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Better Trailer Plans

Why are the Trailer Plans from Mechanical Elements really better?  – There are many providers of trailer plans around, and when you look, the quality varies quite a bit.  So, how do you choose which plans?

Here are several things to consider:

First, and Most Important — Function of the Trailer.

Buy plans for a trailer that will fit your individual needs.  It doesn’t matter how good or bad the plans are if the end product won’t do the job.  Ask yourself these questions:

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  1. What type of trailer?  (Utility trailer?  ATV trailer?  Jeep Trailer?  Open or enclosed?  Some other style?)
  2. What load will you carry?  (Think about trailer bed size, and how much weight it must carry?)
  3. What size do you need?  (Trailer length?  And width?  Is the bed height, width or length a factor?)
  4. How long should it last?  (Do you want it built tough for a long life of faithful service?  We think so!)
  5. Does it need sides?  A top?  A tailgate?  Ramps?  Tie-down attachments?  Other options?

Do the plans you are considering have all the configurations and options you want for your trailer?  If not, look a little further.  If ours don’t, Let Us Know what you need.

For more great insight on trailer design, please read the article on our parent site “What Makes A Good Trailer Design?”  Also, visit the Mechanic’s Post for good ideas on all sorts of Do-it-Yourself projects.

Second, What Do You Get for Your Money?

So you buy some plans, what will you get? Blueprints, yes, but what do they include? What else to you get?

  1. Completeness of the Plans –

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    1. Just look, 2, 3, or 4 drawing sheets are not adequate to fully describe a trailer design.  Our plans include several several pages of drawings, as well as instructions and detailed illustrations  (16 to 28 drawing sheets plus 10 to 16 pages of instructions is typical).
    2. Some plans include only the base trailer (with options costing extra).  However, some (like ours) include lots of options to customize and personalize your project.
    3. Some of our competitors trailer plans include only one version of a trailer, not several different configurations for you to choose from.  We know each customer has different needs, so we don’t make “one-size-fits-all” plans.
    4. Some plans out there have a woefully inadequate list of materials.  Ours have detail by name, size and options for purchase components if applicable.
    5. Want more?  See  What’s In The Plans,  including sample pages.  Also, visit the selection page for building a trailer perfect for you.
  2. Accessibility –
    1. Many other plans come only in a paper format.  If you lose or damage the paper what do you do?  Our plans are available in a digital PDF format — to print in any size (8.5 x 11 up to 22 x 17) — or just use from your device.
    2. Of course, you can print our plans giving you the paper format — which is the exact point.
    3. And, we save your order, so if you accidentally delete the file, let us know, because we’re here to help.
  3. Delivery –
    1. Some other plans are available only through the mail which can take weeks, while ours can download immediately after purchase, right from this website!  Just place your order, then download blueprints.  What is easier?
    2. Almost everyone charges shipping and handling — it’s part of doing business.  To avoid it, order the electronic version right here from Mechanical Elements, then download it now and save!  Save both Time and Money.

What’s The Finished Trailer Like?

6'10Here are several things to think about when selecting plans to buy.  Our plans have full engineering. However, not all others do, and others may not consider all these factors.  While we think these are important, and we consider them with each trailer design, you may not. That’s OK, but think through what is important to you.

  1. Trailer Strength –
    1. Many utility trailers have weak frames, requiring short sides to give adequate strength.  Without the sides, the frame would bend under load.  This is an OK design for some things, however, if the side members ever get damaged, then the full trailer strength is compromised.  These weak designs are often made of all angle iron.
    2. We have better trailer plans with full strength in the frame.  If you want a flat bed, you’ve got it.  If you want sides, then that’s a great option — for sides (or not) to meet your specific needs.  Sides are not required with Mechanical Elements trailers for full frame strength.
    3. Some trailers are wimpy — not even able to handle the load rating — especially when not evenly distributed.  While that works for some trailer designers, we believe trailer strength is much more than just holding weight.  Better trailer plans include safety in the design to handle the weight over potholes, speed bumps, and other unavoidable obstacles.  Our trailer designs are tough for long, faithful service.  It’s part of providing better trailer plans.
    4. We could go on, but it’s better to read the Article on Trailer Strength from the trailer Engineer.
  2. Utility Options –

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    1. What options do you need?  Are there options in the plans?  Many other plans do not include options, while others have options at an additional cost.
    2. Our plans include lots of options like tailgate options, ramp options, tie-down options, sides options, axle options, bed options, and more . . . We understand that not everyone wants the same trailer, so we Encourage Customizing — with all the options that work for you.
    3. For more info on critical options, read these articles on Axle Types and Axle Choices, Tire Choices, and Material Choices.
    4. We also recommend reading about When It’s Safe to Modify to make them Better Trailer Plans for you.
  3. Trailer Weight –
    1. A lightweight trailer is certainly desirable.  There are many out there that are light — some by clever design, some use lightweight materials (like aluminum), however some are simply under designed.  Give care to choices of weight because 100 lbs less can cost a lot more to build, or it may mean a weak trailer.
    2. Our trailers may be a little heavier than some because we have chosen strength, dependability and long life as a worthy trade-off.  A little extra weight in the right places means a lot of extra strength.  We believe, it’s worth the enhanced performance and worry free operation.  Build it well, treat it well, and it will last a lifetime.

Better Trailer Plans Prices:

  1. Prices for plans around the web range from FREE, to cheap, to expensive.  Look at what you get (like how complete the plans are).  Free trailer plans don’t help if you’re getting junk.
  2. Some places make you order options as separate items costing more.  Our plans have a bunch of options all included.
  3. How quick can you get the plans? Many of our competitors only do printed plans that require extra cost for shipping.  At Mechanical Elements, we focus on nearly instant delivery — electronic digital delivery — so you can have the plans now.  The internet makes S&H free.
  4. Our prices are not the lowest, nor the most expensive.  Yet, our plans are the best.  If we offer a trailer that fits your need, this is the place to get Better Trailer Plans.
  5. For those who really want free plans, we have that too.  It’s not exactly “free”, but if you’re willing to help us, we’re willing to give you plans without an exchange of money.

Yes, Better Trailer Plans

Now you know.  From the lists above you can see it’s a lot of little things that add up for “Better Trailer Plans.”  We don’t have plans for everything, but the plans we offer are a great value to you, our customer.

Then, we support you in the build.  Please see the growing list of “How To’s” and Tips for building Trailers and so much more in the Mechanic’s Post area.  One example is the Trailer Wiring Page showing diagrams and giving the “Why?” explanations.  It’s all there for you.

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