New Off-Road Trailer w/Pictures - JeepForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 143 Old 02-16-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
grogie
M-F: Cell Block #4533
 
grogie's Avatar
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 8,029
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 .) 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.

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.


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







Red Jeep Club #345
2006 TJ Sport - Build
2004 KJ Limited
2013 Off-Road Trailer - Build

grogie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 143 Old 02-17-2013, 07:12 AM
Richisinyoface
Registered User
 
Richisinyoface's Avatar
2002 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Trumansburg
Posts: 1,338
That is awesome! I have been considering building one myself, thanks for the pictures. Great job!

Just Empty Every Pocket.......yup they are empty all right.................

NRA Life member

Sienna Jeep club member #65
Richisinyoface is offline  
post #3 of 143 Old 02-17-2013, 09:15 AM
dooboy2112
Registered User
2000 WJ 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Mission Viejo, Ca
Posts: 3,268
Nice trailer.

2000 Grand Cherokee Limited
2000 Wranger Sport SOLD
1979 Wagoneer SOLD
dooboy2112 is offline  
post #4 of 143 Old 02-17-2013, 10:37 AM
djflyy
Registered User
1999 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 3,508
Looks awesome. Someday I'll build one for myself along those lines.
djflyy is offline  
post #5 of 143 Old 02-17-2013, 10:49 AM
Unlimitedlou
Senior Member
 
Unlimitedlou's Avatar
2012 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Louisville
Posts: 827
Nice trailer.

2005 Unlimited Rubicon, too much junk to list!-sold
2012 JKU Orange Crush
Unlimitedlou is offline  
post #6 of 143 Old 02-24-2013, 08:46 AM
piratexpress
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: belmont
Posts: 33
nice trailer
piratexpress is offline  
post #7 of 143 Old 02-24-2013, 09:49 AM
pinaplebob
Registered User
2011 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: channahon
Posts: 233
nice looking trailer!! When is the first trip? Is it weather proof?
pinaplebob is offline  
post #8 of 143 Old 02-24-2013, 06:38 PM
PhulesAu
Registered User
2004 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Texas Gulf Coast
Posts: 2,338
Uhhh, what type of hitch connection do you have???
PhulesAu is offline  
post #9 of 143 Old 02-25-2013, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
grogie
M-F: Cell Block #4533
 
grogie's Avatar
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 8,029
Quote:
Originally Posted by pinaplebob View Post
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PhulesAu View Post
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.


Red Jeep Club #345
2006 TJ Sport - Build
2004 KJ Limited
2013 Off-Road Trailer - Build


Last edited by grogie; 03-05-2013 at 08:14 AM. Reason: Corrected Details
grogie is offline  
post #10 of 143 Old 02-25-2013, 06:17 PM
pinaplebob
Registered User
2011 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: channahon
Posts: 233
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.
pinaplebob is offline  
post #11 of 143 Old 02-25-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
grogie
M-F: Cell Block #4533
 
grogie's Avatar
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 8,029
Here is a short video showing how easy it is to move around.



Red Jeep Club #345
2006 TJ Sport - Build
2004 KJ Limited
2013 Off-Road Trailer - Build

grogie is offline  
post #12 of 143 Old 03-03-2013, 08:48 AM
Bush307
Registered User
2012 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Hulett
Posts: 68
Love that trailer.

Sent from my iPad using JeepForum

Whiskey Bravo 1
Bush307 is offline  
post #13 of 143 Old 03-03-2013, 07:56 PM
RaggedOleMan
Registered User
2005 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,353
Very nice! Light enough that an old man can move around by his lonesome. I be lovin', it...
RaggedOleMan is offline  
post #14 of 143 Old 03-05-2013, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
grogie
M-F: Cell Block #4533
 
grogie's Avatar
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 8,029
Quote:
Originally Posted by RaggedOleMan View Post
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?!


Updates...
  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.


Red Jeep Club #345
2006 TJ Sport - Build
2004 KJ Limited
2013 Off-Road Trailer - Build

grogie is offline  
post #15 of 143 Old 03-06-2013, 09:45 AM
RaggedOleMan
Registered User
2005 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,353
Quote:
Originally Posted by grogie View Post
LOL... Me or you being the old guy?!

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

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome