|08-13-2013 02:22 PM|
Off-Road.com just published a really nice review of this trailer kit, check it out:
Dinoot Off-Road Trailer Review: Off-Road.com
|06-20-2013 08:38 AM|
It's been a little over a year since the Jeep-tub trailer kit has been on the market under the name "Dinoot". The company that's marketing the kit recently sent me a few photos of some of their customer's builds...
|03-28-2013 09:19 AM|
|Greenliftedtj97||that trailer is awesome|
|02-06-2013 04:12 PM|
I've started a build thread for the military trailer tub kit project, it's here: http://tventuring.com/trailerforum/thread-119.html.
It's on the TVenturing Trailer Adventure Forum, which seems like a really good match for the goals of this build (this isn't really a Jeep-specific project, these trailers would look nice behind Toyotas, 'Zuks, Subaru's, etc... ). If you're interested in this project, the thread linked to above is the place to follow the build.
|02-06-2013 05:07 AM|
|02-05-2013 08:39 PM|
|Olsen185||Very impressive work! I'm kind of curious though, how do you protect yourself against a company stealing your design and building/ selling them without you? Are you going through the expense and time of patenting your designs?|
|02-04-2013 05:45 PM|
The fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer kit that I've described in this thread has been on the market now for about 7 months, and the company that's marketing them has done very well with them so far (Dinoot Trailers - Dinoot Jeep Trailers).
Based on that success, I'm starting another trailer tub kit project - this one is patterned after the military M100/M416 trailers. The military-style trailers are very popular among the adventuring, overlanding and off-road crowd, but reasonably restorable original military examples are getting very hard to find, and the new versions of these trailers offered by trailer vendors are very expensive. So I've designed and will be building a fiberglass military-style tub kit that's intended to be very affordable and assembled in a home garage or driveway by a DIY-er.
I'm planning this tub kit to be molded in both a 6' version (same as the original military trailers) and 4'version (for a very budget-friendly installation on a Harbor Freight Mini Trailer frame.
I've done a few 1/4 scale concept models of the design:
I'll be starting a build thread for the full-scale fiberglass molds and prototype trailers soon, I'll post a link to it as soon as I start the thread.
|05-30-2012 04:14 PM|
|john sherry||Thanks for posting the photos of the trailers,also the modular hard tops,these are a fantastic idea.will be using some of these ideas on my own TJ,especially the hard top|
|05-08-2012 06:49 PM|
So according to the site the "Compact Tailgate kit" doesn't come with the tail gate?
Note – Tailgate model tub kit do not include a tailgate. These are purchased under Build Components or customer supplied.
Seems a bit pricey if its not complete and ready for your floor and trailer?
Price it correctly to the current economy and you could sell a ton of these but at these prices and not "complete" maybe a few. Just my .02
|05-06-2012 05:08 PM|
|05-06-2012 02:55 PM|
The company has announced pricing, and plans to begin shipping trailer tub kits to purchasers the week of May 21!
Details here: Dinoot Trailer Pricing
|05-04-2012 07:52 PM|
|RoxstarD||Just sent an email to the company. I am very interested in the tub as well|
|05-04-2012 06:27 PM|
Here's the plan for the three-axis coupler, if you need any further clarification of the plans or some fabrication photos of specific parts of it, just let me know:
|05-04-2012 05:37 PM|
|aroseto||Def interested in this hitch coupler, as I plan on purchasing one of these kits when they come out and also will be tackling the Rubicon trail later this summer so it would be beneficial.|
|04-22-2012 12:48 PM|
Another thing I've been working on is a DIY 3-axis off-road coupler that can be made for less than $50 in parts from Tractor Supply (or most other farm-type stores).
Here's a twist test... the coupler can twist 360 degrees but the test had to stop here because the jack was becoming precarious:
I can post plans if anyone's interested.
|04-22-2012 12:45 PM|
The company tells me they've started shipping kits to the people who volunteered to be test builders, and they say they're still on track for May general release.
Here's a few photos of one of the test kit builds:
I've also designed and prototyped up a possible accessory for the trailers (and for Wranglers). I call it the StoreGate, it screws to the tailgate and provides secure and weatherproof storage.
|04-22-2012 10:39 AM|
|Jpatrick||I'm so ready for one! This is so cool.|
|03-25-2012 11:17 AM|
I got these photos from the company - this is the first set of parts from their production molds!
The inner fenders are also molded but not shown in these photos.
You can see from the photos how beautiful the fit and finish is.
They say they're on track for May availability of the kits.
|02-13-2012 03:39 PM|
And here's a set of photos with the tent mounted to open off the driver's side. Could open to the passenger side as well, which I am told might be better for some campgrounds.
