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Old 08-04-2010, 12:14 AM   #1
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Building and registering your own trailer?



Is that allowed? Do I give it a custom TIN, lol?

This is a legit question! How do I go about it?

Thanx so much.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:27 AM   #2
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i think you just go to the license bureau and get a homemade permit for it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:09 AM   #3
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Trailer laws are a joke, just go to the DMV and say you have a "home made" trailer, and they give you an ownership and plates!

No wonder why so many trailers get stolen!
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:24 AM   #4
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So there isn't going to be some sort of inspector that'll come by and tell me it's not road worthy. I like the sound of that. Thanks so much.

BTW, have any of you built your own trailers? Any heads up on the topic? I know that some trailers are supposed to have breaks if they're 'x +' size.

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Old 08-04-2010, 09:48 AM   #5
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Is that allowed? Do I give it a custom TIN, lol?

This is a legit question! How do I go about it?

Thanx so much.
I've built 4 trailers in the past few years. You go to the MTO say "I made a trailer" they will assign you a file # that serves as the VIN for the trailer. It's cheaper to register a home-built trailer then to transfer one into your name.

Rules for trailers are getting a bit tighter. I'm not sure if this is law yet, but I've heard that soon any trailer with 2 or more axles (or single axle with brakes) will have to be inspected/safetied ever year and more then likely inspections will be required annually for all trailers.
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So there isn't going to be some sort of inspector that'll come by and tell me it's not road worthy. I like the sound of that. Thanks so much.

BTW, have any of you built your own trailers? Any heads up on the topic? I know that some trailers are supposed to have breaks if they're 'x +' size.

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Right now, they don't even ask to see a picture of it.

Brakes aren't required, as far as I know, but are ideal when you are towing a heavy load. It also adds to your towing capacity. My car has a 2000lbs towing capacity, 3500lbs with trailer brakes.

The only rules I'm aware of regarding size are it can't be over a certain size, not sure of the exact dimensions maybe 9', and if it is over 80" you need lights in the middle of the rear of trailer.

Princess Auto has everything you need for trailer building; lights, couplers, springs, axles, tires, etc...
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Rules for trailers are getting a bit tighter. I'm not sure if this is law yet, but I've heard that soon any trailer with 2 or more axles (or single axle with brakes) will have to be inspected/safetied ever year and more then likely inspections will be required annually for all trailers.
It is law even now, if the trailer is registered for commercial use, they have to be inspected every year...
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The only thing I would be curious is how to determine the maximum weight that can be carried. Would that be based on the spring load without regard to how the frame of the trailer is constructed and reinforeced? Some of those trailers I see at Rona and HD look very basic but yet road worthy. If you're going to carry a vehicle I would build that thing solid and not cut corners.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:39 AM   #9
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It is law even now, if the trailer is registered for commercial use, they have to be inspected every year...
I heard it's coming for personal use trailers too!
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It would be a commercial trailer so that is a biatch!

That's great information. Thanx a lot guys. €Do any of you have diagrams that you followed? Or know where I can get one?

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I didn't work off plans, I just modified existing trailers. What are you building a trailer for?
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Something like this, perhaps with higher walls.
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So hockey, can I buy a flat bed trailer, tack weld walls on and call it a homemade trailer?

The walls seem really easy to do, I'm just worried about all the rest. My measuring skills suck balls and I dont know how good of a base i can build. I remember seeing a open bed trailer for like 150-200, I think buying that and putting on walls would be easiest.
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:06 PM   #14
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One time I registered a trailer as home made just because I "accidentally" painted over the serial number and couldn't tell what it was. I even tried to clean the paint off with my angle grinder but that didn't help much so I repainted it and called it home-built.
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