Well my craftsman dump cart bit the dust with this past weekends trip to the woods. It was a pretty nice 12.5 cuft poly dump cart, lasted only a year but atleast I bought it used for a bit less than half price. The last couple trips it developed two cracks which can be seen in pic, on front near center other on the front corner on right hand side of pic. But what killed it is when I was going up a pretty steep incline and the whimpy dump latch gave way and the thing dumped - I had several large cherry rounds in it and when they slammed against the plastic when it hit the ground it shattered. Made for a really long day loading the last half of the truck - driving it all through the woods being very careful with only a partial load at a time. Now I know they sell some nice carts but I really dont want to spend $500, thats more than I spent on the tractor! I could just get a pretty standard 17cuft metal cart and it might suffice but I'm thinking a little bigger. Here is my idea... Make a DIY trailer using a boat trailer. I can often find lots of old boat trailers on craigslist and if I could get it for say $100-200 I think I could build a really nice trailer. I have a 14' boat and the trailer for it could handle up to a 16'. Using mine for an example, I could cut the main beam right after they all come together and relocate the hitch there since I dont want it that long. That would take it down to about 7' long, still just a tad long but ok. I think its about 3.5' between the wheel wells, that should be ok I dont want it too much bigger than the track width of the tractor. About all I would need to buy is some angle iron or C-channel to put a few verticle risers on the frame and then around the top. I'd use PT decking or similar cut to the shape of the frame for a deck. The back would take a little more work but I should be able to fab something, maybe even a small ramp gate - that would surely help get the bigger rounds loaded up. Downsides I see to using a boat trailer is they have skinny tires, I could probably get some wider rims and tires but thats going to cost. Also I dont know if having the axle sprung would be good or bad. Dont want to hit a big bump and have it eject a round lol. I am open to other ideas as well. Some design considerations are: -will be pulled behind a garden tractor, currently my cub cadet 1000, I might attach a pic for reference -dont want it much wider than the track width of the cub, although I might put duals on it so a little wider than it is now is ok -want a ball hitch, even the 12.5cuft cart's pin hitch was egging out the pin hole with all the weight of wood bouncing around -decent height for ground clearance -preferably wide tires for light snow/mud -removable tail gate or ramp gate, dont want to have to lift rounds up over railing to get inside -lots of hitch weight, my small tractor is only 2wd, and that craftsman dump cart when going up hill would actually take some weight off the hitch -$$$$ would like to spend no more than $300 give or take -possibility of mounting a winch to it TIA for any advice I attached a pic of the trailer and my little tractor that can do quite alot for only 10hp!