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Becoming Independent and Off the Grid

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General Purpose Trailer

At the same time we shopped for kayaks, we shopped for a trailer to pull them on.  We saw all kinds of them being used by kayak owners, but it seemed they all spent $1,000 or more for their trailers.  After they bought the trailers, they took them to a machine shop and paid someone a few hundred bucks to extend the tongue by 12 – 18 inches and add the kayak rack.  The purpose of the extension is to allow the vehicle to turn left or right without the kayaks hitting the back of the vehicle.

Purchasing an expensive trailer and then spending the additional  money for the extension meant we would have to put off buying our kayaks for at least another three to four months.  We wanted them now, and had already saved the money for the watercraft and associated gear.  The only alternative to paying high prices for items is to make it yourself.  So we did.  Sort of.

We went to a local outlet store and paid $200 for a kit to build an 8′ x 4′ trailer.  It took David three evenings to put it together and customized it for our kayaks.  Reviews posted on the internet were either great or horrible.  The most common complaint centered around the fact that the person building the trailer had difficulty following  instructions or was not accustomed to turning wrenches.

The customization included laying a floor and attaching a kayak rack to the trailer.  Since the trailer has a nice little feature that allows you to fold it up and roll it away for storage, David wanted to maintain that feature.  When he was done, there was no need to extend the tongue.  Further modifications will be done to allow for storage of kayak and fishing related items by next season.  But for right now, we are happy with the trailer as it is.