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Old 11-29-2016, 09:26 AM   #1
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Let me see your Camper!!!!

Hey guess, I couldn't find a tread about this yet, and even if there is one whats the harm in starting another one.

Can you guys show me what your pulling! Im looking at travel trailers being pulled behind a JKU. and if you don't mind giving me specs for wheel and gears. and if your feeling really giving, tell me about gas consumption and other issues you have faced.

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Old 11-29-2016, 09:58 AM   #2
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Here is my Manley ORV.

It is the Original model, with 29" Yokohama Geolandars, but upgradable to 33x12.5 without suspension or fender modification.

Dexter Torflex axle, 3500 lb hubs, 5 on 4.5.

I added the Yakima rack bars on their camper shell mount brackets, and some customization. The tongue box is a plastic DeeZee.

Just added Monstaliner on the interior of the tub about a month ago, and added heavier duty tiedowns at the same time.

I had Manley make the ball coupler about 4 feet longer than normal and drill an extra set of holes so that I could extend it out, and carry my 17' canoe and kayaks on it.

When the trailer is empty I don't even notice it behind the Jeep. The trailer is just shy of 800 lbs. empty. When I first pulled it back from Ohio after I bought it, I got 20 mpg the whole way.

Fully loaded with my camp gear or vacation gear, but nothing on the rack, it might drop me down 1mpg with 4-500 lbs in the trailer. When I start putting my canoe and kayaks up on top of it, it will knock off 2-3 mpg. I've towed well over 1000 lbs of rock or gravel or wood or whatever in it quite a bit (it doubles as a great utility trailer), but that's mostly around town and I don't pay attention to the mpg.

My Jeep is a Unlimited with auto transmission and 3.73 gears. Narrow 33" Cooper ST MAXX tires on OEM wheels, Rubicon shocks, and Rubicon 10A HD OEM springs.

I also have a Max Coupler for it that I use when off pavement.

Based on my experiences here are things I would recommend in a Jeep trailer:

- a m416 style trailer is perfect behind a Jeep. So many people ask me if the trailer came with the Jeep. Perfect size, shape, track width, payload capacity, everything.

- Make sure it has a tongue receiver. This way you can swap out couplers from ball, to pintle/lunette, to Max Coupler. Gives you lots of options.

- It should also have a rear receiver for accessories, spare tire, and strapping other people out offroad.

- Get something that can double as a utility trailer. You will use it so much more as a utility trailer and is much easieir to justify when you can use it to work around the yard or move stuff. Based on the utility uses alone my trailer has already more than paid for itself.

- A Torflex axle or other similar independent or progressive suspension axle will pull MUCH smoother when empty, than a standard axle with leafs.

- Don't get a heavy trailer. Get the lightest trailer that will meet all your requirements.

- If you get a trailer with sides/tub, get a top for it whether it's a soft or hard shell top. Make sure the top is somehow removable, and easily. It really opens up your options for carrying stuff.


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Here is my Expedition Portal thread about it: Manley ORV Original - Expedition Portal

Expedition Portal is also a good place to spend hours of time looking at Jeep trailers. The Expedition Trailers forum section especially.
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I'm a car camping flatlander, so I am working on a 5x10 V nose cargo trailer.
First trip last weekend, now I know what I need to do to finish it up.

Took about 1.5 mpg off normal pulling it an avg of 65mph. I have a 6 speed with 3.73 and 35's. Can't even tell the trailer is back there for the most part.
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Did someone say show me your trailer??!! I look for every excuse to show this off. It's a kit from Dinoot built on a Harbor Freight frame. 3500lb axle with Willys Wheeler wheels and tires.



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Ummm, so everyone missed the mark. Let me rephrase it, Im looking to see Campers...Thanks, and those trailers look awesome, but not what Im looking for haha
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Ummm, so everyone missed the mark. Let me rephrase it, Im looking to see Campers...Thanks, and those trailers look awesome, but not what Im looking for haha
Dammit.....but I still got to show it off.
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Ummm, so everyone missed the mark. Let me rephrase it, Im looking to see Campers...Thanks, and those trailers look awesome, but not what Im looking for haha
Maybe start anothet thread since your title is fixed.

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I am just getting started on my trailer...

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light weight and easy to pull.
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[QUOTE=ExitLeft;28157393]Did someone say show me your trailer??!! I look for every excuse to show this off. It's a kit from Dinoot built on a Harbor Freight frame. 3500lb axle with Willys Wheeler wheels and tires.


I recently looked into doing one of these. Really like the look and it seems fairly easy to put together. Can a larger rooftop tent be used on these with that rack system you have or would it require some custom square tubing built more into the base of the trailer? Thanks
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You are limited to small pop-ups ,pups, or some A liner models. Any type of regular TT is to likely to over load the Jeep. Look at your owners manual.
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I'm a car camping flatlander, so I am working on a 5x10 V nose cargo trailer.
First trip last weekend, now I know what I need to do to finish it up.

