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Old 08-06-2014, 02:01 AM   #1
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Trailer for my Jeep

Been kind of browsing around looking at different trailer types and all that. Debating if I should build one from scratch or buy a used one and modify it to my needs. Then I ran across a military surplus sight and it showed the M1102 trailer. Its small, about the same width as a Jeep and they can be had for pretty low prices.
Drawbacks; It weighs in at 1460LBs with a payload of 2740LBs which if loaded fully would be 4200LBs!!!! Thas as much as my Jeep. Checked the manufacturers sight and build specs. They said; "Unitized body construction using aircraft grade aluminum and chromoly steel".
I think its more chrome than aluminum but hey, that's just a guess.
Another drawback is (depends on how you look at it here ) It comes stock with 37/12.5/R16.5 Goodyear Wrangler M/T, with 30-mile run flat inserts.
I cant have my doggone trailer having bigger tires than my Jeep does darn it!!
If any of you are interested in this kind of stuff, and theres tons of stuff for sale too, heres the link to their sight.
Government Surplus Auctions at Government Liquidation

Heres a pic of the M1102 trailer. Looks pretty darn cool too. Imagine that with a trailer tent setup on top. Could do a great road trip.


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Old 08-09-2014, 08:45 PM   #2
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There are a few more drawbacks in addition to tire size:

It is wired for a military 24 volt electrical system -- you will have to change the cable plug to connect to a civilian 12 volt socket, change out the tail light sockets and bulbs, and add a light to illuminate your license plate.

Notice the ring that attaches the trailer to a tactical hitch claw -- you will have to replace it with a socket that mounts to a hitch ball.

These trailers are built for rough country tactical use. On paved surfaces they will ride like cement blocks with square wheels.

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Old 09-16-2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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There are a few more drawbacks in addition to tire size: It is wired for a military 24 volt electrical system -- you will have to change the cable plug to connect to a civilian 12 volt socket, change out the tail light sockets and bulbs, and add a light to illuminate your license plate. Notice the ring that attaches the trailer to a tactical hitch claw -- you will have to replace it with a socket that mounts to a hitch ball. These trailers are built for rough country tactical use. On paved surfaces they will ride like cement blocks with square wheels.
You sure it will ride rough?? Many others stated the opposite.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:07 PM   #4
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Ive pulled them behing hummers and tracked vehicles while in the army and they tracked very well on and off road. They also make a 3/4 ton trailer called an M101 but I believe its basically the same s this one but slightly smaller. As far as the pintle hitch the military uses the only drawback to it is they are noisy. They articulate very well and ive pulled them behind M577s (tracked vehicle, kind of like a box on tracks)all over the Mojave deserts roughest terrain. The 24 volt power system is a bit of a drawback but im sure there are simple ways around that, after all people use the military style hummer tail lights on wranglers. Likei said before the biggest drawback I see is there weight. Everything else is doable. My 4 cyl wouldn't like that heavy of a trailer I bet.
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Notice the ring that attaches the trailer to a tactical hitch claw -- you will have to replace it with a socket that mounts to a hitch ball.

Not true, I had a M416 that had the pintle hook. I bought one like this.
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:18 AM   #6
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You can do like Phil did or you can buy a military style pintle hitch. All though I like the one Phil bought best as it allows the use of both style hitches
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Ive pulled them behing hummers and tracked vehicles while in the army and they tracked very well on and off road. They also make a 3/4 ton trailer called an M101 but I believe its basically the same s this one but slightly smaller. As far as the pintle hitch the military uses the only drawback to it is they are noisy. They articulate very well and ive pulled them behind M577s (tracked vehicle, kind of like a box on tracks)all over the Mojave deserts roughest terrain. The 24 volt power system is a bit of a drawback but im sure there are simple ways around that, after all people use the military style hummer tail lights on wranglers. Likei said before the biggest drawback I see is there weight. Everything else is doable. My 4 cyl wouldn't like that heavy of a trailer I bet.
A four cylinder Jeep, the SE is rated to tow 1000lbs.
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You can do like Phil did or you can buy a military style pintle hitch. All though I like the one Phil bought best as it allows the use of both style hitches
It was easier since I have a little 6x10 utility trailer. I didn't want to carry an extra hitch around.
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A four cylinder Jeep, the SE is rated to tow 1000lbs.
Only the auto... the 5 speed is rated at 2000lb
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:03 PM   #10
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To be honest I don't care if my 4cyl is rated to tow 80k pounds, a trailer that weighs over 400 pounds will be noticed ALOT!!. Guess it would be better to build my own trailer as lite as I can get it. I know on the trail in 4LO I can pull a 2000 pound trailer without to much trouble but put it on the highway and its different story.

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