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Old 05-31-2013, 12:15 AM   #181
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Thread is a horrible tease, I just want one.

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Old 05-31-2013, 09:42 AM   #182
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I'm beginning to work on the mold for the fiberglass hard cover.

The key design requirements:
  1. Two piece design so it's small enough to ship affordable UPS ground.
  2. Can be bolted together as one piece and hinged on the side or the end, or
  3. The two pieces can be hinged in the center to open separately
  4. Can support the weight of a roof top tent plus occupants or a rack basket with cargo
  5. Can be adapted to the original M100 and M416 trailers

Have I missed any important requirements?

I'm also working on a "quick release" capability, enabling the entire cover to be quickly and easily removed so the trailer can be used without the cover when needed.

I've posted these concept drawings on the 1/4 scale model before:



Here's another concept drawing on a photo of the prototype trailer...


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Old 05-31-2013, 09:43 AM   #183
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Thread is a horrible tease, I just want one.
Well the good news is that you can have one later this summer .
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:58 AM   #184
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I love these trailers. I'd also love to see some pics of how you make the fiberglass parts.

And I hope the army trailer gets to production soon. I want one badly!
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:19 AM   #185
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I love these trailers. I'd also love to see some pics of how you make the fiberglass parts.
Thank you. I covered the making of the mold masters, molds and actual fiberglass parts in the main build thread in the Trailer Adventuring Forum: Fiberglass M416/M100 Military-style Trailer Tub Kit

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And I hope the army trailer gets to production soon. I want one badly!
The company I licensed them to posted their tentative schedule the other day, they say availability in August/September.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:15 PM   #186
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the options seem to be endless.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:11 PM   #187
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Earlier today someone had this response to my mockup of the fender-mounted table:

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I saw the picture and first thing I thought of was me sitting at the table eating and a sudden down pour comes and I get soaked from the tent tarp... LOL.
I think he was mostly pulling my leg, but I responded to the challenge with a very simple solution...

A $4.49 Harbor Freight camo tarp should be able to attach to the tent window canopy support rods using the grommets that are already in the tarp. Then you can make two simple stakes to stick in the ground at the other end and will support that end of the tarp through the grommets at that end. Problem solved .

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Old 05-31-2013, 04:13 PM   #188
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the options seem to be endless.
My goal all along was to design a kit that the builder could easily customize to his exact requirements, while at the same time being easy enough to build that the average DIY-er could do in his driveway. I think I achieved that, I guess we'll see as soon as the kits start shipping and people start building them and customizing them to their needs .
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:27 AM   #189
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This would be perfect for back country wheeling trips.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:58 PM   #190
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Project update... I'm working on the the fiberglass hard cover now. I've finished the mold master, here it is waiting for me to make a mold from it...



The master is for half of the cover, two halves will either bolt together into a one-piece cover, or can be hinged in the center:



Another benefit to making it in halves is that it's small enough to ship UPS Ground.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:14 AM   #191
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The company reports that the mold masters for the tub kit have completed their journey from NY to OR and arrived at their fiberglass shop. They say they'll begin work on the production molds in a few weeks.



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Old 06-12-2013, 10:27 AM   #192
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I've been calling the prototype military trailer an "M72", meaning 'military design, 72" long'. That's the same length as the original military M100 and M416 trailers, so that's the length I built the prototype. But I designed the assembly of the tub and the molds that make the parts so that any length side panel can be made in the same molds. During the design phase of the project, I made up a 1/4-scale M72 model, and a 1/4-scale "M48" model:



The Harbor Freight #90153 1090 Lb. capacity 40-1/2" x 48" utility trailer is a popular and inexpensive platform for building DIY trailers, and can often be had on sale for less than $200 with a coupon. The fiberglass tub is the correct width to drop right on to that Harbor Freight frame. For a budget-based start, the original HF wheels, tires and fenders can be used. The 1/4 scale model below uses models of those original HF parts. I also built the model with a Jeep-style tailgate, but it could be also built with two solid end panels and no tailgate. Here are a few photos of the "M48" 1/4 scale model:



I did a quick photo edit of the M72 trailer to come up with a rendition of the M48 in a military theme, with Jeep wheels and tires and the larger fenders:



