Trailer Build

  1. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    Started work today on my new trailer build.
    Cut down a 1.6T caravan base, and built a model in Fusion.

    It's basically a tribute to a "Sankey" military tool trailer, but adapted for my uses: Mainly that it will be a little bit bigger, so I can carry 8x4 sheets inside it.

    The idea is to have a "tub" that is 76" wide, with a 8x4 space down the centre. Either side will be a "space frame" box about 12" x 12" to which will form the wheel arches and some externally accessible cupboards.

    A flap at the back will allow access to the sheet transport area.

    On top of this will be a (removeable) bench/tool storage/ open area with hatches which will lift up to form a roof area, and then fold out table/benches sankey v3.jpg sankey 2.png sankey 3.png
     
  2. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    I'm planning to build the frame with 25mm SHS, covered in 0.8mm galvanised sheet - although I do have 8 garage doors that might end up being used instead :rolleyes::cool:
    12mm + 15mm Plywood for internals.

    I want to try to make it as modular as possible, so that I will be able to upgrade/adapt it as circumstances dictate: i want to also use it as a mobile "car boot" stall.


    If I could also use it as a trailer tent/sleeper, that would be nice :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Migmac

    Migmac Forum Supporter

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    Should of kept it as a caravan
     
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  4. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    :clapping:

    I got it given as a chassis from someone building a campervan.
    A caravan isn't any good as a market stall, or for carrying 8x4 sheets of plywood. Or for fitting on the drive.
     
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  5. willie.macleod

    willie.macleod Member

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    Looking forward to seeing this, I remember thinking the same about an old garage door twenty years ago and it also transformed into drop side trailer sides which I think are still in service!

    One possibility for the camping would be to make provision for adding a rooftop tent to it as required - keeping down below for storage/cooking facilities. Bit of reinforcement of those hatches and you have a huge area, lots of potentials.
     
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  6. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    Or buy a trailer tent and a couple of trestles :D You could easily get 8x4 sheets on our Combi Camp.
     
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  7. Justme

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    Dont forget to budget for an IVA & allow for the specs when designing it.
     
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  8. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    i've d/loaded the guide, going to read through it this weekend. the test is only £70, which is a drop in the ocean compared to the price of a ready built trailer.
     
  9. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    Was it this one? :laughing:

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  10. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    They shouldn’t be short of water capacity :laughing:. But how old do you reckon those tyres are?
     
  11. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    i actually like that.
    :rolleyes:


    but no, he just stripped it out for the fittings + windows.
    :thumbup:
     
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  12. colnerov

    colnerov Member

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    That lives fairly local to me, I've seen it trundling up and down the A23, Scruffier in real life. Good from far and far from good!
     
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  13. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    Quick question regarding IVA.

    Can I tow a trailer to a test centre (60 miles!) on it's own wheels? or does it have to be on the back of another trailer?
     
  14. Justme

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    Good question.

    I do not actually know but would suggest that the same rules would apply as they do for MOT's ie pre booked, direct route, not stopping ect ect.

    I am sure that vehicles are allowed to drive to their tests so cant see why not, however I would check with the DVSA IVA test centre.
     
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  15. stuvy

    stuvy Member


    Is that your nearest test place?
     
  16. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    pretty much.

    beverley is 60 miles.
    manchester about 50. (but its manchester :vsad:)
     
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  17. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Yes you can tow it

    I only mentioned it as we had an copper moan that we took a horsebox we built to oxford and our test centre was minutes away compared to a 2 hour round trip problem is they were fully booked for months and the customer couldn’t wait
     
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  18. fixerupper

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    That's my kind of campervan ....but with a better paint job and better tires ..I had tires like that on a 3ltr LWB series two years ago, it was lethal on wet tarmac ...fantastic in the mud ...
     
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  19. citizen kane Member

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    Do you require "engineering" proof for the IVA. I was looking at cutting off a trailer A frame and replacing it with a shorter one but I had assumed that the IVA would require some kind of proof that the new A frame was strong enough for the job.
     
  20. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    not really.

    the sticking points seem to be type approval for 2nd hand suspension + brakes (ie, the expensive bits. :( )
     
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