I know im not the most avid poster on this forum, but its awesome to go on and research about the ranger.
Well, I am thinking about starting my own project and i am open to any amount of criticism. I know i will get a lot because of the nature of this idea is a little redneck, but the end results will be worth it!
So here goes. My idea is to take a 16-18 foot tandem axle trailer (preferably 16 foot, but its whatever i can get cheaper) and make it into a Hot Tub Trailer. It will be designed so that the hot tub sits at the rear of the trailer but also so that some of the weight is on at least one of the axles so it is not to heavy in the rear. (Rule of thumb is to load your trailer heavier on the front i believe) Then butted up against the hot tub will be 2 benches on either side to hot 2 people per bench. They will be facing each other and there will be a little walkway in-between the benches and a step to get into the tub. Then there will be a walk way to get on or off the trailer on both sides. Finally the front of the trailer (Where it hitches to my truck) will be a grill in the center and then on both sides of the grill will be counter-tops to make burgers and such with cabinets underneath.
In addition to the benches, the seats will be able to lift up to reveal a cooler on the one side and a series of car batteries on the other (To power the hot tub and the radio). Also I am hoping to install a marine stereo and speakers into the trailer under one of the cabinets on one of the sides of the grill.
To recharge the batteries (Or if I decide to not even put the batteries in there) there will be an option to run a 30 amp rated extension cord to my apartment building.
Here is are a few drawing of it:
This is a contributor to my idea that i found searching google for this sort of thing:
This is also another contributor and i want to do something similar to my finish of the trailer as this. (THis is also where i got the grill idea)
I am working on designing this in AutoCAD 2005 and also Photoshoping my idea. Ill post more pictures as soon as I can.
You may be asking what is the point of this, and I have a very legitimate answer and other reasons. This idea is something I always wanted to do to the bed of a truck, but then a trailer works so much better. I am a college student and the College I go to is Olivet Nazarene University (Summer home of the Chicago Bears). I live here during the summer as well. Home is only 45 minutes away. Anyway, we are required to live in University owned apartments until we are a 5th year senior, until we are 23 years of age, or if we are married. Its stupid I know. But we are not allowed to bring a hot tub into the university owned housing. I like hot tubs and the girls that it brings
so I figured the next best thing was to make this on a trailer and park it outside. It also be sweet to go tailgating with.
I would not pull this with water in it. It would be parked and then filled with water and chemicals added. (My truck cant handle towing that much weight)
If your wondering about it costing a ton, the most expensive thing is the trailer. If you know or have a 16 foot trailer tandem axle flat bed trailer you are willing to part with, let me know. I can get hot tubs for free if not really cheap off of Craig’s list. I also have a buddy who works for Pools.com and he can get me a huge discount on chemicals and he is working on talking to his boss to possible supply me with a tub and any addition parts that I may need if I get a tub off of craig’slist.
So if you want, tell me what you think and if you can help in any way. Like I said, I will post additional pics ASAP. I’ll be working more on them as you read this.
Thanks ! and criticism is welcome! If there is anything I need to consider that I have not yet, let me know.