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How to put sides on a steel trailer?

Got a nice deal on this trailer. Pretty much just traded junk I had to trash out for it. It's 6x12. We bought approx 20 2x4s and 6 8x4 pieces of plywood. I am going to put 4 stakes 3ft apart on the sides and 2 on the front and back. Then 2 horizontal on the sides and front / back.

Then we're going to put plywood on the inside of the 2x4s to enclose it all in. We have the brackets to get the 2x4s on the trailer but how do we get the brackets on? Should I just be trying to drill the holes through the steel? I don't think that would go too well. Also, getting this weighed tomorrow. You guys think it weighs less than 1k?
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Just remembered there is this thing called "Welding" >.<

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That thing is a beater!

You really should get a welder and start there. The floor looks like it needs a lot of TLC so I would check out what condition the frame is in. You definitely need to do some metal work before you start building up the side. You need a string foundation first if you plan on putting that into service
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Frame is very solid. Just surface rust. There is no rot or any where.

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That thing looks like a piece of scrap metal.
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That's one thing about this business, your equipment doesn't need to look good, just work good. It's not like your trying to impress the client. You will need fenders for sure just to be legal. A welder is a must for this project. You must know someone that can help with a half days work welding on brackets and fenders. Good luck, It's great to have at least two trailers.
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That's one thing about this business, your equipment doesn't need to look good, just work good. It's not like your trying to impress the client. You will need fenders for sure just to be legal. A welder is a must for this project. You must know someone that can help with a half days work welding on brackets and fenders. Good luck, It's great to have at least two trailers.
Amen. I wash my trucks and equipment daily..
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Consider getting lights installed on it as well.



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Consider getting lights installed on it as well.
Yeah, we have the lights. I love the one trailer we have but this was a good deal. Considering how we get paid to remove the stuff I traded for this. I was paid to take the trailer.

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Congrats on the deal. A good trailer is priceless. Here is what I would do.

I would cut off the wavy steel deck and check out the frame. I would then weld on stake pockets, a license tag bracket and light covers to protect the lights (covers cost about $10 each) and fenders and beef up the frame anywhere it needs it. Looks like you need new metal across the back.

I would deck it with 2x6 PT after I coated all sides and ends of the wood with two coats of Thompson water seal. This will double the life expectancy of the wood.

Lights would be LED. Bulbs suck. I got pulled over once because one of my tail lights "was kind of dim." Once I pointed out that the law said it had to be lit and did not specify a certain candle power for the bulb he let me go.

Looks like an old RV frame with the axles set up for electric brakes. I would check their condition. It costs about $200 per axle to install new brakes but it a worth every penny. I just got a new (to me) 6'x16' trailer with electric brakes and I wonder how I every stopped a trailer with out them. They are also required by DOT at certain weight loads.

I would also build or buy a tail gate/ramp for it. Makes it easier to load and you can use it to haul equipment then.
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