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Old 07-18-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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Looking for a contractor style trailer (non SMB related)

I'm looking for a trailer as the basis for a project, can't go into more detail but needs to be something like a contractor would use, a lot of side doors/compartments for tools etc, metal, pretty small.

eg 6 x 4 x 3' high maybe up to a foot or two bigger.

Ideally it would have space for a battery, generator and some large compressed gas tanks.

Needs to handle light off road (ie dirt roads).

I thought of starting with an army M116A2 and building it up with wood but it needs to be metal and weatherproof. I just can't find a trailer company that makes stuff like this. There has to be a company that makes trailers for job sites etc. that would fit the bill.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: Looking for a contractor style trailer (non SMB related)

How about taking a pickup (or van, for that matter) with a utility body (open or enclosed) and just using the back of it, using the truck frame and modifying it into a trailer tongue?

Like the trucks that plumbers or HVAC contractors often have?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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That's too much work.

Here's an illustration of what I am looking for:
http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlis ... 0531/O9271

(these guys don't make them anymore, I think - still researching)

Also like this:
http://maxumbody.com/ESW/Files/Stahl_Se ... er_000.pdf

These guys dropped that model and now make bigger ones I think
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Re: Looking for a contractor style trailer (non SMB related)

Craigslist always has these types of retro util-box trailers.
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Craigslist always has these types of retro util-box trailers.
Any hints on what to search for?
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That's too much work.

Here's an illustration of what I am looking for:
http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlis ... 0531/O9271

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Well, you didn't mention that you didn't want to do much work!

But your link is exactly what I was talking about. That looks like it was once a full truck that somebody modified. Check with area junkyards, often they will have them. Some might even be willing to cut up the frame for you. A friend of mine made one years ago, and it was not as hard as you would think, assuming the junkyard pulls the engine, trans, cab, etc., and just gives you a frame and the utility body. I forget how he handle the rear end, but he used the existing axle somehow.

I'd search on "utility body trailer." A major brand is "Reading," so you could add that in (Reading, by the way, is an hour from my house, apropos of nothing).
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Re: Looking for a contractor style trailer (non SMB related)

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Well, you didn't mention that you didn't want to do much work!


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But your link is exactly what I was talking about. That looks like it was once a full truck that somebody modified. Check with area junkyards, often they will have them. Some might even be willing to cut up the frame for you. A friend of mine made one years ago, and it was not as hard as you would think, assuming the junkyard pulls the engine, trans, cab, etc., and just gives you a frame and the utility body. I forget how he handle the rear end, but he used the existing axle somehow.
No, they were purpose built as trailers, but it is just like a truck...

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I'd search on "utility body trailer." A major brand is "Reading," so you could add that in (Reading, by the way, is an hour from my house, apropos of nothing).
Reading is a dead end from what I can see. I've tried "contractor", "utility service", "utility" might give "utility body" a try. Thanks!
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Have you seen this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5926

You could have a custom trailer exactly like you desire.

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Re: Looking for a contractor style trailer (non SMB related)

ANZAC, something like this: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/cto/3934221763.html

He's asking $1000. As usual, I don't know the seller, never seen the item.

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Re: Looking for a contractor style trailer (non SMB related)

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Have you seen this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5926

You could have a custom trailer exactly like you desire.

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Yeah, but they don't have the same cabinet doors etc used on the utility trailers. I don't mind paying for a custom build, but I want it to be from a place that is cranking a lot of them out, so I don't have to go through a big design exercise, just pick model B with options X and Y.
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