Trailer Rack No Weld System Overview

Trailer Rack No Weld System Overview

Trailer Rack No Weld Bracket System

Compact Camping Concepts’s Trailer Rack No Weld Brackets now allow folks with basic DIY skills and tools to build sturdy, long-lasting trailer racks.  The brackets help you to make solid corner connections with no welding required. Made in the USA and offered exclusively by Compact Camping Concepts!

Tools necessary:

  • Drill with 5/16” bit
  • A 5/16” wrench and socket
  • Square
  • Way to cut tubing

There are three ways to buy the No Weld Trailer Rack Bracket System:

  1. Purchase a bracket set and source your 1.5” square tubing locally to keep cost down.
  2. Purchase a bracket set with precut 1.5” square tubing sections.
  3. Purchase a complete rack ready for painting and bolting together.

To build a trailer rack: what you are basically doing is creating two hoops and connecting them together.  The hoops can be side-to-side in the front and rear, or front-to-back on each side.  You connect the hoops together to increase the overall rigidity of your rack.

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Hoops side-to-side in front and rear
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Hoop front-to-back on each side

The primary bracket of the rack system is the corner bracket.  With corner brackets, there are two types of joints.

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Where a corner is formed
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Where a tubing section intersects another.

For applications where the racks will attach to a flat deck or pad, we have a base bracket.  Rack uprights can also be bolted directly to the side of frames and trailer boxes.

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Base brackets
Trailer Rack by Compact Camping Trailer
Attached to side of a frame

Begin by determining the shape and size of your rack.  I do this by sketching the planned rack.  Then use the sketch to figure out the number of brackets needed and the tube lengths.

Trailer Rack Planning to Build
Plan your trailer racks with a sketch

Once you receive your brackets; the first step is cutting your piece to size.  This could be done with a hack saw, but that would take some time.  A better way to cut your tubing is using a 4.5” angle grinder with a cutoff wheel attached.

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Trailer Rack Building with Trailer Rack No Weld Brackets and Tubing

After you have your tubing cut to length, assemble the pieces on the floor the way they go together.

Trailer Rack No Weld Brackets and Tubing How To
Assemble Your Trailer Rack on the floor first

Then, one section at a time, position the brackets at the joint positions, square the joints up and mark the bracket holes.

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Square the Joints and Mark the Bracket Holes
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Bracket Holes

Now you drill the bracket holes.  If you have a drill press available to you, this makes keeping the holes straight through the other side easy.  If not, it isn’t that hard to do with a hand drill and clearance drill as needed with the brackets if any of the holes are off-center.  For quick assembly post painting, I make joint-to-joint reference notes on a piece of tape, then fold it into the tubing.

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Drill Holes for Brackets
Trailer Rack No Weld Bracket Tube Marking
Trailer Rack No Weld Kit, Tube Marking

Then painting can be as simple as a quick scuff up with 220 sandpaper, a wipe down with something like xlyene to clean and a coat or two of enamel rattle can paint.

Finally, assemble everything with 5/16” x 2 1/4″ bolt, load up whatever you plan to load on your rack and get out for some fun.

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Trailer Rack mounted on Jeep Style Dinoot Trailer with Roof Top Tent

There is a Tventuring thread with additional pictures and information at No Weld Trailer Rack System.

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