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How To Make An RC Trailer Out Of Wood

While RC racing can be fun and all, there are certain ways at which you can derive much more enjoyment, especially when it comes to conjuring or doing up your own modifications to the RC car itself. There are actually plenty of guides out there when it comes to modification of the RC car, but what is lacking is that there are not many guides when it comes to making trailers. Yes! Your RC car can have a trailer. It can be pretty intriguing to see your child operating an RC car with a trailer.


RC Trailer For Your RC

An RC trailer is the same thing that you see on the roads, just that it is a miniature version. It is attached the rear of the RC car or RC truck, hence giving you a realistic experience of controlling an RC trailer with your remote. And as mentioned earlier, while you can purchase RC trailers from Amazon itself, the best experience is obtained when you DIY the RC trailer yourself.

Best Material For RC Trailer

Of course, there are different types of materials for the RC trailer. The easiest RC trailer to DIY is actually the RC trailer that is made of wood. If you want an RC trailer, you can simply go ahead and get it created on your own. You don’t need to be equipped with any special tools or expertise in order to complete the project. You can do it with the knowledge you have and the tools that you can find in your neighborhood.

Before you go ahead and create your own RC trailer out of wood, you need to have a basic understanding on what RC trailers are and what they will be able to do for you. Once you get to know about their uses, you will be tempted to go ahead and create the RC trailer on your own. You will be able to transform that into an exciting experience as well. That’s because you know that you are spending your time and effort on a project, which can benefit you in the long run. Hence, you will never be fed up with the project that you are working on.

What Exactly Is An RC Trailer

How To Make An RC Trailer Out Of WoodAn RC trailer would look just like a real-world trailer. The only difference that you can find is that they are manufactured to fit perfectly well with RC. If you have an RC and if you are interested in increasing its capabilities, you will be able to go ahead and get an RC trailer.

People who want to get RC trailers are provided with two main options to consider about. Either you can create the RC trailers on your own. Or else, you will be able to purchase it from a vendor. Out of these two options, purchasing an RC trailer from a vendor is the most convenient solution.

But that might not be the best option available for you to move forward with, especially when you belong to the very select bunch of people who wants to create and DIY something rather than purchasing a new trailer. Also, not all RC trailers are fitted for all RC cars, and hence finding the perfect one might be an issue. That is also considering the difficulties in order to locate an RC trailer which matches perfectly well with the requirements that you have in your mind.

If you fail to find the best RC trailer that matches with your requirements, the amount you would have spent to buy the RC trailers will be in vain. That’s why it is important to take a look at the other option, which is about creating the RC trailer out of wood.

Below mentioned are the steps that you will have to follow when you are building your very own RC trailer out of wood. Of course, it will be paramount for you to understand the various component of the RC trailer first.

Get To Know The Parts

First of all,  you will have to gather all parts that are needed to make the RC trailer. In all honesty, a thin sheet of wood will be enough for you to create the RC trailer. In addition to the wooden sheet, you will need to have square tubing, a steel rod, usable wheels, a four-speed worm gearbox and a motor driver. You should also find appropriate nuts and bolts along with a welder and a threaded rod.

How to make the RC trailer

How To Make An RC Trailer Out Of WoodNow you are ready with all tools needed and you just need to move forward with getting your RC trailer created. But before you begin, you are encouraged to get a clear understanding of the size of the RC trailer you need. Then you will be able to go ahead to the welding phase. You can use a 1/8” square steel tube as the frame of your RC trailer. You can cut your lengths and proceed to welding the items together. It is possible for you to introduce a steel rod across the frame in order to enhance the strength.

As the next step, you should start working on the liftgate. You can use ½ flat stock in order to create the liftgate. It should be welded firmly to your frame. You can use a small tube with a square shape as the gate tensioner. After you complete it, you will have to focus on the wheels. You can use wheels extracted from a toy truck. You should connect the wheels with the assistance of steel rods. There should be end caps on the wheels as well. After doing it, you can use the thin sheet of wood as the base of your RC trailer.

Now you have come to one of the tricky steps of creating the RC trailer, which is about hitching the trailer. You can use square shaped tubing and a large washer to hitch the trailer to the frame. After doing that, you will be able to focus on the winch system. It should be made out of the gearbox. Once you do it, you can simply take the motor and place it inside a plastic case. Then you can connect it to the frame.

Now you have successfully created an RC trailer out of wood. As you can see, any person can do it and you just need to find the basic materials that you want.


Introduction: Home Made Rc Trailer

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Step 1: Parts List

1- motor driver

2- 2- 4 speed worm gearbox

3- 4- useable wheels

4- steel rod

5- square tubing

6- thin sheet of wood

7- 2- Thread spools

8- threaded rod

9- Nuts and bots

10- welder

11- black paint

Step 2: Deciding Size

So when you start you wanna consider what your carrying, For my trailer it was my bobcat and the electronics that run my lift gate. My bobcat is 24"Lx12 1/2"W. i gonna need the trailer to be slightly wider and longer for my electronics. so i went with a 38"LX14"W Now let's build.

