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Old 05-13-2013, 10:54 AM   #121
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Yet again you amaze me with you handie work!!! Nice stuff...
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:43 PM   #122
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An actual M416 frame...



And the Harbor Freight version...



A possibly biased comparison :

Both are of steel c-channel construction. The M416 frame might be a little more substantial, but the HF side channels are a not-too-shabby 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 5/32, so both seem adequate to the task.

The HF frame has center backbone which also serves as a mount for receivers front and rear. Nothing like that on the M416 frame.

The M416 frame is welded, the HF frame is bolted. If you've got a welder, the HF frame can be welded too.

The M416 frame has a lunette eye coupler. I've stuck a lunette eye in the front receiver of the HF frame for this photo, but because it's got a receiver, a ball coupler or a 3-axis can swap right in.

The M416 has a non-adjustable landing leg; this HF frame is equipped with an HF tongue jack.

The M416 frame has 16" wheels with military NDT tires; in this photo the HF frame has 235/75-15's, although it also runs Jeep Moab 16's.

Paint. A simple scuff and the HF frame was ready for its olive drab paint. The typical M416 frame will need a little more paint prep .

The M416 frame tongue is fairly short, enough for maybe two jerry cans. The HF frame tongue is long enough for a 24" rack basket (from HF) and still will allow enough room for a Wrangler side-swing tailgate to swing open. The tongeu on the HF frame is more on the lines of the type found on the Adventure Trailers Chaser, with room for lots of kit:


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Old 05-13-2013, 05:11 PM   #123
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Got the trailer assembly completed today...





The bed liner is a perfect match, but it does have more of a gloss than the paint, so to the camera it shows up a bit lighter.





Tomorrow I'll swap on some Jeep alloy wheels and tires and wider fenders and shoot some more photos. In all of these photos the trailer has 9.75"-wide stock NOS M416 fenders.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #124
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A few more photos...







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Old 05-13-2013, 08:02 PM   #125
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:11 PM   #126
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I want one.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:14 PM   #127
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This morning I'm trying on different wheels/tires and fenders. I also put the tonneau cover on. This first set of photos has the stock M416 fenders (9.75" wide). The tires are 235/75-15's on Jeep 15x6 steel wheels (same as yesterday's photos).







I'll do these same 3 poses with all three sets of fenders so you can compare to see what you like .
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:15 PM   #128
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In this set of photos I've mounted the M100-style round fenders, although these are 13" wide to cover the 265/75-16 tires on Jeep Moab alloy rims. Because the center hole of the Jeep alloy wheels is too small to fit over a trailer hub, I've also installed 1.25" spacers.





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In this set of photos, I've swapped on M416-style wide fenders (13" wide), with the same 265/75-16 tires and Jeep Moab wheels.





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Old 05-15-2013, 10:27 PM   #130
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mighty impressive!!!
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:00 AM   #131
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The basic trailer is done, but I still plan to make the molds for the fiberglass hard cover. Here's what it would look like in olive drab:

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I was wondering if the data plate are reproduction pieces or something you had made up. They really help complete the look! After 24 years of service, I naturally am drawn to data plates.
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I was wondering if the data plate are reproduction pieces or something you had made up. They really help complete the look! After 24 years of service, I naturally am drawn to data plates.
I found it on eBay for about $14.00. Search eBay for "M416 data plate" and you should find a bunch of them.

I stamped mine with my name as the builder name and the date I completed the build, you can't see the stamped letters too well in this photo though...

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Have you ever thought about producing one specifically for these new trailers? These would work and probably fool some folks. I am not try to make a trailer exactly like a real M100 or M416, it's just that I like the look and the utility of such a design.

I may only use it a few times in a year, but it sure would be handy. Saving up my pennies and bottle returns waiting on the finished product!
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:24 AM   #135
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Have you ever thought about producing one specifically for these new trailers? These would work and probably fool some folks. I am not try to make a trailer exactly like a real M100 or M416, it's just that I like the look and the utility of such a design.

I may only use it a few times in a year, but it sure would be handy. Saving up my pennies and bottle returns waiting on the finished product!
I haven't thought of making a specific data plate for this kit, but if a company signs up to market this kit and wants to produce a data plate for it, I'd be happy to do the artwork. Same thing with the decals, I made up the sort-of military decals you see in the photos of the completed trailer, if a company wants to offer decals those could easily be made available as well.

