Make a trailer from back half of cube van?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Janon, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. Janon

    Janon 993cc Geo Metro

    Aug 25, 2002
    Southern Ontario CANADA
    Any thoughts on making a trailer out of the back half of a 1 ton dually cube van? I know of many of these just sitting there ready for the scrap heap... and the boxs are all fairly good, fully enclosed, rear door, etc. If I were to cut off the driver/passenger compartment... just wondering how it would tow since it is a single axle but with dual wheels.

    Either way, these boxs would make excellent sheds... many are either fibreglass or treated steel.

  2. len

    len Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    central Ontario
    neat idea.
    what are these things worth?

  3. mikell

    mikell Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2002
    South West MI
    You need a good vehicle to tow them

  4. Kirk

    Kirk Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2003
    I would think you could do this the same way they do pickup beds into trailers. This would only be economical if they will give you the thing for next to nothing. In our local freebie auto trader there are all kinds of enclosed cargo trailers for under $4000. If they will give them to you cheap why not fix up the van half and have a cargo van, that way you dont need anything big to haul it with and can haul a trailer with it.
  5. bearkiller

    bearkiller Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Northern California
    Another great use for these old boxes is to remove the few bolts that hold them on the chassis, or don't if you are lazy enough, and simply bury the box in a prepared hole for use as a root cellar. A friend did this and lined the ground with black plastic and then stacked straw bales all around and over the top. Then covered all with plastic and backfilled the hole. Obviously leaving access to the entry door!

    Made him a quick prefab root cellar that was well insulated and lasted for years before the insulation degraded.

    Sure do like having John Deere living with me...makes all sorts of things more possible and even fun. For those of you with the inclination, the JD's with the two joysticks to operate the 'hoe, they are really very easy to learn to use from the just takes time and practice to get good with them. And there are so many homestead projects that are so much easier with the ability to move dirt in volume. Not all that much money either!

  6. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

    May 11, 2002
    If the box is significantly higher than your tow vehicle GPM will be significantly reduces due to the wind resistance. If used as a shed, be sure to put in screen ventilation to keep it from becoming an oven.

    Ken S. in WC TN
  7. since you live in ont. you will need brakes on it too travel the road . and may be tongue heavy depending on where the wheels are .they make great hay sheds or tool sheds!