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Building a Float to Hold 10 People

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What materials would my school need to build a float to hold 10 people? Where could I get the materials from? How much do you think it would cost? How could I build it?

Emma from Small City, North Carolina

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October 21, 20080 found this helpful

First of all, you will need a bull vehicle and a trailer. If you use a bumper trailer you will need a pull vehicle with a trailer hitch rated for the weight of the trailer plus the people on it.

If you use a goose neck, you will have to find a truck with a goose neck hitch. After you secure the trailer and pull vehicle, then you will know your sizes and have a better idea of how to decorate it. What is your theme? Any restrictions?

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October 21, 20080 found this helpful

If there is no one in the community that has a trailer and pull vehicle, you might approach a car dealership or farm equipment dealership for the loan of these.

If this is a school sponsored event, then the school should be giving you a budget -- perhaps from the Student Council. The cost and how to build it depends entirely on the theme and type of things that are on the float. If you had a hillbilly theme (if that was somehow appropriate) you could use junk materials donated by people -- like old tables and chairs and other things to make the float look like a hillbilly cabin. If your theme is "school spirit" say, then you could have kids dressed in the teams uniforms, stuff from a variety of sports played at the school, fake goal posts or VB nets or whatever. You can buy that glittery skirting for floats at big arts and crafts stores or places that sell things for carnivals and parties. Google it for your area, or look in the yellow pages.

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October 21, 20080 found this helpful

A car trailer or hayrack are the normal things we use here for parades. Even pulling a LARGE boat on a trailer with the people doing different things on that--

OK need some axles with wheels--old trailer homes bases used to be the great stuff for making farm trailers, some angle iron for the frame work and then some plywood for the base. If you want it for more than the parade, consider building a car or snowmobile trailer. Better yet, borrow one--saves the cost, RENT it or BUY it for the $1 exchange from who ever owns the car/truck pulling it. That way their auto insurance will cover accidents. We borrow the body shop trailer regularly and do the $1 purchase. Otherwise they could be held libel if something happened while WE had it.

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October 22, 20080 found this helpful

Go to your local lumber store and ask for the materials for free in lieu of a of sponsorship on the float. Sponsorship is a sign on the float. Also. most lumber store have vehicles that they would drive, and they would use for free advertising. With the economy the way it is, it's all about free advertising and taking care of each other. Good Luck and hat's off to you for your commitment!

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