Planning Your Build
the key to success 🔑
Planning your DIY trailer or ute tray build is the key to success! Luckily, we’ve done most of the planning so that you can get stuck in without worry.
we want to help you:
what to consider prior to purchasing your plans
This is the best place to start. You need to consider:
- Will I be able to register my new trailer?
- What legislation will I need to meet? This includes legislation for brakes, lights, trailer size, etc.
- Will my vehicle be able to safely tow the trailer? Check your tow ball weight and tow limits specific for your vehicle.
how will i pick up my materials?
It’s ironic, but you may need a trailer to pick up your materials to build the trailer. Alternatively, arrange to have the materials delivered.
what to consider prior to building your trailer
What stock do I need?
Our DIY trailer plans and ute tray plans come with detailed cutting and part lists. You can use these to assist with ordering the required lengths of stock and necessary components/running gear.
Should i source components prior to starting my build?
It is a good idea to have all of, or most of your steel and components prior to starting. Why? Because if you can’t source a certain part, component or size of steel, you may need to make some changes – this is best done prior to starting the project.
We recommend going through the parts and cutting lists and talking to a supplier first to see what components you can get locally and what parts you may need to order from elsewhere.
This is even more important for the confident DIY builder who is hoping to make some adjustments to aspects of our trailer plans. Remember, any adjustments you decide to make may not be compliant and may require re-engineering. Our plans have been engineered as they are – with no adjustments! So, make sure you know what you’re doing before deciding to make changes.
You could even jump on our private Facebook group and ask others where they were able to source parts if you are having difficulties. (NB: Invitation to Facebook Group provided after purchase from Fabplans.com).
How will you turn Over your trailer during the building/painting process?
This one gets most first-timers as you may not realise how quickly the weight adds up. It is important to consider how you will flip the trailer over.
There are two methods when building a trailer. One involves building the trailer from the running gear up. This means you can get away without having to flip the trailer during the building process. However if painting yourself, it is difficult to; 1) do a good preparation job and 2) paint the underside, if you cannot flip the trailer over. Remember, preparation is key to a long-lasting protective coating.
The other option is flipping the trailer over. For this you may need some form of lifting device (tractor, gantry, hoist, etc.), some good mates or a homemade style vehicle rotisserie.
What sort of paint finish are you looking for?
One of the most important steps when building anything that will be subject to harsh environments and the elements, is a protective coating. There are a few options available. To help you decide, check out our trailer coating article.