built your own trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by southgalawns, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Posts: 110

    Has anyone built their own trailer? I am thinking about building me an open trailer 18'-20'x7'. Is it worth it? I have a mig wielder so that isn't a problem. Just don't know if the time it would take would be worth it cause of the cost of metal,axles,tires.
     
  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    If you have the skills and equipment, and would enjoy the experience of building your own trailer, I would say go for it. However, if you figure the cost savings of building yourself versus buying a trailer and divide that figure by the number of hours it will take you to build, paint, wire, have the trailer inspected and titled yourself, I would bet that you make a whole lot more money per hour mowing lawns.
     
  3. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Posts: 110

    Well I mow part time due to working at my other job with benefits. So I figured if I get a chance work ob it here and there.
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  4. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's going to take you a while to get everything square. I wouldn't mess with a 18ft or 20 ft. That's a lot of work. But then again, I don't weld lol.
     
  5. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    i have a buddy who used to make a lot of trailer all different kinds! But with the price of steel constantly going up...its almost worth just buying a new or used one.
    Like me... Im selling my Open trailer for $1500 right now. You cant build that trailer for that price!
     
  6. obenauf

    obenauf LawnSite Member
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    Check out auctions in your area - lots of good used trailers are sold at auctions for about 1/2 the price of new.

    obenauf
    www.obenaufauctions.com
     
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Once I have the shop I am planning then building my future trailers is in fact my plan. I have restored a 20 foot trailer 2 years ago and it was in horrible shape. And I was able to make it into a master piece that still gets me compliments. Now as you I also have a mig welder and for what I was doing it was fine but I think when it comes to building the frame and attaching the springs and axles you really want to have an arc welder as well. The cost are typically going to be higher then the basic models you can just buy. But the trailer can be light years better were talking 2 inch square tubular rails. And 4-6 inch angle iron on the frame plus you can incorporate the electrical and lighting in to armored areas that can not be damaged. Then the basket can be what you want not what was just offered the gate will have gate assist designed in not as an after thought. Then you don't need to settle for those awful tires and white painted rims most have. You can go right to Goodyear marathons and have rims that match the trucks.
     
  8. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Posts: 110

    that is what i was thinking...2" tubing....well some migs can wield up to 1/2 thick and up, which is pretty dang thick.
     
  9. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Posts: 568

    There is a lot of satisfaction in building one yourself!

    But today.... I do not think you could possibly come out for your time and money. I have built three single axle trailers, but that was back in the 70s when they were scarce and very pricey.

    Check out the price of a new PJ in whatever size you are thinking of. I do not think you could possibly build one for the cost of materials alone.

    PJ is far from the best trailer you can buy..... but for the price I think they are an excellent bargain. I have a dump and a car hauler and am very happy.
     
  10. JABBERS

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 459

    I have a 8.5 x 20 foot enclosed trailer I want to let go for $500 firm scrap prices. I use this trailer as a shed right now. Ohio might be to far I think.
     

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