I cant take credit for this since I do not have the welding skills but I am having a friend take care of that.
I picked up a M416 trailer a few months ago and I am finally getting around to working on it.
End goal is something along the lines of this...
So far it has 3" of lift and I just installed a new set of 35x12.5 general grabbers. They are mounted on the same rims as my LJ so if I do manage to get a flat, the spare off the Jeep will work on the trailer as well.
Here is a general mock up of what is being done for the flares. The ones that I had on it were no where near as wide as I needed so we are making custom width flares that will be weight bearing as well as an area to the front and rear where I can eventually attach jerry cans or something along those lines.
Next on the list is installing the CJ7 tailgate and starting the frame that will support the ARB tent. It is going to be a slightly more complex design than I have seen others do. The tent has to be at least 6' off the ground so that the annex room can be used. Due to the weight of the tent I wasnt all that comfortable having such a high center of gravity. For this reason the frame is going to be collapsible. It will sit at the needed 6' when set up, but for travel it will be around 4'.
Thats all for now but I will update as progress is made.
I stopped in and took a look at the progress he is making and I was very impressed. I am sorry about the quality of the pics since they were taken on my cell phone but this is the fenders for the most part completed )minus a few little things like tail lights) and the rack at its transport height. It raises up 2ft for when I want to set up camp and attach the ARB annex.
That looks fantastic!
If you get a chance, could you get some close-up pics on the fenders, like where it bends up & over the tire?
I've been wanting to build something like that for my trailer, so I can mount my fuel "outside the box".
" ... Nobody said it was a good plan. It's like somebody went through an actual strategy and replaced every instance of the word 'tactical' with 'balls out.' ... "
Full height so ARB annex can be used (well it can go another 12 inches higher but there really isnt a need.
Few fun liitle pics next to his stock M416
Pretty much its 95% complete.....just need to pretty it up a bit with paint and bed liner.
On a side note if anyone in the CT area needs any custom work let me know and I can put you in contact with this guy. As you can see he does some amazing stuff and pretty much has a full shop in his garage.
Truly a great looking trailer. This is exactly what I was thinking about building.
How much do the M416 trailers usually run? Depends alot on condition and location. I tend to see stock to slightly modded run between $500-1500
Didi you use a different axle that the one the trailer had originally
Still using the stock axle but it has 3" suspension lift and wheel adapters so I can run the 5x4.5 TJ lug pattern. This way I only have to carry 1 spare between my rig and trailer
Originally Posted by Double_Trouble
A few questions
- What supports the base of the tent not supported by the frame on the trailer? Its hard to understand w/o seeing it in person but the floor is a special reinforced metal honeycomb with really beefy hinges. What little support thats needed is provided by the ladder
- Do the tires rub on the fenders?
Between the 3" lift, back spacing on the rims, and complete custom fenders .....there isnt anything close to rubbing
- What's the total cost for your project? Trailer, materials, tent, labor.
-Trailer was $900 with the 3" lift
-Rims $55 X2
-CJ gate $100
-Trailer box $75
-Metal and random materials $800
-Labor I cant put an amount on because I was fortunate enough to have a fellow jeeper local that pretty much has a complete shop in his garage. I traded his services for some aftermarket goodies I had. The guy did some amazing work too and all I had to do is pay for materials!
Total somewhere around $3.5k
It could have been done much cheaper but I went a bit fancy with an adjustable rack, rear tailgate, 35" tires, ARB tent with lower annex, and a bunch of random other goodies. Many people buy a cheaper version tent and just mount it to a fixed height rack and call it a day. That route can be done in a fraction of the time and much much cheaper.
Considering the Jeep brand version sells for around $12k and other lesser known brands around $8k I am very pleased with the outcome of my trailer. If you are serious about building one of your own or buying one already made I strongly suggest checking out Expeditionportal.com . Its a great resource to get support and ideas....they even have some nice trailers pop up in the classifieds. My main issue was that most of the nice trailers that come up for sale are all the way out west so there isnt much in New England.
I have just begun my little trailer project. Before I find yours here, I had planned on building mine close to want you have so I was pleased to see that someone beat me to the punch. Which means less thinking on my part. So I hope you do not care if I borrow a few ideas. I was considering an adjustable mount for my RTT also because I am putting a cap on mine and want to be able to access the tub when the tent is extended. Would you mind giving me the dimensions the outer and inner box tubing you used for uprights? Another thing that I would love to see is how you did the frame in the tailgate? Thanks so much!