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NoD~ 06-23-2014 02:59 PM

Transforming my trailer via "the template"
 
So I bought this old trash trailer a while back. It's been handy. Use it for dump runs, camping, getting lumber, whatever. But... it's falling apart!

Here it is when I first got it...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...530_170203.jpg

The final straw was when I took it camping and the tarp was blowing all over and things fell out... that's a huge no no for me. My car also wasn't liking pulling it with as much weight as it had, not to mention jumping on the highway with it, was tough to pull. So...

The new trailer's design must be as reasonably aerodynamic as possible to make it easier on my little car to pull. On top of that, the lowest weight possible, without sacrificing the strength needed. Finally, go to LED lighting to take a little less electrical drag off the car. With all that in mind... here's the log!

I used the template and Google Sketchup to design it. Here's the overall view of that combo...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403549216

I designed it to use a 2' high sheet for all the sides and went up from there. This gives me enough room to do what I need and makes it easier to use a 4 x 8 sheet cut in half.

So, I made the new sides... (Ignore all the crap in the background, this new trailer should inspire me to clean it all)
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548885

Started the top...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548895

Top almost done...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548899

Found a sheet of coroplast for $5 locally that was larger than a 4x8, so it covered the entire top without using multiple sheets! It was damaged, hence the $5 price tag...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548903

Top opens...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548907

After doing the sides and the top, I decided the floor was pretty trashed, plus the folding feature of the trailer was unneccesary, so I removed the original flooring and bolted the thing together, then added a new sheet...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548912

Threw together a partial belly pan...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548915

Gave the axle bar a tail (used Sketchup and template to give me a good idea on the size/shape) and closed up the bottom...
http://s95.photobucket.com/user/node...tml?sort=3&o=4

Ran out of silver duct tape, had to go to my red reserves... lol! (More crap everywhere... swear it'll get cleaned after this trailer's ready!)
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548929

Primer all. I will be painting it the same color as my car ultimately...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403548934

And finally, where I'm at right now: The tail! Here is the template I'll be using to route out the main frame...
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1...g?t=1403549635

I still have a lot of work to do. The tail is going to be a challenge, but it's mostly designed. Just lots of angles to be had!

I should have most of this trailer done in the next week, weather and time permitting. I'll keep this original post updated.

Hersbird 06-23-2014 04:26 PM

Cool! How about some wheel farings? I'd check the wheel bearings also, they can be a drag of a different type. Neons those years have good power as long as they aren't the 3speed autos. I had a 98 Dohc 5 speed I custom ordered new. I wish I still had it as it was fun and had no problem getting 40. I see you are getting 50.

Joris 06-23-2014 04:44 PM

Is there a reason for putting the vertical bars on the outside? Those do creat some drag I think.

aerohead 06-23-2014 06:27 PM

gap
 
If you can figure a way to kill the gap you're really golden.
http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/...titled-6-1.jpg

NoD~ 06-23-2014 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joris (Post 431516)
Is there a reason for putting the vertical bars on the outside? Those do creat some drag I think.

two things...
-The lined up well with the 2x4's that hold the gates up.
-I needed as much room internally as possible. Do a lot of trash runs, don't want things getting caught up on them from inside.

something to note: The 2x4's are planned to be "aero" as well. I did a 3/4" chamfer on the front. I have a foam cutter on the way and will be doing the boat tail on the end with foam, then glue and paint it in there. Now, that doesn't help the lip on there, but figured I'd mention this. I'll likely add the tail for the lips on the actual boat tail for the full trailer, which should help a bit.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 06-23-2014 09:29 PM

What are you gonna do with the front of the trailer? What about a deflector, like a scaled-down version of the ones used in the cab of big-rigs, to be mounted in front of the cargo box?

Xist 06-23-2014 10:42 PM

NoD, it looks great! Good luck! :D

freebeard 06-25-2014 12:05 PM

It's looking good so far. Are you going to taper the boattail in plan?

That was a good score, getting >4x8 coroplast for $5.

NoD~ 06-25-2014 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hersbird (Post 431512)
Cool! How about some wheel farings? I'd check the wheel bearings also, they can be a drag of a different type. Neons those years have good power as long as they aren't the 3speed autos. I had a 98 Dohc 5 speed I custom ordered new. I wish I still had it as it was fun and had no problem getting 40. I see you are getting 50.

I have a sketch of what I'm wanting (using the template, once again), but it'll be a bit before I'm ready to build those. I also did check the wheels, they spin easily and freely!

Quote:

Originally Posted by cRiPpLe_rOoStEr (Post 431607)
What are you gonna do with the front of the trailer? What about a deflector, like a scaled-down version of the ones used in the cab of big-rigs, to be mounted in front of the cargo box?

I have that planned out, too. I will make a frame and force cover with coroplast or similar material. Ultimately, I'd like to make a door to it and keep a spare tire and maybe some bungee cords and such in there.

Quote:

Originally Posted by freebeard (Post 431886)
It's looking good so far. Are you going to taper the boattail in plan?

Yeah, just like in my diagram in the OP, as well as doing a top-down view taper as well. I've got it planned out, just gotta find the time/motivation to get it done. Hoping to route out from my template today on some ply, but again, time... motivation... blah.

Thanks everybody for the kind comments. Hoping to have this thing at least street usable by this weekend. Tail lights are preventing me at this point, which means I need to get that tail section done!

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 06-25-2014 11:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NoD~ (Post 431891)
I will make a frame and force cover with coroplast or similar material. Ultimately, I'd like to make a door to it and keep a spare tire and maybe some bungee cords and such in there.

I have seen similar setups in camping trailers.


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