Step 3: Welding

When it comes to material i am using 1/8 square steel tubing for the frame, i cut my lengths and welded them. I added steel rod going across for bracing and also i needed a way to lay my bed.

Step 4: Lift Gate

My lift gate is made with 1/2 flat stock and some diamond gate, welded together , sprayed black and connectted with threaded rod. The gate tentioner is just a small piece of square tube and a steel thread spool from a sewing machine, wleded to the trailer.

Step 5: Wheels

For my trailer i'm using four old tonka truck wheels i had from a old project. They are connect with steel rods and end caps.

Step 6: Trailer Hitch

My hitch is simply a Large washer and some square tubbing welded and sprayed black.

Step 7: Winch System

The winch system are two tamiya worm gearbox, i connected another steel thread spool, string and ran it straight down the edge of thr trailer.

Step 8: Recycled Rc Motor Controller

I canablized a old kids rc escavader, put it in a clear plastic case. Hot glued all wiring around the case and connected to my trailer. now i use that remote controll and i have a few other channels for lights.

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Homemade Tandem Axle 'Crawler Hauler' Trailer Build

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DefaultDieHarder's Tandem Axle 'Crawler Hauler' Trailer Build

Hi Guys!
It all started a little over a year ago around the middle of February 2014. I started with literally, two pieces of aluminum angle each cut in half to form four sides of an imagined trailer. I then added one side of the main cross-brace to support the dovetail.

The black anodized 1/2" x 3/4" x 1/16" angle is extra from dad's workplace. I got the 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/16" aluminum angle from Menards, along with some 1/2" x 3/8" x 1/16" aluminum channel. While I was there I picked up a handy-panel for the trailer's deck.

In order to make the dovetail ramp, I had to bend the side rails. So I measured out the angle and cut a triangle in the side of the side rails, bent the rails down to the correct degree, added the other side of the main cross-brace, and bent the cross-braces to a tighter than 90* angle. I bolted the cross-braces together with 4-40 machine screws and locknuts. This formed the support for the ramp and really stiffed it up.

Next was building the tongue. I cut a piece of the channel I specified above and cut a slot in the front side of the trailer for the channel to fall in. I also added another cross-brace to support the tongue farther down the trailer, tying it in better and making it strong. After many prototypes, the tongue's side braces became existent, and tied the tongue to the front of the trailer a second time. For the photos, most of the hardware is mock up.

With the tongue in place, I decided that I wanted a suspension system. Most of the other RC trailers I saw on the web either didn't have suspension or were a sliding leaf setup. I think I made a thread here on RCU a couple months back about tandem suspension systems for a trailer. So unlike what I had seen, I opted for the double-eye leafs to try and get some legit articulation, while supporting the weight of a 6lb SCX10. I used Tamiya Hi-lift leafs A, B, D, and E. I couldn't find leaf C available anywhere, so I replaced it with leaf E in the stack.

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Next was the wood. The handy-panel had been an eyesore in my room, banging against my closet doors every time I went to get a shirt. Something had to change...

I measured the deck twice and with the help of dad, cut it once with an ancient but accurate radial arm saw. I decided that because of the overlapping metal and the changed deck mounting surfaces, the best bet would be to router the front and back of the deck and make the metal to wood transition of the deck smooth and level. This would leave the side rails 1/16" higher than the wood deck, which I liked.

Something else I had to have was LED lighting. I figured on 19 LEDs on the trailer, but ended up installing 13 for simplicity in where the wire would have to run. LED lighting was totally new to me. I've NEVER soldered to, installed, or even ordered LED lights. After lots of research, I found a guy on eBay who sold me (30) 5mm 6v LED lights (10 red [flat tip], 10 yellow [flat tip], and 10 white [regular]). They came with a resister already installed and the wires stripped and tinned, ready to solder. There wasn't much of a side rail left to put LEDs in after the 1/10" of wood subtracted from the 7/16" inside the angle, so the LED holes just barely made it on. I looked at the metal (chrome) LED holders, but they were too big to fit on the side rail. I didn't like it either how it was impossible to install the plastic holder on the LED that goes in the metal part, since the LED already had a resister solder on. So I bought some simple black plastic ones (which turned out GREAT!). At this point, I replaced all the mock up hardware with 4-40s of the correct lengths, washers where need be, and locknuts on everything.

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And then the mail came...

I used Duratrax Evader ST front axle stubs, Duratrax bearings, Duratrax EXT2 rims, and Pro-Line 2.2 All-Terrain Badlands with stock foams. While Everything was starting to come together, the G6 started to get excited...

All the LEDs soldered in great! I had no trouble and I believe I did in fact improve my soldering skills. I used a 20AWG main wire to hook in to the LEDs and then ran it out through the tongue into a JST connector to connect to the truck.

On to the axles. I had to think about the exact design for quite a long time before finally executing it. I also took awhile to get my hands on some 1/2" x 1/2" solid aluminum bar to form them from. So basically I cut two lengths of the bar each 14.375" long. I setup the drill press and drilled a hole in each end of each axle 3/4" deep and 0.246" dia., which is press-fit for the 0.25" Duratrax axle stubs. I drilled a hole through the axle near the end, passing through the press-fit hole. Since the axle stub already had an existing hole, I press-fitted the stubs into the ends of the axles, lining up the holes in the stub with the cross holes in the axle, and put a 4-40 machine screw and locknut through to act as a cross-pin and ultimately preventing the axle stub from pulling out. This made a really strong axle setup and there was no play whatsoever.

