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.
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".
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.
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)
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.