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Old 05-12-2017, 12:47 AM
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Off Road Trailer build for my JKU

Finally got 90% of my materials together for my off road trailer build for my jku. Started yesterday and got it to a rolling chassis today. Happy with my progress so far. I spent the last 4 months or so researching and reading about all the different types of trailers and am modeling mine after a turtleback trailer. I made the main box 7 feet long x 4 feet wide to accommodate a wife and kids extra stuff. It's sitting on a UCF torsion axle with electric hubs and have 16 inch smoothies on 295/70R16.

Spent plenty of time measuring and making sure it is square and level and pretty happy with how it came out for a chop saw, grinding wheel and measuring tape. My goal is to get it useable for our trip in June and then finishing a lot of the interior items, like kitchen, storage and water supply.

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Finally made some more progress. A lot of rain and a week away for a conference set me back a bit. Made some good progress yesterday and plan to get more done tomorrow. Coming along rather nicely.







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Nice work so far!!
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Old 05-25-2017, 02:51 AM
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Nice work so far!!
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Looks good. I built one a few years ago to mimic a M-416/ M-101 style trailer. I have used it allot more than I thought I would.
Keep us posted on the progress.
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Looks awesome! Man, I wish I could weld.
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FlightMedicJP this looks great! I also wish I could weld. I have spent the last few months researching off-road trailers but have struggled to find a retailer in the Boston area that carries them. How long have you been welding and how hard is it to learn?


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My M101A1 that I fixed up. I camp out of it when I go wheeling.


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That is coming along nicely, great work!!

I want to do this so bad, keep us posted for inspiration.
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Finally made some more progress. A lot of rain and a week away for a conference set me back a bit. Made some good progress yesterday and plan to get more done tomorrow. Coming along rather nicely.







Holy crap that thing is stout! Makes my tsc 5x8 look like a cracker jack toy.

Nice job.

Are the ko2 tires same size ur running on the jku?
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Awesome. I've got one planned out in sketch-up, unfortunately I'm waiting on my buddy who has the full fab shop (and experience) in his garage. He should be getting a quote on the materials pretty soon. I have a cheap MIG welder and angle grinder, etc, but he has a drop band saw and a friend who get's him material at cost... I'm also a novice welder at best. Hoping this actually happens, preferably before summer camping but definitely before fall. This will be for a smittybilt Overlander XL. The top rack will be raised and lowered with a 30" RV scissor jack sandwiched between the top of the trailer and the tent rack (with removable uprights).



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My M101A1 that I fixed up. I camp out of it when I go wheeling.


That looks fun and I want one. How much do those weigh and where do you get them? Seems like it's awfully big to pull behind a 2DR JK but you seem to have no problems!
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They weigh about 1500lbs with the military axle and wheels. About 1000lbs with that stripped and replaced.
I bought mine through govplanet.com. Surplus auction.

It pulls fine behind the JK and our JKU. Zero issues.
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They weigh about 1500lbs with the military axle and wheels. About 1000lbs with that stripped and replaced.
I bought mine through govplanet.com. Surplus auction.

It pulls fine behind the JK and our JKU. Zero issues.
Sweet, thanks for the tip!
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Holy crap that thing is stout! Makes my tsc 5x8 look like a cracker jack toy.

Nice job.

Are the ko2 tires same size ur running on the jku?
Those are the tires and steelies I will be running on my jku. I wanted them to be the same so i can easily swap out tires should something happen.

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FlightMedicJP this looks great! I also wish I could weld. I have spent the last few months researching off-road trailers but have struggled to find a retailer in the Boston area that carries them. How long have you been welding and how hard is it to learn?


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Any updates?
spent 4 hours today welding all my tack welds and finishing the frame fab. Will post pics on Monday or Tuesday of some more progress. I am hoping to get the floor down tomorrow and start building the main box on Monday.

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Camping out of a two door

This works for me..
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Unfortunately progress has been slow with a tremendous amount of rain when i am off from work and I have been fighting an upper respiratory infection. Was able to do a few minor items like place the wire chase tubes, clean up my welds with the wire wheel and grind down the top welds for the deck. I got the front and back wheel protectors done and tacked into place. Hopefully tomorrow is another day and I can get the deck fully installed and get working on the box. This was supposed to be done for a June 12 camping day, optimistic to say the least, so now the goal is for our July 22nd camping trip.











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I'll say it again..... I wish I took the time to learn how to weld.
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Nice. I too wish I had the skills.


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I have got to get something like this. Farther in law is mechanic/welder, so looks like it is time for me to ask for some help and start learning.


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It's still coming along and that's what counts..
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Why do so many people not know how to weld. If you can draw a line and put on gloves you can weld. My tech college here in SC offers a beginners welding course for 500$. It's 2 or three weeks. They usually ask to bring something in you want to work on and just have the instructor help you figure out how to do it. Or you can just buy a welder and go for it. Kudo's to the self made craftsman out there! Making strong welds is a piece of cake and nothing to be afraid of. Making pretty welds however is a different story but nothing a grinding wheel cant hide.
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Little more progress today. Finally able to breathe again. Yay Tussin!

Seam welded the front and back wheel blockers and got the front portion of the deck cut and tacked into place. Hoping to get the main decking in place tomorrow and begin the box on Monday.

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