All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) provide a thrilling and exhilarating pastime. Many people use their ATVs not only for riding around their property or doing yard work, but also for taking extended rides on trails and through wilderness areas. To get to some of these remote areas, ATV riders must transport their supplies and ATVs to the trailhead. By building an ATV trailer that can be pulled behind your car, you can drastically shorten the process of gathering up supplies, loading the ATV and getting on the trail. This article provides details on how to build your own ATV trailer from scratch.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Welding apron and gloves
- 2- by 2-inch steel rectangular tubing
- 4- by 8-foot steel grating
- Two used trailer hubs with wheels attached
- Bolt-on trailer hitch
- Cutting torch
- Trailer lights kit
Measure the length and width of your ATV and add 1 foot to each measurement. The new dimensions are the specifications for your ATV trailer and provide the amount of space you will need to tie the ATV down for transport.
Cut the 2- by 2-inch tubing to length with the cutting torch, and weld a rectangular frame together with the welder. Weld a crossmember through the middle of the rectangle to give the frame rigidity.
Cut the grating to fit on top of or inside the metal frame using the cutting torch. Then, use the welder to weld the grating securely in place. Weld the back of each hub in the exact centre lengthwise of the metal frame; make sure the wheels turn freely.
Weld a 6-foot-long straight piece of 2- by 2-inch tubing (the tongue) in the centre of what you have determined will be the front of your ATV trailer frame. Then, use the hardware in the hitch kit to mount the hitch to the end of the trailer tongue.
Use the provided hardware and manufacturer-specific instructions to mount the lights onto the trailer. Get your new ATV trailer inspected initially, and purchase the required insurance and/or license to use it on the road.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure your wheel hubs are mounted squarely; if they are mounted off kilter, they will wear the tires unevenly and may affect your steering.
- Always wear a safety apron, gloves and goggles when using the cutting torch and welder.
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