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Old 09-02-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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M1101A1 (aluminum)

Does anyone have any pics of a JKU pulling one of the newer 3/4 ton trailers? Are they really too tall to match up correctly?

I know they are rated at 1400lbs which does not leave much room for cargo weight but would still like to see any pics if available.

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A couple years ago I was exploring this possibility and came to the conclusion that while the M101 is a very stout trailer, it is built for a larger tow unit than the JK series. While "I could DO" the frustration and temptation of the MFG tow rating would be too much to long endure.

And behind my JK it really was an obvious mismatch.

I'm totally happy with my M100 Bantam.

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M105 i bigger than the m1101. The m1101 IIRC is made to be pulled behind a Hummer, so I think it will be slightly large behind a JK.

I have an m101a2 that I currently pull behind my WJ. Which is being replaced with a JK when ever my 2014 comes in. I have seen some pictures of them behind slightly lifted JK's and think that trailer will be fine behind it. I had a bantam T3-c before the M101, and it was a little to small for my needs.
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I looked at one for sale and it was very tall. I doubt it would pull well behind a JK
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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A couple years ago I was exploring this possibility and came to the conclusion that while the M101 is a very stout trailer, it is built for a larger tow unit than the JK series. While "I could DO" the frustration and temptation of the MFG tow rating would be too much to long endure.

And behind my JK it really was an obvious mismatch.

I'm totally happy with my M100 Bantam.
I would definitely prefer the m100, m101 bantam, m 416 or similar others, but the ones I have been able to locate nearby are in too poor shape for me to consider. I have found a couple that are refurbished and reasonable, but too far to go!

This is the m1101 that I waslooking at and it seems it would not need much work, but I feel it would bee too big and also look out of proportion.
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And I would not normally run it with the tarp and rails but like the option for camping.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:07 PM   #9
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I would definitely prefer the m100, m101 bantam, m 416 or similar others, but the ones I have been able to locate nearby are in too poor shape for me to consider. .
how about a fiberglass one?

Fiberglass M416/M100 Military-style Trailer Tub Kit

price scale is probably a tad different though
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how about a fiberglass one?

Fiberglass M416/M100 Military-style Trailer Tub Kit

price scale is probably a tad different though
I looked at those also but really don't think that's the route I want to go unless I can't find a 416 or similar.
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Are you hooked up to this or just parked in front of it?
Parked..........
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how about a fiberglass one?

Fiberglass M416/M100 Military-style Trailer Tub Kit

price scale is probably a tad different though
I looked at those also but really don't think that's the route I want to go unless I can't find a 416 or similar.
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Parked..........
Lol. it looked like it would be hooked to your spare! These trailers must be really tall,.........too tall!
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:39 PM   #14
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I had the M102/105 series hooked up to my Ram 2500 a few years ago. The Ram hitch was 7" higher than the JK. While I only went a couple miles down a flat road, there was considerably more trailer back there than I needed.

One of the pleasures of the M100/416 series, is what you go through FINDING one that meets your needs....then buffing it out a bit further. There is the reality the bottom width is under 48" so if you carry plywood flat, you're out of luck.

Of course, there are multiple alternatives to that as well.

I continue to be satisfied the M100 is the perfect size/weight/capacity for the JK general use.

A huge variety of similar/slightly larger liteweight trailers are on the market. Google is your friend. Cash is King.

Happiness is a M100. It weight about 500#, leaving plenty for reasonable loads. I put 1500# of pellet sacks for a delivery to friends 200 miles away. That 2000# total load was noticable. If the trailer tare weight 1400# there's precious little left for cargo weight, regardless of the space available.
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Well I finally ran across a deal I could not pass up on a M416 trailer!!! It appears to be in rough shape, but it mainly needs some TLC, a little body work, and paint. So for you guys, I have two main questions:

1. Where/what is the best paint to get to match my Sahara Tan jeep? I am not necessarily needing a 'perfect' match either, but the closer the better.

2. The tires appear dry cracked, and I feel I should replace them. The previous owner used this trailer to travel from AL to CO a couple of years ago with no problems, but I would like to just go ahead and find two new ones to go on there. Where can I find reasonably priced military tires to go on it? what should I expect to pay for these?
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Does it really have to be military style? Options sure do open up if it does not.
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Well I finally ran across a deal I could not pass up on a M416 trailer!!! It appears to be in rough shape, but it mainly needs some TLC, a little body work, and paint. So for you guys, I have two main questions:

1. Where/what is the best paint to get to match my Sahara Tan jeep? I am not necessarily needing a 'perfect' match either, but the closer the better.

