5′ x 8′ – 3500# – Utility Trailer Plans

5′ x 8′ – 3500# – Utility Trailer Plans

Start building your own utility trailer with these 5×8 Trailer Plans.  Blueprints are fully engineered and include options for various needs.  These plans are a perfect map for a great project.

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Description

Description

A trailer made from these 5×8 Trailer Plans is better than a pickup truck in many ways for yard work, moving, or for many other chores.  The trailer is designed strong with the right materials in the right places.  C-Channel and Rectangular Tube for a sealed design with optimal strength, weight and corrosion resistance.  Plus, options for height, decking type, and functions.  It’s no wonder these plans are a best seller.

Options on Utility Trailer PlansPlans include easy to follow, illustrated instructions, a materials list, a parts list, suggested places to purchase the parts, and construction options.  A lot of options, and some options of options.  The animation shows some of the options in the 5×8 Trailer Plans like a landscape style hinged tailgate, a ramp, and various sides, but that’s not all.

The trailer design is strong even as a true flatbed.  Sides are an option to add utility, but are not there for strength or stiffness.   Many other options too — like deck options for plywood or 2x dimensional lumber, types of tailgate, a toolbox, and more.

It’s your trailer.  We give the base, then You choose how it all comes together.

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We have alternate sizes — like 4×8 or 5×10 — if that works better.
If you prefer a torsion axle on this 5×8, we have plans for that too.

Open “Alternate Sizes & Conversions” below to make this a Tilt Top Trailer.

Specifications

Specifications

5′ x 8′ – 3500# – Utility Trailer Plans

  • 5′ x 8′ nominal bed size.  Actual bed is a little larger so it will carry a full 5′ x 8′ payload.
  • Single axle, leaf spring design.  Your choice of straight or drop axle.
  • 3500 lb. trailer capacity which includes the trailer and the cargo.
  • Construction is steel, welding, with a mix of common Tube, Channel, and Angle for an easy, sealed frame build.
  • Plans include many options to make the trailer perfect for you.  Use these options, or add your own.
  • Options like a Convertible Tailgate, a Removable Ramp that stores under the bed, and several possibilities for sides are all there.
  • Trailer weight will vary depending on design options, but will range from approximately 600 lbs (minimal flat bed) on up.
  • A simple example for a Motorcycle stand is also in the plans.
  • Plans include complete drawings and instructions.

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More About The Design Features

More About The Design Features

Design options in the plans help customize the trailer to meet your particular needs.  Things like a top, sides or tailgate add function if you want.  Extras like a motorcycle stand, a ramp and toolbox mounting can also make the trailer perfect.  Also read this article about customizing.

  • Trailer bed size is slightly larger than 5 ft. wide x 8 ft. long — long enough to lay 8′ sheet goods down flat, then close the tailgate.
  • At Mechanical Elements, we have changed the design paradigm.  We measure the trailer based on the cargo to carry rather than the outside dimensions.  That means you can put a 5′ wide item in, even with sides, then the same is true for the 8′ length.
  • Overall length including the tongue is ~146 inches.  (May vary with some options.)
  • 5×8 trailer plans show a deck height that can range from 17 inches up, depend on design options chosen.  (Bed height in the images is ~19″.)
  • Max capacity is 3500 lbs.* set by the axle, which includes both the trailer and the cargo.
  • For more information about building a trailer, please see the Mechanic’s construction tips and advice.
One View - 5x8-3500# Utility Trailer Plans
Since there are many possibilities, you can build the trailer with just what you need.  This image shows one some of the options with the 5×8-3500# Utility Trailer Plans.

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Alternate Sizes & Conversions

Alternate Sizes & Conversions

Not Quite The Perfect Trailer?  Check These Too.

More trailer sizes and variations are available.  See All Trailer Plans.

Make It A Tilt Top?

Tilt ConversionIf you want this trailer as a Tilt Top, we have Plans for the Conversion.  They show how to make this trailer with a tilting top, like in the image.
Conversion plans are sold separate.  You will need both the above Trailer Plans and these Tilt Top Conversion Plans.

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