How to Build A Kayak Trailer

Today’s economy sucks! Trying to take a family vacation with a family of four is astronomical; get ready to put thousands of dollars aside if you want to visit any theme park. That’s why many
families are turning back to the great outdoors and seeking all the sites this wonderful country has to offer. Camping, canoeing, kayaking, sightseeing and bonding with one’s family has become the number one family vacation not only because it brings families closer together, but it’s far more economical.

Plus, the number of styles in travel trailers for families to choose from makes it even more exciting. Several popular choices include Motorhomes, Towable Rvs, 5th Wheel Trailers, Folding Tent Trailers or maybe you just want to get some boating done. If that’s the case, I’m going to show you how to make your very own Kayak Trailer for under $400. This article will go over the pros and cons of each and then teach you how to make an easy Kayak trailer for your family to
enjoy for years.

Motorhomes come in three styles Class A, B, C. Class A are the biggest and most expensive, many times people choose to live year-round in these diesel beasts of luxury. Pros- lots of room and luxury amenities; Cons- expensive and not good for day or weekend trips.

Class B designed to look like a camper van, they are still on the expensive side.
Pros- Convenient to drive, simple set up, great for day or weekend trips;
Cons- limited amenities, only suited for one or two people. Class C are midsized and can range up to 33 feet. Built on top of an existing vehicle they are intended to be used by
families. Pros- large enough for families, all basic necessities, more
affordable; Cons- driving can be a challenge, still expensive to maintain.

Because of the expense of Motorhomes, many families choose towable RV’s that have all the amenities at half the cost. They come in all assorted sizes, have different luxuries, and
can be outfitted to fit the consumers needs. Plus, they are detachable making them an ideal choice for many. The biggest con that consumers find is they are difficult to maneuver in reverse.

Another option is the 5th wheel Trailer. Similar to the towable RV, it’s difference is the gooseneck connector that snaps onto the towing vehicle. This makes towing much simpler and maneuvering effortless. The constructions are much sturdier and simpler to handle than common ball fasteners.

However, like many families, maybe you just want to get away for the day. Maybe you want to float down the river, swim with the manatees, catch and release some fish, take some picture of all the amazing wildlife the outside has to show. The cheapest easiest way is to build a boat trailer or kayak trailer and get out on the water for some fresh air, sun shine, and appreciate the beautiful family you have away from you in their own kayaks.

The remainder will teach you how to build your own Kayak trailer that can hold up to 5 kayaks.

First, you’re going to order your Do It Yourself Kayak Trailer from Harbor Freight Trailer. The directions are a bit confusing, but putting the trailer together really isn’t that difficult if you have the proper tools.

Two wrenches that are a must in building this trailer are a 16mm and a 17mm. You will save time and money trying to tighten the 75 sets of bolts with these two wrenches, so just trust me on this.

As you start to assemble the trailer, it will get heavy because it is made of steel. Assemble it on padding and possibly have someone help you as you start with the first part in assembling the two deck and tongue. Next, a hinge is attached to the deck on each side. At this point, insure there is plenty of vertical room to flip the trailer as it is quite large, and it is folded over.

The axles and suspension are not as difficult as they sound; they connect with a few parts of hardware and are easily tightened.

Finally, secure the wheels, flip it again, lock the decks of the bed, and you have yourself a trailer! From this point on you can customize your trailer to hold two, four, even five kayaks for the whole family, and still for under $500.

How to back up a trailer

 Backing up a trailer can be a simple task and can be a challenge depending on how you do it. If you have little knowledge on how to back up a trailer then it’s important to ask for help from professionals with enough knowledge about how to back up a trailer. The following are some important tips that can help you in the process.

• Look for a good site and prepare yourself

When backing up a trailer you will require a good site without obstructions. This will not only make work easier for you but also it helps to avoid accidents especially if it is a busy place full of vehicles. After identifying a good site, go ahead and prepare yourself to back up your trailer. Back up your truck and the trailer from the left side, parallel to the driver side; this makes it possible for the driver to have a good view on both the trailer and the truck. Also, make sure you place your hand at the bottom of the wheel to ensure you don’t put exaggerated moves.

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Courtesy of Mirage Trailers

• Use your side mirrors and have a spotter

The side mirrors help the driver to have a clear view on what is going on around. It helps one to notice any obstructions and avoid hitting any obstacles on the ways. With the side mirrors still, it is a good idea to have a spotter. A spotter outside the vehicle has a better view and can help to warn or alert you especially on what to do especially if you are in a blind spot. He can be able to notice any exaggerated moves made that are hard to notice using the side mirrors.

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• Have enough knowledge on how to move the vehicle

A hitch joint ball is used to attach the vehicle and the trailer and it’s important to clearly know the moves to make. By moving to the left, the trailer moves to the right. During reverse, you will have to steer to the right. Turning the wheel to the right will, in turn, make the trailer move to the right. When backing up in turns you will have to pull forward until the truck and the trailer is aligned and then start the process all over again.

Check this great vid from Burbilly if you’re still confused;

If you are looking forward to being an expert in backing up a trailer, then keep practicing and always take it slow. Lack of experience and quick moves will only lead to accidents and hectic eras during the process.

How to wire a trailer

Wiring a trailer or an RV (Recreational Vehicle) involves a lot of variables. Although most manufacturers follow a standardized pattern, there are mavericks that’d prefer to go slightly different. I intend to explain to you how to wire a trailer in a scenario that’s most common and the ones that you’re more probable to be facing.

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First things first, routing the wiring through your frame is utmost important. Make sure that all the wires are very well tucked within the frame and that they could not come in contact with or rub with anything, while operating.

If the one you own is a square tube trailer, the best way to route the wires would be through the insides of the tubes. This would make it look much neater and will also protect the wiring, as I mentioned above.

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Courtesy of E-Trailer.com

It would be highly advisable to drill in a few holes in the tubes, in case the manufacturer hasn’t done it, and fish the wires out. This may take slightly longer and seem tedious from the sound of it, but trust me, you’ll only be happier in the long run with the results. Also make sure that the holes are sealed well in order to avoid any water dripping or leaking into your frame.

If the one you own is a U-Channel trailer or of the angle iron make, you are spared the effort of drilling. In this case you will need to clip the wires tightly inside the frame using clips that are specially made for this. You should be able to find these clips in most of the automotive stores around you.

A little more depth into how to wire a trailer:

There are 4-wire, 6-wire and 7-wire connectors that are used to connect a trailer to the vehicle.

 

4-wire connectors are the most commonly used ones and contain 3 exposed posts called “Male” connectors and 3 sockets called the “Female” connectors. The one left out is the ground. The male connector goes to the trailer side and the female goes to the vehicle side in this arrangement. This is done to ensure that the male connector is not exposed when your vehicle is ON and you don’t have a trailer connected.

6-wire connectors have 2 additional poles and the male “Plug”, as it is called in this case, has a protecting covering that makes sure that the prongs inside the plug do not come in contact with anything. So, the male and female roles are reversed in this one.

7-wire connectors are much like 6-wire connectors except for that they let you hook up another 12v source circuit to your vehicle using dedicated batteries. This lets you have a back up.

I hope my guide on how to wire a trailer has been helpful to you.