Introduction: Bringing a Trailer Back to Life!

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Welcome back!

A month or so ago I renovated our trailer so it would survive the winter and the coming years.

I thought i would share as much as possible! i sadly didn't take many pictures meanwhile but if there is anything you want to have better pictures of or just questions please don't hesitate to ask! :-)

Let's get to it!

Step 1: Tearing It Apart!

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First we need the wood more or less intact.
The reason being that we need it for measurements to create new plates to cover the trailer with.

I didn't know how to remove the rivets on the trailer, but then I found this:
Then they just flew right off! Thanks "audreyobscura"!

Step 2: The Wood

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With the more or less preserved wood, we can measure how big the replacements should be.

I went down to my local hardware store and gave them the measurements and got the new plates made in plywood. The "trailer wood" was too expensive in my opinion. But it might be the safer choice.

I painted the wood with some thick outdoor oil paint to make sure that it would be able to deal with the environment.

Step 3: The Metal

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All the metal parts that could be removed from the "core" frame, was removed.

The I used a metal brush on a power drill to clean the metal and remove surface rust.

I then painted the thin parts that could be removed from the frame. I tried to chose a color that was the same as the frame metal. you can se the picture the difference. make sure to choose a tough metal paint that can handle some scratches and such. It will help to keep the metal from corrosion.

The Rims and the hinges, I also cleaned and sprayed with some black "rubber paint"

Step 4: The Electronics

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I got some new lights and a new connections cable.

Shopping list:


Electronic box

Cable (something like this)

I used some cable clips with screws to make sure that the cables would not fall off and get caught while driving.

Step 5: Screwing It All Back Together!

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I then screw everything back together but this time I did not use rivets, I used screws.

Final thoughts:
It's great! and the wood seems to handle the environment really great.

I hope you liked it! and if you have any questions please ask!
If you liked it don't forget to give it a vote! :-)

See you next time!


keets (author)2017-11-27

Det sees bra ut!

Har du brukt rustfrit skiver under denne skruer i metall??

TueBjørn (author)keets2017-11-27

Ja! jeg har brugt Syrefaste skruer (A4).. mindre kan ikke gøre det ;-)
Yes! i have used Marine-Bolt's (A4).. Less can't do it ;-)

keets (author)TueBjørn2017-11-27

Ah you are Danish I thought Norwegian :-)

The problem with stainless steel here is that it is in contact with regular steel.

Because of water, there will be an galvanic process that will make the regular steel rust very fast.

I thougt only the rings were stainless. They are in direct contact with the bolts, so that was worse.

Nou maybe the paint will work as a insulation between the two materials. Keep an eye on it that it don't start to rust around the bolts!

TueBjørn made it! (author)keets2017-11-27

Guilty ;-)
And i'm sorry I did not see that you were talking about the shims :-)

What you are talking about is, as you called it Galvanic Corrosion.
The way around this is by making sure your "Anode" is the one that is easy to change. In this situation it would be smart to have the shims as the Anode and the Bolt and the frame as "Cathode".

Therefor I did the shims in aluminium, the frame is galvanized steel and as said earlier the bolts are in "Marine steel". That is also called A4 or AISI 316.
This will make sure that first the shims will go then the frame. I chose to do this because if you have a corroded bolt you are gonna have a bad time and the frame is possible to fix :-)

I hope this eases your mind :-) and i hope that others is able to learn from this small but important detail :-D

keets (author)TueBjørn2017-11-28

Nobody is guilty here! We try to learn from each other and warn people if needed.

I thought the shims were Stainless, and the bolts regular, than the bolts have a hard time.

In your setup the aluminium will corrode, or as we say in the Netherlands: it gets cauliflower. ( blomkål). But this is only estetic, not harmfull.

Good luck with your trailer, I can sleep well now :-)

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