Updates On Trailer Design Articles
The most popular pages on Synthesis about Trailer Design now have a fresh revision. They include more content, more pictures, and a mobile friendly web design. Check out the new article versions of “What Makes A Good Trailer?” and “Choosing The Right Utility Trailer”
“Good Trailer Design”
What Makes A Good Trailer Design? That’s a good question and the answer depends a lot on expectations for using the trailer. With that in mind, there are many fundamentals that are common to all “Good” trailers. This article (4 Pages) looks at various aspects of Trailer Strength, and of Dynamic Stability, and options for Versatility. Illustration within the articles include lots of pictures and real world examples. These pages also give suggestions about how to evaluate a trailer for items in each of these categories.
Years ago, this article was originally written to assist people in acquiring a trailer. It shows things to look for, as well as things to avoid. For some people it’s a help in building their own trailer too. For others in purchasing one (new or used). Since the original publication, the article has undergone a few iterations with changes, expansions and revisions — including this latest complete revision in May 2017.
The articles briefly get into the whole gamut of trailer considerations. But if you want more detail (or DIY Plans), read the articles here at Mechanical Elements. How about the big things like Trailer Frames and Axles (both leaf type and Torsion Axles), as well as the little things like a spare tire and Safety Chains.
“Good Trailer Design” is not rocket science, rather it’s is a whole bunch of common sense and comparative analysis to meet your particular needs. These pages give some reasoning on things you may already believe, or to debunk myths about Trailer Design and Function.
More Good Reading
In addition to Good Trailer Design, there are two companion articles which also have a fresh revision. “Choosing the Right Utility Trailer is focused specifically on the needs of utility trailers. Then, Trailer Towing Tips is a long list of things we’ve discovered, read about or readers have shared over the years. A great reminder on ways to keep things safe and trouble free when towing.
Couple these articles from Synthesis with some of the Posts here on Mechanical Elements, and it’s a great collection. Things like Choosing Tandem Axles (and Triples) and Leaf Springs Or a Torsion Axle? Want more detail? Get into the nuts and bolts of trailer design reading Trailer Axles 101 – What You Need To Know. Plus there are more, and the list is growing.
Great reading material, all of them, if you’re up on Trailers and Towing.
We have this post because Do-It-Yourself trailer builders need to know the things in these articles. It’s the small details that make your trailer building project a booming success or a “Hmmm, maybe I’ll sell it” project. Build it to Love it. Build it yourself, and make it the Best!
Enjoy the Reading!
Note: Synthesis Engineering Services is the parent company of Mechanical Elements. All plans sold here at Mechanical Elements are developed by Synthesis, therefore the articles noted above are of particular importance if you want perspective on our Trailer Plans. This is all part of Spiraling Up to bring you the best DIY information and help with your projects.
As always, the best way to get the exact trailer (or other project) you want is build it. Plans here at Mechanical Elements are a great place to start.