Sick of Searching Trailer Sides

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lsylvain, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 7 x 16 open trailer that I want to put 4' sides on. I would prefer wooden sides out of plywood. The thing I am trying to figure out is how to design the back so that it won't "flap" around going down the road. The front of course can be all tied in together but the back has to stay open. I know my truck sides after a while get really "floppy" and I keep having to shim them up and then they start to look all trashy because they are not inline with the truck. I may have just answered my question in my mind. I guess I could use some angle iron on the back corners but bolt it together instead of welding it so it can be removed.

    Any other ideas?
     
  2. EngineeredLawns

    EngineeredLawns LawnSite Member
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    Look at Northern tools, you can get corner brackets that will lock the rear into the sides, but allow for the rear to be removed.
     
  3. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
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    cool, thanks
     
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Post a pic of the back of the tailer, i can probably come up with some idea on how to make it rigid.

    If you can weld and really and want to make this really strong, you can make a steel up-right post on the back of the trailer going up from the side, then bolt and unbolt the back sides to that.

    Or, you can put a 2*4 at the back going up and bolt it into the floor. That would eliminate the welding that you would have to do in the other idea. Cheap materials too
     
  5. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,657

    I bought a trailer from home depot and the back gate fell off 5 minutes later (could have killed someone). The trailer shook so bad that a reflector bounced off, also it tracked to the side.

    Brought it back and bought this trailer... Very Solid (but much more expensive)

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you go through with this plan put a 2X4 or 1X2 on the back of the wood, put an eye hook in the wood selected on both sides. then get string,chain
    rachet strap and hook to eye hook
    with string/chain you would want a locking link
    and a carabenier for the other side. . just a suggustion
     
  7. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had thought about welding in uprights but then I have the uprights sticking up when the sides are off. Like I siad though I could just bold the uprights into place.
     
  8. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do hwhat? you lost me.
     
  9. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,582

    what part are you confused about

    mount a piece of wood to sucure eye bolt in to
    scure eyebolt in wood
    get chain, or rope,
    put a carbiner clip on one end
    put a locking link on the other.
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    connect locking link to one end
    connect chain to locking link
    connect carbiner and chain to other
    make sure to get the rope/chain tight

    OR

    mount a piece of wood to sucure eye bolt in to
    scure eyebolt in wood
    get a rachet strap and connect one end to each side ratchet tight
     

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