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Date Registered: 11-2012
Location: Broome
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The Perfect Trailer


Hi Guys,

I Thought i would share my recent build of making a cage for my little 5x3 box trailer.

The first mod to the trailer was mounting a wheel jockey as it didn't come with one.

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I then mounted a Kinchrome toolbox to the A frame.

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After taking the required measurements for making the cage I decided to make it out of 20x20 tube steel. To make it a bit easier when i ordered the steel i paid an extra $15 to have it all cut to length.

Firstly had to grind all the ends of the steel to make a nice clean welding surface

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The plan involved making a rectangle panel for each side of the trailer that would have legs to slide in to some 25x25 tube steel mounted in each corner of the trailer.

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I then made a panel up for the front gate and back gate. On the outer edge of each front and back gates we welded a 20cm piece of 15x15 and to each side panel we welded a 10cm piece at the top and bottom of each end. This would act as the hinge. We bent a piece of 13mm thick straight bar to look like a big tent peg. When the front and back panels are inserted the pins drop through the top of the 10cm side panel mount through the 15cm front panel mount and finally through the bottom 10cm mount on the side panel completeing the hinge. (sorry hard to explain this step)

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With all sides in place we made the roof panel. We clamped it all in place and welded a 15x13mm piece of steel bar in each corner creating legs for the lid to insert into the top of the side panels.

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Then its was a matter of cutting and welding some gate mesh to each panel to enclose the trailer.

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I then made up a T piece of 50x50 tube steel to mount on the A frame in front of the tool box upside down to mount the spare wheel. Then the trailer was all pulled apart and hung up to be primed and painted. I wanted to get it powder coated but i was living in Tennant Creek at the time with the nearest powder coater being 500km away in Alice. I also welded a half of a link of chain to each corner of the roof panel and a full chain link to each top corner of the gates. This allows a pad lock to be inserted to lock the pins in place. 2 x mountain bike racks were mounted to the roof. One facing forward and one facing back. These are normally mounted to roof racks but fit well on the trailer.

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I then attached 2 jerry can holders to each weel arch. These are bolted to the side panels and to the weel arch. This locks the cage to the trailer as when a jerry can is locked in place you can't access the bolts.

I also got 7 key alike padlocks so that all the locks on the trailer have i key emoticon

The finished product was this

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Trailer price was $1000
Steel $160
Mesh FREE
Tool Box $100
Jerry Holders 2x$40
Pad Locks $160
Jerry Cans 2x$50
Bike Holders 2x$25
Wheel Jockey $40
Paint $70

Total $1760

To buy a trailer with a cage that had no roof and no other accessories was $2300.

It tows like a dream with the exy emoticon emoticon

It took 2 weekends. 1 of building and one of painting/beer drinking. Many thanks to my mate Kent aka the master welder for helping and to a guy in Tennant Creek named Guy for the loan of the gasless MIG. And also to John from the steel shop for all the advice. emoticon










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Date Registered: 08-2011
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Looks great Max. Well done. Love a bloke who isn't afraid to get stuck in and get his hands dirty. emoticon

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Date Registered: 11-2012
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Thanks todd. Im pretty happy with how it all turned out. Has made the little 5x3 more respectable haha. It has also made moving around the country a lot easier. being able to lock stuff up and not have to worry about it is great

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Well done Max.
The only thing I can pick on it is how you mounted the tyre rack.
Would have been better if you welded to the RHS draw bar instead of bolting.

By bolting it you have weakened the frame, just be careful not to load her up too much otherwise you might find your draw bar in the shape of a banana.

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Date Registered: 11-2012
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good point tony. i hadnt considered it and that would be the case for the tool box and wheel jockey as they are bolted too. all trailers i have seen have a bolted wheel jockey so hopefully im safe. plus its only a 5x3 so i can't fit anything heavy enough for that to happen emoticon

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