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Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« on: June 04, 2010, 11:20:05 pm »
Since my recent trailer rebuild (which probably should have been posted here  :-[), it has been fairly dry on the allotment - so, as I still had plenty of trailer-making bits,  I decided I needed a trailer to get water down there.

Parts: a bit of scrap tower scaffold, a pair of wheelchair wheels (from the dump), A barrel.


A couple of 1/2" bolts, some scrap box section steel and a couple of exhaust clamps - half an hour's welding and the axle unit is done.


The tower scaffold section is chopped about a bit, and the chassis is then assembled


The barrel strapped on and it's ready for a test run


Half full for a first run (using the watering can as a measure it held about 75 litres when I emptied it at the allotment) :smug:


It is very rough and ready at the moment as I just wanted to try the idea out. I need to make some adjustments to the way the barrel fits on.
It does work - no water spilt in getting nearly a mile to the allotment. Rolls OK. Must remember to wait for the water to stop sloshing about when mounting the bike - it shot forwards half a metre as I tried to swing my leg over the saddle and I nearly ended up in a heap on the floor.   ::-)


If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010, 11:23:35 pm »
That's fantastic :thumbsup:
Quote from: Kim
^ This woman knows what she's talking about.

RJ

  • Droll rat
Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010, 11:25:45 pm »
Streuth! What's braking going to be like with 150kg on the back??  :o

That's fantastic :thumbsup:

But absolutely ...

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010, 11:35:13 pm »
Streuth! What's braking going to be like with 150kg on the back??  :o


I've had about 1/4 of a tonne on the big trailer.

(that Jewson's bag has hoss-muck in it)  :o

 It's a good job there ain't any hills around these parts  ;)
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2010, 09:00:17 am »
Superb.
Getting there...

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010, 09:44:27 am »
Quote
I've had about 1/4 of a tonne on the big trailer.

You are a braver man that I!  100kg of compost gave mine the braking characteristics of an oil tanker on the hill down from the garden centre.

Nice trailer though.

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2010, 12:09:57 pm »
Have you thought about putting baffles in the barrel?

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 09:44:48 pm »
90 litres in it today meant less slopping about.  :thumbsup:

I think the barrel holds about 120 litres.
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Zoidburg

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2010, 05:12:07 pm »
Put a valve on it so you can hook up a track pump and pressurise it.

Your own mini fire fighting appliance, it would have to be a very small fire though.

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2010, 10:01:42 pm »
*Looks at weather forecast = rain*

It's all my fault, isn't it?  :-[

Sorry folks.  :facepalm:
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2010, 11:58:32 pm »
Put a valve on it so you can hook up a track pump and pressurise it.

Put a valve on it so you can hook up a fire extinguisher to pressurise it....  Exploding water rocket bike!
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2010, 02:46:04 pm »
fab idea, John.

i have a trailer that i need to bring back into use; it lacks a body.

However, we have defunct barrels on the pontoon, I could saw one up . . . . If I can keep the screw-on lid, then it becomes waterproof  :thumbsup:
<i>Marmite slave</i>

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2010, 06:10:44 pm »
I need the plans  :D
That is brilliant WJ, well done  :thumbsup:

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2010, 10:03:03 pm »
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2010, 02:15:27 pm »
I used to carry 13kg propane cylinders in mine. Got a telling off from a busybody once "You shouldn't get carrying them without warning stickers, it's illegal."

I looked at him loading cylinders into his car boot "So it's legal for you to have them in a boot without warning stickers, but not legal for me to have them in clear sight?"

"That's right"

I left him to continue frothing and threatening to report me to the police.
<i>Marmite slave</i>

Re: Building a cheap trailer Pt2 - Bowser
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2010, 11:09:58 am »
A weld broke on the bowser trailer last night.  >:(
It's on a sleeved joint on the scaffold tower frame, so it should be fixable with a bolt through it.
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...