Recently updated on September 7th, 2023
Trailer toads are a very practical way of transporting your home with you. They have the advantages over bigger vehicles such as cars, boats, and vans in that they’re cheap to run, cheap to buy, and can be constructed by anyone with any amount of experience.
If you’re planning on building a toad, make sure that it’s for the right reasons. I converted my old trailer into a trailer toad, and here is how I did it.
So, “How to build a trailer toad?” Lets dive in..
How to build a trailer toad
Step 1. Find a suitable trailer.
You probably want a larger-sized trailer for hauling heavy loads and with gears so you can lower the launching RPMs. You may be able to get one free from a road-building or bridge department.
Step 2. Adapt the trailer brakes & steering
If you have a large enough trailer, and if your car is light, then you can use the vehicle’s brakes and steering to operate the trailer. If you get a larger car like an MGB, you need to install trailer brakes.
Step 3. Install trailer lighting
You can use the original trailer lighting, but you need to run the wires over to your vehicle. You can also install turn signals if you want them.
Step 4. If don’t have a large enough trailer, then make one
To do this, you remove the axles and tow hooks and replace them with a pusher axle. The pusher axle is slightly smaller than the original, extending out to push the trailer along.
Step 5. Make the brake lines
You need to make a brake line from the master cylinder on your new vehicle and run it over to the front of your trailer.
Step 6. Mount your Gas Tank in a Safe Place
I used an 8-gallon air compressor with steel straps welded on for mounting, and I drilled holes in the trailer frame to bolt it down.
If you are eager to road-trip and are afraid of the costs that come with towing a trailer, then a toad is the right choice for you. You can convert your old trailer into a trailer toad-like this and move on to explore the world cost-free.
Hope you find my solutions on How to build a trailer toad and ways helpful.