Enclosing a trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by theWRIGHTcut, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    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?
  2. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    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..
  3. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    yeah i don't really think an ugly trailer would help me gain a professional rep... thanks
  4. nbenallo33

    nbenallo33 LawnSite Member
    from denver
    Messages: 15

    why do you want it enclosed just for security purposes
  5. nbenallo33

    nbenallo33 LawnSite Member
    from denver
    Messages: 15

    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
  6. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    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...
  7. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    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.
  8. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    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.
  9. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    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.
  10. 8307c4

    8307c4 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 33

    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.

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