Usually when you go to Harbor Freight for a trailer to haul your canoe or kayak, you'd probably look for the Haul-Master 600 lb. Capacity Boat Trailer. Makes sense, right? Not to everyone. It's not that the boat trailer isn't pretty great, itself-- it IS, as the customer reviews can attest!-- but what if you want something different,and still keep the price nice and low?
I recently found a slew of canoe/kayak mods made from Haul-Master utility trailers, and I thought they were so cool-- and share-worthy-- I decided to post them here:
On TexasKayakFisherman.com, a forum member who goes by the handle "G-Man" purchased a Haul-Master 1090-lb. Capacity 40-1/2" x 48" Mini Utility Trailer, extended the tongue and added two sets of bunkers for two kayaks--
-- and then, shortly thereafter, he modified it again!
Florida resident "venice" also shared his solution using the 1090-lb. Mini, adding a 6-ft. 2' x 2-1/2' piece of steel and a couple of kayak carriers.
He offers a detailed account of his project, including multiple pictures.
"The eyebolt in front is used to use a "Dog holder Y" which we used with our Golden, two clips attach to front of kayaks and the third to the eye bolt... this forms the "Y" I mentioned, the point of it is fast stop, etc., this restrained any forward movement of the kayaks. Overkill, I know, but..."
No apologies, buddy. Overkill is underrated. You found a sweet solution!
And as a final example of the 1090 lb. Mini, ... this is the best build using a Harbor Freight trailer as a base with no welding that I have seen so far! Check out MattD's post, once again compliments of TexasKyakFisherman.com.
"It started as a Harbor Freight trailer, a pile of SuperStrut and some scrap steel from the dumpster. I added a couple of coats of spray-on bedliner coating and a recycled battery box for tie-down and tools. "
Also on TexasKayakFishing.com, "smitty24," a Washington state resident, modified his 1720-lb. Capacity Super-Duty 4'x8' Utility Trailer--
"I welded some square stock to the side, slid a larger piece over it and mounted a flat piece of steel and the yakima carriers to that. I made the tongue movable, but I need to cut a foot or two off. I'm planning on adding a coffin type box in the middle so I can carry everything inside and keep it locked, but I want it to be removable too, so I can still use it as a regular trailer to haul stuff. It was actually pretty easy to do..."
You can click here to see additional photos of his work.
Finally, check out Marcel Rodriguez' modification of the Haul-Master 870-lb Capacity 40"x49" Heavy-Duty Utility Trailer:
Marcel replaced the tongue with a 14-ft. two-piece square steel tube, which he ran from the rear of the trailer, and created the rack from steel tube stock. The trailer can fit four boats comfortably and "could accommodate six." In the category of getting the most out of little space, this baby takes the prize! To really appreciate what he's done, you need to go visit his site.
That's it for now. But, explore the aforementioned sites, yourself-- and Google others-- for the awesome examples of kayak and canoe trailers made from Harbor Freight utility trailers. There's no shortage of them-- in probably every configuration imaginable-- including the one that best matches your needs.