Hunting trailers are critical pieces of equipment for many hunters, no matter the game or the environment. Yours should contain all the gear you might need during your trip, from sleeping arrangements to emergency supplies. Making a DIY trailer is possible, but you have to know what you’re doing.
Here’s how you can create your own hunting trailer in six easy steps.
Get the Right Cargo Trailer
First, you need to identify the right-sized trailer for your hunting needs. An enclosed cargo trailer is your best bet because of its sturdy frame and versatile capabilities. If you bring tree stands, blinds or an ATV, you’ll need more space and thus a bigger cargo trailer. If you’re looking to create something simple, a trailer in the 6×12 range will be sufficient (assuming you’re not abnormally tall).
The trailer should have two entrances for easy access: the side door and a drop-down ramp door. Floors and walls are also important factors. Most cargo trailers have strong plywood interiors, which will enable you to install a freezer, cabinets and other accessories. They can also handle any stains that might get inside the trailer, which is inevitable during hunting.
Start With Utilities
Once you find your trailer, you should first take care of the utilities: electricity and heat. You could rely on portable lights and dress warmly to brave the elements, but your trailer will be much more comfortable with these features installed. Add LED overhead lights to the inside and on the back of your trailer so you can butcher the meat and enter/exit the trailer without issue.
Put a portable heater in a safe spot inside the trailer. It shouldn’t touch any object that might be a fire hazard. You might also want to bring a small fan in case things get too toasty or you need more airflow. Lastly, bring some portable chargers for your various electronic devices. You should never risk losing your sources of communication while hunting.
Take Care of Your Kill
Next, install a freezer, table and safe storage space for your butchering tools. These items are essential for taking care of your kill and getting it home safely. Sanitation is priority one when preparing the meat, so make sure you include these supplies:
- Clean foldable table
- Game bags
- Disposable rubber gloves
- Multiple cutting boards
- Soap and hand sanitizer
- Cloths and paper towels
- Reusable plastic bags
This equipment should have a designated corner inside the trailer. This corner is your “work” area, while the rest of the trailer should be reserved for storage and relaxation.
Make a Cozy Sleeping Spot
Your trailer should be plenty big enough for a cot. Find one that fits your body and set it in the corner opposite the freezer. A sleeping bag is a safe bet, but you should also bring sheets and blankets to make the arrangement as comfortable as possible. You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is before a big day of hunting.
Add Plenty of Storage Areas
Along with your hunting gear, butchering supplies and mechanical tools, you will gather more stuff as you use the trailer more. Things like hand warmers, scent killer and extra food/clothes will take up space quickly. That’s why it’s important to add plenty of storage space now rather than later.
Mount a few cabinets and hooks to the wall and bring storage bins that fit under your cot. The more storage space you have, the better.
Bring Some Entertainment
You’re going to kill a lot of time in your trailer on long hunting trips, so make sure you pack your trailer with some entertainment. Books, portable gaming devices and other such items will keep you occupied at night when you’re not on the hunt. Bring a TV, gaming console, and mobile power station if you want to be fancy. Just keep the noise levels low!
Personalize Your Hunting Experience
A trailer with the right layout and necessary supplies can make your hunting trips more enjoyable and successful than ever before. However, you don’t need to drop thousands of dollars on a fancy new trailer. This guide will help you create an inexpensive DIY trailer to your liking, making you a better hunter and craftsman in the process.