How to build an ATV Trailer with no experience

Just by the mention of ATV Trailer, you begin developing those fond childhood memories of pulling your truck out in the yard. Dumping your toys, dry leaves, and hiding all the toys from others, even hiding things.

Now that we all are grown up, ATV trailers are of great use for daily use, for construction workers, movers, and gardeners, etc

Homemade ATV Trailer

Many companies provide a pre-made ATV trailer, but you don’t like the wheels on it again. But love the wheels on a Moto Alliance; on the other hand, the hitches have low frames.

But those who make the whole beast from scratch are nothing but geniuses, and I have extreme respect for them. Although the machine doesn’t look beautiful as company-made, it has all the amazing aspects company-made doesn’t have.

Also, those customized are no comparison to company-made in workability and features. The process is beautiful and exciting for those who understand the details, and hard work goes into the process.

Step 1: Choosing the right kind for you

There are various kinds of ATV trailers, and each kind is modified for the type of use. These variations mostly differ due to the nature of work, bearing load capacity, and maneuvering capacity.

Types of ATV Trailer

There are two types of ATV trailers when categorized in broader aspects.

Single AxleTandem Axle
Specifically, this ATV Trailer has a single axle with one set of wheels. These are mostly used in hauling smaller loads, mostly for gardening supplies, domestic uses, for larger gardens and yards.

Consequently, these ATV trailers cannot carry heavy goods and don’t have that kind of cubic feet capacity required for industrial uses. If you plan on using these on construction sites, carrying large wood logs, etc., these will not work.

Incase used for heavy loads, the construction and suspension may give way and may cause some damage to the ATV or trailer.

Some ATV trailers have a tandem axle, which has two sets of wheels. So these wheels are naturally located very closely together, mostly towards the center of the trailer.

This balance is very important as it helps carry loads and divide the load of the goods carrying on ATV trailer. When taking tracks on rough terrain, it also helps absorb the shock of keeping goods in place.

If your work’s nature involves hauling of larger and heavier material, Tandem Axle, also known as Dual-axle, is highly recommended.

Step 2: Things to consider before making purchases

There are a few considerations that you need to make before you start building your ATV trailer. First, you have to be sure about your usage; either it is too heavy, too light, or moderate to unpredictable.

When you have figured out the use, there are some other important factors. Let’s dive into them one by one without getting you dizzy.

Towing capability

ATV Trailer hauling small trees

The only reason we can begin to talk about trailers is when it connects to your ATV. For that reason, we must understand in various ways it can be connected.

For instance, most trailers come with a simple pin that attaches the two. It surely is the best option for the trailers used for light or domestic use.

Another way of attachment is ball mount; in this configuration, the attachments are different from standard pin configuration. Comparatively, it is sturdier, used for heavy loads and rough terrains.

Weight limit

Most companies measure the load capacity of ATV trailers in cubic feet. When carrying goods and using ATV at construction sites, things of both natures can be used in ATV trailers. Some objects may be heavy but small in size, similarly, long and lightweight objects too.

But keep in mind the weight limit that your ATV can carry because then having that particular trailer will no longer matter. Roughly, ATVs carry the loads around 800 pounds to 1600 max, giving you a rough estimation of the weighted trailer.

The machine has to be well-build in structure, with sturdy tires and suspension that does the deed right.

Tilting bed

It may not sound so important, but again it sure is. Clearly, loading goods on the ATV Trailer hitch is effortless, but it may get tricky when you have reached where you want to unload the goods.

With some maneuvering trick and tilting, the ideal ATV trailer should tilt like a breeze and unload the goods as second nature. Some hitches even provide you with pivoting the bed without putting effort in tilt into the desired position.

Side frames

Side frames sure are a blessing but then when it comes to taking huge loads around. These frames ensure safe delivery to the destination and even keep small objects inside the hitch.

But when you need to carry larger logs that don’t even fit inside?

Now, these frames can become hindrances when you must carry long wooden logs; that’s when making a customized ATV trailer becomes even more interesting. Ideally, side frames can be removed or slide down to flat panes to give extra room for larger goods.

Step 3: Components Needed To Build An ATV Trailer

Some factors are very important to contemplate when planning to purchase material to construct the ATV trailer.

  • Material

ATV on a heavy duty trailer

The use is hugely determinant of the selection of the material for main construction. Generally, used materials are aluminum, steel, or plastic in the construction of the ATV trailer. Mostly, aluminum is a widely used material out of three.

Ideally, aluminum is super lightweight; hence it reduces the weight for the ATV, moreover, helps you to reduce the weight that it accumulates with goods that it carries. Furthermore, when used together with water and in wet areas, it is good for rust-resistance.

In case your work involves hauling only heavy, especially when used on construction sites, steel is the best bet for you.

While they add up their weight, they make the most durable ATV trailer to carry weights without getting damaged. However, they become costlier than aluminum, but again, durable to use for rugged and tough use.

Lastly, we have plastic, and these are handy for very lightweight domestic-like work. For instance, moving smaller stones, dry leaves, or removing mud, etc.

  • Wheels

They are a vital component to make an ATV trailer. The tires define the use; either they may be used nicely or abused without remorse. Often, except for run along on tough terrains, they maneuver to dump off the load.

Moreover, when used for smoother surfaces, the tires must comply with; the best bet would be tires that run on any surface. Most importantly, they should be compatible with the wheels of the ATV.

  • Bed-lift

Ideal most ATV trailers hydraulic bed-lift, these kinds of assist make the whole work process a breeze but can be slightly heavy on pockets. If you don’t need hydraulic assistance and work can be done manually, they are a cheap option.

Moreover, spring-loaded assist, pulley assist, and cable are made if the nature of the job dictates.

  • Hitch

There are various options of hitch available to select, from plastic to aluminum and steel. That can be selected or resolved on the nature of the work.

Step 4: Acquire a proper plan

A plan designed by a professional or engineer is more sound and stable for long term use. There are several options available all over the internet that would take your through the step-by-step guide, taking care of mechanics and specifications.

Step 5: Let’s Built this!


Now that you have all the essentials with your power tools, you need to start working on the base first. The base is the most important part of all, so you need to be meticulous in detail and make sure it is level.

You may think your much leveled concrete floor is leveled, but it may not. It is always best to check with a leveler; else, you will be building it all wrong if the base is not leveled.


Ideally, the next step would be to build a tongue; it sure is like a tongue sticking out of the base. Essentially, this part has to be longer and stronger because it does a lot of work and may snap if not proportioned well.

To make the tongue sturdier, you could always take a flat bar that would connect the corner of the frame to the tongue. This sure would do wonders in case of turns, shifts, and tricky terrains.


Now comes the part where you can place the axle after finding the right spot after taking measurements. This part can be hold-off for even later, but again it depends upon the design too. This is the best time to finish off all the work needed on the lower side of construction.


It’s best to build the frame first and then weld it on the base. Anything that needed to be installed on the cargo bed can be done around this time. Moreover, you can utilize any space you want just about now. If you wish to make any fixed or movable side frames, you can work on it around this time.

Safety Chains:

Every county and country has different policies for the trailer; you may be fined for not having safety chains on your trailer.

After building your trailer, you can take a spin on safe off-road terrains because, without a license, it’s not safe to drive the trailer with your ATV on the road.

Now that you have done it all, pat yourself on the back and enjoy your creation. You did good!