Building a Kayak Trailer - Hauls Four Kayaks

Big thank you to Lincoln Electric for sponsoring this video: http://bit.ly/2vJNZGY Right now plasma cutters are $700 dollars off! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=257047 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wilker_dos/ Website: https://www.wilkerdos.com/ Check out my awesome sponsors Triton Tools and ISOTunes! http://www.tritontools.com/en-US - http://bit.ly/2rVobCD Things I Used in This Project: Trailer: http://bit.ly/2uKyjP4 Bluetooth Hearing Protection: http://amzn.to/2pEjNtv Right Angle Grinder: http://amzn.to/2vTodzO Portaband Saw: http://amzn.to/2uus6r5 Women Work Pants: http://bit.ly/2wyas7i Welder: http://amzn.to/2vJD7ZI Welding Hood: http://amzn.to/2vTaVE2 Welding Jacket: http://amzn.to/2vJuQ7R Welding Gloves: http://amzn.to/2uuxhat Welding Cart: http://bit.ly/2uLbZF4 Magnetic Ground Clamp: http://amzn.to/2uKw8v5 Metal Marking Pencil: http://amzn.to/2wMHgJi Chop Saw: http://amzn.to/2uu9s2M Plasma Cutter: http://amzn.to/2uKzaPM Drills: http://amzn.to/2s28F8b Self Tapping Screws: http://amzn.to/2hOaogt In this video I modify a Harbor Freight trailer to become a kayak trailer that can haul four kayaks total. It also has a deck to carry an ice chest or any other equipment.

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Big thank you to Lincoln Electric for sponsoring this video: http://bit.ly/2vJNZGY Right now plasma cutters are $700 dollars off! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=257047 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wilker_dos/ Website: https://www.wilkerdos.com/ Check out my awesome sponsors Triton Tools and ISOTunes! http://www.tritontools.com/en-US - http://bit.ly/2rVobCD Things I Used in This Project: Trailer: http://bit.ly/2uKyjP4 Bluetooth Hearing Protection: http://amzn.to/2pEjNtv Right Angle Grinder: http://amzn.to/2vTodzO Portaband Saw: http://amzn.to/2uus6r5 Women Work Pants: http://bit.ly/2wyas7i Welder: http://amzn.to/2vJD7ZI Welding Hood: http://amzn.to/2vTaVE2 Welding Jacket: http://amzn.to/2vJuQ7R Welding Gloves: http://amzn.to/2uuxhat Welding Cart: http://bit.ly/2uLbZF4 Magnetic Ground Clamp: http://amzn.to/2uKw8v5 Metal Marking Pencil: http://amzn.to/2wMHgJi Chop Saw: http://amzn.to/2uu9s2M Plasma Cutter: http://amzn.to/2uKzaPM Drills: http://amzn.to/2s28F8b Self Tapping Screws: http://amzn.to/2hOaogt In this video I modify a Harbor Freight trailer to become a kayak trailer that can haul four kayaks total. It also has a deck to carry an ice chest or any other equipment.

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April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
A few notes from me: We have two other trailers so I built this trailer with the sole intention of hauling around kayaks. With that, my mast is permanently fixed to the trailer, but another option to consider if you build this is to make the mast portion removable so you could use the trailer as a regular hauler for other things.
I spent $240 on the trailer then another $235 on steel, wood, and paint. So total this project cost $475.
I originally intended to build the entire trailer from scratch however buying an axle with springs, mounts, and tires was going to cost me $400 whereas this HF trailer costs $240 and it comes with everything needed including lights. PS: Don't forget the 20% off coupon.
This particular trailer actually has the ability to fold in half, however I don't need it to fold and by modifying it I killed that feature.
Ryan Chapman
Ryan Chapman - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson I love woodworking and kayaking. I am glad that you have posted these videos for us yakkers. I did notice that you are using ratchet straps to secure your kayaks. These are ok if you are careful when using them but a better option would be Cam Straps. There is no need to ratchet straps down on a kayak, cam straps will be secure enough. I have seen a few kayak ruined with ratchet straps because the plastic becomes softer when out in the sun on warmer days, and just a little too much ratchet action will crush the plastic hull. Cam Straps will not allow as much pressure. Just a word of caution... Great video, though!
Tallon Smith
Tallon Smith - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson p
North of 49
North of 49 - 3 years ago
Putting the link in the description, so shocking to see well thought out plans.
;-)
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I left a link to the exact trailer I purchased in the description guys. :) I also calculated the math prior to and came out with plenty of lbs to spare even with four yaks.
North of 49
North of 49 - 3 years ago
Anyone else notice this under the description for each of those trailers?
"Due to an age restriction, you must be at least 18 to purchase this item."
J Will
J Will - 3 years ago
That one is $400. She said hers was $240 with 20% off coupon, so it would have been $300 list price. Which looks like the 1195 pound 48 x 96 unit.
Bill R
Bill R - 3 years ago
It looks to be the 1720 lb. Capacity 48 in. x 96 in. Super Duty Folding Trailer

https://www.harborfreight.com/1720-lb-capacity-48-in-x-96-in-super-duty-folding-trailer-62671.htmlAnd she probably didn't add more than two or three hundred pounds in steel and decking. Should be plenty ok for her little kayaks.
Geo. Sackett
Geo. Sackett - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson what is the axle and trl. load ratings? And how much weight did you add with the metal?
North of 49
North of 49 - 3 years ago
We've modified the same trailer to carry motorcycles, but we replaced the original wheels & hubs.
somebeech30
somebeech30 - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson a few years ago I did the same thing..found a old boat trailer in a neighbors yard that wasn't being used and cheap..and modified it to hold a canoe on top of the kayaks...oh yeah great job
Michael Puffenbarger
Michael Puffenbarger - 3 years ago
im not sure the tire rating off hand but i travel between 65 and 70 highway with mine no problem.
Techdiver 312
Techdiver 312 - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson nice work!
Willy's Performance Cycle Center, Since 1969
Willy's Performance Cycle Center, Since 1969 - 3 years ago
Nice Trailer! Great build. This could easily be modified to haul other things, canoes, ladders, etc.... thanks!!
Nummb Nuts
Nummb Nuts - 3 years ago
HA, just wait till the babies start coming.............no more hobbies :(
Truan Nguyen
Truan Nguyen - 3 years ago
What a great idea.
Scott Ewing
Scott Ewing - 3 years ago
Nice video. I've considered buying one of these HF trailers, but I've heard the wheels are only rated for 55 MPH. Can you confirm that?
Brian Torok
Brian Torok - 3 years ago
Exactly what I was thinking while you were welding the verticals to the trailer...why doesn't she make those removable for a multi-purpose trailer?? ...makes sense now.

BTW, you're a badass, April!
Steve Skouson
Steve Skouson - 3 years ago
I think I'm in love.

April used to be a cute Redhead,
doing wood projects, and painting.

Now, she's a kick ass metal worker,
making all kinds of projects. (And,
she is STILL a cute Redhead!)

steve
Paradigm2012Shift
Paradigm2012Shift - 3 years ago
Hi April, very cool work once again. Stay safe in your many projects. Thanks for sharing. atb
C.W P
C.W P - 3 years ago
Hi April, I'm first. Make a trophy for me please ;)
dirrickash
dirrickash - 2 years ago
What size square tubing did you use?
Awesome video!
Chris Dautreuil
Chris Dautreuil - 2 years ago
If you don't use the boats often, ratchet straps are fine, but just remember that metal on the plastic is going to cause wear and tear and it is easy to over tighten and deform the mold. Decent rope and a trucker's hitch will do you just as good.
Bo Wagoner
Bo Wagoner - 2 years ago
Awesome Job.
Matthew Brown
Matthew Brown - 2 years ago
I built pretty much the same exact trailer prior to watching this video, however i did not make the upper deck(the spot for the 3rd and 4th kayak). I want to add to mine and make a top portion, but was nervous of having too much weight up high with the trailer having a somewhat narrow wheelbase. Mostly because I have all heavier sit on top fishing kayaks. Have you run into any trouble with this?
Thanks
Ask The Pro DJ
Ask The Pro DJ - 2 years ago
ARE YOU THE CHICK THAT PUT 220 IN HER GARAGE?
Byron Sazo
Byron Sazo - 2 years ago
nice job
MS3Jon
MS3Jon - 2 years ago
Killer job, girl! Did you stick with the stock axle provided by Harbor Freight?
Ramjetjetpilot
Ramjetjetpilot - 2 years ago
Some great ideas there...I just bought 5 kayaks and need to modify a box trailer to suit. Thanks for the video April. I hope to integrate some of your design features.

