Today we undertook a big project. Assembling the Harbor Freight 1720lb trailer. The trailer is an attractive option for those that want the ability to haul large loads without owning a dedicated pick-up truck. The trailer retails for $354.99 but you can get it for under $300 by printing one of their 20% off coupons that are easily found on the internet. (google harborfreight 20%)
The real plus of this trailer is it so light you can pull it from almost any vehicle. The entire setup only weighs 260lbs. If space is a consideration they also have several trailers that fold up to fit easily against the wall of your garage. You can check out these options here.
Before the video I would like to give some tips for those of you ready to assemble this trailer…….. (Read them all before you begin and you may want to print them out!)
- The parts aren’t marked. Every speck on those instruction pictures mean something and it’s your only clue as to what rail to use.
- Sort and measure your bolts ahead of time. The last number in the instructions is mm of length. Use this to use the proper bolt at the proper time. If not you will be disassembling a lot.
- Leave all of the frame bolts loose until you are all done with the build. You will see in the video as I go through and tighten them all down. If you don’t do this your frame may not end up square and you will have to loosen them later to fix it.
- The first two rails you use are the ones with the stickers on them. This will help trust me.
- An impact gun is helpful but won’t make the project. Most of the bolts have you holding the nut with a wrench resting inside the frame channel. An impact will quickly wedge your wrench against the rail making it frustrating to remove.
- Be prepared to have blocks or jack stands to lift the frame 16” off the ground. When it comes to the fenders that tell you to assemble them while the frame is upside down. You will need to be able to raise the frame like in the video.
- If you use an impact on the fenders it can twist the alignment and you will have to readjust them. Just use a ratchet to avoid this.
- The dust caps on the hubs are a pain to remove. Before you break a finger here’s a tip. Insert a rod through the backside of the hub where the shaft should go and hit it with a hammer. There is a cotter pin in there that may get bent but it’s better than an injury. Make sure the rod you use is clean of debris.
- DON’T listen to the instructions for attaching the head of the hitch receiver. Attach the chain to the proper bolt first then do the rest of the receiver. I can see no way to do this in the order they suggest and it’s still a pain if you do it first.
- Have a full set of metric wrenches, sockets, and deep well sockets. You will need 16,17,19,20,22mm wrenches and that’s just what I remember. I had to leave and buy a 19mm box end in the middle of the build to attach the bolt that holds the chain.
- Build with a partner. Unless you’re a large individual and are confident moving 260lbs by your self get help. The video makes it look easy but trust me I was struggling by myself.
- The hubs look like they are assembled and greased but they are not. You still need to disassemble everything and grease the bearings.
You’ll notice in the video that I don’t assemble the lights or add the deck. My kit was short the bolts to add the light hangers and I have not picked up the plywood for the deck.