It says it comes "with Chassis", so I'm assuming it comes with a frame, along with a tub, fenders (etc. all the items as stated on their site). The picture on the website looks like it has a frame attached. I'm also figuring it does NOT come with springs, axle (i.e.: "undercarriage"), electricals, etc. since they're not mentioned.
Seems like a lot of folks when they buy a used military trailer end up changing the axle to match their bolt pattern and possibly go wider to match their larger tires; so add an axle, wheels and tires to the mix. And you may end up doing a some rewiring if the wiring is original, so add some $ for that. And doing something with the springs to lift it to go with their taller tires, and shocks. So there's a good chance you'd end up buying some or all of these items anyway (axle, springs, electrical, wheels, tires) if you found a military trailer that "needed a little work" or wanted it to match your Jeep. So how much would that add to the cost of the kit? Minus the wheels and tires (and paint) I'm roughly guessing $500 - $700 dollars? You'd have essentially a new trailer when you were done with it. Of course you could spend a lot more if you were trying to make it look "authentic" with the lights and such.
Then compare that price to something like this (which seems like a very nice trailer):
And I don't know if the military repro trailer tub is close in size to Sierra's basic model ($3500) or wider (4'x6') at almost $4000 for the trailer. Tires included with the basic trailer are 225 x 75 15 Tire on 15” x 6” spoke rims.
Like those of us that would like to build a flatfender from scratch so we can make improvements to it as we go along, it might be nice to build a miltary trailer from scratch to build it the way you want it. Plus it would be nice to start with a tub, fenders, and frame that are rust and dent free.
I'm glad you found it interesting. It would be fun to see someone buy a kit like this and do a write-up on how they finished it off, and what their final cost was.
here's mine , CND M101 slightly modified, i built it a few yrs ago to pull behind my xj, might i suggest that you take a look over at www.expedtionportals and www.ih8mud they have some good trailer sections there , for the tent www.campinglabs my tent is the serrengetti trailer tent yes it is huge !! i often camp with the girlfreind and 4 kids,
if it were only the 2 of us i would have bought something much smaller , but i'll tell you this ,, sometimes it is really nice to have all the extra space,
i have been slowly.(very slowly) giving my trailer a makeover this winter cuz i bought a mango tango rubi, so the trailer dont match, the trailer will also be getting 35's soon, as the rubi will be lifted and 35's in the spring,
im almost done , i had it sandblasted , then i bedlined everything underneath and inside, i have modified the roof rack so it can be removed much quicker, and with 35's going on the trailer it would be 2'' too tall for the tent, im ready to paint just havnt had time,,
have you considered the hieght of the trailer and using this tent., you prolly will have to duck underneath it all the time to get in it, unless you are only 4 feet tall then all is good, the nice thing about the arb style is that the door is really protected from the elements,
here's mine , CND M101 slightly modified, i built it a few yrs ago to pull behind my xj, might i suggest that you take a look over at www.expedtionportals and www.ih8mud they have some good trailer sections there , for the tent www.campinglabs my tent is the serrengetti trailer tent yes it is huge !!
cool thread...but not one of those links are working. I tried both .com and .ca (thinking canada) but that didn't work either
Tell the truth.
Wow great build thread! Any chance you want to sell me your lid!
i could make you one, no problem, ok small problem, the shipping would kill you, send me your e mail address and i will send you my drawings, you could then find yourself a fab shop nearby and have one bent up and welded , ,
Yes sweet but way too expensive! If I had the $ Id get the Jeep brand camper ttrailer.
I know OP leans towards a cheaper solution, however just want to point out another option for others that may be viewing the thread.
There is a cheaper version of the Jumping Jack, made by the same company, called the Lifetime Tent Trailer. It's a little smaller (approx 5x7 instead of 6x8), and has some other differences, but it's about 60% of the cost of the Jumping Jack (you can catch them on sale at Costco for $3k sometimes).
I was looking at trailers for a few months before I finally decided on it. I just wasn't going to be spending north of $5k for a trailer, but $3k I could handle.
Had several benefits I really liked... Converts to a utility trailer, can put an ATV on top if desired, it's light, it's small, it's simple. And the sleeping area is almost a queen sized bed on either side.