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Ken Lewis
Ken Lewis - 2 years ago
Walmart has some "self storing" ratchet straps by reese for about $20 for 2 and are 6' long. thy are perfect for this application. I use them on my Yak rack on my truck
KAYAK VER FRIENDS FOR KAYAK FISHING
KAYAK VER FRIENDS FOR KAYAK FISHING - 2 years ago
Mis respetos para ti , exelente
BOSS MAN
BOSS MAN - 2 years ago
Wow what an over kill for kayaks, you can put two shipping containers on that thing.
Aaron Mendez
Aaron Mendez - 2 years ago
Mig outside wow probably porus weld
Ljag Ukh
Ljag Ukh - 3 years ago
с интересом смотрю Ваш канал....в России. интересные идеи, прекрасное исполнение,отличное владение инструментами и технологиями! просто приятно смотреть на хозяйку канала!
bbence86
bbence86 - 3 years ago
Cool trailer. Reminds me of the Model T. Lots of angle iron.
reyes lopez
reyes lopez - 3 years ago
Hola April eres muy buena soldando saludos desde puebla, México
MTWODZU
MTWODZU - 3 years ago
Isn't this trailer to heavy?
Zayne McDonald
Zayne McDonald - 3 years ago
You can put a dirt bike on it if it fits
junkmail1203
junkmail1203 - 3 years ago
This is so awesome!

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Mitch Spacone
Mitch Spacone - 3 years ago
One word, badass!
phartattack
phartattack - 3 years ago
Travel tip: When strapping down your kayaks, put a twist in the flat straps to keep them from flapping and damaging your kayaks. ESPECIALLY if they are on your roof... the sound is annoying! But more so to keep the straps from cutting into your kayak
mesquite mike
mesquite mike - 3 years ago
Nice job, trailer looks great!
Přemysl Janko
Přemysl Janko - 3 years ago
the perfect result - as always ... das perfekte Ergebnis - wie immer идеальный результат - как всегда
April - děkuji !
Oscar Santana
Oscar Santana - 3 years ago
April
antonín klusák
antonín klusák - 3 years ago
.Only in the first place I would have to go to the police, do the certification, and then I would not be able to do anything on the road.I'm from Europe and it's pretty strict in us.
Josephine Ruiz
Josephine Ruiz - 3 years ago
Nice
YoYO Semite
YoYO Semite - 3 years ago
where do you live? kayaking, woodworking, welding.....woman after my own heart
Dave Smith
Dave Smith - 3 years ago
Love the welding helmet..Great job...April..
shanzy B
shanzy B - 3 years ago
primo

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Long Le
Long Le - 3 years ago
Have you ever consider using extruded aluminum?
SGT Gunner
SGT Gunner - 3 years ago
I'm too lazy to read all 434 comments to see if it's been mentioned, but I'd like to make a suggestion on the ratchet straps.

Instead of ratchet straps I use the "pull to tighten" type. I don't know the correct term for them but instead of the ratchet portion you thread the strap through a spring loaded "buckle" and pull the strap to tighten them.

Reason being is here in Texas the sun can beat the heck out of a kayak's hull, having the straps too tight can actually deform the hull, especially in the heat. The pull types aren't as easy to over tighten as the ratchet straps are. I ruined a $1200 kayak by doing just that. It still floats and all, just tracks funny.
Scott Dabson
Scott Dabson - 3 years ago
Awesome build! My wife and I Kayak and I've thought about doing something similar. I was thinking about doing removable supports so I can dual use the trailer.
Temel
Temel - 3 years ago
Nice job
Rose Wood Work
Rose Wood Work - 3 years ago
Great job, seems like a very practical trailer now. I've just got myself a trailer as well and they are so useful. Have fun in the River :D
Kaunas 142536
Kaunas 142536 - 3 years ago
How awesome is this! You're an inspiration April and another great project.
John Deere
John Deere - 3 years ago
No disrespect but there's nothing sexier than an independent woman kicking butt in a male dominated field of work and skills. You have really great ideas and videos!!
oldfatguyrr1
oldfatguyrr1 - 3 years ago
Very nice trailer. Quick tip for holding your padding on. Try plastic automotive wire ties (zip ties) instead of electrical tape. They work great and are very easy to remove when the time comes. We use them to hold foam padding onto race car roll bars.
Rudy Sullivan
Rudy Sullivan - 3 years ago
why do you use triton tools
Anthony Compston
Anthony Compston - 3 years ago
You should do a gun cabinet build.
SuperIvan1968
SuperIvan1968 - 3 years ago
;-))
FarmerEd
FarmerEd - 3 years ago
What was your primary motivation in choosing between a Flux welder and a stick welder?
Leonardo
Leonardo - 3 years ago
Hello April...I'm a brazilian guy...and i see all yours videos. great stuff always!!
see you on next video!
tks!
Leonardo
Mr. Frogman99
Mr. Frogman99 - 3 years ago
Is really neat, I have a kayak. But unfortunately not a trailer, but I go out with my grandad. I'd like to build something for a bike to take my kayak, but idk how. Great vid. :)
Henry Sanchez
Henry Sanchez - 3 years ago
Awesome job April, Harbor freight trailer never looked so good...You are hardcore structural with your gussets and welding of trailer first..... all respect to you, keep the videos coming
drawvenmusket
drawvenmusket - 3 years ago
83000 + views and only 3983 likes what give here people are you just lazy or don't you like what April is doing So this GREAT LADY some true love hit that like botton
drawvenmusket
drawvenmusket - 3 years ago
Very nice build with just a couple things I did differently that worked very well for me over the last 4 years of good hard use. first I mounted my lights higher than the factory mount level which made them much easier to see by other drivers, second I cut the load arms of the rack so they tipped up about a quarter to a half bubble so your kayaks will want to stay on the trailer. Lastly I mounted a D ring to the inside face of each arm so it is in the same plane as the arm to use as a tie point but your drilled holes also work well too

Have a good day and a better tomorrow
Kate Callen
Kate Callen - 3 years ago
Would some drainage holes or gaps not be useful in the base? Kayaks coming home can be drippy.
Ginga Builda
Ginga Builda - 3 years ago
Make sure to clean out and repack the bearings with quality grease. The "grease" they come with is not good at all and will cause for premature failure. Good work on the build though!
Robert Younghusband
Robert Younghusband - 3 years ago
April, Great build!! One piece of advise. Secure the kayaks to the trailer at the bow and stern. Tie down straps can fail and if your tow vehicle stops really hard, those kayaks can become missiles. I have seen those results and if it happens to go over your tow vehicle, it could be a much bigger problem.

50. comment for Building a Kayak Trailer - Hauls Four Kayaks

Tomaž Kranjec
Tomaž Kranjec - 3 years ago
You could use just one ratchet and add 2 hooks in the middle or weld a hook from vertical post to secure both kayaks together :)
Christopher Cubberley
Christopher Cubberley - 3 years ago
What's with the bruised arm?
Mike Krupa
Mike Krupa - 3 years ago
April this is Mike in Waco Texas I watch your stuff all the time I noticed on your kayak trailer you used a Harbor Freight trailer just a little hint that we have found I'm in the process of building a teardrop camper on my Harbor Freight trailer that I've had for years and mine is one of those that folds up like yours but we have noticed where the pull pins are to fold the tongue up it causes the trailer to do a lot of bouncing and a lot of rattling noises so you may want to pull them pins and needed well that together or put bolts in there so you can secure it tighter because the bouncing on it could cause your kayaks to bounce too much around our stuff on the trailer and bounce off the trailer itself just a little hint that we have learned in the past thank you for all your videos I enjoy watching them I look forward to watching them almost every Sunday night on YouTube
Ontario Lakeside
Ontario Lakeside - 3 years ago
NIce build!
Tim. Wilson
Tim. Wilson - 3 years ago
Another great job by Ms April!!!! Simple, straight forward, yet still having some education value! GREAT JOB!!!!
MrDrunkenLizard
MrDrunkenLizard - 3 years ago
lol I have a pungo wilderness 120 in green as well
Arturo Quiroga
Arturo Quiroga - 3 years ago
April I like your work very much, you are very good at it, besides you are charming and very beautiful, from Chile with much affection ... Greetings
Jim Koz
Jim Koz - 3 years ago
Great job again April  Take Care
Michael Andersen
Michael Andersen - 3 years ago
great job. well built
Tim van Gool
Tim van Gool - 3 years ago
Build your own kayak :D
P McRae
P McRae - 3 years ago
Must have been using goggles at one point. Redheads should always wear full masks, cause they get welders sunburn so easily. Cute though! Nice job April!
Snoozing Lion
Snoozing Lion - 3 years ago
You continue to amaze April!

Good job!

