Rebuilding Farm Trailers
People, who are self-reliant like my husband, have learned to make their own homemade contrivances to help them around their homestead. Farming is a lifestyle that can require a lot of appliances and gadgets. One of the most necessary appliances needed around a farm is trailers to carry things such as animals, hay, and heavy equipment.
First thing my husband did after he got it home was to take out all of the old wooden floor boards. Being thrifty myself, I washed the old boards and saved them to use in creating signs or in small wood projects around the farm yard. Since the wood was old we didn’t trust them to support the weight of a 1,500 pound cow, but the wood had enough life in it for other uses. Also with the stock trailer being quite old he welded in more metal to support the weight of the cows. The metal he used was leftover from the construction of the animal pens we added recently, but he also saves all metal he happens to run across for future projects.
The next item he tackled was the back sliding door of the trailer. The problem was that the door did not slide. It open and closed just fine, but the small door that was suppose to slide back and forth to aid in loading the animals was stuck! My husband took the door off and used brute force and a bunch of banging to get the door unstuck. He fixed the track the door was suppose to slide on to get the door moving again. He then reattached the door and it worked!
He also took out some of the more major dents. He
sprayed the trailer with a Rustoleum oil-based rusty metal primer and then
sprayed it with another Rustoleum oil-based paint.
After all the paint was dried he laid down newly bought wooden floor boards. The new wooden floors was the most expensive part of the rebuilding of the stock trailer, but cows are heavy and once they are loaded up on the trailer you can feel the trailer move and sway as the cows walk and move about in the trailer. They need something sturdy underfoot to keep them safe in the transportation process. Loading and hauling cattle needs to be a low-stress process for both animals and humans. And not having to worry about the cattle weight on the floor boards makes life easier. After all is said and done the rebuilding of the stock trailer cost us $200 for a total of $1,500 spent on our new-to-us stock trailer.
As soon as the stock trailer project was completed, my husband embarked on another trailer fixing project. Years ago my husband helped out another one of our neighbors in a construction project in exchange for a used 14 foot trailer. We have been using this trailer for nearly 10 years in hauling hay, the tractor, the jeep, and construction materials. Heck, sometimes we used it to haul people in a hay ride around the farm! Well after 10 years it was in need of some fixing!
Again, my husband removed the old wooden floor boards and welded on some new metal so as to make the floor stronger. We can’t have construction materials and people falling through!
And then lastly, he added new wooden floor boards. Again that was the most expensive part of the redo of the trailer, but the most important thing in hauling things in a trailer is to get it from point A to point B without incident. This trailer project cost us $150.
Being self-reliant takes a lot of hard work, effort and at times willingness to fail. Learning to fix things yourself saves you money and you learn new skills that can be used again on another project making you handy like a handle on a bucket. I have noticed that the harder you work the more you seem to have. And I am not talking about just material possessions, but you develop a good character, responsibility, and learn new skills. “Some people dream of success…while others wake up and work hard at it.”-Author Unknown