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Old 07-18-2017, 10:50 PM   #1
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My brother and hunting partner just began to build his quad trailer to match the one I made a couple years back. This will allow us to fill feeders out West with just the quads and not have to haul the big ranger and trailer to do the task. Like I did, he will use the harbor freight trailer as the skeleton for his build. He found one on CL for dirt cheap that had been modified for a kayak hauler.

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The original owner mounted the leaf springs on backwards:


He soon got that fixed and got it all welded up instead of bolted together as well as some floor stiffners added:


He also picked up a set of Honda rims to fit the conversion spacer hubs he just ordered:


Won't be long now!


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Old 07-19-2017, 11:13 AM   #2
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I am really wanting to build a little trailer like this. Do you think starting with the Harbor Freight trailer is a big advantage over just starting from scratch?
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:16 AM   #3
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I am really wanting to build a little trailer like this. Do you think starting with the Harbor Freight trailer is a big advantage over just starting from scratch?


Much cheaper as the axel, hitch, and springs will cost you more if bought outright than the whole kit...


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Old 07-19-2017, 11:33 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info Black Gold. Will have to keep the next 20% off coupon that comes in the mail and give it a try.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:58 AM   #5
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I am really wanting to build a little trailer like this. Do you think starting with the Harbor Freight trailer is a big advantage over just starting from scratch?
You can find the HF trailers used all over the place. I bought one that was new in the box for about half price. Guy bought it, opened the box, and said it looked too hard to put together lol.
I see them all the time on facebook marketplace ads.

Also, you can find jet ski or small boat trailers for cheap too
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:16 PM   #6
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A lot of folks that convert the HF trailers to kayak trailers install the springs upside down to give more clearance. I saw your build earlier and I now looking for a cheap HF trailer.
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:27 PM   #7
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A lot of folks that convert the HF trailers to kayak trailers install the springs upside down to give more clearance. I saw your build earlier and I now looking for a cheap HF trailer.


The issue is not what side of the springs the axel is on, but that the springs were mounted rear slip side facing the front.


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Old 07-19-2017, 03:36 PM   #8
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The issue is not what side of the springs the axel is on, but that the springs were mounted rear slip side facing the front.


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I was just about to ask, I thought this was the reason you said "backwards" but really couldn't tell on my phone. Yours is a nice looking little rig. In for the pics of his finished
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:18 PM   #9
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What is the link to order the spacer conversation hubs..

I have that trailer and would like to redo it.
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:16 PM   #10
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Here's the one for the 4:110 quad wheels. If you order another spacing make sure you get the spacers that are 2" thick and not the 1" ones.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/162066865753


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Old 07-20-2017, 10:53 PM   #11
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Is there a advantage for using quad tires? I can see if you are in an area with really boggy mud, but the tire that come with the trailer seems ok. I did one few years ago and just used the tire that came with it and it has been fine. In fact I don't think they pick up thorns as bad. I am hunting the Childress are and we have some really slick mud and They don't throw mud as bad as the ATV. Only pic I can find at the moment
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Old 07-20-2017, 11:09 PM   #12
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ATV tires = weight distribution and super smooth ride ...... benefits of running tires with 7-10 pounds of pressure vs much higher on standard tires. I have 6 ply tires with slime and in Terrell County run thru some of the nastiest thorns and dog pear cactus and have had zero flats.
We are out there hunting for a week so the benefits of my quad and trailer utilizing the same spare are valuable to me as well. Worst comes to worse, I have 7 tires/rims for my quad....


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Old 07-21-2017, 05:11 PM   #13
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What is the link to order the spacer conversation hubs..

I have that trailer and would like to redo it.
Maybe this link will work:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/2pc-2-Alumin...53.m1438.l2649
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Old 07-21-2017, 05:18 PM   #14
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I like that. I really enjoyed your original thread thread when you built the first one. I almost went the harbor freight route. Found a deal at lowes so bought one there. Cool build.
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Old 07-25-2017, 01:01 PM   #15
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Following this one Cody....
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:34 PM   #16
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:22 PM   #17
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He went with 3/4" square tubing for the frame and cut the long neck in half and dropped it below the original and welded it in to lower hitch height.


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Old 07-25-2017, 11:23 PM   #18
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:17 AM   #19
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:51 PM   #20
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Great idea and nice work.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:46 PM   #21
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Looking good. Need to check out those hub adapters. Ross has a new Mule he upgraded with new tires and rims. His old tire/rim set would be put to good use with this. Are y'all building this at your parents? Keep the updates coming.


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Old 07-28-2017, 08:47 PM   #22
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Yes....dad's shop.


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Old 08-08-2017, 04:22 PM   #23
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Any updates?
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:27 PM   #24
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Denver caught a SERIOUS case of poison oak and has been pretty miserable over the last week. Trailer hasn't been touched as sweating outside is just causing it to spread. I'd guess he won't be working on it for at least another couple weeks.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:28 AM   #25
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Well guess I gotta eat my words. He texted me and said he finished all the welding yesterday and got bottom and wheels painted. All that's left to do is paint top and mount tires to rims.






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Old 08-11-2017, 06:05 PM   #26
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That's awesome. Need to find a trailer to get started.


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Old 09-06-2017, 10:07 AM   #27
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:49 AM   #28
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:23 PM   #29
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:24 PM   #30
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She's done!


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Old 09-06-2017, 05:32 PM   #31
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Great build.
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Old 09-08-2017, 03:49 AM   #32
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I just got on the forum. Big thanks to my brother for keeping me motivated and keeping tabs on the build from start to finish. Thanks for all the interest in this build. I look forward to putting the trailer to use and letting everyone know how it performs.


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Old 09-08-2017, 10:14 AM   #33
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Great idea! Searching for a HF trailer on CL now
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:39 PM   #34
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:45 PM   #35
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Great build.
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Old 09-08-2017, 06:25 PM   #36
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Good work
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Old 09-15-2017, 03:21 PM   #37
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We put them to the test yesterday. 850 pounds of feed in each at one point and miles thru the mountains with no issues. These trailers literally give your quad more hauling capacity than a SXS... love em'...




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Old 10-16-2017, 03:36 PM   #38
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:30 PM   #39
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What no tail gate! Great work!
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:15 AM   #40
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That is awesome.
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:01 AM   #41
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I made my trailer as wide as my ATV so it would track the same. If my ATV fit, then my trailer fit. Out where you are I don't think that would be a problem. I envy that wide trailer, you can haul lots of stuff.
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:57 AM   #42
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Man y'all builts some great little trailers
Thanks for the thread
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:32 AM   #43
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Very nice build.
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:12 AM   #44
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Cool now I need one
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:10 PM   #45
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Very nice!
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:28 PM   #46
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I wish I had the talent and time to build one on my own, great job. I just bought a 3x5 from northern tool for the same purpose and I can't wait to get it on the back of my 4 wheeler this weekend!
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Old 10-23-2017, 10:21 PM   #47
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Came out great!
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