Thanks for sharing ;)
Knapp Gaming
Knapp Gaming - 3 years ago
Harbor freight = China.
Adventure Roads Motorcycle Magazine
Adventure Roads Motorcycle Magazine - 3 years ago
I was following your other content. I didn't know this channel existed. Talk about your other channels in your videos.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I'm not sure what you mean, I don't have any other channels.
paul kelly
paul kelly - 3 years ago
is there nothing you cannot do? AWESOME!
Black Eyed Saint
Black Eyed Saint - 3 years ago
Zip tie the knee pads. It'll last longer and won't get sticky.
StellaPiggie YT
StellaPiggie YT - 3 years ago
Love that welding mask
Container Acre
Container Acre - 3 years ago
We have the same taste in tools! It's mostly Milwaukee around here, and we got a Lincoln Electric welder to weld the window frame on our shipping container home :) We just posted that video today!!
Marc’s Fx
Marc’s Fx - 3 years ago
Nice build April, well done.
I don't know if it's down to camera angle but, the horizontal bars look like they extend further out than the trailer...do you have highway laws regarding the width of trailers...cyclists, bike riders etc could end up being hit as you pass or they pass it.
Joe O's Channel
Joe O's Channel - 3 years ago
Welcome to the world of kayaking. Now, you need to build a set of wooden kayak paddles. Careful though, paddle building is highly addictive. I've been making between 100 to 200 paddles a year for the last several years now. Then again, I make most of my living from that :)
www.joeowoodshop.com
s. johnson
s. johnson - 3 years ago
I just LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this young lady. very talented and not afraid to take on anything. Hi APRIL.
Peinture450 Alain
Peinture450 Alain - 3 years ago
This woman with all the talents. And so beautiful
Daniel Morris
Daniel Morris - 3 years ago
I would suggest you stop using ratchet straps and move to the basic NRS cam strap. Ratchet straps get too tight and there are too many moving parts.
Dave Dezarov
Dave Dezarov - 3 years ago
I assume that you didn't run into any grounding issues with the trailer, because of all the additional metal that was added. I ended up having to run separate ground wires to each light because I haven't welded the frame yet. Great video, keep up the good work.
Tabo M
Tabo M - 3 years ago
The mount you attached the lights to was for the dollies (used to roll around when folded) the factory location for the lights is toward the back (two holes) and non painted L bracket is used.
GAGEICUS
GAGEICUS - 3 years ago
You have mad skills April. thanks for sharing!
Scott Tyndall's Home Shop
Scott Tyndall's Home Shop - 3 years ago
great video
Brandon Hogue
Brandon Hogue - 3 years ago
We have 13'6" kayaks, so the HF trailer wasn't long enough. I found an old boat trailer on craigslist to modify. I looked into buying something premade, or having something built and the quotes just floored me. I did have one place offer to make a 5x8 Utility trailer with an extendable hitchfor more clearance for around $650 however.
GreenSourceGaming
GreenSourceGaming - 3 years ago
You have become a pretty good welder!
Rich Burdick
Rich Burdick - 3 years ago
nice job, you really picked up welding fast!
Abigail
Abigail - 3 years ago
"touch up paint" lol!
uKNOWuLIKE that
uKNOWuLIKE that - 3 years ago
1000 for a trailer, you should start making your own to sell.
nyinfamous2k2
nyinfamous2k2 - 3 years ago
That thing will be able to hold alot more then kayaks . I usually just toss my kayaks right in the back of my pickup and strap them down.
super2222sd
super2222sd - 3 years ago
April may I suggest those ratchet strap witch are retractable ( they are some similar model that will do the same thing . I am only giving you an idea)https://www.amazon.com/Erickson-34415-Retractable-Ratcheting-Tie-Down/dp/B0056OFWVM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502720817&sr=8-2&keywords=strap+ratchet+self+retracting
Brian Best
Brian Best - 3 years ago
Great job. If you box in the lower section, you will have a secure "locker" for wetsuits, paddles, helmets etc.
ezin20 Айна
ezin20 Айна - 3 years ago
Kruto!!
rippermcguinn
rippermcguinn - 3 years ago
Welding in Texas summer - just a little warm perhaps?  Great video - you're poking me to get my welder out.
Peter
Peter - 3 years ago
Thats some nice work right there April, good job with the welding and the gussets. It really turned out great. Good thinking modding the pre fab trailer to suit. I have done the same with other things, sometimes its just cheaper to buy a pre made item and then modify it to suit.
No wonder you're so pleased with how this turned out! thumbs up!
Sharky
Sharky - 3 years ago
the arms feel stable because you made them from actual legit material and not this carbon foam you work with usually!
BronkBuilt
BronkBuilt - 3 years ago
I bought one of those trailers several years ago. I'm not sure if they have changed but you may want to check the rating. My trailer is rated for 35 MPH max.
Mark Anthony
Mark Anthony - 3 years ago
It's truly amazing all the projects you do.
Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey - 3 years ago
Simply, you crushed it once again! I dig how you welded the joints on the original frame...
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Thank Andy, this was a fun build.
David Handley
David Handley - 3 years ago
Thanks to you April I now feel very inadequate! Damn you're good at this!
Charlie Zellner
Charlie Zellner - 3 years ago
Good job with the design and vertical welds.
Anders Carlsson
Anders Carlsson - 3 years ago
Well done project April. Very inspriring!
RS 1990
RS 1990 - 3 years ago
Have you seen the Dewalt branded diamond blades specially made for cutting metal?
They're far superior to conventional cut-off wheels.
Аleksey Bek
Аleksey Bek - 3 years ago
Excellent boat trailer!
Rory
Rory - 3 years ago
Great work. Wouldn't mind a tour video and some video of the kayaking.
mjncad
mjncad - 3 years ago
Welding up that trailer is the best thing you could have done to that Horrible Fright Chinesium special.
Cathie Zimmerman
Cathie Zimmerman - 3 years ago
Nice!!! What do you think about adding some rings or eyelets (I'm not really sure what you'd call em, but it would be "U" shaped) where you would attach the hooks of your tie-downs to?
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I address it in the video, but the reason I didn't go with any eyelet hooks or something similar is because I didn't want anything in the way of loading or unloading the kayaks. The holes work perfectly and they are 100% out of the way.

