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Old 10-24-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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Trailers, trailer hitches, and more. BUDGET FRIENDLY?

I am hoping to get a good thread going around your jeep-towed trailers, how you tow them, what you put in them, etc...

My next dream is to either build/rebuild an m416 like this:
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Anyone know how much a trailer like that goes for? Where to find a cheap one to restore? etc...

Will a bumper hitch suffice, and what type of receiver should one get? A standard ball hitch, or a pintile hitch? What wheels/tires do you have on your trailer, how much were they?

The key for this thread is ECONOMICAL trailer builds. One could go buy a sweet one for $4000 but who has that kind of money. Tips and tricks for a budget friendly trailer set up.

Where is the gnarliest place you have gotten your trailer? What has been your experience with towing one with a jeep?

What do you think???? Post pictures and details...

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Old 10-24-2011, 05:13 PM   #2
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I got my trailer for free on CL. Some sanding and painting, new wiring and lights and new wheels is all it took.



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Old 10-24-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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Check craigslist.

I see them all the time for around $500-900.

Army Military M105A3 Trailer. Over 10 grand new. New 22.5's.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:00 AM   #5
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M416

Lots of plans for this one.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:34 AM   #6
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i pull my little 8" polar bear utility trailer and my 14" aluminum fishing boat with my 2.5L. have a standard Uhall class 3 hitch on the back and soon hoping to have a home built 2" receiver up front
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:36 PM   #7
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Lots of plans for this one.
I'm about to start redoing my m416. I'd love to see more on that top. Do you have a thread somewhere with details?
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:48 PM   #8
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I am hoping to get a good thread going around your jeep-towed trailers, how you tow them, what you put in them, etc...

My next dream is to either build/rebuild an m416 like this:
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Anyone know how much a trailer like that goes for? Where to find a cheap one to restore? etc...

Will a bumper hitch suffice, and what type of receiver should one get? A standard ball hitch, or a pintile hitch? What wheels/tires do you have on your trailer, how much were they?

The key for this thread is ECONOMICAL trailer builds. One could go buy a sweet one for $4000 but who has that kind of money. Tips and tricks for a budget friendly trailer set up.

Where is the gnarliest place you have gotten your trailer? What has been your experience with towing one with a jeep?

What do you think???? Post pictures and details...
OP, I just picked up an m416 off craigs list. I paid $400 for it and it's in fairly rough condition. They are getting hard to find and they don't last long when they are posted.

As far as the hitch goes, I'd want it tied into the frame in one way or another. The stock bumpers are thin as beer cans. I'd be fearful to attach to much weight to them.

I'm going to run the pintle hitch unless I decide that I hate it. I would think a ball hitch would be to limiting in offroad situations. Theres a company that makes an offroad u-joint type hitch system that looks to me like the best option, but I don't know who they are or how much they cost. For me, I have a million things I need to do before I start worrying about he hitch system. Like rust, bearings, tires, etc....

Keep your eyes on craigslist. They can be found ocassionally. If you have a smartphone, download the craigs list app and plug in a search. It will notify you when ads matching your criteria are posted. Being the first to call is the key to craigs list. Also, your local jeep club would be another place to keep an eye out. It is afterall your fellow jeepers that have bought up all these trailers.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:57 PM   #9
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Thats a really cool set up c-adam!

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