How Do You Make a Kayak Trailer?

Kayaking is a great outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But, transporting your kayak from one place to another can be a hassle, especially if you don’t have a proper trailer. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps on how to make your own kayak trailer using simple materials.

Materials needed:

  • 2-inch PVC pipes (8 feet long)
  • PVC pipe cutter
  • PVC connectors (elbows and T-joints)
  • 3/4 inch plywood sheet
  • Jigsaw or circular saw
  • Screws and bolts
  • Drill machine
  • Bungee cords or straps

Step 1: Measure and Cut the PVC Pipes

The first step in making a kayak trailer is to measure and cut the PVC pipes. Cut the pipes into 4 equal lengths of 6 feet each using a PVC pipe cutter. These pipes will form the frame of the trailer.

Step 2: Assemble the Frame

Using T-joints and elbows, assemble the frame of your trailer. Connect two 6-foot long pipes with a T-joint at each end to form a rectangular shape.

Then add two more 6-foot long pipes to complete the rectangle using elbows at each corner. This will serve as your trailer’s base.

Step 3: Cut and Attach the Plywood Sheet

Cut a piece of plywood sheet into a size that fits snugly inside the frame of your trailer. Use screws and bolts to attach it to the frame securely.

Step 4: Add Crossbars for Support

To add support for your kayaks, add crossbars made from PVC pipes across the length of your trailer. Cut four 2-foot long pipes and attach them to the frame using T-joints. Place them evenly spaced on the trailer, leaving enough space between them to accommodate your kayaks.

Step 5: Secure Your Kayaks

Finally, secure your kayaks onto the trailer using bungee cords or straps. Make sure that they are snugly secured and will not move around during transport.


  • You can paint your trailer to make it more visually appealing.
  • Make sure that the PVC pipes are firmly connected using elbows and T-joints.
  • When transporting multiple kayaks, add extra crossbars for support.
  • Test your trailer before using it for a long-distance journey.

In conclusion, making a kayak trailer is an easy DIY project that can save you time and money in the long run. By following these simple steps, you can create a sturdy and reliable trailer that will make transporting your kayaks hassle-free.

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Lindsay Collins