100. comment for Building a Kayak Trailer - Hauls Four Kayaks

wizeguy06
wizeguy06 - 3 years ago
Great job!
Дмитрий Савельев
Дмитрий Савельев - 3 years ago
Сколько смотрю столько и удивляюсь Вашими трудами !!!Спасибо за видео!!!
Mena Yazzie
Mena Yazzie - 3 years ago
Bada$$. Good job.
Jeffery Shelley
Jeffery Shelley - 3 years ago
Very nicely done. Your welding skills have improved a lot. Doesn't look like you have the helmet flip down yet though lol.
Double Dare Fan
Double Dare Fan - 3 years ago
There's plenty of uses for such a trailer. Lumber, pipes, Christmas trees, other long things.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Yep that's true, you could use it for a variety of things.
Walter Rider
Walter Rider - 3 years ago
thank you .Kayaking looks like it would be fun . i am tickled to see you tackle so many different skill sets . rock on little miss
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
; ) Thanks Walter.
screaminscott
screaminscott - 3 years ago
If the electrical tape doesn't hold up, zip ties might be a sturdier choice.
Gene Phipps
Gene Phipps - 3 years ago
Does the 8 inches of mast sticking up above the top rack level do anything? Not being critical--just curious from a pure design point of view. It seems like having that top level flat, (mast not sticking up above) would be more practical from a utility perspective and also easier from a building perspective.
Gene Phipps
Gene Phipps - 3 years ago
Except...they don't really touch it, (the mast) because of the plan view shape of a yak. There is a good view of this at about 6:30 in the video. Again--not being critical just offering food for thought if you ever wanted to update the design at some point in the future.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Yep, it was an intentional design feature I made. Without that portion sticking up the top two kayaks wouldn't haven't anything to rest against and they could just slide anywhere on the arms. Whereas with the small portion sticking up, it gives the front and back of the yak a middle barrier to rest against and be snugged down to when strapped.
Flavio Fonseca
Flavio Fonseca - 3 years ago
Your work was wonderful. Congratulations.
Tony Burelle
Tony Burelle - 3 years ago
That came out real good
Ben Gurin
Ben Gurin - 3 years ago
The tie down solution is simple and effective! Built one similar a couple years ago for a friend to hold six boats (canoes or kayaks) with salvage materials using metal bed rails. Not sure that was the best material choice after using the same material for some for other projects. Has held up great so far but mild steel is probably the better choice...
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Hey it's cool it's still holding up good.
Keith Avery
Keith Avery - 3 years ago
Cool. Thanks for sharing.
canesrock82
canesrock82 - 3 years ago
April, do you two do just flat river kayaking or white water as well?
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
No white water yet, but only because there isn't any around here (right now). A few seasons ago the rivers were shut down because they were so high and you could only go out with a white water guide. We would need a lot of rain for that to happen again though.
Bob Wozniak
Bob Wozniak - 3 years ago
Great Job April. This might be my favorite video of yours to date. Nicely Done..
cncrichard1
cncrichard1 - 3 years ago
nice project.  I made one out of the same trailer 4 months ago!  mine is used for carrying kayaks but also as a trailer.  I have higher sides.  Good luck and happy paddling.
Steel Penny Forge
Steel Penny Forge - 3 years ago
Great work! I am hooked on your videos! I tend to over complicate things so I appreciate your way of problem solving, I learn so much from your stuff!!
FoxyT Customs
FoxyT Customs - 3 years ago
Awesome job! You could always double the strap back to the the other side instead of cutting or buying new ones. That's pretty much how all surfboards are strapped to roof racks, it helps add friction, sort of like a chinese finger trap.
Daweisstebescheid
Daweisstebescheid - 3 years ago
4:56 ... why you fasten the tail lights not at the back to where you have to see them ?
uv man
uv man - 3 years ago
DAMN RIGHT IT'S AWESOME...NICE JOB APRIL!!! I'm not a welder but those welds look great...nice consistent beads...much better than what I could do.
Albert B
Albert B - 3 years ago
Amazing Girl!
moomman89
moomman89 - 3 years ago
Your amazing girrrl.
Michael Puffenbarger
Michael Puffenbarger - 3 years ago
nice trailer mod April.since you went and welded the folding seam and added rigidity to the over all frame might i suggest you weld the tongue piece as well. yes its held to the trailer by two big pins but that also creates a bit of slop and chatter when hauling down the road. welding the tongue parts to the frame would help that. i have the same trailer i ended up bolting that part to try to lessen the slopping around.
Jim USAF ret
Jim USAF ret - 3 years ago
I've enjoyed watching all your videos, April....and always wondering before the next video comes out, what you might need to build next. I know Cody has got to appreciate all the skills you have learned, and thinking most guys wish they had a wife as driven to make, not buy, what is needed around the house. Looks like you have mastered the welder, and welding, and I'm sure after building the carport for your Mom and Dad your welding confidence went way up. Wondering what you'll build next? Curious how much property came with the new house?
D Kinner
D Kinner - 3 years ago
Over-engineered like a BOSS! Good job and smooth kayaking.
Coffieman5150
Coffieman5150 - 3 years ago
That's a new idea for those HFT trailers, and your welding skills have much improved. It looks good, Though I'm a little surprised you didn't beef up the finders, knowing full you will (at sometime) accidentally step on them. Especially when your on a grade(incline) and the trailer height is a little more than you. That was a problem I've had with skiff (tiny fishing boat) trailers.
bc65925
bc65925 - 3 years ago
With that open top rack, it would be simple for you to make some set on covers to UV protect your Yaks and you could leave them on the trailer for storage instead of the yak rack you made.
bc65925
bc65925 - 3 years ago
And just before you cut out the gussets I was saying, "I bet you are getting ready to cut out some gussets even though they are strong.
Tom's Dreamshop Worx
Tom's Dreamshop Worx - 3 years ago
Nice project, came out great!
ringerson4x4
ringerson4x4 - 3 years ago
Sweet welding helmet. You can use a hot knife or rope cutter to shorten your ratchet straps. I found a rope cutter attachment that fits my soldering iron, I cut more rope and straps with it than I solder anymore.
Hammer
Hammer - 3 years ago
Great video! What model is your welder and plasma torch?
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I have links to all my gear and equipment in the description of the video. : )
kymion
kymion - 3 years ago
"Touch-up paint" lol
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
; )
Steve 1961P.
Steve 1961P. - 3 years ago
I have a few suggestions. First) I've heard about and seen what the Harbour Freight trailers use for wheel bearings. They are JUNK. I suggest looking into replacing those junk bearings with new bearings. I much prefer TIMKEN bearings to all others, though many are good quality.
Second) I don't like the chances of your ratchet straps scratching/gouging the bottom face of your kayaks. The outside hooks ok, but toward the mast I would weld 2 vertical tabs up from the sides of the cross beams and drill through them a 1/2 " above the beam. Use a through bold that doesn't have threads all the way down it's shaft and run the strap under the slick part of the bolt. OR, use a 1/4" hitch pin. Hell, doing it this way, you could probably weld the ratchet right to the mast and really have a professional look!!!
Damn I like my ideas!!! ;)
James Munoz
James Munoz - 3 years ago
Cool video. I would love to do something like this but I can't afford a plasma cutter, a portable band saw and a Lincoln electric welding unit. You may have saved 550 with this build but only by having $5000+ in equipment. Thanks again for the video.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Pick out anybody who builds things for a living and tally up how much all their tools cost.....now tally up how much money they have saved on every single thing they have built themselves and I promise you, they will come out on top. However, if you are only looking at buying tools for one job then of course the savings won't win.
dale junkin
dale junkin - 3 years ago
with your talent you should try and build a kayak.
Tim Davis
Tim Davis - 3 years ago
I'm seeing...a small bed laid inside when off by the lake to sleep under the stars on. Just a simple inflatable one and you got some place to stay a weekend of fun. Tarp thrown over the top if there's dew or rain
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I prefer a hammock. ; ) Throw it in the back of the truck then in the dry storage on the yak and camp anywhere the river takes you. Just need two trees.
C Spann
C Spann - 3 years ago
Ah, Harbor Freight... it may be a crap shoot sometimes but without it there would be a lot of potential DIYers who wouldn't even get off the ground. Good job April great idea to weld the thing together and skip the nuts and bolts. Hey if your kayaks are polyethylene and you hit enough rocks, someday you can do a tutorial on welding HDPE. Thats where I am with my 15ft Pelican canoe
Josh Thomas
Josh Thomas - 3 years ago
Very cool!
ohioflintguy
ohioflintguy - 3 years ago
great job April, pool noodles and zip ties also work well for padding
jim young
jim young - 3 years ago
My wife has figured out how to tell if I am watching a "Wilkerson" video, I keep hollering "OH COOL". I love the tie-down non-brackets, simpler is better, cheaper and probably stronger than anything you could bolt-on. I'm going to go see if I can adapt your idea to my almost finished trailer.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Haha I love that. Yeah I think the holes in the bottom are by far the best and simplest option. I've used the trailer twice now since this video and they work so great. Very simple and quick but sturdy.
Michael Nix
Michael Nix - 3 years ago
You mentioned that you put in exterior rated boards and said you could easily replace them later if needed. My suggestion is that when you give the wood as few weeks in the sun to cure, to use exterior deck stain for protection from moisture and UV. It is a lot cheaper than replacing the wood. I know it is a little late but treating the underside of the deck with a protective coating is also a good idea. The underside of the trailer can get more damage from road debris than you realize - plus a lot of mud that traps moisture, if you do a fair amount of dirt road use.
Michael Nix
Michael Nix - 3 years ago
Excellent!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
No I used untreated wood and used an exterior rated finish on them. I gave all the deck boards three coats of the exterior rated finish before putting them on the trailer. : ) So it's all good.
Mrnolf88
Mrnolf88 - 3 years ago
Some handy tips: heat the metal before painting, it makes the paint bond better to the surface. Also, consider using rubber-wrappdd ratchets, as the ones you have now will scrape and abrase the kayak.

PS: would love a reply.

Fellow DIY'er
Mrnolf88
Mrnolf88 - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson That Texan heat probably does help a lot. I use acetylene/oxygen torch, and a Rustoleum spray can. Hope you post some photos, will look for that :D
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
It would be super difficult to heat the entire trailer before painting. However, I am in Texas and it was sitting in the sun prior to painting. : ) For straps, I actually ordered some that are retractable and they are the shit! They have rubber so I'm now covered on that front. ; )
Iraqi Brain
Iraqi Brain - 3 years ago
From wood work to metal
tsx3214
tsx3214 - 3 years ago
Beautiful vertical welds! Nice job :-)
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Thank you
Lee Fuller
Lee Fuller - 3 years ago
Voiding warranty? Lol
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Ha, I suppose so but I think I improved the trailer 10 fold. ; )
CesarConH
CesarConH - 3 years ago
Looks great! Love your attitude and thank you for making these vids
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Thank you, glad you enjoy it.
Amateur Redneck Workshop
Amateur Redneck Workshop - 3 years ago
Another talent every time I look up. Texas ladies are amazing.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
; )
jcarpy75
jcarpy75 - 3 years ago
Question April... you said a kayak trailer can cost $1,000, how much did it cost you to build this one? Another awesome project.
jcarpy75
jcarpy75 - 3 years ago
Thank you.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I put a full cost break down at the top of the comment section, but it came in right under $500. : )
Kimberly Washington
Kimberly Washington - 3 years ago
April, I dream of woodworking and building! Thank you for showing you work! Thank you thank you thank you. Blessings.
David Richards
David Richards - 3 years ago
Nice strong job
S See
S See - 3 years ago
Another great project! Thanks for sharing!
James Hutchins
James Hutchins - 3 years ago
Well done! Also glad to see you get the jacket on.
James Hutchins
James Hutchins - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson true. Texas heat is unforgiving for welding. Sometimes I just ware sleeves or a fr shirt. And a fan and sweat band and welding cap .... Hahaha
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Yeah when I'm just tacking I don't bother, it was 105 when I was welding, but when I'm welding then I go ahead and put on the gear.
dcox01
dcox01 - 3 years ago
Project idea. Teardrop trailer. With kayak rack on top of course.
David A.
David A. - 3 years ago
Make sure you keep all your receipts and stuff for this trailer, as well as how long it took you to do all the work. This will be important if you ever have to make an insurance claim on the trailer.

