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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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After wasting my money at Uhaul this summer, I finally broke down and bought my first trailer to haul my bike around town. I picked it up yesterday from Menards. Gotta love credit cards with no interest The trailer is made by Carry-On Trailer Corp. It's a 5X8 with a loading ramp. It has a 1500lbs. payload capacity, so it's pretty sturdy. I also picked up a trailer jack, spare wheel, and spare wheel holder. I'm heading to the DMV tomorrow to get her registered and plated.

The only thing I don't like is the mesh floor since I can't really bolt anything down (ie. storage bin, wheel chock, tie down hooks). Any suggestions as to converting to a wood floor? I was considering laying plywood over the mesh and bolting it down to the frame. What is the best way to go about this? What type of materials should I use? Newb questions I know, but this is my first trailer and I want to make sure I do this right. Any help would be appreciated.

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Grab some 3/4 inch plywood and put it over the mesh like you were thinking. I would then either bolt it or screw it down to the frame. A baxley or condor chock would also compliment that trailer very nicely, plus then you would only need 2 tie downs for the bike. Lockharts can get you a good price on the trailer only condor as that is the cheapest way to go.

Also it's not fully pimp till it has a CLSB sticker on it

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Grab some 3/4 inch plywood and put it over the mesh like you were thinking. I would then either bolt it or screw it down to the frame. A baxley or condor chock would also compliment that trailer very nicely, plus then you would only need 2 tie downs for the bike. Lockharts can get you a good price on the trailer only condor as that is the cheapest way to go.

Also it's not fully pimp till it has a CLSB sticker on it

Congrats bro, trailers are fun
Thanks buddy.

I got a pit-stop Condor and coincidentally, I got it from the Lockharts. I was thinking I like this style tie downs...



and yes, I will be needing some CLSB and NESBA stickers to add to my pimp status

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Thanks buddy.

I got a pit-stop Condor and coincidentally, I got it from the Lockharts. I was thinking I like this style tie downs...



and yes, I will be needing some CLSB and NESBA stickers to add to my pimp status
Those are the style rings I used in my rig. It was a bit of a pain sinking them into the wood and cutting the holes right as I am no carpenter, but once done it was definetly worth the work.




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Those are the style rings I used in my rig. It was a bit of a pain sinking them into the wood and cutting the holes right as I am no carpenter, but once done it was definetly worth the work.
Where did you buy them? I was planning on ordering them online, but if I can pick them up locally I'd rather do that.

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Ricks rv on jefferson and I-55. they got all sort of trailer stuff.




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You can always get a Diamond Plate Aluminum instead of plywood, it is more expensive but worth the money for sure.

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Check all the welds and if you have to re-weld over them to make them stronger. Check the tires and wheels, some of the company's use sub standard ones to make it cheaper for the buyer. Check into upgrades regarding the lights, you want to really be seen and I would put lights on the sides too. Just a few thoughts.
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how much was that trailer....without the extras you bought for it....

looks nice.

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Check all the welds and if you have to re-weld over them to make them stronger. Check the tires and wheels, some of the company's use sub standard ones to make it cheaper for the buyer. Check into upgrades regarding the lights, you want to really be seen and I would put lights on the sides too. Just a few thoughts.
Thats a good idea. I'm not a welder or anything, but I'll take a look at them to see if anything need reinforcement. Tires will probably get upgraded over the winter, but we'll see how they do on the road. As far as lighting, they are pretty decent lights (bright) and the trailer already came with side lights.

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how much was that trailer....without the extras you bought for it....

looks nice.
Menards has their trailers on closeout. I think mine was like $575 before taxes. They also have a 4X8 that's going for like $450 or so, but it doesn't come with a ramp.

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not bad. make sure you pick up a spare tire. you can find them online cheap.

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i just picked up the extra's there. spare tire, holder, and jack.

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i just picked up the extra's there. spare tire, holder, and jack.
duhhh...i forgot that you did say that

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Why not bolt stuff down using fender washers? I'd try that before decking the whole trailer.
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i just picked up the extra's there. spare tire, holder, and jack.


