View Full Version : 5x10 atv trailer is done first project

10-28-2009, 12:09 AM
I started out a few weekends ago. I have never built a trailer before but have owned quite a few. All the pieces just fell into place to build one so i did. The frame is 3in C channel the tongue is some heavy *** 5/8in angle i had in the garage and the cross members are 2x2 1/4in thick. Everything but the cross members, coupler, and wheels were laying around. I have a total of 200 bucks in this thing and really like it. I still need fenders but thats it. I built this and welded it enough with my 180 mig to load it up and had a pro weld it up. I cut everything with my 4.5in angle grinder.40772





10-28-2009, 12:30 AM
How does your crossmember (under floor) spacing compare to commercial built units? I've never really looked at one.

10-28-2009, 12:38 AM
i looked at my neighbors farm supply trailer and his only had 4. 1 at the front 1 in the back and 2 in the middle. Mine has 1 at the front 1 in the back and 3 in the middle.

10-28-2009, 12:51 AM
I'm too over cautious. I never trust wooden floors on a trailer unless the spacing is around 16". I always worry about the clearspan beneath the lumber. Stupid boards have a bad tendancy to rot

My theory:dizzy: is, that even if a wheeled vehicle breaks through the floor, the crossmembers are close enough to support the wheels on their own. Wheeled vehicles present a concentrated load at small points. I would imagine a snowmobile would be more spread out though

10-28-2009, 01:06 AM
Well i hope its ok its only ment to haul a single four wheeler the spacing is 30in apart. It will be stored indoors if that makes a difference.

10-28-2009, 04:34 AM
I'm too over cautious. I never trust wooden floors on a trailer unless the spacing is around 16". I always worry about the clearspan beneath the lumber. Stupid boards have a bad tendancy to rot
Not to bash your work and I'm not as it's a nice looking trailer, just commenting. I'm with FS on this one. My current one I just built awhile back I kept the crossmembers at 16" centers also give or take. Just something to be aware of and to check every once in awhile for rot......Mike

10-28-2009, 05:03 AM
I wouldn't worry about it. My dads got a factory built car trailer that's prolly close to 20yrs old now. Lived it's whole life outside and still has the original non-treated planks. I think the spacing under it is 24" if I remember correctly. My point is....I'd bet those planks outlast the flimsy expanded found on cheap trailers at the big box stores.

10-28-2009, 05:05 AM
Almost forgot....I don't see any place to hook on tie down straps.

10-28-2009, 09:29 AM
I'm too over cautious. I never trust wooden floors on a trailer unless the spacing is around 16". I always worry about the clearspan beneath the lumber. Stupid boards have a bad tendancy to rot

I have to agree that I've seen a lot of wooden deck farm trailers rot Samm. I think a lot has to do with what they haul and how they are kept/stored. They seem to get used only at certain times a year and sit under trees full of leaves until the next time.

The 20 ton equipment trailer we have has cross members wider than 16". I know that because I can turn sideways standing between them to work on it and I can't do that with stud centers. I'm guessing 24" from the last time I had to work on it. The deck however is true 2" oak, untreated. Seams we get about 10 years before they start to get soft and we have to start looking at replaceing boards on it.

10-28-2009, 11:17 AM
Looks really good, +1 on the lack of tie down hoops tho.

10-28-2009, 11:49 AM
I ordered D rings from e trailer they just havent been ready for pick up yet. I work at a precast concrete plant as a yardman and i see broken boards all the time but it seems to happen when someone drops a man hole from 3 feet onto it our boom truck beds are on 24in centers. Ill keep a eye on it but with a 600lbs load im not too worried. My neighbors 5x10 i looked at for ideas was a lot lighter in construction and he often over loads it with rock or mulch. If i have to i can un bolt the outer boards flip it upside bown and put a few more in place. Thanks for the advise ill keep it in mind for the next one

10-28-2009, 11:52 AM
The stained boards are a nice touch, but you will rue the day you went with those boat trailer tires.

As most things go, after you built it, you will see the 300 things you should have done differently or wish you hadn't done at all.

Enjoy your trailer.

10-28-2009, 07:04 PM
I know.. the tires are tiny but a buddy bought them for a project and never completed it.I paid 10 bucks for them, Im looking on craigslist for a set of 15in wheels. I figure they will be good spares. With this being my first one looking back i would change some things

10-28-2009, 07:14 PM
where are you located? Maybe somebody here could help ya out with wheels.

Tony D
10-28-2009, 07:17 PM
none of the wood floors last like the old 79 ford dump... they had good hard wood ..28 years it lasted I had to replace last year and it sat with junk in it all the time....I suppose oak decking would cost more than the trailer though... cross members and disposable decking now darn pine crap LOL...

10-28-2009, 07:31 PM
Ofallon Missouri.

10-28-2009, 09:20 PM
You might have screwed yourself with the wheels. They look like 4 bolt rims to me. All the 15" ones in my catalog are for 5 or 6 bolt. Also note not all rims are the same bolt pattern so be sure that you are looking at the right ones.

10-28-2009, 10:29 PM
The wheels are 5 bolt i can buy a new wheel and 15in tire for $125 at Charlies Farm and Home. I am just not trying to wrap alot of money up right now. The axle was all ready laying around so thats why i went that lug pattern.

10-28-2009, 10:39 PM
Hey it's a nice light trailer. You had fun building it and it will serve you well for what your gonna do with it.
Who's your helper?

10-28-2009, 10:44 PM
Thats my right hand man Joe when it comes to working on stuff. Between him and my girlfriend im pretty sure we can do just about anything.

10-28-2009, 10:59 PM
I welded a receiver tube on my four wheeler so i could drag it around with it. Here are some more pics40806





10-28-2009, 11:43 PM
heck yeah id say ya made a nice little trailer. the last one i built i discovered that ford ranger wheels bolted right up to the axel. bought the axel at tractor supply. i think it was a 3500. i went to the car graveyard and bought two wire wheeled em and painted them and they work great! 10 bucks each too.

11-09-2009, 04:00 PM
nice work. id add D rings all around it for tie down points though. maybe fenders too?

11-09-2009, 04:16 PM
I like it! Once you get the tie-down anchors and all that it will be a wonderful little piece! :)