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Old 05-09-07, 10:05 AM   #1
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Shopping/cargo trailer Mk.III

This is the 3rd iteration of my shopping/cargo trailer. This one has come about because 1 in 3 trips are impossible due to my current trailer being too small, and I hate having to do multiple consecutive trips to the stores. You can see in the picture the size difference of my current trailer and the new one.

I have moved away from my usual steel or aluminum construction and have gone with wood for the base. The main reason is that I have aquired the materials for free, the floor at this size would have been plywood anyway, so the only difference is in the chassis frame. Being all wood I can glue bond the sides and floor to the frame which gives a strong and rigid chassis while still remaining light.

The pictures show the timber base structure which is nothing more than a box measuring 48" X 32" X 5". You can clearly see the wheel wells, the dropouts will be made from some aluminum angle and screwed to the timber frame. The sides, front & rear, floor, and wheel wells will be boxed in with 1/8" ply. The connecting arm for the hitch will be aluminum. The box will be covered with a tarp, secured around the edges with elastic cord, just like the soft covers over truck beds. I could even set up a frame with tarps if I need a larger enclosed volume.

I'll update the thread as construction progresses, let me know what you think of her so far....
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Old 05-09-07, 12:36 PM   #2
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I think you're having as much fun making the trailers as you are using them!
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Dude, that's amazing. What's the weight of it unloaded?
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It's pretty. Makes me want to build a wood-frame trailer to replace the inelegant steel-framed one I have now.
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Dude, that's amazing. What's the weight of it unloaded?
I haven't weighed anything yet but just from picking it up it feels light. I'll post some weights once she is done.
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Looks like I'm gonna have to step up,, that looks great : thumbs :
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Dude, that's amazing. What's the weight of it unloaded?
The trailer is finished and weighs 15kg (33lb) empty. I hauled a large load (nearly 200lb) with it just recently with no problems whatsoever. I've also done two shopping trips, each of which would have had to be broken up into 2 or 3 trips with the old trailer.
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The trailer is finished and weighs 15kg (33lb) empty. I hauled a large load (nearly 200lb) with it just recently with no problems whatsoever. I've also done two shopping trips, each of which would have had to be broken up into 2 or 3 trips with the old trailer.
Yes, very interesting. What are you using for a hitch on this new trailer?
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Yes, very interesting. What are you using for a hitch on this new trailer?
I re-used the hitch from the previous trailes as it works so well.
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Holy COW!

How much food do you eat???? ;-)

Seriously, how many bags of groceries can that thing haul?
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