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Step-by-Step Guide to Painting a Homemade Trailer

If you’re constructing a steel frame trailer, then here’s a hard-to-accept truth: It’s very difficult to replicate a factory-applied finish for your trailer. Manufacturers have access to tooling and fabrication processes unavailable to the homeowner. Most factory trailer frames are either sandblasted or dipped in an acid bath to clean

How to Read a Trailer Tire Label (Quick Reference)

A typical tire label might read: ST205/75-R14 LRD ST: Special Trailer Tire. ST tires are built with reinforced sidewalls and unique chemistry to handle the higher shear loads and longer storage periods of trailer service. 205: The section width in millimeters. 75: The aspect ratio, expressed as a percentage of

How to Design a Small Homemade Trailer

So, you’re ready to build your own trailer? If you’re not sure exactly what size and style you want, we’re here to help. Homemade utility trailers come in all sizes and shapes, from tiny 4×8-ft teardrop trailers to stout 6×12-ft ATV haulers. How to Choose a DIY Trailer Design Before

Should I Use Aluminum to Build a Trailer?

Here at Template Trailers, we love aluminum! It’s silvery, it’s lightweight, it’s easy to drill, and best of all, it’s strong! However, aluminum is finicky to work with. We prefer its use for bolt-together trailers rather than conventional welded trailers. Here’s why: Most people are interested in aluminum for a

A Guide to the Best Options for Trailer Decking

Decking is a critical part of your trailer. It holds your stuff, seals against water, prevents animal intrusion, and strengthens your frame. Your choice of decking or flooring will vary by trailer type. For instance, a lightweight lawn trailer may use expanded steel mesh. It’s lightweight and doesn’t hold water.

Should I Build or Buy a Trailer? – Pros and Cons

Should you build or buy your trailer? There are many misconceptions about building your own trailer. Unfortunately, all too many would-be welders pick up a Hobart MIG welder and post the forum question, “So, is 3×2 tube big enough to weld my own trailer?” In this article, we consider building

Where to Buy Metal Materials for Building a Trailer?

Are you looking for where to buy aluminum and steel building materials for building your own homemade trailer? Let us help! Finding your own metal materials can be stressful. If you buy metals from the wrong source, you could pay more than the finished frame is worth! Thankfully, you have

How Long Should My Trailer Tongue Be?

Is there a standard length for a trailer tongue? If not, how do you choose how long your trailer tongue should be?  This is a common topic in online forums. Everyone seems to have an opinion, but very little science to back it up. Is there an optimal tongue length