Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:10

Homemade Livestock Hauler Trailer

Homemade Livestock Hauler Trailer

I recently used this trailer to bring our pigs in for processing, figured it might be helpful for others to see how it was built. The sides are built up to around 3 feet high with 2x12" rough cut material, pressure treated 4x4's, and half-inch carriage bolts.  I also added hog panels to bring the overall height of the walls to over 5 feet. 

One of our major objectives was to be able to restore the trailer to its original "equipment hauling" function, meaning the walls need to come off easily.  (Why buy multiple trailers...?)

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This is the trailer the day we brought it home. 

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After a pressure-washing.

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The old battery mount bracket - I cut this off with a sawzall.

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Drilled holes and installed new battery box (for emergency / break-away brake)

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A few planks were starting to rot so we cut them out and replaced with rough cut material from local sawmill.

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After the new planks installed, a fresh coat of white deck paint for the whole platform.

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Brought a 2x12 and put it on the trailer for inspiration / visual.

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Started installation: Drilled 4 holes in front of trailer to bolt 4x4 pressure treated lumber. 

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We added 3/4" electrical conduit for a conestoga-wagon style roof.  This essentially turns the trailer into a storage shed for when we're not using it. 

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Morning shot with the sun poking through the trees. 

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Ramp for the pigs to walk up.

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Loaded up with hay and ready to go!

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