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That is pretty darn awesome. Certainly understanding that this was the prototype, assuming no company wanted to pick this up, what would you charge to build one up?
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That is pretty darn awesome. Certainly understanding that this was the prototype, assuming no company wanted to pick this up, what would you charge to build one up?
Thank you. If no company signs up to market this kit, I'll keep the molds here for possible future use, but I don't have any plans to mold any more kits at this time so the one pictured in this thread is likely the only one I'll build. I will probably sell this one when I'm done with it, I've got too many trailers already .
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Since it's spring and the hopefully the last of the snow is gone up here (it actually snowed a few flurries within the last week!), I decided to roll all the trailers out of the garage for a spring wash. The two Jeep-tub trailers had been used in the winter and had gotten dirty, so it was overdue. Here are some photos of the fleet.

The black trailer is a fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer, it was the prototype for the Dinoot trailers, which are now commercially available as kits (Dinoot Trailers - Dinoot Jeep Trailers).

The military trailer I just finished building, it's also a fiberglass kit. The kit is likely to be licensed by a company for production.

The yellow trailer I made from the back half of a YJ and the back half of my LJ after I cut the LJ in half to make a pickup out of it. It's my "parts getter workhorse" trailer. For example, this winter I brought a Jeep Wrangler tub home on top of it.











Obviously I've now got too many trailers now, so I'm going to sell the black one. I've got a different pair of tires and wheels for it, as soon as I can get them installed (the ones on there now are part of a set of 4 I need to keep) and swap a few things out (the jerry cans won't go with it, for example), I'm going to list that trailer on Craigslist and eBay.
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That green looks so good and would so match my jeep.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:34 PM   #140
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Your skill and ingenuity are amazing this is really great work. I really like the M100 with the split top running the length. You have inspired me to start a project of my own, I really need a trailer for camping gear so my dog can ride in the back.
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I like the black one, when u gonna list it on Ebay and what kind of price u looking to get?
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I like the black one, when u gonna list it on Ebay and what kind of price u looking to get?
I expect to have it ready before this weekend, so I'll probably list it then. I'll let people know when it's being listed.

I plan to put a reserve on the eBay listing. The reserve will be set to significantly less than it would cost someone to build/equip/paint it.
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I found some photos of a nicely restored original M100. They were in similar poses to the ones I had taken of my fiberglass M72 prototype, so I thought it would be fun to do a comparison.

Some of the differences...

The original doesn't have a tailgate, and I've built the M72 prototype with one, although you could build an M72 with solid end panels at each end instead of a tailgate panel at the back if you didn't want a tailgate.

In the photos below, the original has its original military NDT tires and the original narrow fenders; the M72 prototype photos show larger Jeep wheels and tires and wider fenders.



Below: I didn't quite have a similar pose with the M72 wearing round fenders and steel wheels, so the upper right photo below has M416 fenders instead of M100 round fenders. The bottom photo has M100-style round fenders, although these are wider to fully cover Jeep-sized wheels/tires.

I built the prototype frame with a longer tongue than the original to allow for the rack basket and extra cargo space.

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A couple of days ago when I posted the photos of the fleet of three trailers I said that I had too many and would soon selling the black one. I just listed it on eBay: Jeep Trailer - Highway/Offroad in Trailers | eBay Motors

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Are you willing to ship to New Mexico 87114? Do you know what the would entail? It notes that the seller is responsible for shipping so I am assuming not. I really love the army tub but I'm not heavy in the pockets.
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Are you willing to ship to New Mexico 87114? Do you know what the would entail? It notes that the seller is responsible for shipping so I am assuming not. I really love the army tub but I'm not heavy in the pockets.
If the buyer arranges shipping, I'll do whatever I can to help with that shipping. I could drop off the trailer at the shippers terminal if that would help.
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What zip code is the trailer located?
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what zip code is the trailer located?
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Jeff, will you be posting here when/if a manufacturer licenses your military trailer plans?
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Jeff, will you be posting here when/if a manufacturer licenses your military trailer plans?
Yes. A deal is very close to being finalized.

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