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Converting and open to an enclosed

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ChadsLawn, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Im thinking about converting my open trailer into an enclose trailer. Has anyone done this. Im just looking for some ideas..

  2. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    most economical way to do this:
    1. Sell open trailer.
    2. Buy enclosed trailer.

    Pretty easy to do..
  3. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 305

    Easier and much lighter...
  4. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,277

    Amen, and it wont look ghetto that way either.....
  5. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Bump.... anymore opinions or ideas?
  6. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    A guy around me runs a 16 foot open trailer with a frame that holds up a tarp. Looks the same as the soft top livestock trailers.
  7. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 305

    What do you have to work with Chad? Do you weld or want to make it out of wood? It's not gonna be easy to make a hard side/roof trailer that will allow you to not overload your axle rating when you put your equipment inside and be structurally sound when going down the road. If you are looking for shelter then rig some tarp bows out of tubing and that would be light weight. Also, making the roof water proof may be a challenge. I'll try to help with ideas if you give trailer and material info...
  8. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    Buy an enclosed trailer. It'll be much easier.
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    My folks had a 16' open trailer converted. they made the sides out of expanded metal and the roof was corrogated galvinized sheet metal. It sounds gehtto, but it looked real nice and with all the holes in on the expanded metal it was much easier to mount racks and such.
  10. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 305

    There is a lawnsite member that has one enclosed with steel mesh. It looks very secure. Whats you primary reason for the enclosed?

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