If you have problems transporting an old windsurf like mine, this little simple instructable will help you to construct a trailer made of PVC tubes. Old windsurfs are pretty heavy, it's a pain to carry them without a trailer.
It's very easy and takes about 1,5 hours to make, and works perfectly.
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Step 1: What You'll Need
- PVC pipes. I made my trailer out of 40 mm diameter standard PVC pipes. In other countries the sizes can be different, and your surf is probably different as well. So i just share the idea, and let you calculate the quantity of the tubes. I needed around 6 m of them.
- PVC 90° and 45° elbows, wyes and tees. See next step for quantities.
- two wheels
- an axis
- 4 clamping rings to hold the wheels
- I used polyfoam insulation tubes on the top of the trailer to protect the surboard from being scratched.
- duct tape to fix the polyfoam
- To fix the pipes you can use PVC glue or screws. I used screw-nails so that my trailer can be modified or taken apart if needed. They hold perfectly.
- two cargo lashings to hold the surf
I plan to improve the trailer so that i can hang it after my bike. To do that you might need other materials as well. This improvement is not part of this instructable yet.
I bought all the materials in a local OBI store.
- measuring tools
- hex key for the clamping rings
- drill with appropriate head for the axis hole
Step 2: A Tiny Bit of Planning
As you can see, you will need:
- 4x wyes
- 4x 90° elbows
- 4x 45° elbows
- 3x tees
Of course you can modify your design, then you will need different amount of parts, obviously.
Step 3: Assembling the Trailer
Assemble the whole stuff once before fixing anything with PVC glue or screws.
You don't have to be 100% precise, the fittings allow a little size difference. Told you it's easy. :)
Step 4: Installing the Wheels
I used 20 mm diameter axis, so i drilled 20 mm diameter holes in the lowest elbows of the trailer.
Then simply tuck the axis in the holes, fix the wheels with the clamping rings, and voila, you have a surfboard trailer.
Don't use too small wheels, they might get stuck.
Step 5: Further Improvements
- You can add a stay-rod to the trailer so when you need to stop the surf stays in horizontal position.
- It's possible to make an end that allows you to connect the trailer to a bike. That way you can get to better surfing places.
- If you don't like the industrial look of the trailer, you can paint or decorate it with colorful duct tape or anything. I didn't think it was necessary as its functionality was more important.