Bringing a Trailer Back to Life!

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Introduction: Bringing a Trailer Back to Life!

About: I'm an educated engineer, with a drive for learning new stuff! I hope to make many instructables in the future to inspire and help others to be creative and innovative! Not all projects are either arduino o...

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!

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:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Removing-Rivets/
Then they just flew right off! Thanks "audreyobscura"!

Step 2: The Wood

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

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

I got some new lights and a new connections cable.

Shopping list:

lights
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-10-LED-Waterproof-Trai...

Electronic box
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-Plastic-Cover-...

Cable (something like this)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Trailer-Spare-Parts-A...


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!

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!

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