How Do You Build a Kayak Trailer?

Kayaking is an enjoyable activity, but transporting your kayak can be a hassle. A kayak trailer can be the solution to this problem.

Building a kayak trailer may seem daunting, but it is actually quite easy. In this article, we will walk you through the process of building your very own kayak trailer.

Materials Needed

Before you start building your kayak trailer, you will need to gather the necessary materials. Here is a list of what you will need:

  • 2×4 lumber
  • 1×4 lumber
  • 2-inch ball hitch
  • Trailer axle kit
  • Plywood sheets
  • Screws and bolts
  • Metal brackets and straps
  • Lights and wiring kit for the trailer

Building Process

Now that we have all the materials, let’s get started with building our kayak trailer.

Step 1: Frame Construction

Firstly, construct the frame for your trailer using the 2×4 lumber. Cut four pieces of lumber to match the length of your trailer and four pieces to match its width. Use screws and bolts to attach them together and make a rectangular frame.

Step 2: Attaching Axle Kit and Wheels

Next, attach the axle kit near the center of the frame using metal brackets and straps. Then attach wheels to each end of the axle.

Step 3: Trailer Bed Construction

Now it’s time to create a bed for your trailer. Cut two plywood sheets to match the length of your frame and place them on top of it side by side. Screw them into place.

Step 4: Hitch Installation

Install the 2-inch ball hitch onto the front of your trailer frame. This will allow you to connect the trailer to your vehicle.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Finally, add some finishing touches to your trailer. Build a rack on top of it using the 1×4 lumber.

This will enable you to carry multiple kayaks on your trailer. Install lights and wiring kit on your trailer so that it is road legal.


Building a kayak trailer is an easy task that anyone can do with a little bit of effort and time. With this homemade kayak trailer, you will be able to transport your kayaks with ease and enjoy kayaking with friends and family without any transportation worries.

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Lindsay Collins