My Redneck Trailer
by Mick Lindley, July 2003
I will make an attempt to keep this description as brief as possible and still put in all the necessary details.
Since I enjoy building things I decided to give trailer building a try. I purchased the trailer kit from Harbor Freight. It was 40" by 48", and way too big. A friend of mine cut 13 1/2" out of the axle, reinforced it with a piece of angle iron and welded it back. I then cut the frame down to the exact size of the box. This allowed the box to fit tightly between the fenders.
I purchased the box from http://www.jeepbox.com . It was a bit pricey at $294 but it was already built and ready to go. Set the box on the trailer and bolt it down with the same bolts that hold the frame together. I got some 3" aluminum stock (scrap) from a local sheet metal shop to cover the sides of the trailer frame. I bolted it on with 1/4" carriage bolts. The stainless steel plate on the tongue is for a ice chest, it also came from the same sheet metal shop. Total weight of the trailer empty is 144 pounds. I had the paint matched at an automotive paint shop. The lights are from WallyMart. Now all I need is a hitch.
I don't have a hitch yet so I propped it up with a rubber squeegee.
I was not real pleased with this gawky tag, I wish I had mounted it on the axle.
Total Cost of the trailer.
* Trailer kit from Harbor Freight $134.00
* Box from JeepBox with shipping 324.00
* Lights from Wal Mart 14.00
* 3" aluminum trim .00
* Stainless Steel plate .00
* Baby Moon Hubcaps 18.00
* Paint (primer) 12.00
* Paint (one quart) 38.00
* Additional hardware 6.00
Total Cost $546.00
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