Sure, pickup trucks are great. Trouble is, all that cargo space is just so much decoration on the daily commute. And forget about trips with the kids and dog. For many of us, the family car is just too practical to replace with a utility vehicle.

Fortunately, you can have your utility space and passenger-car comfort with a light-duty trailer. It’s really the best of both worlds. And fun. We built the NuWay Model No.NW13848BF trailer kit made by Hunter Technology, P.O. Box 100, Orillia, Ontario, Canada L3V 6K1. NuWay trailers come in a range of sizes and designs, and the units are available partially assembled as well as in do-it-yourself kits. 

Our trailer is 51 x 96 in., making it useful for hauling 4 x 8 plywood and other large construction materials, and it folds for easy storage when you don’t need it. It has a payload capacity of 1300 pounds, 8-in wheels, and a list price of about $305. The kit comes with everything you need except material for the bed.  You can buy this trailer 85% assembled, with a plywood bed and 12-in wheels, for about $509.  A smaller model and a boat trailer are also available.  (Editor's Note: while this product information dates to 2001, the process of building a kit trailer is still useful if you're using another kit, or designing your own trailer.)

This project was originally published in the May 2001 issue of Popular Mechanics.  You can find more great projects at Popular Mechanics DIY Central.

Step 1: Build the Frame, part 1

First, slide each hub with its inner bearing onto the axle, and then add the outer bearing, washer, castle nut, cotter pin and cap (Photo 1). Set the axle aside and begin work on the frame by bolting the coupler to the tongue (Photo 2).

The trailer is made of two similar ladder frames joined with hinge plates that allow the assembly to fold. Following the plans in the manual, assemble both frames upside down with bolts, washers and nuts (Photo 3). The crossmembers of the frames are U-shaped with flanges facing up (the frames are upside down), and they have two bolt holes at each end.  Only install bolts in both end holes of the trailer’s front and rear crossmembers. At the four other crossmembers, leave the bolts out of the flange holes for now. When the frames are together, add the tongue channel and the two diagonal braces (Photo 4). The ends of the braces are bolted through the open holes in the middle flange of the front frame.

Align both frames on two lengths of 2x4 stock that span a pair of sawhorses.  Then, mount the offset hinges on each side of the front and back frames (Photo 5).  For now, don't tighten the fasteners.
Correct me if I'm wrong but these trailers require license plates and some sort of registration and also turn signals don't they?
<p>Registration depends on where you live. Here we don't tag trailers. Turn signals are a good idea no matter where you are. To be honest I don't know is lights are mandatory here. I always run lights but I see just as many people NOT running lights on trailers.</p>
<p>Here is another website that has lots of pictures and instructions on how to build a utility trailer:</p><p>http://www.gt1projects.com/utility-trailer-project-how-to-build-a-trailer/</p>
I would love one of these, it would come in so handy around here!!
I bought and built one of these from a mail order catalog. It was delivered in a big box on my driveway. It was one of the best purchases I ever made. I still have it and use it at least once a month. Thanks for posting.
Gravity - In most states I know of, yes. Especially one that's designed with so much framing that it is going to be covering the plate and signals of the vehicle. But every trailer, in my state, at least, has to be registered. Which is a mega inconvenience, in my opinion. <br><br>Which is why, in my opinion, the entire intro of this Instructable is arrogant beyond reason. <br><br>Pickup trucks aren't just cargo space, and I've yet to meet someone who bought a pickup for the bed's hauling space. And sorry, but if you want a vehicle that's going to do what you need it to in the worst situations --- you get a pickup. And I'm sorry, but was this written in the 1950's? Extended cab pickups have been around as long as I've been alive, or damn near, so exactly why can't you pile your family into one? I wouldn't put my family in anything else during an emergency!<br><br>Sorry, but no car with a trailer can compete with a 4x4. <br><br>Discount all the farm work and normal, heavy duty work lots of us do with our pickups. Let's just go for your average family in an ice or snow storm, shall we?<br><br>You want something for your *family*? You want a pickup. <br><br>Pulling family out of snow banks, getting us 15 miles in and out of town when most people are terrified to even drive two blocks to the store, hauling trailers that make that one look like a matchbox, hauling hundreds of pounds of firewood, and so much more. I would LOVE to see someone in a freaking Honda with this little trailer even try to do 1/10th of what a pickup can. <br><br>Again, I'm just sort of in awe at the arrogance here.
<p>So, anybody who doesn't have or want a pickup truck is arrogant? Anybody who has a not-a-truck, and can't afford to buy another vehicle is arrogant? What about &quot;arrogant&quot; people who have more than three kids (which is about as many as you can fit in the crew cabs with front bucket seats these days. </p><p>Geez, lighten up. Not everyone lives on a farm way outside of town. Talk about being written in the fifties...</p>

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