Building a Ironton 5' x 8' Utility Trailer Kit from Northern Tool.
Building a Ironton 5' x 8' Utility Trailer Kit from Northern Tool.
In this video we assemble the Ironton 5′ x 8′ Utility Trailer from Northern Tool.
The first half is the full assembly process. The second half follows with the installation of decking and sides at 11:51.
Below is a list of links to the trailer, materials and tools used in this video.
Ironton 5′ x 8′ Trailer: https://www.jdoqocy.com/click-100327036-10370423
Tail gate latches:
Tie down rings:
14ea. 1″ x 6″ x 8′ decking:
2ea. 1″ x 6″ x 10′ decking:
5ea. 2″ x 4″ x 8″ pressure teated:
2.5″ deck screws:
32 1/4″ carnage bults:
32 1/4″ nuts:
32 1/4″ flat washers:
20v 3/8″ ratchet driver: https://amzn.to/3jCzPho
Orbital sander: https://amzn.to/2MVh0tQ
10″ Miter saw: https://amzn.to/3pdgC6S
Circular saw: https://amzn.to/3aakstc
Wen 9″ band saw: https://amzn.to/2Ndl08O
Socket set: https://amzn.to/3d2PLIz
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Great build, Gene. Looked good finished. Curious how much weigh it is rated for? My only comment on a job well done, may be to torn the carriage bolts around and counter sink the nut side into the 2×4 side. Puts the smooth head to the inside and hides the threads from catching on clothing on the outside. Should lose enough strength since these are just side walls. But, hey, maybe your way has served you fine. Again, thanks for the nice video.
Looks like a black Harborfreight.
This was great!! I haven’t been able to find a trailer I like that is affordable, but this I can do. You are a good instructor. Thanks!
Oooh! Fab Rats music! I like you already, Gene!
Nice. Very nice. Incredible job! This video definitely boosted their trailer sales. Northern Tool should mail you a check for the cost of your trailer.
Have anyone taken it on the highway?
Great Job, Gene! You thought of everything.
great video. set up a table next time and save your back and knees
Gracias ojala llege al peru el producto IRONTON trailer utility soy carpintero nesecito el producto
Great video! Best close up look at this trailer. Thinking of doing a teardrop trailer on it. How does it do at higher highway speeds? Thanks!
you need a spare wheel for that.
Hindsight being so good, I might put the carriage bolts for the side rails from the inside, and countersink for the washer and nut in the 2×4 on the outside.
Great job though! I have a HF trailer, and it seems I’m always thinking of ways to do it better. Never satisfied…..
Great job but a heck of a lot of work!
You did a beautiful and very thorough job on this! You should make kits for these and make some money off of them. It might be tedious, but seriously, very impressive.
1 ton carry..?
Great build and upgrades!
I can’t get the wheels to slide on far enough to even expose the threads to put on the dang nut. I can’t figure out what’s wrong. I don’t see anything in the way. They just don’t want to slide on far enough.
Scratching that new powder coat by assembling the trailer on the driveway made me cringe…But hey, everyone to each their own.
That was a awsome build you make it look easy but I know it was alot of work. Very nice looking trailer 👍👍
"I’ve been running it without oil for two years and it still won’t die!"
THIS made me subscribe.
What are the dimensions of the c-channel bars that the frame is assem with? Specifically the outer bars that the axle mounts to.
I would have put the carriage bolts in with the heads in the trailer and the nut on the outside. Not as pretty to look at but it’ll give you a flush surface on the inside to slide stuff up against. So you’re less likely to damage it.
Also having the sides tighter together with less of a gap. This way if you need to haul sand or a loose material, you won’t lose as much.
Nice build overall.
I just saw that as of today, 11/27/21 if you spend over $500 you get a $100 gift card. That is how I bought this trailer kit. I don’t know how long it lasts. but visit on-line at https://www.northerntool.com/. 👍
Nice looking trailer. I have a couple questions if you don’t mind. Have you towed it on the highway much? And I was wondering if the axle is C channel or completely boxed? I could only see 3 sides of it in the video.
The cross piece for the decking were they 2×4 or 2×6?
You had me going OK til you got to the wiring. I can’t say I share your opinion of crimp on connectors. IME they corrode and fail in about a year. And No chafing protection for the wires passing thru the frame? You’re killing me smalls! 😉 By the time you did that "ground" I was offended enough I had to say something. A self tapping screw thru the frame would have been better. I got my trailer like this earlier this week. Mine is the folder, but I can see where they share many of the same parts. Thanks for your time presenting this. Lots to be learned here.
Looks awesome, great job!
that size is perfect for me, is that frame safe to use for teardrop camping trailer?
That trailer must be worth a lot of money now with the cost of wood. It was a good video and love how you made everything work. 👍👍👍
This is a good and informative video. Thank you for posting. I would like to mention about the trailer axels. After putting the hubs on the spindles, install the washer and then the castle nut (as you called it a slot not). You then tighten the castle nut all the way down to preload the bearings. Then back the castle nut off to where the tire will freely spin. Install the carter pin, cap and call it done. With the wire connectors, I couldn’t hear weather you said the are or are not weather proof. They are not. I would have use butt connectors with a 3:1 heat shrink which has adhesive on the inside. This will help make it more water proof/resistance. All in all, it works for you and you did a good job showcasing the trailer build.
Looks far better than the harbor freight trailer! Thanks buddy for video.
id weld the frame rather than trusting those bolts
Was hoping you would have confirmed the folded outside fender to fender measurements of the trailer. It is the storage of these trailers that make them an attractive purchase. My condo storage unit is exactly 63 inches wide. If the assembled trailer varies even by half an inch it will not be satisfactory for my requirements. Does anyone know the assembled and folded max width of the Northern Tool Ultra Light 4×8 Folding Trailer???
I wonder after it was all said and done what the final cost was. A 5×8 trailer at Northern Tools is currently $1099 with all metal construction and wire mesh floor.
BTW. Your deck plan was awesome. I’m stealing that for mine. Thank you!
CONAN brother builds stuff!
I enjoyed this video and your build. For my use, I would have made the following modifications. 1) reverse the carriage bolts so the rounded heads are on the inside. Then cap the outside of the bolts with Acorn round head nuts. That eliminates the studs of the bolts sticking out inside the cargo area and snagging the cargo or your shins and hands. Sharp edges are a no no. 2) I would have run a white ground wire to all the lights. I have experienced too many issues with bad grounds on trailers. For me, well worth the extra cost and effort. 3) grommets on all wire penetrations through the metal holes in the frame. Chaffing wire insulation is definitely a thing. Been there, done that, don’t want to go there again.
I like your use of deck boards instead of plywood. It just looks better and I just like it more than plywood.
Harbor freight has same one for 300 bucks lmao
Fantastic. Well done.
As far as i’m concerned, an impact and drill are a necessity for a project like this in order to preserve my sanity, SO many fasteners, can’t imagine doing them by hand.
I thought these were the same trailer as a Harbor Freight trailer, only painted black. I now see there are some additional differences. However, I am not a fan of the 55 mph speed rated wheel/tire combo.
Not supposed to use chrome on impact good way to ruin your tools fyi but whatever gets the job done 😊
What happened to the 5 x 10 thy used to sell 10 years ago.
That’s a wonderful instructional video!! How do you register it for a tag?