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    Cool Converting a child trailer to a flat bed

    Has anybody here ever converted a child trailer to a flat bed utility trailer? If so, how did you do it? Thanks for the help!
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    This isn't rocket science, mate. Just remove everything above a level plane and put a board down.

    Done.
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    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    Large Member ;) Austin Rice's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    This isn't rocket science, mate. Just remove everything above a level plane and put a board down.

    Done.


    Okay. Thanks. What would be an inexpensive but strong alternative to wood? Would ABS work if I countersink it?
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    ^^^ I would think so...Plexiglass would be pretty stout.(and weatherproof) I suppose it would depend on how much weight you plan on carrying on it.

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    I used some left over ventilated closet shelving for the base of my trailer.

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    I would use plywood. Then you can modify it, drill holes in it, etc. When it wears out or rots, you will know exactly what you need to replace it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerdog View Post
    I would use plywood. Then you can modify it, drill holes in it, etc. When it wears out or rots, you will know exactly what you need to replace it.
    Yes, I agree up to about 3/8" thick plywood (1/4 outdoor ply will do with less weight) should do the job. DO NOT use OSB board for this job 'cause it won't hold up due to synthetic nature.
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    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    My friend Ed built this trailer in an afternoon from an InStep child trailer. The base is 1/4" thick plywood and the sides are Coroplast. It's entirely adequate for hauling groceries home from the market.

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    That looks pretty good.

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    I'm about to make a floor out of an aluminum pallet I got from work that I stripped apart to get the extruded aluminum deck boards. http://www.rhinopallet.com/ I will strip out the sling seats to make it open. I may put a couple "I" bolts in to strap the cooler in place. The aluminum load floor may add 2lb to the total weight.

    Mostly this is so I can set a cooler in there for the perishables. Going to leave the canvas on it as a rain fly and side walls to keep stuff from falling out. Have all the part now but haven't got around to it.
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    I only took out the "seat" inside of the trailer, and the bike (with the fork and front wheel off) fits nicely in it. I have the front wheel up against the frame, and a bungee net holding them together and to the trailer. I then have all of the large parts (seat, fork, and bars) loose on the "floor" of it. Then I connected the front and the rear flap and just a little bit of the down and top tubes are sticking out, along with the head tube. I will take a picture of the setup as soon as I can.
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