Trailer Hitch Cover

The constant exposure to the elements concerns me in regard to the trailer that house sits on. Although I have no plans to move the house, perhaps one day I will want to or need to. What I want to prevent is rust and decay from taking too much of a toll on the substructure. The tires I have covered with RV wheel covers and that prevents the damaging UV radiation from drying out the rubber. This will only go so far though to prevent deterioration. Beyond that I have bought a spray that it supposed to coat exposed (metal) surfaces and hinder or slow rust. Haven't used that yet but may do a post on that as well. Any further suggestions in this regard are certainly welcome. 
One thing that I knew I could protect was the trailer hitch assembly as that has always been exposed to the rain, snow, etc. My plan was to create a triangular sloped cover and attach that to the side of the house. This is what I wanted to cover. 
 It has a natural triangular shape and that is what I sought to mimic.
 Cut was made out of a standard sheet of plywood (4'x8').
 Used some 2x4 supports to brace the underside.
 Also added a center beam which was to simply lie on top of the hitch. The back of the triangle was to mount into the outer cedar uprights of the house with a sturdy eye and hook hardware.
 With the triangle done, checked for general fit. 
 This was the intended slope, so that water and snow could run off. 
 I had some spare siding still left and wanted it to look as nice as possible. 
 I marked up the plywood with the lengths siding I would need for each row. Trick was to attach the very first small board with one centrally placed nail. This allowed me to adjust and straighten all subsequent boards before nailing them on. 
 With the 10 rows arranged (with overlap), I nailed them all into place. 
 Final step was simply to trim off the overlap. I like this picture since it has a very menacing Star Wars, Death Star feel to it, no?
 Here is the finished product. Looks pretty good and I'm glad I did it before the snow hits the area. 
 Only point of concern is the unsupported middle section close to the house. I may need to brace that from below, since I have noticed that dripping water from the roof that refreezes on here is pretty heavy. As it is, the piece is pretty easy for one person to put on or take off via the hook and eye attachments I described above. An added benefit is that the power and water entry points into the house are covered now as well. If I were really ambitious, I'd put some sides on this as well but that will have to wait. 

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  1. That's a important fact while designing a trailer - "added a center beam which was to simply lie on top of the hitch". I also tried it for my own custom made trailer.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Car Trailers

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  2. Good! I'm glad that was helpful.

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