The 6×8 trailer is one size wider than the popular 5×8, while it includes the same options, strength, and stability. Construction is rectangular steel tube main beams with C-Channel front and back, which make the 6×8 trailer very strong. A very good choice for a great little utility trailer.
If you need the next size longer, we also offer plans for a 6×10 utility trailer.
- Single axle, robust leaf spring design.
- 6′ x 8′ nominal bed size, though it measures a little more.
- 3500 lb. Axle Capacity.
- Option for rear hinged Tailgate & Ramp combination.
- Multiple material options for the trailer deck and for lot of tie-down points.
- Removable ramp stores under the trailer (optional).
- Several ideas and options for sides are in the plans.
- Motorcycle stand plans.
- Blueprints include complete drawings and illustrated instructions.
6×8 Trailer Plans Detail
This one is for the handyman. While the 6×8 trailer size is perfect for a lot of things, the options are what makes it. Add sides of whatever style or size you need (or not), then create usability features that make your interaction with the trailer easy. The sky is almost the limit, though you should probably read about when it’s safe to customize.
All our trailer designs include Strength and simplicity with standard beams, gusseting and triangulation for rigidity. They are strong, by engineering and design, starting at the frame, and they do not rely on sides to meet capacity. Yes, sides options are included, but they are not required. The frame is a solid foundation so the trailer will perform and last.
Towing Stability, comes from engineering design fundamentals to tow easily. Though the plans include adjustable options for various load types, you can choose. Equally important is Maneuverability, so the tongue is long enough to give proper vehicle spacing.
Design Versatility is in the plans — with axle and brake choices, load and deck height variations, sides (or not), a top (or not), and deck material choices. Options include ramps or tailgates like a fold down tailgate/ramp combination. — All are in the blueprints and instructions.
Finally, there are options for Flexibility like a hidden ramp, motorcycle stands, an aerodynamic-ish front, toolbox mounting, infinitely variable tie-down placement, and more. Pictures show some of the options. While we encourage customizing, we also suggest these guidelines to think about.
Plans include complete drawings and illustrations with the instructions — and construction tips. They also have a parts lists and a materials list along with suggestions for purchasing components.
Utility Trailer Technical Information
- * Actual bed size is 2″ wider than 6 ft. and 3.5″ longer than 8 ft.
- Overall length including the tongue is approximately 146 inches, though length does depend on options chosen.
- 6×8 trailer bed height depends on design options chosen, ranging from 16 inches up. (Height shown is ~19″.)
- Max load (depending on options) is 3500 lbs.* which includes the trailer weight.
- Trailer weight varies depending on design options — Typically in the 500-700 lb range which includes decking, wheels, tires, axles, etc..
- Weight varies with options like adding sides, type of tailgate (or not), or top or toolbox, or any other options.
- Main beams and tongue are rectangular steel tube, then front and back beams are Channel. (Which cap the tubes for corrosion resistance.) Crossmembers are angle for great support and easy deck mounting.
- Several options are in the plans for a wide variety of function. While some options are mutually exclusive, they all offer function, and not all options are in the pictures here.
- Plans include customization ideas for special uses – from ATV & motorcycles, to trash or furniture hauling or landscape needs.
Reminder: Trailer construction requires metalworking skills and tools for things like cutting, drilling, accurate fixturing and set-up, as well as welding. Strength, durability, and enjoyment depend on how well the trailer is made. Build it well, then Enjoy the Finished Project !!
Trailer Plans & Information:
- Purchase these plans with the “ADD TO CART” button above. After payment confirmation, the Plans are immediately available for Download. Use the link on the return page, or in the email receipt, or login for access.
- For more information about the plans, check out these two articles: What’s In The Plans? and What Makes Our Trailer Plans Better?
- Then, for more on trailers, try these two articles from Synthesis Engineering: “What Makes A Good Trailer Design?” and “Choosing The Right Utility Trailer”.