Customer Story – A Trailer Rebuild

An excellent customer story about a complete trailer rebuild.  We talk about it once in awhile, and we give some advice, but this is the first customer story that is truly about doing a full rebuild and reformat.

This story comes from Ericg81 via our project submission form.  Here is the story in his own words.


Customer Story:

A Trailer Rebuild Story – from “Ericg81”

I recently purchased my second ATV and didn’t have a two-place ATV trailer to haul them to destinations.  I picked up this snowmobile tilt-trailer for $200.00.  Brought it home and took off the old deck for replacement.  Unfortunately, I found the trailer was all rusted through, the axle was bent, and tires were rotted.  I thought, well now is as good a time as any to learn to weld.  My background is automotive engineering, so knowing where to place the new parts would be easy, and welding was a skill I was ready to learn.

Project Start
The base trailer for starting the rebuild project.

I replaced the axle with a 93 inch, 3,500lb Dexter axle and springs, then upgraded the tires from 8 inchers to 12’s.  All new wiring with LED lights.  Dark hunter green Rustoleum paint.  And I added gussets to the frame which made a world of difference in the rigidity of the frame.  I’m six months into the project and nearly finished.  Mechanical Elements has been a life saver.  I have learned a lot from this website, and just plain enjoy the articles.  I like to show others that I am a capable millennial that enjoys real life challenges and not the ones found in video games.


Thank You For The Story

Well, thank you for the compliment about the website.  That is the intent, so I am very glad to hear that our efforts to write have the value we hoped for.

The trailer you are building looks great, and we really appreciate you taking the time to send the photos with your story.  What an exciting change in the trailer rebuild, and a terrific newfound welding skill as well.  That’s totally awesome, so Keep on Welding and improving!

The photos are great.  I have included them for everyone to enjoy below in roughly date order based on the camera assigned file name.  It’s a great documentation of the project progression.  We need just one more picture when the trailer is all complete and loaded with the ATVs!

Looks like it’s taken a great chunk of your COVID quarantine time, which is fantastic.  Learn a new skill, keep busy in a safe place, then end up with a great trailer.  You can’t beat that!  Good job.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then this trailer rebuild story can be it.  Another good customer story is this unique trailer build.  Or, if you don’t have a trailer to rebuild or convert, then we have plans for building a new ATV Trailer.  (Or, another project.)  Then, when you’re done, you can submit your own customer success story.  Thank you for visiting Mechanical Elements.  Here are the photos.  Enjoy.

The Base Trailer

Customer Story Beginning

Old TiresStripped Frame

Starting the Trailer Rebuild

More Parts Added

Trailer Rebuild Progress

Painting

Nearly Done With The Trailer Rebuild

Excellent photo documentation of the project, hopefully we’ll get one last photo of the complete, finished trailer rebuild.  The before and after make a pretty stark difference.

Leave a Comment

Leave a Comment Cancel reply

We Found These For You . . .

Article
Trailer Lights and Wires Feature
On new trailer builds, and on existing rigs, the trailer lights and wires must all function.  Here are some tips on the subject so if you find the electrical a little confusing or intimidating, read on.

Read The Article

Article
Welding Trailer Spring Brackets
There is some disagreement in trailer building about how to weld-on trailer spring brackets (also known as spring hangers).   Some of you have sent questions about which techniques are best, especially

Read The Article

Article
Overslung or Underslung Trailer Springs
Because you asked . . . What are the advantages of Overslung – or – Underslung trailer springs?  Let’s discuss it.  The concepts are pretty easy to see with some good graphics.

Read The Article

Article
Trailer Wheel Bolts
A friend asked me this question, along with the companion “How Tight?”  The last thing we want is to lose a wheel — because it will not only delay our trip, but a wheel coming loose can do serious damage…

Read The Article

Product
Stereo Speaker Plans

Form follows function in this attractive, modern speaker cabinet.  Yes, it looks cool, but more importantly, all the non-parallel internal surfaces resist resonances for a beautiful and dynamic sound.

Product
6x11, 2 Place, ATV Trailer Plans

When you need full space for 2 large ATV’s, or other off-road vehicles, this is your trailer.  Plans give options for ramps, tie-downs, and other functions.  Build this for robust action to last through the years.

Article
Winner of the Visa Gift Card
We have a winner of the $100 Visa Gift Card!  We sent out the Photo request, and you responded.  Now the drawing, and the winner.

Read The Article

Article
Attach Safety Chain With One Bolt
What are the best ways to attach safety chains on a trailer?  That’s a simple question without a single best answer.  Don’t you hate it when the answer starts with “It depends . . . “?  Unfortunately, it does depend…

Read The Article

Article
Good Trailer Design Article Updates
The most popular pages on Synthesis about Trailer Design now have a fresh revision.  May, 2017.  They include more content, more pictures, and a mobile friendly web design.

Read The Article

Article
Example of DIY Trailer Construction Mistake
Learning good trailer construction by examining bad is a great way to focus on details.  This photo shows 4 points of “less that careful thought” in the way the trailer is built.  Can you pick them out?

Read The Article

Product
24' Tiny Home Trailer Plans

Build on a solid foundation starting with plans specifically designed for the unique needs of a Tiny House Trailer. Low 8.5’ x 24’ top deck. Up to 14,000 lbs total capacity. Fully Engineered.

Article
Small Trailer with Big Benefits
Caught on the streets, this small trailer provides big benefits.  It’s an excellent example of using a trailer instead of a truck, and this business owner understands efficiency.

Read The Article

Article
Plans Download Screen
This is a Frequent Question about Downloading, and Saving the Plans after placing an order.  Please don’t worry, We’re here to help!  If you are not yet able to complete the plans download after your purchase, definitely, please read this.

Read The Article

Article
What is the right trailer tongue length?
How long should a trailer tongue be?  Is there a standard or is it totally arbitrary?  Let’s get some answers on this fun trailer tongue length topic.

Read The Article

Article
Living Tiny In A Bigger Way
OK, so you want to Live Tiny.  That’s awesome.  What can you do without?  What do you really want to have?  And how about that claustrophobia?

Read The Article

Article
Aluminum Trailer Frame Underside
Aluminum is such a great material.  It’s light, strong, and looks sweet to boot.  So, why is there a debate about Aluminum Trailer Frames comparing to others like steel?  Or comparing for beams like with gantry cranes?

Read The Article

Article
I-Beam Clamp Introduction
Introducing a new product to the Mechanical Elements family of Do-It-Yourself Plans — the gantry crane I-Beam clamp.  A simple product we give as Free Plans in our launch celebration!  Well, is it really FREE Plans?  Yes.  Use the coupon…

Read The Article

Article
Custom Trailer Design
Sometimes looking for the right plans for the trailer you need is a needle in a haystack.  Every site has something, but not exact.  What’s next?  When you really need a particular trailer that others don’t offer,

Read The Article

Article
Low & Lean Trailer Suspension
A unique trailer suspension offering a low profile, tuning possibilities, and more. By design, the concept offers complete tandem axle load sharing via a common coil spring which is a big plus. Though different than a torsion axle suspension, this…

Read The Article

Product
16K by 20' Flat Deck Trailer

When heft is on the agenda, consider this beefy version of our 20’ length deck-over trailer plans.  With many options like all our trailers, this tandem axle is super heavy duty for rigorous jobs.