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bfr 03-29-2012 08:33 PM

homebrew expedition trailer
 
I want to spend more time traveling/ camping, but I don't want to give up my TJ so I decided a trailer was in order. This trailer is only meant for camping/ over landing. It will never haul a lawn mower or sheet of drywall, instead I want it to meet the following requirements.
1. It must be able to survive anything my jeep can pull it through.
2. It must be able to carry provisions for 3 people for 7 days.
3. It must have a self contained kitchen and potable water supply w/ hot and cold water.
4. It's electrical system should have a 72+ hour reserve while powering an ARB freezer.
5. It must weigh less than 1200 lbs loaded.
6. It must have an extendable tongue w/multi axis hitch
7. It must have a rear receiver hitch ( recovery point / bike carrier mount).
8. It must have brakes.


9. It must look like it belongs behind a jeep

bfr 03-29-2012 08:46 PM

The inspiration...
WWII 1/4 ton trailer I used to own. Modifying this to meet my requirements would have been as much if not more work than building for scratch, so I sold it. Also, the TJ is so much bigger than the MB / GPW that I can build my trailer a little bigger and it still look "right".
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/ae707805.jpg

bfr 03-29-2012 09:11 PM

The Frame:
I found two 20' sticks of 1/8" wall 2"x4" steel tubing for sale close by at a good price so I bought it. A little quality time with my newly acquired second hand harbor freight band saw and those tubes were no longer 20' long.
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/4f8e819e.jpg
All of angles were cut with the hf saw as well.
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/aacc08fb.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/184ab479.jpg

bfr 03-29-2012 09:26 PM

I used a friend's plasma cutter to make holes in the front and rear faces if the frame and then welded .250 wall 2.5"x2.5" (receiver) tube in the rear and 3/16 wall 3"x3" tubing in the front (will allow the tongue to telescope)
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/169df482.jpg

bfr 03-29-2012 09:30 PM

Suspension:
I am using the springs and hangers from an early 90's Toyota 2wd pickup. It the pic below I am testing the ride height/ shackle placement using bags of concrete for ballast.
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/b3790791.jpg

ryan22ddd 03-29-2012 09:33 PM

Looking good dude. Assuming you'll get that hitch up a tad higher and use a pintle hook, but I'll shut up and watch. ::popcorn::

bfr 03-29-2012 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ryan22ddd
Looking good dude. Assuming you'll get that hitch up a tad higher and use a pintle hook, but I'll shut up and watch. ::popcorn::

The hitch is definitely temporary. The main reason I use it at all is that it has a landing leg. It was also free and fit w/o modification.

bfr 03-29-2012 09:59 PM

Body:
I saw a method of construction over on Ih8mud I liked so I copied it. Essentially it is 16ga sheet w/16 ga 1" square tube for support.
I had the sides bent at a local steel supply, then built the trailer to fit them.
I sketched out what I wanted (several times), made a final draft on graph paper, then did a 1:1 scale drawing of the side and rear profiles on cardboard which I then used as a template/ plan for the build. More quality time with the hf bandsaw some steel and a welder got me to here.
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/a09c4b48.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/5ca846ba.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/16c22ae4.jpg

bfr 03-29-2012 10:04 PM

More body:
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/9f783a7f.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/6b4d2b25.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/6ff2b8f4.jpg
Pic w/TJ for size reference

bfr 03-30-2012 11:27 AM

I welded all of the panels around their entire perimeter and then ground the seams smooth. Next I framed and skinned the lid and tailgate.
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/b699cbda.jpg

bfr 03-30-2012 01:15 PM

Next was a rack for the roof top tent and mock up of tent install .

http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/c781f8c0.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/13630cb5.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/18883416.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/d07dfe7c.jpg

bfr 03-30-2012 01:48 PM

The current project are the fenders and battery boxes. The fenders are built just like the rest 1" tubing frame skinned with sheet metal.
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/45c55f31.jpg
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/j...b/ccfb69ca.jpg
I ended up paying a local fab shop to bend the tubing for me as I could not get the look I wanted w/o a bender.
The fenders match the lines of rear TJ flares where they meet the body.

HAYSHAKER170 03-30-2012 03:04 PM

Wow! Great job. I love seeing people take matters into their own hands.

Spuznick242 04-01-2012 06:38 PM

Looks awesome! You just inspired me to suck it up and just spend the money already and buy my own welder!

bfr 04-02-2012 06:05 PM

Thanks,
This is my first attempt at fabrication. I bought my welder and bandsaw to build this trailer.


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