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Old 09-13-2015, 10:24 PM   #11
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Here's the idea

OK, I have been spending way too much time thinking on this... I'll try to upload some of my hand sketches to show what I'm up against.

(I've been sketching in a memo notebook, and I didn't bother with a scale.)



The gross exterior dimensions I've come up with so far:
51 1/4" Wide x 76 1/4" long, by 18" tall

Those numbers came from topview1:


and the side view:


and the tail view:


SO... envision a plywood box sitting on a flat deck. The front 2 feet is an open deck with expanded metal, surrounded by stake sides. The back 6 feet is an enclosed box where the top hinges open at the sides, creating two tables running the length of the box. These tables when open, will support the coleman stove, etc. When closed, the (4) bikes are mounted using front wheel fork mounts. I'm thinking of using PVC as the "trays" to align the bikes. 2 bikes face forward, 2 bikes face backward, to minimize handle bar collision.

So - that's what I've come up with.

The hitch on the car is not included in my "budget."
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:30 PM   #12
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Maybe I should have posted an actual AutoCAD drawing...

But the hand sketch is still needed even if a person intends to properly draft it.

I'm thinking this unit is my canvas... waiting to become art:
Utility Trailer 6' x10'

BUT!!! I can't believe my eyes:

http://www.harborfreight.com/1720-lb...res-94564.html

Its sad we can buy new $50 cheaper... although the new one comes totally naked without any decking at all.
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:38 PM   #13
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When making repairs to wood boats, we use the West System epoxy on the edges of the plywood to seal the ends from drawing in water and rotting the wood from the inside out. Caulk all seams, then a good coat of Marine grade paint should do the trick.
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:40 PM   #14
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When making repairs to wood boats, we use the West System epoxy on the edges of the plywood to seal the ends from drawing in water and rotting the wood from the inside out. Caulk all seams, then a good coat of Marine grade paint should do the trick.
Thanks Steve. I will definitely check that stuff out!
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West systems - looks awesome, but YIKES they don't give that stuff away. I'd be looking at a gallon of the resin, and about a quart of the hardener. I'm thinking the outside surface as well as the raw ply edges should be sealed?
Amazon has a kit for $151: http://www.amazon.com/System-Epoxy-q...t+system+epoxy

But... if it means I'll never have to build another gear trailer, I'm in.
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Old 09-14-2015, 05:50 AM   #16
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With the lids having a seam down the center, what is the plan to seal the lid when closed so water doesn't get in?

What about a one piece top, but maybe use an aluminum roll top table (or two) for the camp stove and water station? Can move them as needed that way. Easy to store like a bag chair, and fairly lightweight. Just a thought....

Keep us posted on your project!!!
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:54 AM   #17
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What about making the box of plywood and coating it with bed liner type paint? You used to be able to buy it at Walmart.
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Need: that center seam I imagine will have a lap piece, so you would need to open one side first. I'm looking into rubber seals that I can brad nail, to create good seals.

I'm not married to having the work surfaces, and it looks like the hinges will be tough to source. (I use that cabelas roll top table you speak of for MY camp stove When camping in the 32BHDS).

Poppy: yup. A can of roll on bed liner is absolutely in the works. I'm even considering it to coat the OUTSIDE surfaces. But I'm loving the West Systems epoxy to seal the edges of plywood panels.

These ideas are just what the doctor ordered! Keep em coming!

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I suggest that once you have your box design down and built that you cover the tops and ides with one layer of fiberglass cloth and epoxy. Go to Clarkcraft.com for cloth and epoxy at a much lower price than West system, or epoxyproducts.com.

Sand lightly to scuff up the surface after full cure and cover with a layer of white Herculiner bed liner. This will protect the box.

The only thing is to think how you will keep the box opening weather tight.
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P.S. - if you use fiberglass cloth and epoxy then you can use regular pine wood and plywood for the structure. I have built all kinds of things for my sailboat out of soft pine that I covered with cloth and epoxy.
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