Before I even go into the details, brilliant ideas, dumb ideas, triumphs, mistakes and an occasional chair throwing there are 3 key ingredients to building a DIY trailer.
- You have to be crazy enough to do it
- You need to have friends with skill sets that far exceed your own
- Your friends have to be dumb enough to help you for weeks on end so you can then brag to people that "you built the trailer"
Ok so now that's out of the way I am going to try to give a walkthrough from A-Z on my trailer build.
In 2013 a friend of mine and I went 50/50 into a M416 trailer. It was a great deal. I wasn't planning on buying a trailer and just came across the information and passed it along to my buddy. He said he would buy it if I was interested in going 50/50 on it. So I said sure and off we went. It was a great basic M416. We had to make some minor improvements to it like new tires and rims but that was about it. We both took a couple of trips with it and the proof of concept was successful. We both decided we like having a trailer but the M416 style didn't work for us. So it was sold to another friend who has made lots of improvements to it and now made it his own. The M416 lid style trailers are great if you don't mind dealing with a lid to access all of your stuff. I decided I wanted a box style trailer with doors.
Being a huge organizer I knew I could find storage boxes that would fit perfectly in every nook and cranny to maximize the potential. My background is I'm an idea guy with very little mechanical skills. I must also be a smooth talker because along the way with my build multiple people came to my rescue to make this trailer 2nd to none. There names should be on the side of the thing. First and foremost I have to blame my friend Eric for selling me on the idea of buying the trailer in the 1st place. He bought a smaller trailer from the same person and convinced me I should get the other one. Initially I said it was too big but after walking around the thing 50 times and the 3 of us chatting about the possibilities they sold me.