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Unread 02-24-2014, 08:29 AM   #1
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New gear/camping trailer

I'm starting my trailer build. It will be 12' from front to back and inside the box will be 59"x84" I plan on having electric, water and propane on board. I will post more info after work.

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Unread 02-24-2014, 09:22 AM   #2
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Pics. The teardrop picture is what I want the styling to look like.
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Unread 02-24-2014, 05:55 PM   #3
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^Now that's a fancy teardrop!

Sounds like an awesome project.
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Unread 02-25-2014, 08:51 AM   #4
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You got my attention, can't wait to see it move forward. It looks like a very major build, how long are you thinking this will take you to complete?
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Unread 02-25-2014, 09:01 AM   #5
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I hope to have it useable by May, but work and family may hinder it a little.
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Unread 02-25-2014, 09:12 AM   #6
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Love to see all the neat trailers being built
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Unread 02-25-2014, 11:45 AM   #7
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Looks like an awesome start. I love that teardrop trailer look.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:02 PM   #8
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I had a little bit of time this week so I got all the bottom and side welds done. The axle is in place with the new spring perches welded on. The spring bolts and shackle bolts need to be tightened down, but it is enough to get an idea of how it will sit. I can't decide if I want to use the 13" wheels or bump it up to 15". I wanted to use jeep wheels but the back spacing was to much and cut down on interior space.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 05:42 AM   #9
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You didn't ask, but I'll suggest it anyways. For your size trailer I would recommend at a minimum some 15x6" trailer wheels with 235/75/15" tires. 235/75/15" tires are a very common size and can be found pretty much anywhere.

Trailer wheels usually have the hubface in the middle of the rim, so with a 15x6" trailer rim you'd have 3" of backspacing.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 06:23 AM   #10
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Thanks for the input. I was planning on the jeep ya wheels with 235 tires but living in LA, that's lower Alabama! I called 6 tire shops and not one had them in stock! I can't believe it because that is one of the most popular sizes. Anyway. The yj rims I bought are 15x8's and they won't work, but I bought a 15" rim and it came with a 205x75-15 tire. I need to figure out the thickness of my walls to see if I can go bigger on the tires. Fort Rucker is definitely lacking on availability of materials.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 06:40 AM   #11
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Thanks for the input. I was planning on the jeep ya wheels with 235 tires but living in LA, that's lower Alabama! I called 6 tire shops and not one had them in stock! I can't believe it because that is one of the most popular sizes. Anyway. The yj rims I bought are 15x8's and they won't work, but I bought a 15" rim and it came with a 205x75-15 tire. I need to figure out the thickness of my walls to see if I can go bigger on the tires. Fort Rucker is definitely lacking on availability of materials.
I'm at Ft Campbell.

Usually WalMart has their Goodyear Wrangler Radial 235/75/15" tires in stock (we just put a set of these on my son's 95 Jeep GC). Give them a shot. They're usually around $75 a piece.
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Unread 03-02-2014, 11:23 AM   #12
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I will jump in here. After having gone through several sets of trailer tires, and having terrible luck off-road, I was advised to get regular truck tires. They won't dry rot like trailer tires do, and being LT tires, they have better treads, load capacities and are better built. I learned that the GY Wrangler HT LT215/75/15 is one of the most used for travel trailers and thus purchased those. They've seen off road travel as well as highway and have worked well so far. Just my thoughts and experience....
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Unread 03-02-2014, 07:28 PM   #13
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Thank you, I definitely appreciate all the input from everyone. I try and learn from others mistakes. I bought the wheel and tire combo with 205's. I know they won't last long and then replace the tires with LT tires. I couldn't find just the wheels themselves around here. My original plan was jeep yj wheels but the backspacing was to much. I got all the welding done and primed and got the first coat of paint on. I will post the pictures later. I have an order in with a sawmill for 1/2" red cedar for the siding.
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Unread 03-02-2014, 07:59 PM   #14
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90% of it will be covered but it's painted anyway. It is a dark blue metallic. I know it looks kind of purple, but it's blue I tell you! I have the 13" wheels on during fabrication and will put the new 15" ones on once it's done.
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Unread 03-02-2014, 08:14 PM   #15
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I'm starting to removable hitch. Any input on how much needs to be in the trailer side? I was thinking two 1/2" grade 8 bolts to mount it? Or should I go 5/8? I know regular hitch pins are 5/8 but two of them would surly be overkill.
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