I’m going to be adding some walls to my small trailer to make it more versatile and practical. I used to own a Honda race quad and this trailer was built specifically to haul that around. I don’t own the quad anymore and I needed a better way of taking construction and green waste to the dump.

 

This little trailer has been neglected over the years. I brought it in the garage to see exactly what I was working with.

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The wiring was a disaster and the lights were a mess.

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I started by clipping off the zip ties that were holding the lights to the frame.

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I removed the extra wire that was wrapped around the tongue all the way to the back.

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These tiny fences, although useful to strap down an ATV, were of no use to me now. I used a grinder to break down the horrible welds I had made back in college. I ground away the excess weld trying not to dig into the frame itself.

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Once the fence came off, I ground the frame smooth and, to make sure that the metal didn’t begin to rust, I sprayed on some black rust-stopping paint.

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I continued grinding and all the way around the trailer until the three fences were gone and the frame was bare.

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Next I cleaned up and prepped to install the hardware.

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This was all the hardware that I bought. Screws, bolts, stake pockets and more.

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I began by marking out where the stake pockets would be located with a silver sharpie.

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I used a metal punch with a hammer to mark the centers, and then using some oil, drilled out the holes using a 3/8-inch carbide bit.

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Here are the 2×4’s I picked up for the fence.

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I went to the miter saw and cut a couple of the sides to length.

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I assembled them on the trailer and measured the front and back. I cut them to length and could now put them in place to check the fit.

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Each of the walls includes both a top and bottom stretcher so I cut the rest of them with the miter saw.

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I brought the hardware over to the trailer and began loading up the bolts with washers and then attaching the stake pockets. These are 3/8 inch galvanized bolts with lock washers and a nut. I used an impact driver to make sure they were good and tight. Then I attached the other 7 pockets.

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I measured out 32 inches, which is the height of the fence, on the first board and used it to set up a stop block for the rest.

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I mocked up the fence using some quick clamps to hold the 2×4’s until I could fasten them in place.

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Using a large speed square I made sure the boards were square, then pre-drilled and screwed in some 3-inch deck screws.

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With the same technique, I secured the other two connections on the same side, then I did the same on the opposite fence.

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Since the front is stationary, I just attached the stringers from one side to the other using the same deck screws.

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The back fence needed to be removable for easy unloading. I used some clamps to keep it in position, and then screwed everything together.

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At this point I realized I forgot to leave enough room to attach the latch brackets.

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The easiest fix I came up with was to mount them on the inside instead.

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I pulled the back fence off, clamped it to the bench, and using the circular saw, cut about an eighth-inch off of each end.

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I could now pre-drill and fasten the brackets with heavy duty lag screws.

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I continued attaching the vertical boards to finish the walls. I cut them to length, drilled holes and fastened them with deck screws.

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Functionally, the fence was complete.

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I took the trailer outside for a quick coat of paint to try and match the black steel base. Nothing fancy, just a couple cans of spray.

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This is the finished product. It is a tiny, weird looking trailer, but I have found it to be incredibly useful. I also mounted the tail-lights in a more permanent fashion than before, and the back wall can easily be removed for unloading.

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My Project Tools

GRINDER

TRAILER STAKE POCKET

CORNER GATE LATCH

SILVER SHARPIE

DRILL & IMPACT DRIVER

MITER SAW

QUICK CLAMPS

SPEED SQUARE

CIRCULAR SAW

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