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:
Trailer jack:
Tail gate latches:
Tie down rings:
Corner braces:
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:
Orbital sander:
10″ Miter saw:
Circular saw:
Wen 9″ band saw:
Socket set:

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  1. dwl sml on February 2, 2023 at 4:29 am

    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.

  2. ja c court on February 2, 2023 at 4:29 am

    Looks like a black Harborfreight.

  3. Marsha Cowan on February 2, 2023 at 4:32 am

    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!

  4. flyboy 2610 on February 2, 2023 at 4:33 am

    Oooh! Fab Rats music! I like you already, Gene!

  5. SEYMOUR SCAGNETTI on February 2, 2023 at 4:33 am

    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.

  6. Jason Larson on February 2, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Have anyone taken it on the highway?

  7. Bill Rook on February 2, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Great Job, Gene! You thought of everything.

  8. David Wagner on February 2, 2023 at 4:35 am

    great video. set up a table next time and save your back and knees

  9. Edson Creative on February 2, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Gracias ojala llege al peru el producto IRONTON trailer utility soy carpintero nesecito el producto

  10. Lisa Wiese on February 2, 2023 at 4:36 am

    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!

  11. Sulaiman The WordSmith on February 2, 2023 at 4:37 am

    Love it

  12. Mark V on February 2, 2023 at 4:40 am

    Bien Hecho!!

  13. Gerard Jones on February 2, 2023 at 4:40 am

    you need a spare wheel for that.

  14. Albert Molina on February 2, 2023 at 4:42 am


  15. rusosure7 on February 2, 2023 at 4:43 am

    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…..

  16. Thad L M on February 2, 2023 at 4:44 am

    Great job but a heck of a lot of work!

  17. Anthony Vee on February 2, 2023 at 4:45 am

    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.

  18. Joshua Cardona on February 2, 2023 at 4:46 am


  19. matthew murdock on February 2, 2023 at 4:46 am

    1 ton carry..?

  20. Robert Kerby on February 2, 2023 at 4:48 am

    Great build and upgrades!
    Well done!

  21. Scott Oden on February 2, 2023 at 4:51 am

    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.

  22. Kevin Nguyen on February 2, 2023 at 4:54 am

    Scratching that new powder coat by assembling the trailer on the driveway made me cringe…But hey, everyone to each their own.

  23. Daniel Padgett on February 2, 2023 at 4:55 am

    That was a awsome build you make it look easy but I know it was alot of work. Very nice looking trailer 👍👍

  24. MarvTV on February 2, 2023 at 4:56 am

    "I’ve been running it without oil for two years and it still won’t die!"

    THIS made me subscribe.

  25. Ryoc on February 2, 2023 at 4:57 am

    What are the dimensions of the c-channel bars that the frame is assem with? Specifically the outer bars that the axle mounts to.

  26. Lord Richard on February 2, 2023 at 4:57 am

    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.

  27. DIY Gene on February 2, 2023 at 5:02 am

    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 👍

  28. edward h on February 2, 2023 at 5:03 am

    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.

  29. Martins trial and error on February 2, 2023 at 5:03 am

    The cross piece for the decking were they 2×4 or 2×6?

  30. Straight Pippin on February 2, 2023 at 5:04 am

    Great job!

  31. sydecarnutz on February 2, 2023 at 5:06 am

    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.

  32. DevSwe on February 2, 2023 at 5:08 am

    Looks awesome, great job!

  33. Arthur Thornton on February 2, 2023 at 5:09 am


  34. Arnel Mariano on February 2, 2023 at 5:10 am

    that size is perfect for me, is that frame safe to use for teardrop camping trailer?

  35. Astro Maddox on February 2, 2023 at 5:10 am

    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. 👍👍👍

  36. Mikell Miller on February 2, 2023 at 5:11 am

    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.

  37. kihei rc on February 2, 2023 at 5:15 am

    Looks far better than the harbor freight trailer! Thanks buddy for video.

  38. Prawn Star on February 2, 2023 at 5:15 am

    id weld the frame rather than trusting those bolts

  39. Kathryn Leblanc on February 2, 2023 at 5:17 am

    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???

  40. finchmeister08 on February 2, 2023 at 5:17 am

    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.

  41. sydecarnutz on February 2, 2023 at 5:17 am

    BTW. Your deck plan was awesome. I’m stealing that for mine. Thank you!

  42. hes Rey on February 2, 2023 at 5:18 am

    CONAN brother builds stuff!

  43. American Rambler on February 2, 2023 at 5:19 am

    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.

  44. Micheal SNd on February 2, 2023 at 5:19 am

    Harbor freight has same one for 300 bucks lmao

  45. R H on February 2, 2023 at 5:20 am

    Fantastic. Well done.

  46. nate2838 on February 2, 2023 at 5:20 am

    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.

  47. American Rambler on February 2, 2023 at 5:22 am

    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.

  48. Smoked_5.3 on February 2, 2023 at 5:23 am

    Not supposed to use chrome on impact good way to ruin your tools fyi but whatever gets the job done 😊

  49. Billy Pirtle on February 2, 2023 at 5:24 am

    What happened to the 5 x 10 thy used to sell 10 years ago.

  50. Bryan Brewer on February 2, 2023 at 5:26 am

    That’s a wonderful instructional video!! How do you register it for a tag?