I haven't decided whether I like the front opening setup or the side opening setup better.
|02-13-2012 03:33 PM|
The design of the tent platform allows the tent to be mounted so it opens any direction - front, back or either side. This set of photos shows the tent opening to the front. The entire thing could be self-contained this way, a ladder could be made to rest on the tongue of the trailer. Unless the tongue were very long, though, you probably wouldn't be able to open the tailgate of the Jeep when the ladder was in place. In this configuration, you could also step on the tailgate to get into the tent from the other end, although perhaps you'd have your stove and cooking gear set up on the tailgate - wouldn't want to step in the scrambled eggs!
More to come...
|02-13-2012 03:25 PM|
I got the tent mounted on the tent platform this morning. The tent fits great on the platform, and the platform supports the weight just fine. The tent platform is still unfinished wood; I plan to seal it and then shoot it with black bedliner.
Here are some photos of the setup ready to roll with the travel cover on.
More photos to come...
|02-12-2012 06:42 PM|
|crunch||this is to cool I have been thinking of a project like this for a long time.|
|02-11-2012 07:32 AM|
Tent platform build in progress. I've got the main platform together, and the corners on to verify the platform fits exactly the way I want it. Now that the fit has been verified I'll add the side trim and the details for mounting the tent.
Here's a few shots showing how the corners and side trim go together, these shots are test parts on the workbench:
The angle on the inside of the trim and corners matches the angle on the top of the tub, so once weatherstripped, the platform will seal perfectly around the top of the tub.
|02-09-2012 04:42 PM|
|02-09-2012 11:14 AM|
I'm now beginning the building of the tent platform for the proof-of-concept trailer. Here's a photo/drawing showing how it will look:
There will be a 48" square "riser" of maybe 2x2 lumber around the opening, this is because the tent I have needs to be slightly raised from the platform in order to zip the travel cover onto it when it's folded. This riser isn't shown in the drawing/mockup above.
Also not shown are the bolt head/nuts of the j-hooks that will secure the platform to the tub. They'll hook under the top rail of the tub, and the threads will stick up through the platform and be secured with washers/nuts.
BTW, this same construction method could be used to make a nice budget hard tonneau cover:
Building a hard tonneau this way, you could probably come in at about $50 plus hinges and whatever paint or finish.
I'll post construction photos of the tent platform along the way.
|01-19-2012 08:29 AM|
Here's a conceptual view of the trailer-top tent mount design. It's pretty straightforward - the main platform is made from 3/4" plywood. The plywood forms a ring about 15" wide around the top of the tub; the four pieces of plywood are edge-joined, using either tongue-and-groove plywood, a "glue joint" edge made with a router bit, or whatever your favorite plywood joining method is. A wooden edging runs around the entire platform - it's even with the top of the platform and protrudes below the plywood so it "caps" the angled top edge of the tub. Pickup truck "topper tape" is used to seal/cushion the mount-to-tub joint.
The tent I've got came with mounting rails which are designed to attach to a rooftop rack, but in this design I'll use them under the plywood to strengthen everything. The tent mounting bolts go through the tent platform, the plywood and the mounting rails, tying everything together. Topper tape is used once again to seal the joint between the mount and the bottom of the tent base.
A tailgate jamb is added to the underside of the plywood for the top of the tailgate to seal against; this piece gets weatherstripped to form a good seal for the tailgate. One important detail - the tailgate used will need to have an external latch, because once the tent mount is on, you won't be able to reach inside to latch the gate. I'll post more on external latching soon.
The plywood mount is secured to the tub using j-bolts; these hook under the top rail of the tub and the threaded portion sticks up out of the plywood and a nylock nuts snugs them down.
|01-18-2012 07:52 AM|
|just4fun||Looks good and I just picked up a used 4x8 trailer pretty cheap|
|01-18-2012 07:40 AM|
I've been working on molding a set of parts to deliver to CompactCamping so they can make their production molds. This morning I popped the last part out of the mold.
Here's the 5' 11" side panel I popped out of the mold this morning, and for comparison, the 46" side panel; these make 6'6" and 4'5" tubs.
And here's a shot of everything - tailgate end panel, solid end panel, long side panel, short side panel, large inner fender, small inner fender, tailgate outer skin and tailgate inner skin.
I clamped together some parts for a quick mockup of the 6'6" tub. I only made one long side panel because that's all that's needed to make the mold, so the other side panel is the short one, which also illustrates the difference in size between the 4'5" tub and the 6'6" tub.
The 6'6" tub is a very nice size (and would also make a really nice "Budget Brute" pickup bed ).
All of these parts are just as they've come out of the mold, I've still got to wash the mold release off and do a preliminary trimming to remove the dangerous sharp edges.
|01-15-2012 04:27 PM|
If you're looking for serious beta-testing in the Oregon Outback, sign me up.
Of the camper/trailer, not the pick up module.
|01-15-2012 12:39 PM|
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