If you go on a long trip with it you might want to get 2 spare tires. They are not uncommon to blow 2 tires in 1 long trip. Just FYI it has happened to me before on a newer trailer
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Why not bolt stuff down using fender washers? I'd try that before decking the whole trailer.
I thought about that, but I don't trust the wire mesh. I'm sure it would hold up. So I'm doing mostly for my peace of mind.

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If you go on a long trip with it you might want to get 2 spare tires. They are not uncommon to blow 2 tires in 1 long trip. Just FYI it has happened to me before on a newer trailer
I don't think the trailer will go any further than BHF, but that's not a bad idea regardless. Maybe after I finish pimping it out some.

I was also thinking about beefing up that tongue. It's just a single rail coming straight out. I was thinking about getting two supports welded on to make it an 'A' style tongue. That can be done, correct?

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So I'm laying down plywood on the trailer this weekend. I want to make the wood durable. I was thinking about laying down some sort of sealer (Rhino Liner or something similar) or even vinyl tiles or something. Anyone have any suggestions? Or is this just a waste of time for an open trailer?

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Plywood will have a tendency to warp. Use lots fasteners to hold it down and it should be fine. A friend used a paint-on rhino liner on his boat trailer steps and it looked very nice. You could also use a deck watersealer and mix in a bit of sand for traction. When/if you need to weld let me know. We can help you out there too.

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Make sure you get the treated stuff for outdoors. then you can always throw some thompsons water sealer on it as well.




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So I'm laying down plywood on the trailer this weekend. I want to make the wood durable. I was thinking about laying down some sort of sealer (Rhino Liner or something similar) or even vinyl tiles or something. Anyone have any suggestions? Or is this just a waste of time for an open trailer?
do not use vinyl. if you get caught in the rain that will become some slippery shit. i would also sway against the rhino liner just bc that stuff get's pretty tacky when it sits in the sun all day. i would go with the sealer and sand. good for traction and for longevity of the plywood. congrats on the trailer.

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Treated 3/4" plywood and porch/stair paint. Or if Menards still has it on sale, get the small kit for garage floors. Two coats of paint on each side, let it dry. Then the third coat for the top and throw the flakes in. The inside of my trailer turned out very well and is durable. It will hold up in the weather too.

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I'd just use green plywood. I had a 4x8 menards trailer, that i used as a single place snowmobile trailer, and after 3 season, the wood still looked great. I didnt do anything do it, except drive a snowmobile up and down it, and tow it behind a 4x4 bronco to the UP and SW Michigan. It'll hold up fine.

Also, I'd suggest getting thicker wood, like 3/4 maybe, if you are gonna use the recessed type hooks. I think those are the best kind. We have both types installed in our work trailer (motorcycle shop) and it see's alot of use. The one's you posted are still in great condition, but the other non-recessed ones are bent and falling apart.

I'd also recommend getting a small piece of diamond plate where the kickstand would be, if you install a permanent chock. If you tie it down, with the stand down, when you hit bumps it'll damage the wood in that area.
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So I'm laying down plywood on the trailer this weekend. I want to make the wood durable. I was thinking about laying down some sort of sealer (Rhino Liner or something similar) or even vinyl tiles or something. Anyone have any suggestions? Or is this just a waste of time for an open trailer?
Erik...

That epoxy flooring is on sale at Menard's. Preety good price - better than what I paid for it when I did mine.

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if anyone needs smaller pieces of diamondplate or steelbar, angle iron, or what ever, i can get it from my job. we have a whole fab area and always have lots of things left over. just let me know what its gonna be needed for and the dimentions i can also do welding
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What would you suggest for the seam running accross the middle of the trailer where the two sheets of plywood come together? How can I keep them flush? There is no support beam below the seam so I cannot bolt them down there. I was thinking about using mending plates to hold the edges together. Any other ideas?

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