Also, as somebody who used to value trailers for insurance companies, rest assured that should you ever have to do an insurance claim on it, there will be somebody who really doesn't like you (custom trailers are way harder to value). :)
David Dolch
David Dolch - 3 years ago
Or if you try to sell it. Not sure about TX, but in NJ it can be a pain to register a home built or modified trailer. They want receipts for all the parts.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Good input. : )
B-Rad Wilson
B-Rad Wilson - 3 years ago
You should weld a downward facing open hook in the middle so you can just use 1 ratchet strap to hold them. The ratchet strap would look like an M then.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I can actually use one strap to go from one end to the other and it secures both really well! I didn't plan for that but it worked out nicely. :)
Greg giono
Greg giono - 3 years ago
Zwould love to see your version of a kayak cart
JMakes
JMakes - 3 years ago
Great job as always April, looks like you got some seriously nice beads down :)
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
; ) I try, I try. I really enjoy welding.
Retired Tony 1970
Retired Tony 1970 - 3 years ago
you are seriously talented and beautiful :) Great job
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Thank you
NGinuity
NGinuity - 3 years ago
Does anyone by chance know how long the plasma cutter rebate program is going for?
Dennis Dewey
Dennis Dewey - 3 years ago
Great job April !
Stetson Crowder
Stetson Crowder - 3 years ago
Did you sand off the old paint when you painted it?
Stetson Crowder
Stetson Crowder - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson thank you!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Nope, it wasn't pealing up in any place so it will be good. I pressure washed the entire thing then also applied a coat of primer.
John Hughes
John Hughes - 3 years ago
A portable yak rack...
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
haha yep! A caddy rack! A Yak Pack. There have been some good names throw out for it.
ManCraftingTM
ManCraftingTM - 3 years ago
Great job April. I have a trailer that I don't use too often because I need to do some upgrades to make it much more useable. My kayaking years are behind me for the near future, but maybe this will motivate me to do the upgrades I've been dragging my feet on.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Yeah you should do it, I was surprised at how straight forward modifying and building a trailer was.
CCWSig
CCWSig - 3 years ago
Pretty slick project. I did one similar to this a while back, I added a box to store life jackets and such. I also added a small water container with a pump to hose off feet and equipment when pulling the kayaks out of the water. It works great. Thanks for posting!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Nice add ons. I'm using the bed of the truck but a storage box would be nice.
Quentin Sherratt
Quentin Sherratt - 3 years ago
Great job April!
Tim Kelm
Tim Kelm - 3 years ago
Consider running uphill for better penetration.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Ok thanks for the input!
ErlefromVa
ErlefromVa - 3 years ago
Didn't know you were a welder as well! Great work, you designed an awesome kayak trailer. It will serve you well for years to come! Really liked this how to vid. For me being a Boy Scout leader for many years and going on numerous Troop yak floats using a Camp trailer very similar to your design. I will say you addressed issues up front that we confronted and repaired numerous times for good support on the uprights. I always hated the eyes they used on that camp trailer for tie down straps(in the way loading and unloading). Drilling your holes under the cross bars will work much more efficiently and safely as well! Enjoyed and thank you!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I'm glad to hear your input! People keep suggesting the eyelet hooks and I keep saying they would have been in the way. : ) Good to know you liked the video.
Dan Valleskey
Dan Valleskey - 3 years ago
You could have just bought a trailer with the sides on. Instead of ratchet straps, go for cam straps, NRS is by/for paddlers.
Dan Valleskey
Dan Valleskey - 3 years ago
But you could apply the same reasoning to the frame I guess. Though a package deal at HF might be the most economical. Did you get 12 inch wheels/ tires? for a long road trip I think that should be a minimum. Those little 8 inch ones have to spin so fast!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Nah, no point on spending more on a trailer when I can build my own walls to the height I want them. : )
VintageTexas59
VintageTexas59 - 3 years ago
Nice build and welds April !
Ola Johansson
Ola Johansson - 3 years ago
Use metal cam straps, not rachet straps.
You can destroy the hull if you overtighten them (especially if your kayak is made of glass or carbon fibre)
Tony T.
Tony T. - 3 years ago
Top Notch Work April! Even though they might seem not all that important and add time & material to the job...Gussets add strength and unite the structural pieces.
Tony T.
Tony T. - 3 years ago
The Gut says to brain "Time to make some gussets and weld 'em in"! For the long term and The Long Run (Eagles)
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Thanks! Somebody said they were overkill, so glad to hear it isn't. I was thinking the support would be needed long term.
JojoSLF
JojoSLF - 3 years ago
... ich finde es sind sehr viele ecken dran, an den man sich verletzten kann ... z.b. bei 2:14 sieht man es sehr gut ...
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
You could always round over the edges but every trailer I've ever been around has had 90 degree corners and it's never been an issue.
JojoSLF
JojoSLF - 3 years ago
vor allem die spitzen ecken in kniehöhe ...
Martin Born
Martin Born - 3 years ago
Really nice video, +April Wilkerson!
Is the background music a tribute to +Abom79?
Martin Born
Martin Born - 3 years ago
Never noticed it before.
Sorry for that!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Nope, it's the same music I've been using since forever.
The Robotics Code Depot
The Robotics Code Depot - 3 years ago
Nice build! Just a welding tip... when you finish a bead don't remove the tip of the MIG gun too quickly. Let the shielding gas continue to flow until the weld stops glowing orange. Also, adding some metal mesh or even some nice wood strips along the low wall would definitely help keep gear in on a bumpy road.
tubeonline629
tubeonline629 - 3 years ago
The Robotics Code Depot Most mig welders don't have post flow for the gas, when you release the trigger the gas stops.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Thanks for the welding tip! I actually bought some expanded metal with that intention but didn't go through with adding it because I didn't think I would use the deck. Since it's attached to the truck, it's easier to throw the paddles and cooler in the bed. : )
Thomas Russell
Thomas Russell - 3 years ago
Nice tip on the HF trailer. They also have a stouter one for those wishing to hail heavier items. The upper model (still under $400) is rated at just over 3/4 ton.
Michael Lubecke
Michael Lubecke - 3 years ago
You are my hero!! Great job.
Daniel Lalor
Daniel Lalor - 3 years ago
this might be my favorite build yet! What an ingenious use of an existing trailer. I am going to be stealing this one.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Steal away. Glad you like it.
Jamie Shepherd
Jamie Shepherd - 3 years ago
Wow April. Another awesome build. My own DIY projects turn out all the better for what I've learned from you. Thank you. And Hi from Australia. Avagoodone.
Chris Bruinsma
Chris Bruinsma - 3 years ago
Can't beat those harbor freight trailers....I bought one to build my firewood hauler out of.....I only use it out in the woods......but dang, it sure does hold a a ton of wood.....literally, I can stack about 1/2 cord on it, and it handles it just fine......I didn't even o the extra step of welding the joints like you did.......I probably would have if I thought of that.
Great build
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I think it's fine bolted together, but since I was already welding I figured it wouldn't hurt. : ) Plus, the bolts at the corners were in my way for the side rail vertical pieces.
Birute00
Birute00 - 3 years ago
Turned out awesome April!
Jorge Pérez
Jorge Pérez - 3 years ago
Felicitaciones April !!!! Excelentes trabajos!!! Jorge de Córdoba/ Argentina
George Smith
George Smith - 3 years ago
another great project! well done ma'am.

that little HF trailer is so versatile. it makes a great base for so many projects.
Daveonarave
Daveonarave - 3 years ago
Another excellent job April - I've watched just about all of your videos and you do a fab job always! It must have been bloody hot in that helmet doing the drilling and welding - hope you had a nice cool drink with your toes dipped in the pool afterwards - would be well deserved! :)
Daveonarave
Daveonarave - 3 years ago
Hope you enjoyed your swim!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Yep, it was about 105 and I was hot as hell under all my gear! Part of it though. ;) Thankfully the river is not far.
Jake Schisler
Jake Schisler - 3 years ago
April you could have eliminated all those bolts going through wood floor with a metal band welded to both sides to hold them down....nice job! If you get into a lot of metal workings you should buy an Ironworker
Phckng Goofy69
Phckng Goofy69 - 3 years ago
I hang my kayak from the ceiling of my garage. It's out of the way & still secured.
Mrcaffinebean
Mrcaffinebean - 3 years ago
Love it, personally I like the look of a wood deck.
PuchMaxi
PuchMaxi - 3 years ago
I like the "Abom79" music!
PuchMaxi
PuchMaxi - 3 years ago
And, job well done!
phycon55
phycon55 - 3 years ago
Another great build video!
Be sure to watch those bearings very closely. Also order a couple spares now before you need them, I believe they are a non standard size.
Gregory West
Gregory West - 3 years ago
Very nice video, use hot knife to shorten the ratchet straps, no fraying of the ends. Need to add marker lights and reflectors for saftey. Thanks for the video, looking forward to many more, Greg
wayne booker
wayne booker - 3 years ago
Very nice mod for that trailer, it should be quite useful. You might consider changing out the wheel bearings, the ones that come on those trailers are crap.
Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith - 3 years ago
you should build some metal cages to go around your lights. if they are left exposed they will get broken VERY easily. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Redline/LG440NP.html
mussell nz
mussell nz - 3 years ago
wen r u going to start the new workshop?? im abowt to build my with 125x125 exposed frames (gana take me a million years to complete) but i wont a prtty lookin shop
seanautube
seanautube - 3 years ago
That's frigging awesome. Where do you transport the paddles and life jackets currently? Lots of room on that decking to get creative there.
seanautube
seanautube - 3 years ago
Oh, ok. Why re-invent the wheel, right?
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I figured I would use the deck of the trailer but actually use the bed of the truck. Glad you like it!
TheMonkeyrock77
TheMonkeyrock77 - 3 years ago
Great build. I think I would of made it removable. That way the trailer could be used for other things as well.
Carlton W. Trainham
Carlton W. Trainham - 3 years ago
If you weld on a short piece of pipe with an oversized washer as a slip cap, you would be able to use one rachet strap on each end to tie down two kayaks. Put the pipe on the inside of the frame from the front pointing towards the back and reverse for the back end. set the pipe just at or a little higher than the support rack the kayaks rest on. Then when you tie down, you hook to the outside of one kayak and loop the strap under the pipe and over the next kayak and connect with the rachet end that is hooked on the outside of the other kayak. this will save time in loading and unloading, and save on the hassle and expense of having to have two straps for each kayak.
William W Powell
William W Powell - 3 years ago
Your $475 v $1000 and I'm sure yours is not only better quality but it is exactly what you want. Just Awesome!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Yep! That's the most powerful thing about building.....you can make it fit your needs exactly.
J Parra
J Parra - 3 years ago
Nice job April.  Look really good.
Melw44
Melw44 - 3 years ago
Good job on the trailer! I like your welding helmet!
Thanks for the vids.
Kenneth Bell
Kenneth Bell - 3 years ago
Very good April.
Lolek Bolek
Lolek Bolek - 3 years ago
Is this road legal? In Europe you can't just modify trailers like this. You have to take it to certificate it.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
+Lolek Bolek yes, the trailer is road legal. I had it registered and it's good to go.
phycon55
phycon55 - 3 years ago
Lolek Bolek come to Texas!
Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith - 3 years ago
the base trailer is DOT legal so all the modifications do not change that. also here in the US you can build the whole thing your self. you just need to get it inspected and tagged depending on what state you live in.
kenshindoman
kenshindoman - 3 years ago
Hi April, wouldn't zip ties be a better idea than electrical tape? Tape can come loose when exposed to the elements.
Kevin Short
Kevin Short - 3 years ago
Sorry but my pedantry is forcing me to post this .
They aren't kayaks, they are sit on tops/ski's!!