Took about 1.5 mpg off normal pulling it an avg of 65mph. I have a 6 speed with 3.73 and 35's. Can't even tell the trailer is back there for the most part.
Hey tsyj, did you finish the inside like a teardrop? If so lets see some pics. That's exactly what I want to do.
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Did someone say show me your trailer??!! I look for every excuse to show this off. It's a kit from Dinoot built on a Harbor Freight frame. 3500lb axle with Willys Wheeler wheels and tires.


I recently looked into doing one of these. Really like the look and it seems fairly easy to put together. Can a larger rooftop tent be used on these with that rack system you have or would it require some custom square tubing built more into the base of the trailer? Thanks
I will refer you to Jeep Trailer Kits for any specific info. Yes, there is some bracing on the inside. I've seen a lot of guys online that have mounted roof top tents. There's even an option for different types of load bars, I think. You should check out their website and forums.
I built mine mainly for utility use and extra storage on vacation. I'm not much if a camping person. This was just a fun project for me
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Title changed to "Campers".
Fail, still says Camper.




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Following THIS shit..

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I'm a car camping flatlander, so I am working on a 5x10 V nose cargo trailer.
First trip last weekend, now I know what I need to do to finish it up.

Took about 1.5 mpg off normal pulling it an avg of 65mph. I have a 6 speed with 3.73 and 35's. Can't even tell the trailer is back there for the most part.
NIce set up.. Lovin it
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i personally, like this; Action Camper .. don't know how your guys' forum works.. but I;; give it an upload shot from my phone. It's flippin awesome. I figure I need 3.. 1 for Ice Fishing, 1 for summer and 1 for well.. jus Jeepin.. HA!
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Is this cheating?

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Hey tsyj, did you finish the inside like a teardrop? If so lets see some pics. That's exactly what I want to do.
I am in the process of it. I literally only had time to pull the stock plywood, wire it throw a couple windows in, and insulate it before my trip last weekend. I have a build thread at TNTTT if you want to see what I am doing: Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers • View topic - First post, my 5x10 v-nose build
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I love it!!! but at 12K for a new one its kinda crazy, I could get 2 popups for that. I just wish they were cheaper... Nice setup though
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Is this cheating?

if your pushing that with your jeep then no, lol, but since im assuming your not, then yeah, that's cheating. nice try though
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how the H E double hockey sticks are you pulling that. Doesn't your Jeep scream. Just curious because something like this would be awesome but I feel that trailer has to be around 4500+ dry weight. your not worried about your jeep?
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I love it!!! but at 12K for a new one its kinda crazy, I could get 2 popups for that. I just wish they were cheaper... Nice setup though
Bought it new two years ago. Sticker was $8900 got it for $7800.
It's not a Rough Rider, I didn't want the extra weight.
I added a 3" lift, the larger tires and wider fenders.
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Built the shorter version of ExitLeft's Dinoot trailer and added a roof top tent. Works well for our needs as: 1) we have a 2 door and need all the carrying capacity we can get (hence more trailer than dedicated camper), 2) come from backpacking/minimal ground tent and RTT is a significant upgrade in size and comfort, 3) it pulls easy with a fully loaded weight under 1,200#, 4) costs can be kept low as trailer is a kit.


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Here's my setup, bought it earlier this year and have towed for roughly 5K miles on several trips since.

It's a Coachmen Clipper 17FQ. Dry weight is 2870 pounds, tongue weight is 295 pounds. I don't load more than 300 pounds of gear into it and always tow with empty tanks so the gross weight is less than 3500.

I changed the tiny 12" wheels/tires it came with to 15" load range D.

MSRP was $16.5K and I paid $10,995 plus tax and tags at Crestview in Georgetown. You could probably make the short trip up to their San Marcos location and get some stats on it.

Pulling it took a little getting used to. I added a P3 brake controller and wouldn't leave my driveway without it. I stay off Interstates and stick with back roads where most people don't care that I'm going 55-60mph. I usually average about 11mpg when towing down to the coast about 210 miles each way to either Mustang Island on Padre or the LCRA park on Matagorda Bay. So far I haven't noticed a need for either a WD hitch or sway bars.

My JKU does very well, usually cruising along in 4th at 55-60 with downshifts to 3rd depending on wind and grade. I had noticed that during hot summer months my coolant temps were getting high (240F) so I removed the plastic grill inserts and it's been great since (212-225F with outside temp over 100F).

The trailer itself has been great - I spent months trying to match something that I could pull with the Jeep but had the features I wanted, like a walk-around queen size bed and full bath with vanity sink. The floor plan is great, we've camped up to seven nights at a time in it (two of us and an 11 year old), and the A/C keeps it nice and cold. Added a flat panel TV and wired it into the sound system, replaced the cheap mattress with a memory foam, and several other little mods.

For trips that involve Interstate and long hauls (300+ miles each way) I use a pickup but it's obviously more fun with the Jeep especially when we go to the coast.
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Bought it new two years ago. Sticker was $8900 got it for $7800.
It's not a Rough Rider, I didn't want the extra weight.
I added a 3" lift, the larger tires and wider fenders.
Dang that's really good pricing. I wouldn't mind spending that. How does your jeep do with it? I know it isn't much for it to pull but do you sway much?

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