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Alright, so I got all that put together and it was really looking great. So decided to add some tie downs. I went brain dead. Later I intend to make bungee cords or solid straps from hair ties and paper clips or maybe ribbon and paper clips. The best I could come up with for tie downs were these little washer assemblies. Looks like something you'd see at a high voltage power station. Oh, and decals! Make everything so much cooler.

I put the tie downs all over in an organized pattern, so I should have no trouble finding a spot to grab on. On another note, the leaf spring suspension needed some sort of limiting system. So I installed snubbers, just like the real deal. When loaded, the snubbers do not bottom out the suspension, so there is still suspension while it's loaded, which is exactly how I imagined it. Also, I needed a hitch system. So thinking scale again, I literally used an Evader ST camber, a Losi ball cup from RustyUs (thanks bud!), and a ball stud. I used some more of the 1" x 1/4" aluminum bar stock and cut out two rectangular pieces of the correct dimensions. I then drilled holes through the longest part of them and press-fit the square mid-section of the camber into the first rectangle. Then I slid the other rectangular piece behind the first one and tighten a nut down on the end. This constantly pulls the camber into the press-fit and doesn't allow it to move back or forward AT ALL. Totally tight with no play. I then screwed the ball cup on the open end of the camber and bolted the two rectangular pieces up into the end of the tongue (channel). This gave me half of the hitch system. BTW, I used hot-glue 'bridges' to hold the LED wiring to the trailer. It worked great! I even made service loops in case I ever need to take it apart. That's actually just an excuse to not have to cut and re-strip the LED wires...

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But wait! There's more!

To pull this monster of a trailer and a 6lb crawler on it, BIG power and torque came to mind. Normally that would be the crawler, but since it was being pulled, something else had to do. For whoever didn't see the Bonzer Cross Tiger (TL-01 copy) plow truck thread on here long ago, I built a really powerful truck using a Bonzer Cross Tiger, VXL3S ESC, Tekin Gen2 13.5T sensored motor, RC4WD Ultra Compact Gear Reduction Unit, Aluminum Spur, Aluminum motor mount (special thanks to Phmaximus! The thing doesn't move at all!), a 2S Venom lipo, FlySky radio system (special thanks to EXT2Rob for the GT3C, it works wonderfully for what I'm doing!), and locked suspension/rear diff. This is the truck I planned to use. So I put shocks back on the front and built a custom, yet simple hitch for the trailer to hook up to:

Back to LEDs. I wired the Bonzer Cross Tiger green body with LEDs. There are 4 white regular headlights, 2 yellow flat tipped lights up front next to the headlights, and 4 red flat tipped taillights on the back. All the LEDs on both the truck and trailer are wired in parallel. So where is this power supposed to come from? I decided against running an extra battery pack, I wanted everything to drain from the main battery. After some extensive research and contact with members from other forums as well as a few conversations with Traxxas, I concluded that the auxiliary fan lead on my VXL3S ESC was capable of supplying 6V and 4600mA to 23 LED lights. I wired a JST outlet near the rear of the truck with enough length to allow the trailer to jackknife and still keep the wires from getting taunt. I also wired an outlet for the body and it's lights to plug in. This all became one big harness that funneled into the single lead coming off the ESC. I plugged it all it, fired it up, and ran it for an hour and a half with no overheating issues or any issues at all for that matter. As of now, I've run about four packs through the setup and it's proven cool and reliable. Last photo shoot:

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And that's about it. About half of this project was designed and drawn up before I began building it. It took 1 year 2 months to complete the mods to the truck and the build of the trailer. However I only worked on in my spare time which is why it took so long. Hundreds of hours have been dedicated to thinking about it/reading and making threads and somewhere around 50-60hrs spent tinkering, staring, screwing around in the garage, etc. before this thing came rolling out. I try my best to do the highest quality of work I can. During the build, I made 56 prototype parts and recycled all the extra metal. I never at one point just 'eye-balled' it and threw some part of the trailer together. EVERYTHING was measured out, cut, formed, sanded, ground, assembled, drilled, and labeled to an exact specification. The calipers and I became best friends... I made sure to do the entire build in an extremely organized manner and to follow my road map/blueprints.

The budget for the trailer was $150. The idea was to come up with a better trailer for less than what a new one from RC4WD costs. I do not think it's even close to being better in all ways, but I do believe it's better in some. The costs of everything came just a few dollars shy of the $150 mark.

In the next few weeks or so I intend to do a video with the new rig and some mud-crawling. It should be posted on my YouTube channel:

I learned a LOT and really had fun doing it. That's what the hobby is about, right? Having fun, and I really hope even more fun and enjoyment comes my way when I go to play with my new rig. I'm so addicted... Thanks to everybody for the awesome advice, help, parts, and support! I couldn't do it without you! I really enjoy being a member here on RCU!

If you have any questions on ANYTHING, be sure to ask!

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