Trailer rebuild--lazy man's way

bear67

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I have a 16' utility trailer, my father in law bought used in '69--I got it when we moved him from farm to town in 75. We have used it for hauling everything for all these years and it still had original treated yellow pine (CCA) but was getting soft and needed lights and paint.

I caught my son and grand son cutting the floor bolts out the easy way. Today I welded conduit under it for wiring harness and built new brackets for LED lights. Few minor touches and it will get fresh coat of JD green. New treated lumber is sitting on another trailer outside shop. I guess a floor that has lasted 45 years is ok.
You can't see it in picture, but there is a pipe support as well as the two chains hooked to backhoe bucket
 

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Troll

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I have a 16' utility trailer, my father in law bought used in '69--I got it when we moved him from farm to town in 75. We have used it for hauling everything for all these years and it still had original treated yellow pine (CCA) but was getting soft and needed lights and paint.

I caught my son and grand son cutting the floor bolts out the easy way. Today I welded conduit under it for wiring harness and built new brackets for LED lights. Few minor touches and it will get fresh coat of JD green. New treated lumber is sitting on another trailer outside shop. I guess a floor that has lasted 45 years is ok.
You can't see it in picture, but there is a pipe support as well as the two chains hooked to backhoe bucket
I've done my skid steer trailer twice in the years I've owned it like that. Lots easier to get the old deck off. New pressure treated pine only lasts about 10 years unless you soak it in used engine oil the year after you install the new deck. I paint the deck heavy letting it soak in overnight, then flip the trailer the next day and do the same thing always keeping tab of my growing carbon footprint.....

I call it recycling too.

Thanks,
 

Vanman

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Nice! I love the hub caps too. :D And the used motor oil sounds like an excellent idea! :brows:

The old lighting was not rebuildable, eh? I think you can still get incandescent lighting, though I'm sure it won't be made as well as the old stuff was. Such is the way of things.

Seems like I see so many LED fixtures on vehicles that are failing. And they're harsh rather than rich looking

It would *really* be nice if someone would make nice metal fixtures with Glass lenses again, that take nice normal bulbs. But imagine what they would cost! :eek:
 

FarmallPaul

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Bear67- Great minds think alike! I got a good deal on a "re-purposed" pop-up camper, and upon inspection last weekend realized it had a leaf broken in one of the springs. I figured this way would be lots easier than a jack and laying on my back. (The loader on my tractor leaks down too bad right now to use it for this....) :(
Anyway, it will get new springs, wiring and a bed liner spray paint job. Yeah! :salute:

There is a chain doubled around the come-along at the top for safety.
 

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bear67

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We have 10 or more trailers in the family fleet and are changing them all out to "good" LED units. We buy a commercial grade from a local trailer manufacturer and they are holding up well. We are also welding up a surround guard around the light to protect it. We run all wiring in conduit and solder all joints and seal with heat shrink tubing. May be overkill but I get tired of working on trailer lights and I got stopped in Ohio and Oklahoma last year because of faulty (cheaply made) lights--no written tickets and I got to meet some nice lawmen.
We go to pasture with anything and conduit keeps from dragging wires off with brush and weeds. I install 2" receiver tubes on all our equipment trailers where we can use electric winches when we need one. I have a 12 ton hand gear winch on one utility trailer. I think trailers are like guns, when asked how many does a man need, the answer is "Just one more!".
 

bear67

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At 20' we have to put side clearance lights. I don't put any lights where not required as it is just one more thing to go wrong. The teenagers put lights all over their trucks, but not this old man.
 

Frank DeWitt

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Years ago I got tired of trailer lights failing. I took a 2 X 4 just a little longer then the width of the trailer and installed good trailer lights on it with side marker lights and a license light and holder. I wired them all together and connected them to a long cord with the correct plug on it. Most important, I drilled a 1 inch hole in the 2X4 near one end.

I clamp this to the trailer with big C clamps and I am ready to go. When I get back home I hang the board on a nail in the garage so it dosn't spend much time in the weather.

No more trailer light trouble.
 

I like oldstuff

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As most of us my trailer sits outside. The connections for the cord to the light body where the wire pokes into those spring type contacts gets packed with silicone sealer. The bulb bases get a dose of lithium grease and the lenses are put on with silicone sealer and the screw heads covered with it too. The mount bolts are also slathered in the stuff so no rust forms. We all have had those mounting bolts just spin in the plastic housings... They always work and I haven't touched them in perhaps eight years.
 
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