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Old 03-14-2011, 12:15 AM   #1
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My Tub Trailer Build

I Just wanted to show off the trailer that I am building, I like seeing peoples comments and ideas, I'm sure having fun building it!
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:39 AM   #2
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Nice work! What's your timeline for finishing? Keep the pictures coming.

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Old 03-14-2011, 01:10 PM   #3
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Nice it's even got soa
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:21 PM   #4
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I like how you brought the Jeep emblem to the trailer portion. One of these days I would love to build one of these...it would be perfect for hauling camping gear. Keep us updated with the pics
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:39 PM   #5
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Nice work. Is that shedule 40 in the corners? How did you radius the tops? Very neat idea. Would deffinitely make trips in the Jeep easier.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:01 PM   #6
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Thanks for the comments guys, I'm hoping to be able to use it this summer and would like to finish it say April/may-ish, for the corners I just went down to my local steel yard and bought a piece of the thinest wall pipe I could find and cut it into 1/4 sections, for the top I just made a lot of small pie cuts and formed the radius. I'm kinda bummed cause Americas tire called last weekend and said that my wheels are in but my BFG KM2's are on national backorder with a minnimum of 7 weeks out .
Heres the latest pics of the frame.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:11 PM   #7
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Really good looking work-I can seethings like this (in my head) but have NO skills in actually making them. Is there a plan to use a duster/deck cover with belt rail system, or you using custom cover or leaving open?
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:06 PM   #8
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Looks good so far, can't wait to see the finished product... would love to do something like this just have to find a donor on the cheep...
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:47 PM   #9
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I'm still up in the air on a cover, and I guess being that I'm in Oregon 'n' all I should figure it out since it rains here like 10 months out of the year. I do know that I am going to put a rail around most of upper part of the top that has the same styling as my ARB rocker guards. maybee it would be neat to modify a hard top to fit it?
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I'm still up in the air on a cover, and I guess being that I'm in Oregon 'n' all I should figure it out since it rains here like 10 months out of the year. I do know that I am going to put a rail around most of upper part of the top that has the same styling as my ARB rocker guards. maybee it would be neat to modify a hard top to fit it?

Maybe a hardtop in the summer soft top in winter...just kidding. If you don't need the height, a plywood deck covered with vinyl to match a factory soft top would give you a lockable security. What are you planning between the receiver end on the tongue and the receiver on the Jeep hitch? Or are you going to install a regular tongue hitch?
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:57 AM   #11
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Well... up until about 2 or 3 weeks ago I was going to purchase a hitch that is made for off road trailers, I think its called teh max hitch or something like that, but when I went to purchase it I about fainted at the cost of it , sooooo...... I am going to have to make my own, I have looked at many different designs and will probably end up just putting my own little creation together. After shipping and all the little fees/tax they add on it was well over the 300 dollar amount.
I'm hoping that this weekend I will be able to work on the floor of the body, I decided to have a floor piece made at a local fab shop ( for strength reasons) with rolled beads and pinchwelds, if it is done by friday I'll be in business. I'll post pics if it comes in.
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You could look into a pintle hitch...these will allow flex on offcamber situations offroad. If I ever decide to build another offroad trailer this is what I will put on.

Something like this...

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Old 03-16-2011, 12:26 PM   #13
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I've had A couple trailers that had the pintle hitch. Super loud and clunky, but they sure do offer a wide range of motion.
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I've had A couple trailers that had the pintle hitch. Super loud and clunky, but they sure do offer a wide range of motion.
I agree. I would only put one on a trailer I knew was gonna go offroad.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:21 PM   #15
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Looks awesome!!! Keep us updated I love this idea!
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:26 PM   #16
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They might be loud, but the military has used pintles for years because of the articulation. What about a large heim joint like this:

QA1 XML12 QA1 Rod Ends

$30 with a 3/4" bolt and a 28K lb rating. You could make a receiver for your hitch with a 3/4" cleavit pin
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:54 AM   #17
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ooooo I haven't seen the heim joint thing yet, that looks kinda cool
I wonder if anyones done that yet? I do like the whole pintle thing too, cause its tried and true, I think it would be neat to see a heim joint hitch, well.... off to the the web I go to see what i can see!
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:25 PM   #18
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love the trailer! i have been thinking about doing the same thing,i never thought about cutting out the jeep logo and adding it to the front. (nice touch)
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I love it and I have a second tub sitting around that's pretty much junk in the front but has a good back half.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #20
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Very nice fab skills. I like the Jeep logo as well. The pintle hitch is the way to go. IMO
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:09 PM   #21
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Well I did not get any phone calls today telling me that my floor pan was done (sigh), I was hoping to be able to finish the metal work this weekend on the body. looks like it will be next weekend.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:07 PM   #22
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Where did you pick up your trailer axle?
I have a trailer project starting up as well...
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:37 PM   #23
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Newberg Steel. (503) 538-3232 They have a nice selection of trailer parts in stock. I paid $199.99, It comes with everything you need; Axle (hub to hub), lugnuts, springs, u-bolts, nuts and plate, shackles, shackle nuts and bolts, and shackle mounts. AND! the really cool thing is that it is made by Rockwell.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:52 PM   #24
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Very nice build if I wasn't already 40k into my tjs id be inclined to see how much you want to build another, its those little unnecessary touches that take extra time like the jeep panel and fabed corners not spare tub corners that make "custom" builds truly custom.
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Looks great. Keep the picts comming.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:25 PM   #26
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this is cool but did you say your putting km2s on it lol?
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:40 PM   #27
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i love how you put a hitch on the back so you can still put a bike rack or somthing on there
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:27 PM   #28
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Yep, I have 33X10.50X15 BF Goodrich KM2's on my TJ, you can see it in the background on one of the frame pics. I want to be able to rotate my trailer tires into my jeep and also just want to standardize. And yes the hitch on the back is exactly intended for our bikes, we are a party of 5 and it is always a little bit of a challenge to get the bikes along with us, and we put a ton miles on our bikes. I did set the body on the frame and took the spare tire (KM2) off of my jeep and mounted it on the spare tire bracket for the trailer and the bike rack just barely cleared the spare tire (PHEW!) I can tell you that I am getting al little antsy for my floor pan and tires to show up. I have this huge sense to HURRY UP AND WAIT! its killing me.
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Came home Friday night to a message on the machine from the fab shop saying that my floor was not done Arg!.......BUT! it will be done this week . SOOOOOO being the kind of man that I am, I decided to make lemonaid out of lemons and GO Wheelin.
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OK, I'm excited to get it going again! I picked up my floor from the fab shop! hopefully can get it installed this week. more to come.
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