Friday, 6 March 2015

Trailer Porn


Much to Hay's consternation, I'm heavily into trailers at present.

Bought a larger trailer to augment the teeny one. Hay wants to sell the teeny one, but being a woman she has no idea how useful the teeny one is for dragging around the garden on the back of the ride-on mower for moving earth, collecting detritus or spreading horse manure. Nevertheless, teeny one is now on eBay and set to be history by tomorrow.

Teeny One


Bigger One

Now, as you will see from the photo of the bigger one, it has a slight problem - the wheels are exposed and could cause anything lying in it to shoot out once on the move (the seller hadn't quite finished it and in any case only used it for transporting motorbikes).

The bloke who sold me the bigger one suggested two solutions; firstly remove the top from the chassis and insert a spacer, thus bringing the base of the trailer above the wheels and then plating over the gap, or secondly, fabricate some mudguards from a couple of pieces of sheet steel he kindly provided with the trailer.

Not being too handy with making rounded bits and angles with steel, I actually found a quicker (and better) solution to the fabrication, and here is it. 



A couple of homemade mudguards created from the top of a 40 gallon oil drum. Found this solution on eBay, but given the cost of postage from Preston is a bit steep, I sourced a couple of oil drums locally and will use the other one to make a couple of BBQs (simply cut in half and make an X shaped cradle for each half).

So for £10 I have two products - the mudguards and a couple of BBQs (plus a big bucket). Additionally, I can cut the oil drum tops in such a way that they have some flanges to firmly secure the mudguards to the trailer.

As usual, it will probably take me 6 months to get round to doing the job.

In the longer term I want to build myself a Teardrop Trailer like this (I got the plans from eBay), but I need a garage first.


However, it will probably end up looking like this:



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