An "M60" version of this trailer would be a good length for a trailer-top tent. There is a ready-to-roll 60"-long military style trailer on the market already, so there must be some interest in that size. So here's an edit of the same photo depicting an M60:



And for comparison purposes, here's the original M72 photo that I edited for these shorter models:

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Old 06-14-2013, 10:37 PM   #193
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...are you selling franchises???
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:20 AM   #194
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...are you selling franchises???
I have licensed the design to a company that will manufacture and sell the kit. In addition to selling kits to people, that company is interested in signing up people/companies that would build and sell completed trailers to people who don't want to build their own. So if by franchise, you mean you'd like to be in the business of building completed trailers for sale based on this kit, I can put you in touch with the right person for that. But I'm not in business selling these, I do this as a hobby, and once I license one of my designs to a company, I'm pretty much done and then I move on to my next project... as soon as I finish the prototype fiberglass hard cover for this trailer, I'll move on to my next project .

Just finished the mold for the hard cover yesterday, next I'll mold the parts for the prototype cover:

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Old 06-24-2013, 02:31 PM   #195
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Put me down to purchase one. Are you planning on selling them as kits? I am going to pick up one of the Harbor Freight trailers this weekend and start working on building it plus getting tags, etc. Your set up is looking really great. I actually went out and purchase an old M416 but it had no title and needed a ton of work so I sold it. Starting over with building one from the HF base.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:33 PM   #196
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Sorry, did not completely read your last post. I see you talk about you not selling them but turning your design over to a company to sell as a kit.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:13 PM   #197
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Wow, great looking trailers and designs.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:28 PM   #198
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I really like the design and information you've shared. Would you be open to sharing a better (more easily read) version of instructions for the HB trailer modifications. I would like to work on this project when the kit becomes available... but would love to get a jump start on the base trailer.

Can you disclose who the licensee is?

Thanks!
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Oh, and how difficult do think it would be to make this trailer water tight?
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:51 PM   #200
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I really like the design and information you've shared. Would you be open to sharing a better (more easily read) version of instructions for the HB trailer modifications. I would like to work on this project when the kit becomes available... but would love to get a jump start on the base trailer.

Can you disclose who the licensee is?

Thanks!
He got several links to a forum describing how to build it, plus just a few post back you will see the company that will sell the kit plus a link to them. Just read the whole tread, it is long but full of information.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:59 PM   #201
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Thanks for the help... must have missed it.
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Oh, and how difficult do think it would be to make this trailer water tight?
Sorry I didn't see the posts recently, my email provider has decided that email notifications from most forums are now spam. .

The tonneau cover that will be available from the company that's going to be selling the tub kit is waterproof:



There will also be a fiberglass hard cover option, that's waterproof too. Here are a few photos of the prototype fiberglass cover, not painted yet:



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I really like the design and information you've shared. Would you be open to sharing a better (more easily read) version of instructions for the HB trailer modifications. I would like to work on this project when the kit becomes available... but would love to get a jump start on the base trailer.

Thanks!
Full instructions and plans for modifying a Harbor Freight frame for this tub kit start here: Fiberglass M416/M100 Military-style Trailer Tub Kit.

If you've got any questions about the mods let me know.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:02 PM   #204
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I got the cover assembled and installed.







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A few more photos.







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Next I'll throw the tent on top and take some photos of that.
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The other side:



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Old 06-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #208
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Just a thought on the top. If you made it in quarters you could have it fold in half length ways or across the tub or solid. It may also help on the issue of size for shipping. Love your designs.
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Just a thought on the top. If you made it in quarters you could have it fold in half length ways or across the tub or solid. It may also help on the issue of size for shipping. Love your designs.
Thanks. I considered making the cover in four pieces, but that would make it more expensive, and I'm trying to design something that's as affordable as possible. A four-piece cover would require two molds instead of the one that's required as I've done it, and there would be more separate parts to mold/trim, so more labor cost. The two-piece cover I've made can ship UPS Ground, so there probably wouldn't be any shipping savings either. But I did consider it and then ruled it out in favor of the two-piece design.
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Makes a lot of sense. It's actually nice to see someone looking to bring a good product to the masses without fleecing them in the process. Never would have thought of the molding and staffing.

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