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Harbor Freight trailer build

I was going to build my own utility trailer from an old boat trailer I bought, but came across a more commonsense approach at Harbor Freight.

To the left is the completed unit with my added decking lumber.

Its maiden voyage was ferrying my Dr. Zee to an Idaho Star motorcycle class in Twin Falls. Here you see my wife’s brother Bruce tying it down HIS WAY for our trip back home.

Assembly was not overly challenging, but without a significant tool set, skill set and helping hand friend it would have been difficult or not possible to complete.

The result is a new trailer with new lights, wires, bearings, tires, paint and all. Sure, they are all of light-duty Chinese quality, but that ought to suffice for all I can give it in what remains of my active duty cycle for such things.

The decking, lumber and fasteners required came directly from my existing inventory. That made the whole project about as quick as it could be, though that was the better part of an old-guy work-week.

Assembling up-side-down on sawhorses was definitely the way to go.

Stooping and bending for that entire assembly process would have darn-near killed me.

Flipping it over was accomplished with my shop hoist holding the rear via a rope I was correctly suspicious of lifting the center rear and a sawhorse supporting the tongue.

As I wrestled it into the upright position … just before it was fully right-side-up, the line broke!

The trailer unceremoniously dropped to the ground with some metal part carving my thigh on the way down.

It landed on the tires without even slightly challenging the suspension.

Not quite as I planned, but it was DONE.


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