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grogie 02-16-2013 06:13 PM

Off-Road Trailer w/Pictures
First, I have to give props to Scott Morris at Sunfire Off-road (Sunman, IN - 812-623-3473). Last December I had asked him if he had an interest in building me an off-road box trailer. Scott has worked on my Jeep on several earlier occasions, and he's always done great work. Well fortunately he did agree to build the trailer, and I just returned home with it.

The build included tires to match my TJ (32" Goodyear MTRs), black Eagle alloy wheels, 3' x 5' x 20" box, hydraulic assisted lid, tailgate, custom built 3500# axle with ultra-lube hubs, leaf springs and shocks, electric trailer brakes with 7-way plug, battery box with cigarette lighter plug-in, gas can holder, and painted with a bed-liner. I also asked to have plenty of tie-downs.

Last fall I had installed a 7-way wiring harness for an LJ. (Which for my '06 TJ, the harness had to be hooked into the drivers side tail light, and as well to switch the left and right blinker wires at the harness 7-way plug to work… As otherwise the left-right blinkers were crossed... And again thanks to Scott for helping with this :D.) I also had installed a Prodigy P2 brake controller, and I bought a cushioned long ball mount with a 4" drop to clear my TJ's spare tire.

So towing it about 90 miles home, my TJ didn't seem to feel it at all on the highway (other then when I hit a few hard bumps or just a bouncy road surface). I don't know what the weight is, but I can easily unhook it and push it around so it's pretty light weight. Yet it is very solid built. :thumbsup:

And now for the pictures...

Shows up fine in my rear mirrors:

Easily pushed it into my garage.

My long term objective with this trailer is tow it out west for camping trips (as camping with a TJ is otherwise rather minimalistic).

I'll update this thread from time to time with modifications and trips. Once I get it licensed I'll tow it out to the Badlands and give it a try off-road.

Thanks for looking. :wave:

EDIT: A couple of pictures I had on my iPhone from when picking it up.

Richisinyoface 02-17-2013 08:12 AM

That is awesome! I have been considering building one myself, thanks for the pictures. Great job!

dooboy2112 02-17-2013 10:15 AM

Nice trailer.

djflyy 02-17-2013 11:37 AM

Looks awesome. Someday I'll build one for myself along those lines.

Unlimitedlou 02-17-2013 11:49 AM

Nice trailer.

piratexpress 02-24-2013 09:46 AM

nice trailer

pinaplebob 02-24-2013 10:49 AM

nice looking trailer!! When is the first trip? Is it weather proof?

PhulesAu 02-24-2013 07:38 PM

Uhhh, what type of hitch connection do you have???

grogie 02-25-2013 06:53 PM


Originally Posted by pinaplebob (Post 15026651)
nice looking trailer!! When is the first trip? Is it weather proof?

As far as being rain proof, yes! Probably as well for pulling it through a river that's up to the fenders, I think it would be fine. The top is fairly heavy, so is the tailgate and they both have a 1" lip. I think I may add a thin rubber gasket on the bottom of the tailgate for added tightness, but once it warms up I'll take a pressure washer to it and see. Scott/Sunfire Off-road did a great job fitting everything together as it's all tight!

Here is the tailgate lip and then of the top.

As far as trips, I have to get it tagged and licensed. Scott sent off a request to the state to get it tagged, then I'll have to get a LEO to stop by and sign off on it, then I can go get it licensed. I'll then take it to a local off-road park and give it a try. I also have to consider keeping it secure. :)


Originally Posted by PhulesAu (Post 15029426)
Uhhh, what type of hitch connection do you have???

It's a standard 2" receiver hitch. I based this build off of the Pikes Peak trailer, which the guy that builds those thought that the standard 2" hitch was quieter for general towing. I'll tow mine to Colorado/out west which is about a 3k mile round trip. He also thought that it did fine for off-road towing and he's done some decent towing with his (see his videos here). I do have a cushioned long ball mount with a 4" drop to clear the spare tire (as I have an AtoZ rear bumper with a built in tow receiver).

I don't intend to tow this over boulders as I only have a 3.5" lift and 32" MTRs anyway. I wanted this trailer to tow to a backwoods camping spot, park it and leave it. This picture below was a camping spot last summer at 11k ft. elevation. It was quiet at night! (No one was around but maybe Bigfoot?!)

As far as the first modifications, I've ordered a 3' x 6' rubber mat that I'll cut to fit the inside floor. I'm also looking at a battery, a basic power inverter and some inside lighting.

pinaplebob 02-25-2013 07:17 PM

Looks pretty tight. Your camp sight looks like a lot of fun. That is my next goal get a jeep into the mountians and do some primitive camping.

grogie 02-25-2013 07:30 PM

Here is a short video showing how easy it is to move around.

Bush307 03-03-2013 09:48 AM

Love that trailer.

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RaggedOleMan 03-03-2013 08:56 PM

:thumbsup: Very nice! Light enough that an old man can move around by his lonesome. I be lovin', it...

grogie 03-05-2013 09:09 AM


Originally Posted by RaggedOleMan (Post 15072712)
:thumbsup: Very nice! Light enough that an old man can move around by his lonesome. I be lovin', it...

LOL... Me or you being the old guy?! :cheers2:

  1. I have received in the mail the 3' x 6' rubber mat for the floor that I ordered. It's just a little bit larger then needed so I'll trim it to size. However it has a hell of strong smell to it so I have it sitting outside at the moment. It stinks!
  2. The trailer has had a smell as well, being that the bed liner was applied two days before I picked it up. I've rolled it out of the garage on several sunny days, but it's been generally cold and nasty out.
  3. I also noticed that the bottom of the tailgate was a little light in paint, so took some Rustoleum to it.
  4. I order two nice tent sized Bryer cots for camping. I'll probably still use the sleeping pads I have, but sleeping off of the ground should be an improvement. Someday having a roof-top tent would be sweet, but I'd risk further wrath from my wife with that purchase!
  5. As mentioned, I am considering a battery for the battery box and a power inverter. I don't think I need a lot of power (lights, and that kind of thing), so I may just go with something like a yellow top deep cycle? There are larger 200 amp deep cycle batteries, but their much larger and heavy. If anyone has any opinions on this, let me know.

RaggedOleMan 03-06-2013 10:45 AM


Originally Posted by grogie (Post 15081345)
LOL... Me or you being the old guy?! :cheers2:

After watching that video my impression is we're both are getting a bit long in the tooth... :(

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