires if anyone has some let me know and i want to sell all those rollers if anyone wants them.

04-14-2009, 08:31 PM
I built a 8' trailer about 2 years ago. I built a ramp for the back of it and that alone cost me about $250 just in metal to make it.

04-14-2009, 08:50 PM
He are some pics of the trailer I made.

04-14-2009, 09:51 PM
yea i have it all figured out it's gonna cost me allitle more than $200 but i am getting most of the steel for free had it lying around or whatever. and this trailer is alot larger than it looks the pics make it look small the overall length is 22ft

Puddle of Oil
04-14-2009, 11:12 PM
are you sure trailer number 2 is gonna hold all that weight?????

04-14-2009, 11:30 PM
the second trailer is not mine if you are refering to mine it is rated for 3200lbs and i will be rebuilding the rear axle stronger than it was so that should boost it to around 3500lbs

Kennedy Landscaping
04-15-2009, 12:08 AM
Looks like it will be a fun project! Keep us posted!

04-15-2009, 08:18 AM
thats crazy i want 2 do it tho

Puddle of Oil
04-15-2009, 09:05 AM

04-15-2009, 08:54 PM
the tire size is B78-13 so let me know if you have some and i am willing to pay shipping. i should be going tomorrow to get some steel to build the axle.

04-15-2009, 09:19 PM
nice project

04-16-2009, 05:30 PM
i got the tubing to build the other axle today and some angle for braces across the frame when i spread out the framerails. should have the axle built this weekend i will post up some pics

04-16-2009, 05:35 PM
nice progress

04-16-2009, 11:06 PM
you should use the rollers you took off to build a stripe kit for your mower:laugh:

04-17-2009, 08:04 PM
you should use the rollers you took off to build a stripe kit for your mower:laugh:

i probably would if they didn't taper in in the middle. by the way still want to sell the rollers i will sell them for $35 with the brackets and all. i know they are worth way more than that.

04-17-2009, 08:11 PM
well i got the axle built today in some spare time. i just tacked everything up until i can get the axle mocked up to make sure it all lines up right.

04-23-2009, 10:19 PM
sorry for no update been busy. i hope to get the axle on this weekend and i have another trailer i am cutting up it has alot of c channel that i will be using for bracing maybe i will get the framerails spread out to this weekend.

04-27-2009, 08:49 PM
got some progress. got the axle all welded up and put on today. it took some time but turned out nice. in the next day or two i should have the framerails spread out.

still want to sell all those rollers that it had on it origonally and if anyone has a set of tires and wheels that would really help me out.

04-28-2009, 09:24 PM
got some more done today. got the frame rails widened. i have to add alot of bracing around the toung don't think i trust that small peice of angle to hold it. and i threw up a pic of my welds just so you could take a look.

04-29-2009, 10:43 AM
bump bump bump

04-29-2009, 11:38 AM
You might think about making the tongue shorter. The way it looks in the pics, the axles seem pretty far back and you may put an excessive load the tongue when you load things forward on teh trailer.

04-29-2009, 04:14 PM
yea i was thinking about that but i wanted to put a toolbox right at the front of the V.

maybe someone will know if i am right. it is my understanding that if you take the length from the front of the tires to the coupler and find the middle anything behind that line is axle weight and anything infront of that line would be toung weight. is this correct or is anything in front of the tires toung weight?

04-29-2009, 04:18 PM
Anything on the trailer is axle weight. Anything in front of the axles is going to increase the tongue weight. Anything behind the axles will decrease the tongue weight.