I simply can’t keep borrowing utility trailers (thanks Mike Berg and Gary ?) or renting them. They aren’t always available which holds up progress, and I’m risking breaking other people’s equipment. As for the rental, that money is better spent on the cabin itself.

During the course of a couple of weeks — an hour here and there, a few hours on the weekends — I have constructed my own trailer from scratch. It was a learning process, as is the cabin, but it will give me a new freedom from borrowing and greatly increase my productivity.

I shall call it… [drum role]… the DLOR-46 (Dimensional Lumber Off-road 4′ x 6′)

Just a few notes:

  • I did not save much on this project by doing it myself, but I did end up with what I think will suit my needs and withstand some abuse. There’s also the self satisfaction.
  • A sheet of plywood or OSB measuring 4 feet wide will fit on this snugly. Two feet of a standard 4×8 sheet will hang off the rear as the trailer is only 6 feet long. I save weight this way and the overhang is not an issue.
  • The trailer is stout, but I can still lift the rear off the ground. The tongue is long, providing great leverage to move the trailer around. It also allows me to turn sharp or back up (jackknife) without the trailer hitting the ATV.
  • The trailer deck is treated plywood with additional primer and textured paint.
  • The tires, wheels, hubs, bearings, seals and spindles came as a kit from Six Robblees. The spindles were welded into 2″ x 2″ x 1/4″ thick tube steel to complete the axle. That axle is mounted to 1000lb capacity (each) springs and shackles.
  • The trailer and tongue ride high for great clearance. The width of the axle, width of spring gap and meager 2.5 inches of suspension travel limit trailer tipping. It’s stable.
  • Four 1,000lb working load D-rings hang from the main frame under the trailer.
  • The top of the tongue has an extended steel reinforcement with a hole in it to act as a hook point for bungees in case I have long boards extending far forward.
  • I have yet to decide on a tailgate setup in the rear. Small loads will probable remain in a strapped container, so a tailgate is really not necessary.
  • The jerry can was given to me by a friend who found it at a garage sale for free. Apparently it is from WWII and they are hard to come by. I put considerable time into removing rust and painting it. I still need a nozzle for it.
  • The paint scheme (Can a single color be a scheme?) is obviously OD green. That’s olive drab green for those who don’t know. Why olive drab? Why not? Looks tough and doesn’t stand out.

This is all going to be towed by my new (used) Polaris 6×6. More on that later.