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Canoe Trailer Build

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So ive have done a little searching on here, not to much on trailer building for a canoe, kayak ect.i found that http://www.texaskayakfisherman.com/forum is a great site for referencing a trailer build. There is over 12 pages of them.

 

 So mine is pretty simple. First i started with a harbor freight 40x49 trailer rated for 870lbs. next on the list was 2 sheets of 3/4 in plywood. i also grabbed 2, 2x10x10ft for the sides. i wanted it to be deep enough to carry my tackle bag, life jackets,my daughters gear anchor ect. i cant fit my pole and oars. but with me being able to tow the canoe upright i can just Velcro them in the canoe.

 

This is it so far,i still have to paint/stain it and buy a longer tongue.i went with the 8in wheels A because the cost is a little cheaper and B i really wont be going crazy far at all.

 

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cut in the hatch, put the 2 pieces the canoe will be on.i wrapped them in outdoor rug

 

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test fitting it all

 

 

so far thats what i have.figured it may be of some help to someone.

 

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VERY cool - good job!   :thumbsup:     Where are you going to source the longer tongue?

 

When I first got my canoe, I thought for sure I was going to have to trailer it as I had a shoulder injury and couldn't even lift the 34 pound canoe up on the roof of the car. Put a hitch on the car and was getting ready to buy that very expensive ($1k) aluminum trailer that's on the market. Then, my shoulder got better and I started car-topping.

 

For SURE, if I DO have to trailer in the future, I will be following in your footsteps on this kind of build.  Thanks for posting.

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There is a steel yard next town over im going to pick up the extended tongue from. ya im sketching up an idea for a possible add on for a second rig on top. would be able to take it on and off.

 

for now im just going to finish this up.

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A friend's wife bought him a canoe trailer for his birthday. It ran $600 and that was about 15 years ago.

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thanks everyone.i cant get greedy i got most idea's off the link above.We will see how this build goes. great thing is if i dont like i always have the trailer from to start from scratch with.a few mounting bolts and the box comes right off.i have my seat pads, tackle boxs, anchor, life jackets, rod(detached) only thing that wont fit and i shold have mad bigger to fit are the oars. once i get a troller it should fit as well. makes less clutter in my car..lol

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VERY cool - good job!   :thumbsup:     Where are you going to source the longer tongue?

 

When I first got my canoe, I thought for sure I was going to have to trailer it as I had a shoulder injury and couldn't even lift the 34 pound canoe up on the roof of the car. Put a hitch on the car and was getting ready to buy that very expensive ($1k) aluminum trailer that's on the market. Then, my shoulder got better and I started car-topping.

 

For SURE, if I DO have to trailer in the future, I will be following in your footsteps on this kind of build.  Thanks for posting.

Goose52,   Ive got 2 trailers for sale.  Im in Manchester Tn

 

Hammy

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Goose52,   Ive got 2 trailers for sale.  Im in Manchester Tn

 

Hammy

 

Thanks - but car-topping is still working for me...

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total cost so far is under $250.i think the tongue piece is another 50. so for 300 bux i have a nice little canoe hauler/kayak hauler with storage for a lot underneath. at the same time can take that off and have a open top to make those Home depot runs if i want or whatever else.

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total cost so far is under $250.i think the tongue piece is another 50. so for 300 bux i have a nice little canoe hauler/kayak hauler with storage for a lot underneath. at the same time can take that off and have a open top to make those Home depot runs if i want or whatever else.

Are you removing the original tongue, or sleeving a tongue over it? If you sleeve it, what about the trailer informational sticker with the VIN #? In the pic above, it looks like the sticker is on the front of tongue.

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im replacing the tongue, its being registered as homemade so i dont need that info.it helps that my wife is my insurance agent..lol

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