Sorry but I couldn't hold it in any longer.
Bruce A. Ulrich
Bruce A. Ulrich - 3 years ago
Nice job. Some bungees might actually do better in this application, so long as they hold it tight enough. Would be less of a pain.
Kevin Short
Kevin Short - 3 years ago
Dan Valleskey

"If you want to get real particular- I saw a ratchet strap break a Kevlar racing canoe once. Rope is best, cam straps a close second."

Oh I can beat that ! :)

I bent my roof rack, and put a big dent in the roof of my car with ratchet straps :(

Cheap roof rack and I was using "I" bars.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Kevin: I see you called them kayaks. ; )
Dan Valleskey
Dan Valleskey - 3 years ago
If you want to get real particular- I saw a ratchet strap break a Kevlar racing canoe once. Rope is best, cam straps a close second.
Kevin Short
Kevin Short - 3 years ago
Joe O's Channel

Been at it for over 30 years , how did I get so old so quickly?
Bungees are fine, but straps are better.
Not sure I would want to use bungee on those sea kayaks though (bit too big and heavy), but fine for comp. slalom/K/playboats though.
Joe O's Channel
Joe O's Channel - 3 years ago
Bungees are not good at all for securing kayaks. I've been in the paddlesports business for 20 years and it is certainly not the way to go.
Daniel Rose
Daniel Rose - 3 years ago
A bungee is really dangerous for such applications. Here in germany they are illegal to secure anything because they often come lose and end up on the road. We are only allowed to use them on bicycles.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I agree with Dan, I wouldn't trust a bungee for holding down the yaks.
Dan Valleskey
Dan Valleskey - 3 years ago
Big disagree there. Bungee cords are not reliable enough, and allow the boat to wiggle too much.
Kevin Short
Kevin Short - 3 years ago
Bungees work well, but if you use straps remember to put a twist in them to stop the annoying vibrations!
Jeremy Specce
Jeremy Specce - 3 years ago
I think you made a good choice with the wood decking. Wood will drain through and it won't be hot like diamond plate would be.
thechosendude
thechosendude - 3 years ago
Cam straps are the way to go for kayaks! Ratchet straps are dangerous, because if the yak shifts and the strap loses tension, the hook falls out (5:35).
TowME trailers
TowME trailers - 3 years ago
From a guy who builds trailers for a living, I think this turned out just fine. Do yourself a favor though, repack the wheel bearings, those HF trailers are not lubed well from the factory.. also I know the manufacturer put the lights where they are,,, by law they need to be as far back as practical. Just saying. Looks like a good use for one of those trailers. The side rail beefs it up a ton.
Mark rosekrans
Mark rosekrans - 3 years ago
You should add a small toolbox ob the front to hold all of the straps
adrian sims
adrian sims - 3 years ago
Great work !
Michael Gleason
Michael Gleason - 3 years ago
Damn girl, you are awfully sure of your welds! I would hate to see a trip to the dentist at the end.
Diggnuts
Diggnuts - 3 years ago
Those welds look better and stronger than mine and I trust my welds with my weight!
John Bailey
John Bailey - 3 years ago
I have liked most of your videos but why did you pick such a cheaper trailer? The trailer you have can not or should not be on the road over 50mph. Mile per hour speed limit. A trailer with a 15 inch tire rim size can handle road speeds better. Safer on the freeways and highway as well. Just an all around safer trailer as they say size matters.
Jared Mccutcheon
Jared Mccutcheon - 3 years ago
Nice build. You made that HF trailer be all it could be, lol.
John Pupillo
John Pupillo - 3 years ago
Hello April from Canada! I noticed that you only drilled holes to hold the ratchet hook in place. Do you think that maybe an eyelet hook welded in place would be better or even welding the actual ratchet hook there so has no possibility of coming loose while hauling the kayaks? Just in case you hit some bumpy dirt roads to the river
John Pupillo
John Pupillo - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson good point ever thought of that. Thanks
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I did consider eyelet hooks but again went with holes to avoid anything being in the way of loading and unloading the yaks. The holes work great, even going down bumpy back roads. : )
Phil Cusimano
Phil Cusimano - 3 years ago
Very nice build ... wish I had space for a trail ... not as much land and space in the Big Apple! :-(
HunsValley
HunsValley - 3 years ago
I am going to steal that idea....
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Steal away. : )
No no
No no - 3 years ago
Given the fore and aft spread of trailer's support arms, consider placing the kayaks right side up on the rack. Their hulls are designed to take upward pressure at the front and back, and downward pressure in the middle. By flipping them upside down on a rack that supports them so close to the ends of the boats, they are getting exactly the opposite. (If the spread were closer together, as is common on car roof racks, then upsidedown is better.) On a very hot day the plastic becomes soft, and you might hit a big pothole and end up dimpling the hull. It's probably unlikely, but it did happen to me once. We used a heatgun to soften it enough to pop it back into place!
arkansas13
arkansas13 - 3 years ago
I'm pretty sure you're a professional welder, builder, designer, speaker, etc....and not a DIY'er! Your design concept, skills and thought process really show in this video.
Thanks for the 'show and tell' ....and another awesome video!
....13
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Nah, far from it. I hope to be a pro someday but right now I still have tons to learn. Glad you enjoyed this one though!
Marc Tolchin
Marc Tolchin - 3 years ago
So what skills come next can or manual machining? Bridgeport or tormach? I would love to see you go to a saunders machineworks training class and do a colab on nyccnc!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I learn whatever I need to learn to build what I want to build. :) So who knows what I'll learn next.
Mario Lebiedz
Mario Lebiedz - 3 years ago
Great job April, this trailer can also be used to carry lumber, plumbing  and other building supplies, awesome!!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
That's true! It could actually be used to carry a huge variety of things.
Max ja
Max ja - 3 years ago
jak stać na sprzęt to robota idzie.
ryan s
ryan s - 3 years ago
April your welds are looking wonderful. Keep up the good work
London Acres
London Acres - 3 years ago
I love watching your builds, the only down side is that I wish you were able to put out more content I.E. weekly/Daily. But I do understand the difficulty that that would entail. Great job on the trailer. Reminds me of one I built when I lived in Colorado.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Glad you enjoy the content. : )
Michael Bianco
Michael Bianco - 3 years ago
Nice job April, I see a ktm in the background do you ride?
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I do ride but the KTM is Cody's. I have a Honda CRF
Robert Kutz
Robert Kutz - 3 years ago
april very cool.
Robert Kutz
Robert Kutz - 3 years ago
april very cool.
DIY G.A
DIY G.A - 3 years ago
Keep go on April good job I wish you best of luck :)
Robert Kutz
Robert Kutz - 3 years ago
april very cool.
Rick Hendrix
Rick Hendrix - 3 years ago
Another great video! Have you considered mounting a spare trailer wheel/tire? A replacement tire might be hard to find if you ruined one way out in the boonies.

