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Any of you all have a utilty trailer, or have made one? I have one that I have to rebuild, and I am looking for ideas for the tailgate.

I have had this trailer for about 12years. It was a popup camper at one time, and someone added a playwood floor, and wood sides. After years of hard use the floor just rotted out. So I stripped it to the frame, and am rebuilding it with a stronger toung, [old one snapped. With my 444 on it. THAT was a fun day!!!] and using 5/4 deck boards. Now, it never had a good tail gate setup. Two clips on top, that it would bounce out of on the road. It was a real PITA, becouse you had to tie it on. a thought I had was to make a lower hinge out of steel pipe. Weild a lenght on to the frame, and anouther to a peice of angle that will be on the tail gate. Maybe use a peice of rebar for a hinge pin. Put a bend in one side, and a pin in the other side so it can be removed. I also thought of a mod to that. Do two smaller hindes on the bottom, with two seprit rebar pins. Then on the sides of the gate do the same. That way, depending on what way I pull the pins, I can flip the down, to the left, to the right, or by just pulling 4 pins remove it all together. I am also planing on having the side pins, also work as a tailgate strut. Kinda like a pickup has. That way I can pull the side pins, tilt the tail gate down, than use to pins to hold the gate level with the floor, just like a pickup.

Anyone have any other ideas? Some of you that do a lot of fabing, am I missing something in my idea?
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Are you looking for a full size hay wagon , or scaled down for a lawn tractor?
Originally posted by bontai Joe
Are you looking for a full size hay wagon , or scaled down for a lawn tractor?
Full sized to pull behind my 1715:D

Well I had got it already built into a trailer. This was about 7-8 years ago, and flat wore it out. The first few years it made weekly trips from Albany NY to Cape Con Mass. Has hauled tons of brush, and way more then its share of tractors. It will need a bit more time, but hope I can get it in a usefull shape, to last a few more years. I REALY need a new one, but hope to hold out for one that can hold my big tractor, and my car projects also. And if THAT happans I will still need to have a smaller one around for those small hauling needs.

I did some shopping this week, and goot pretty much all I need to finish the deck. Picked up the rest of the decking boards, and hardwere to attach them, and some light hookups, and mis stuff. With luck she will be tagging behind my Bronco this weekend. :) Going to look at an aircompressure this weekend, and would REALY like it to fowall me home.
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Got the deck done.:D

Started work on the frame work that will support the removable sides. I was going to hold off on that for now, but I am building tie down places into the front part of this frame, so wanted to get it done. Hitting up the hardwere store agean today. I have to find something to use as a tiedown for the rear, and have to see what they have, and get some ideas.
Originally posted by Ingersoll444

I am thinking of a way to make all the side panels removable. That way, it can be either a flat deck, or a full sided trailer. Got to spend some thinking time on that one. And of course I am MORE then open for ideas:) :) :)

When I rebuilt my trailer I ran into the same issue about flat deck vrs full side. A friend of mine suggested using square metal tubing (1 1/2" I think) cutting it to fit the outside rail of the frame and then using slightly smaller square tubing that would slide inside. I made 24" tall side making the smaller tubing 28" long so it would slide inside bigger tubing and welding collars around smaller tubing where I wanted it to stop. Then I was going to use plywood to bolt onto the smaller tubing but another friend suggested treated 5/4 boards run length wise and butted together to make the side. Stronger than plywood and already treated. I am still finishing some corner brackets to keep the corners tight but easily removed. The sides are very strong and easy to slide on and off. I put them on all 4 sides. Plus I use the bigger tubes as tie downs when in Flat bed form.

Sorry for rambling. I can post some pictures if anyone would like them.

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Post away!!:D

I got the deck done yesterday. Came out nice. Better then I expected. Becouse of the design of the frame, I have no full perimater steel, so I am adding a ring of angle on top ot the wood, through bolted to the stringers. I included two tiedown points at the front corners of this frame, and one of the hod down bolts is dead center in front and I used an eye bolt. In the rear I put two eye bolts through the deck, directly through the main fraime rails. Nice setup and looks like it will work well. Hope to get some pictures this weekend.
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