Foldable trailer

With the new house comes the desire to move into it. Funny thing, that.

I have a lot of stuff. Most of it is pretty cool stuff, but there is a decided emphasis on quantity over quality.

I was looking at renting a moving vehicle for two different days. Somehow, I convinced my wife it would be better to acquire a utility trailer to enable the movement of my copious amounts of junk… I mean treasures.

So, I am now the proud owner of more stuff! A vicious circle, I tell ya! I now own a flatbed utility trailer. But wait, there’s more! This one knows tricks – besides the usual stay, follow, roll down that hill into the car’s radiator. This ones knows ‘sit up’ and folds up like a ping pong table. That’s right, it stores in 1/10 the normal space a trailer ought to. This leaves room for… you guessed it… more stuff in my garage.

The trailer I got is a Harbor Freight folding trailer –  a light-duty, bolt-together utility trailer with a 1,450 lb. GVWR rating. With the trailer weight itself around 275 lb. this yields a usable hauling limit of 1,175 lb. It was on sale for $299, plus I found a 20% off fathers day coupon on their website with my mad google-fu skills.

The trailer came in two boxes.
The trailer came in two boxes.

It came in kit form. It took me a couple hours to put the frame together. Some friends came over, and we built a bed and side rails for it.

The trailer kit layed out on my garage floor.
The trailer kit set out on my garage floor.
one part of the trailer kit assembled
One part of the trailer kit assembled
one part and the tounge of the trailer kit assembled
One part and the tongue of the trailer kit assembled
both halves of the folding trailer and the tounge assembled
Both halves of the folding trailer and the tongue assembled
the back half of the trailer folds on top of the front
The back half of the trailer folds on top of the front
me putting a leaf spring on the trailer
Me putting a leaf spring on the trailer
This is the trailer folded up, now imagine it standing on it's casters
This is the trailer folded up, now imagine it standing on it's casters
The finished trailer kit
The finished trailer kit
The trailer is a dump-deck, but it doesn't look to convienient to me
The trailer is a dump-deck, but it doesn't look to convienient to me
my new driveway is looking a bit old, eh?
My new driveway is looking a bit old, eh?
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One of my buddies helping make the side rails
Another of my buddies taking a nap under the trailer... I mean helping tighten nuts undernieth
Another of my buddies taking a nap under the trailer... I mean helping tighten nuts undernieth
The side rails where precision measured... held up and bolted together when it looked good enough!
The side rails where precision measured... held up and bolted together when it looked good enough!
The finished trailer. Note the fiberglass driveway markers so I can see the back of the trailer when backing it up
The finished trailer. Note the fiberglass driveway markers so I can see the back of the trailer when backing it up

After all that, we went and moved my stuff.

The front of the trailer is taller then the sides, so I can stand tall furniture up at the front. When I need to make loading ramps for a lawnmower or whatever, they will be bolted into the empty space in the front rack to be part of that structure. Otherwise, you can see through it in the mirror quite well right now. The 2 orange markers in the very back are so I can see the back of the trailer in my mirrors. It makes it so much easier to back the trailer up. You can’t see the main part of the trailer, and just a little of the side rails..

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