Not meant as criticism, just a suggestion. Love your videos!!
InTnMnNmAz
InTnMnNmAz - 3 years ago
Add a lock to a spare. My spare was stolen at a boat ramp while I was on the water.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Oh yeah good suggestion, spare is definitely needed.
dmndsol
dmndsol - 3 years ago
I knew I was going to have a good day when I had April and Laura in my notifications.
Chad Davis
Chad Davis - 3 years ago
The build looks great. Instead of the foam and electrical tape for padding, I would suggest some cheap pool noodles to slide over the arms. They will still protect the kayak and can easily be slid off and replaced as needed. As always, love your videos.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I've seen pool noodles being used I'm just not a fan of how they look. Also, they don't last long in the sun at all. I'm going to see how long these knee pads last and go from there. If they break down just as quick then I might switch to noodles.
GD Blackthorn
GD Blackthorn - 3 years ago
I don't think Harbor Freight sells those trailers anymore; I can't find them on their website. Weird though, this video isn't that old.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
They do, I have a link to it in the description of the video. : ) I bought mine last week.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Thanks Fred. : )
The Republic
The Republic - 3 years ago
Very nice!
I like the slight overkill on the gussets!
Solid build!
The Republic
The Republic - 3 years ago
Overkill is underrated- The A Team
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Rather it be overkill than under ;)
FOMI1970
FOMI1970 - 3 years ago
I watched all your previous videos and I was reluctant to hit the subscribe button , but after this one I am sure to subscribe , great job, both in design and craftsmanship.
Angry German
Angry German - 3 years ago
shorter straps? I would tie 2 kayak with one strap!? I just use a rack where i have tie point in the center between the 2 kayaks, use 1 strap across 2 kayak in the back and another one in the front. Worked well for years now.
Oh Asis
Oh Asis - 3 years ago
Pretty darn neat. Like the decking since it gives you lots of haulage space too.
Thom spillane
Thom spillane - 3 years ago
Nicely done April. I have a similar trailer from H/F and put big box 2x's and they are still good after 12 years!!!
Thomas O'Brien
Thomas O'Brien - 3 years ago
Great project! Rosie (the Riveter) would be proud.
Bikerchic
Bikerchic - 3 years ago
You need to be cast in the next wonder woman movie
RS
RS - 3 years ago
Great job, well done
Lotsa success with the new trailer
akhurash
akhurash - 3 years ago
Good job! Looks awesome.
R Ramos
R Ramos - 3 years ago
How much did all that cost?
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I pinned a comment at the top of the comment section with the cost breakdown. :)
timinwsac
timinwsac - 3 years ago
It would be a good idea to wear safety glass under your hood when welding. Sparks can and do get in around
the top and sides of a welding hood and bounce around. You'll also find that as metal cools mill scale can pop off.
Fidel English
Fidel English - 3 years ago
So the thumbs down are for what exactly? Hating because she's a woman or hating because she is a woman who is much smarter and more creative than you haters?
Joe jay
Joe jay - 3 years ago
That just makes zero sense. The person that made the comment is an idiot. That's why April ALWAYS references the set of plans. Some people think Youtube is all you need to build something and God forbid they read a set of plans!. If April were to describe every single thing as she does it including measurements, etc. this video would be 4 days long and not just 7 minutes.
P McRae
P McRae - 3 years ago
Who's been dissin April? Idiots, that's who!
krn14242
krn14242 - 3 years ago
DITTO... Absolutely agree.
krn14242
krn14242 - 3 years ago
Love the current format.
krn14242
krn14242 - 3 years ago
You mean you don't hire a narrator? Who knew... lmao.
Kevin Short
Kevin Short - 3 years ago
I suppose it doesn't really matter how you narrate it if you dub later or talk to camera as you go along, because they STILL won't be kayaks!!
Wayne Waldrep
Wayne Waldrep - 3 years ago
April, the facts as follows-----> Almost half a million subscribers; interesting content, very good attention to detail, your patented wave at the end. You are doing great and me and lots of others love the channel. Don't change a thing. (giant smiling emoji)
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Filming a project doubles the amount of time it takes to do the actual project. If I were to stop and talk to the camera the entire build, it would just add to that. If people want weekly content then something has to give. Also, talking to the camera the entire time doubles the length of the video without adding value in my opinion because you explain what you are going to do, then do it. Whereas with a voiceover you can be explaining what needs to happen next while actually doing it.
Heavyboxes DIY Master
Heavyboxes DIY Master - 3 years ago
Kevin Short ... You're right. That person meant they like the talking as you're building instead of the narration recorded separate. I notice that change in April's style of videos. But it's definitely a lot easier to record, then narrate later.
Kyle Lester
Kyle Lester - 3 years ago
It should never become customary for haters to spread hate though. Always put them in their place.
Kevin Short
Kevin Short - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson

"Shrek: what an interesting comment. I build and narrate the video so I'm not sure what you mean."

I think they mean they would prefer the commentary while you are doing it rather than added later over the top.
.m.
.m. - 3 years ago
are you new to the internet??
Ashley Ward
Ashley Ward - 3 years ago
kymion I'm not. Gender is irrelevant. People go to a huge amount of effort to produce these video's. What I see in most video's is the frustration caused by negativity. I truely appreciate all the content providers, as I learn a great deal from them. I would truely hate for anyone of these provider's to hang up their cape because of the negative element in our world.
kymion
kymion - 3 years ago
Why are you assuming the thumbs down have anything to do with her gender? Literally every YT video with more than a handful of views gets thumbs down. I can't explain it because I've seen videos that I can't imagine anyone disliking but sure enough it had a few thumbs down.
Bor the Wolf
Bor the Wolf - 3 years ago
Fidel English, I don't get it? How is a thumb down the same as hating April?

I sometimes thumb down a video that is well made but carries bad advise. That does not mean I "hate" the creator or the video. It is merely an advise to other viewers to take the content not to seriously. It works because many people tend to thumb down those videos. The opposite is true too. A really good video with some sound advise in it will always receive many thumbs up. The number of net thumbs are a mark of quality IMHO. Nothing more nothing less.

This video I did not thumb up nor down because I think there is too little technical detail in it to be of use to anyone. It is just a nice video with by a nice girl and I was entertained for a few minutes, but that was not what I was expecting.
Ashley Ward
Ashley Ward - 3 years ago
Fidel English in my opinion they should delete the thumbs down. Whats the point of having it. It's just an exercise in negativity. Following from Australia
Michael Gleason
Michael Gleason - 3 years ago
Shrek Wazowski So you aren't smart enough to follow along with what she did, essentially?
Fidel English
Fidel English - 3 years ago
The problem with doing the complete process with some things being straightforward will result in lengthy videos that put you to sleep, and she'll be accused of adding fluff for sure.... Her videos are to the point and don't go off topic, not going way up the street to explain something that will take ten seconds. I have never welded a single thing in my life(I don't think soldering counts as welding) but I can follow what she did from start to finish. The video wasn't a tutorial on how to weld, it was building a kayak trailer which the content adhered to.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Shrek: what an interesting comment. I build and narrate the video so I'm not sure what you mean.
Shrek Wazowski
Shrek Wazowski - 3 years ago
Fidel English maybe some like the COMPLETE PROCESS not April being the narrator in the build, me personally, i like the talk and do videos
Ellie Gibson
Ellie Gibson - 3 years ago
Great build! Got the stickers in the post, thank you!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) You're welcome
richard cranium
richard cranium - 3 years ago
nice work rosie the riveter look out - here comes wilkerdos welder. lol an enclosed box in the triangle of the itch would be nice for life preservers and misc. you could make it lockable too.
Heavyboxes DIY Master
Heavyboxes DIY Master - 3 years ago
1:15 Did you make your face dirty on purpose so you could look so bad ass? It looks fantastic!
NoClassic
NoClassic - 3 years ago
Nice build. I actually used on of the HF trailers for a DIY motorcycle hauler recently. I would consider making some additional support brackets from the fenders. With just the two factory bolt mounts they tend to fracture over time. I just did a couple metal straps from top of the fender to the trailer deck surface. Also you likely did it already but if not be sure clean out the factory bearing grease and re-pack with a moly or synthetic type.
PinkPonyOfPrey
PinkPonyOfPrey - 3 years ago
well done weld on!
sorry about that one!
Nikel87
Nikel87 - 3 years ago
Glad you added those gussets.
When I was in the military we re-welded every fender mount on our trucks.
They where thick enough but the vibrations made them crack and fall into the tires.
Added gussets and the problem where all gone.
Bor the Wolf
Bor the Wolf - 3 years ago
That trailer would not be road legal over here. Welding major structural components is not allowed, such parts must be bolted. A popular way to construct DIY trailers is by using U-bolts And the lighting must go on the aft most part of the trailer. Over here road trailers must pass MOT, just like cars, before they are road legal and fines are high.