2. The tires appear dry cracked, and I feel I should replace them. The previous owner used this trailer to travel from AL to CO a couple of years ago with no problems, but I would like to just go ahead and find two new ones to go on there. Where can I find reasonably priced military tires to go on it? what should I expect to pay for these?
1. Any body shop can give you the paint code, it is also on the drivers door opening of your JK.

2. https://www.universaltire.com/firest...itary-ndt.html
Firestone Military NDT - 700-16 - Military & Truck - Tire Applications
If you want new, they are not cheap, but check e-bay for used tires.
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That's a beauty. If you are rattle canning, lovely bluff from valspar is damn close to Sahara tan
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As far as the paint goes...

If you want to rattle-can the trailer, I'd go to the dealer and get the smallest touch-up paint container they have that matches your Jeep.
Then paint a little sample on a sheet of paper and take that with you to the hardware store and try to match it up.

I did that with my MR2 project.
I used the touch-up pen to actually touch-up the car (Toyota Super Red II), but used a Rustoleum red to do the paint work on a rebuilt battery tray in the engine bay.
Saved around $50 that way, and it looks really good.

Edit: spankinkopita beat me to the punch and already knows what matches!
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If I were u I wouldn't even consider painting it without first using POR-15 on it. I have a similar trailer and did many hours of research.



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Old 09-16-2013, 05:54 PM   #22
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If I were u I wouldn't even consider painting it without first using POR-15 on it. I have a similar trailer and did many hours of research.



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Also, there is a nice m416 on Craigslist in Peoria IL for $800 painted if anyone up that way is interested.
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Thanks guys. I have a bit of a build thread. No link as im on my phone but its called 'general's M101 build'.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:28 PM   #24
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re: paint: if you're into a serious rebuild, consider powder coat....considering the cost of quality automotive paint, the difference is not all that much.

re: tires. Cooper has similar UDTs and cost; and there is another cheap site I ran across here a while back....but lost the link. It shows up in various google searches using various mil.tire searches.

It's a most soothing hobby, to seek/find M416/M101 etc stuff.

There's even multiple dedicated sites that can turn out amazingly accurate metal name plates & equipment ID tags on order.
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I'm picking up an M416 on Saturday if all goes to plan. If you are going to re-condition this one I'd really suggest getting it sand blasted. A was said, get everything but the tub powder coated. Then paint the tub to match with a quality 3 stage system, epoxy primer, base coat/ clear coat. It will not be cheap. Also, I'd suspect there are some pin holes in the tub that will need to be addressed. Metal can be fixed but it takes time and patience.....or money! I can't wait to get mine started. I found a clean one that is useable as is for a few months until after a trip I have planned.

You don't have to get e OE tires. You can get any tire that will fit. I personally like the look of the OE tires and will be buying a new set when I get mine. Heck, they should last quite a while.

From there there are endless ways to make it your own. Read read read, then plan, read some more, then start building.
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Does it really have to be military style? Options sure do open up if it does not.
I guess not necessarily as long as I don't sacrifice any payload.
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I've seen a lot of Jeepers pulling all kinds of trailers.....the ones smiling the MOST were the .mil style....

I've seen some really well thought out similar size but with racks for elevated tents &/or kayak supports.

IMHO the single most essential design part is the physical size/weight of the trailer.

M101 was perfect at OEM 500#. They pull empty like nothing is there. Full of nearly anything, they are usually within or near spec for load rating. Within load rating it is a LOT more enjoyable to tote ANYTHING.

The most creative modular design variations I've seen are on Builders Corner as shown by jscherb.
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Well I got it taken apart and sanded down to the metal. All of the bolts were surprisingly easy to remove! I used a twisted wire cup brush on a side grinder to get the old paint and rust off. There were a lot of small dents and blemishes in the tub that I do not have the experience to remove and do not want to deal with a body shop due to time and cost. There were also a lot of holes drilled in the tub over the years. These were welded and ground flat.

I Decided to go the rattle can route and primed with rustoleum red oxide professional. 15oz can on sale for $5.27 at lowes. I painted the frame,axles,and wheels with rustoleum black that was also on sale same price. I coated the bottom of the tub as well as the inside with aerosol rubber undercoating. Tomorrow I plan to reassemble the frame and touch up anything necessary. I will be painting the outside of the tub with rustoleum professional almond that is a very close match to Sahara tan. Below is a pic just after all priming was applied. Hopefully I will have pics of completed project by tomorrow evening!
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great start!!!!

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