New utility trailer .... Mods needed.
Just bought a new 6x12 utility,.... and I'm planning on adding some side rails.
BACKSTORY: My previous 6x8, bought in '99 was extensively modified over the years to facilitate heavier loads (axle moved back, gusseted corners and reinforced center channels, eye bolt tie downs, c-channel motorcycle wheel chock and 1" tubing stakes for side rails). I can't say enough great things about this trailer for the last 20 years. Amazing unit.
Now, back on topic. This new trailer is definitely not up to the duties of my old trailer (at 4 times the price in '99). ... AND it doesn't even have stake pockets. I want to add front and side rails to make hauling my garbage cans more easier. Here's the kicker.... I don't want to weld or drill holes in trailer tubing.
See attached Pic to see my mock up for attempting this (using scrap pieces).
- 1.5" metal tubing side posts on new trailer (no stake pockets).
- Attach a wooden 2x2 (or equivalent) upright to metal side post with square U-bolts.
- Attach decking boards to 2x2 uprights .... Possibly using 4" long, 1/2" wide u-bolts to clamp all three items together (metal upright, wood upright & side board).
Any thoughts/ideas that I'm overlooking to attach without drilling/welding the trailer tubing?
The second pic is the old trailer's version of securing my garbage cans for transport. Works very well and easy to apply.... would like to do same to new trailer. .. . ... ... .. without drilling into metal tubing ... OR ... welding.
'05 Rubi Unlimited, 6-speed, Soft top, Patriot Blue
RE 4.5" Super Flex
1" spring spacers up front
1.25" JKS Body Lift
255/85/16 Maxxis Bighorns/Buckshots