How to Build a Trailer

By: Robert Thomson

Trailer refers to a vehicle that is powered by another vehicle. The term is commonly used to transporting vehicles for materials and goods. It can also refer to mobile homes or recreational vehicles. If you do not have enough budgets to order and purchase a ready-made trailer, you can easily make one. All you have to do is to follow the easy and simple pointers when building a trailer.

How to Build a Trailer

Materials and Tools

If you want to make your own unpowered vehicle, you can start by gathering all the needed materials and tools. The materials include a base trailer, several plywood and lights. In addition to these materials, you should have wires to be used for the lights of the vehicle. Aside from these, it is important that you have a power drill and 16 L brackets.


The first step that you should do is to look for a design. You can find a design for the vehicle by visiting some sites that feature unpowered vehicles. Make sure that the design has measurements. Afterwards, lay all the plywood pieces. You will use these as support for the base trailer. Follow the measurements stated in the design. Attach the plywood pieces based on the design. Use bolts and nuts to attach the woods. The size of the base trailer should fit with the size of the support.

After making the support for the base trailer, get the screwdriver and attach the sideboards to the support. You need to use the L brackets to attach the end of the sideboards to the support. The other end of the boards should also be attached to the sidewalls. Check if the sideboards are properly attached since these are very important to the safety of the passengers.

Attach the walls together by using the remaining L brackets. Check if all the bolts and nuts are tight. This is significant to prevent the things placed in the vehicle from falling off. Attach on the back of the unpowered vehicle. Seek help from a professional electrician when wiring the lights. Check if the lights are functioning well since these are essential to make sure that drivers behind can see the vehicle. Know the codes or regulations of the state about making and using your own trailer. It is necessary that you follow with the rules set by state authorities. Finally, you should let the authorities inspect the vehicle before using it.

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