Can I really build a kit in my garage?
Yes you can. With the exception of the first few steps in the build process, you'll be building your kit on your newly completed trailer frame....which means that if you have the space to park a trailer, you have the room needed to build the kit. For what it's worth, we built the first Rally Point in our backyard under a big pecan tree. As redneck as it sounds, it works!
I've never built anything...can I really do this?
Again, yes you can. Your trailer kit was designed by engineers using the latest CAD software, and was produced using a computer guided router that follows that CAD program precisely. Your trailer frame, fenders, spare tire carrier and roof rack were all cut and welded by professional welders, ensuring that everything fits together exactly as designed. We also have a complete library of build videos detailing how to complete each step of the build process.........but if for some reason you get stuck we're just an email or phone call away.
You've got this, but we've got your back if you need us.
With that said though, if you're still not comfortable giving it a go solo, you might think about attending a build workshop, building with a buddy or even hiring a third party to build your kit for you. Where there's a will, there's always a way!
How long does it take to build a kit?
11 days, 6 hours and 32 minutes.
OK, we're messing around a bit. Build times are determined by a multitude of outside factors including the builders work schedule, kids activities, your honey-do list, etc. To give you a reference point though, in our workshops kits are completed without interior finish out (paint, flooring, etc) in one and a half weekends and and 2-3 hours a night during the week.
What kind of tools do i need?
The most commonly used tool in a build is a good cordless drill with a #2 Phillips screw tip. Following that, you'll need a small trim saw for final fitting/trimming the rafters, a trim router with a flush cutting bit (can be rented at most Home Depot or Lowes stores), a caulk gun, a hammer and some 100 or 120 grit sandpaper.
A small finish nail gun (either battery or compressor driven) makes things a LOT easier, but a regular hammer and finish nails will give almost the same results.
what other materials will I need?
Exterior paint, caulk, screws and construction adhesive. You'll also want to finish the interior of your trailer with either paint or stain, exterior grade carpet or vinyl flooring
why don't you supply tires and wheels in a kit?
For multiple reasons. First is their weight....a kit shipped with three tires/wheels (2 mains and 1 spare) weighs in at around 75 lbs each or an additional 225 pounds, plus the weight of any packaging material. That extra weight and bulk equate to higher shipping costs. To us, it seems smarter to buy your tires and wheels locally .
Secondly, the overwhelming majority of folks want to match the tires and wheels that are on their tow vehicle. Why? Because when you're on the trail pulling your trailer you now have an extra spare (for the tow vehicle or the trailer) if needed.
The third reason has already been mentioned, but it bears saying again...it's generally cheaper to purchase your tires and wheels locally and avoid the cost of shipping, especially when you consider that they will still need to be mounted and balanced at your local tire shop.
what if I screw up?
That's actually pretty hard to do, but as with everything else in life sometimes things happen. If something does go wrong in your build, don't sweat it......remember that everything in your kit can be repaired, rebuilt or replaced, and we're just an email away to help get you headed back in the right direction.