I am not familiar with the rules of the road in your neck of the woods, but please check.
Mr Frog
Mr Frog - 2 years ago
Where do you live Bor the Wolf? California?
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I have and it is not against the rules here. I already registered the trailer and it's perfectly road legal.
Bill R
Bill R - 3 years ago
Looks good girl. That is awesome.
Beakerzor
Beakerzor - 3 years ago
Great project! At the end, I was thinking you were going to stand on top of it, like you did on top of your fireplace for your decoration project! lol
Amer Jamel
Amer Jamel - 3 years ago
Good job. ...you very sweet
Spencer Hochtetler
Spencer Hochtetler - 3 years ago
I would use eye bolts. Where do you tie your ratchet straps down
jjsjeffjjsjeff
jjsjeffjjsjeff - 3 years ago
holes in the bottom is where the ends of the ratchet straps connect to the frame. You don't need eye bolts.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
That's certainly an option but I went with holes to avoid having anything in the way of loading or unloading the kayaks.
Gary Griffitts
Gary Griffitts - 3 years ago
I would consider strapping the front and back of the kayak down to the trailer, if you have to make a sudden stop the kayak could break free and go flying forward off the trailer, maybe go at a angle to your lower rail better to be safe.There have been cases of this, even from kayak raks on cars and trucks.
Mr. Nobody
Mr. Nobody - 3 years ago
Yes, Yes, That's a super trailer. A +
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Thank you
Evan Dunville
Evan Dunville - 3 years ago
Great project, when it comes to the deck boards weathering you can buy the green wood protection product to increase the lifespan of the deck. I believe it's called copper II wood preservative made by armoral.
Fred Woods
Fred Woods - 3 years ago
Hi, April, Great Kayak trailer build, we had never seen one built before, you did a wonderful job, enjoy the results of all your hard work. Thanks for sharing.Blessings! !!!!!!
Bill Berry
Bill Berry - 3 years ago
Maybe you have thought about addressing the corners of the rails you welded on the Trailer. I would think that it might one of those's spots that when you least expect it would be sharp edge cutting a leg or tearing something when you least expect it. Perhaps rounding the corner's and/or adding padding like the knee pad material? Nice video and as always very informative. Tried posting a photo of the area I was referring too sorry. 4:55 into the photo directly to the right of your shoulder you will see one of the areas I am referring too.
Bill Berry
Bill Berry - 3 years ago
True.
richard cranium
richard cranium - 3 years ago
the trailer hich on the car or truck at shin height is much worse than a 90 deg corner lol ouch
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Sure you could always do that, but every trailer I've ever been around has had sharp 90 degree corners and it's never been an issue so I'll leave mine be. : ) Glad you enjoyed the video!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Thaaanks. : )
Dragnar Drake
Dragnar Drake - 3 years ago
I would add a locking box in the bed Of the trailer for gear and other things. (such as the straps when not in use)
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I guess I'm too trusting, I just throw them in the bed of the truck. : ) So far none have walked off.
alf garnet
alf garnet - 3 years ago
what was that hissing at 5:13 did you drill into the tyre.........
Nate Nixon
Nate Nixon - 2 years ago
that hiss is air from the plasma cutter they continue blowing after you stop cutting, its a cool down feature
Enter Your GaMeRtAg
Enter Your GaMeRtAg - 3 years ago
Bugs
TT OKC
TT OKC - 3 years ago
They are Cicadas.  They can be loud as hell in the summer.
VampireOnline
VampireOnline - 3 years ago
That's called nature. Bugs make noises.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Nope. I don't hear a hissing sound.
Pankaj Roy
Pankaj Roy - 3 years ago
I wanted to purchase Lincoln Electric VIKING 3350 from your Amazon link but unfortunately the item doesn't ship to India. Anyway great video as always. YOU ROCK!!!!!
Bradley Willoughby
Bradley Willoughby - 3 years ago
Looks good. How much did the trailer from Harbor Freight cost?
Recon28501
Recon28501 - 3 years ago
In come the Monday morning QBs.
BoardsByTheBay
BoardsByTheBay - 3 years ago
April I love your videos and I wait all week to see them! Please make them longer?!?
Martin H
Martin H - 3 years ago
Is there a reason for the kayaks to be so high up? Wouldn't lowering them be easier for loading, especially the top level?
Martin H
Martin H - 3 years ago
OK, cool, thanks for answering. I was just wondering if it had anything to do with airflow or something you didn't mention. :) Happy kayaking. :D
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
The top rack is easily reachable but yes you could always lower it down further if you don't want to utilize the deck of the trailer for storing things.
Gforceracing20
Gforceracing20 - 3 years ago
Pool noodles might be a cheap solution for the padding on the arms.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
They are, but since they are cheaper material they will be eaten up quicker in the sun and need to be replaced more often.
Bear Creek Woodworking
Bear Creek Woodworking - 3 years ago
Nice straight forward build April! I enjoy your welding videos. You seem to enjoy it, and I like to watch sparks fly...lol.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I do love welding.
upside downdog
upside downdog - 3 years ago
That did turn out nice. If it is a purpose built trailer storing the kayaks on it with a tarp is a no brainer. Always loaded and ready to go, more time to spend on the water.
upside downdog
upside downdog - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson
Nice job on both. You have room for canoes for visitors either way.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I don't plan to store the kayaks here when out of the water. I built a rack for them last week that keeps them out of the direct sunlight. However, I suppose storing them on the trailer with a UK protection tarp would be handy if somebody didn't have a dedicated storage rack.
Parks
Parks - 3 years ago
Invest in self retracting ratchet straps! You can find them on amazon! They are amazing!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Yep! Those are the ones I ended up getting and you're right, they are amazing. Definitely worth the money.
C O
C O - 3 years ago
That's probably where the kayacks will stay while not in the water.
C O
C O - 3 years ago
LOL. I saw that proyect as well. Pretty neat work as always. Congrats from Spain.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Nah, the sun would eat them up too quickly. I build a dry holder for them last week and made sure to place them out of direct sunlight.
Vince & Linda Taylor
Vince & Linda Taylor - 3 years ago
So have you away from wood altogether or will we be seeing a mixture of wood and metal from your channel most of the time??
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I build what I need, so just like always you will see a variety of trades from my channel.
zee_webmonkey
zee_webmonkey - 3 years ago
Keep the pets away when welding. They have eyes too which can be damaged by the rays.
Joshua Erwin De los santos
Joshua Erwin De los santos - 3 years ago
Another awesome build as usual
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
: ) Thank you
Evolution Glitch
Evolution Glitch - 3 years ago
BUILD A CIGAR BOX GUITAR NEXT!!!
Evolution Glitch
Evolution Glitch - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson
Ok oh well. Anyway thanks for the lightning fast reply!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Sorry but I don't play guitar so a cigar box guitar is not on my to-do list.
Ubiratan Teles
Ubiratan Teles - 3 years ago
very good, Congratulations
Alyton Rutledge
Alyton Rutledge - 3 years ago
Great work april
Ofcourse everything you do is awsome
Keep up the good work
ilookafter thewater
ilookafter thewater - 3 years ago
She's definitely one of the people you'd need on board if a zombie apocalypse happens.
Drew Tibert
Drew Tibert - 3 years ago
You will want to strengthen those fenders they will eventually wobble and fall off they're just made out of real thin metal
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I'll leave them be until hey start giving me a problem then take it from there. A lot of people have this trailer and so far I haven't heard of anybody have issues with the fenders.
dsmmike95
dsmmike95 - 3 years ago
Great build. I see your comment and says 2 days again but this video was posted today?
dsmmike95
dsmmike95 - 3 years ago
April Wilkerson ok just checking wasn't sure YouTube was glitching
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
I give my Patrons early viewing access : )
Mats Turnings
Mats Turnings - 3 years ago
Awesome build plenty of room underneath for luggage as well!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Yep, can hold a cooler or chairs, or anything really.
Jeff Voight
Jeff Voight - 3 years ago
"Shorter ratchet straps" is a funny way of pronouncing "Scissors."
North of 49
North of 49 - 3 years ago
I've found that using a heated blade does a better job cutting those straps, cuts & seals in a single step.
bas van der werff
bas van der werff - 3 years ago
and when you need a pair of long ones you have to buy new ones....... buying a pair of shorter ones is cheaper in the end
heavylead1961
heavylead1961 - 3 years ago
don't forget to burn the ends to keep from fraying!
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Hahaha, I was actually thinking of the retractable kind but scissors is a much better pronunciation. ; )
Mohammed Bashir
Mohammed Bashir - 3 years ago
i was waiting this video very long time .. thank's
Mohammed Bashir
Mohammed Bashir - 3 years ago
Look great, Thank's for this project AP
David Rodrigues
David Rodrigues - 3 years ago
Very good!
congratulations from Brazil!!!
Fabiano Sousa Sousa
Fabiano Sousa Sousa - 3 years ago
Chow april muito bom trabalho valeu
Jamie Reader
Jamie Reader - 3 years ago
Nicely done!

Your welding is really coming on great. Noticed a few sparks heading over the top of your mask though which reminds me to cover my head tomorrow.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Yeah wearing a bandana or skull cap is the way to go. ; )
Roy Wrenn
Roy Wrenn - 3 years ago
Looks great April. I really like the design.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
Thanks! I took it out yesterday with four kayaks, and it works great. : ) Very happy with it.
Kenneth Hughes
Kenneth Hughes - 3 years ago
Such good looking welds! Nice project. Hope you had fun at the river. With Respect.
April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson - 3 years ago
:) The river has become my happy place. Glad you enjoyed the project!

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