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Unread 02-02-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Expedition Trailer

Would be towed behind my wrangler as an expedition/camping trailer on occasion.

Looking for a cheap platform such as a used military trailer that I could pick up and build on.

I believe that the tow rating is 2000 pounds?

Would you be able to get away with a rear bumper that has a reciever hitch AND tied into the frame, or do I need to get a hidden hitch/reciever setup?

Opinions? I am not going to shell out thousands of dollars to have stove/refrigeration/etc. More along the lines of a truck bed so I can have the extra supplies/firewood/etc.

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Unread 02-03-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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I used an old Bantam Army trailer and put my rear seat facing backwards in the bed of the trailer. By the tail gate of the trailer, I have an Engel fridge. I use this set up for drive-ins or going fishing. I just back the trailer into the lake and cast! I like the openess of the trailer. Plus I use the trailer for camping. It holds alot of gear plus it weighs little and can be towed by my TJ with a hitch receiever in the Warn bumper.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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I used an old Bantam Army trailer and put my rear seat facing backwards in the bed of the trailer...
Nice camouflage paint job on the trailer too.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 10:11 AM   #4
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Didn't post the right photos. Trying agin!
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Unread 02-03-2012, 10:21 AM   #5
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That bantam trailer is perfect for what I need. Unfortunately a quick search shows they are not easy to come by. Any ideas as to locating one?
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Unread 02-03-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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Didn't post the right photos. Trying agin!
Ah much better. I always liked those types of trailers but have never owned one though. Are you using the Pintle hook setup or the more tradition type?
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Unread 02-03-2012, 11:05 AM   #7
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Would an M101 or M416 work? Guy in my local club sent me this:

http://www.jeepexpeditions.org/equip...6_trailers.php
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Unread 02-03-2012, 01:17 PM   #8
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I found mine on Craig's List in Oregon. Mine was in awesome shape. No rust, body had two coats of paint. Green underneath and that gray over it. Price was $1500.00 I have a ball hitch on mine and had no problems offroad with it. I use a 'high' ball and it follows without me being aware of it. I find I use it alot, so I usually keep it on. The TJ and the trailer easily fits in a regular parking spot. An M101/416 is the Willy's version. Same specs.
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Unread 02-04-2012, 12:17 AM   #9
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I found mine on Craig's List in Oregon. Mine was in awesome shape. No rust, body had two coats of paint. Green underneath and that gray over it. Price was $1500.00 I have a ball hitch on mine and had no problems offroad with it. I use a 'high' ball and it follows without me being aware of it. I find I use it alot, so I usually keep it on. The TJ and the trailer easily fits in a regular parking spot. An M101/416 is the Willy's version. Same specs.
So was the one you purchased homemade then? Your saying the ones I am looking at the Willys version? Can you give me a few pictures of the hitch setup?
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Unread 02-04-2012, 03:25 AM   #10
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Mine is a 1943 Bantam Army trailer, nothing on it home made. I kept it all original.
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Unread 02-04-2012, 07:53 AM   #11
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Heres mine, A total investment of $475
I bought a cheap used 4x6 trailer off Craigslist for $250 and after taking some measurements to figure out how much lift to be level with the Jeep I cut the suspension off and bought new leaf springs,hangers and shackels at Northern Tool, I fitted and welded it up in about 4 hours.
Since these pics Ive added armoured taillights and a small Delta toolbox on the front.
I highly reccomend going this route and the only thing that it really needs is a pintle hitch to be able to follow me "anywhere"
When shopping for a trailer, check the tounge length, One sweet thing about this trailer is that I can get it completely 90* to the jeep without any contact between the trailer and jeep. It makes it a little longer but its worth it to be able to manuvure on the trail.

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Unread 02-05-2012, 11:38 AM   #12
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Thanks for the information, I would like something that is a little deeper tub wise and maybe a little more weight. I would think that would just bounce around pretty bad?
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Unread 02-05-2012, 04:02 PM   #13
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Here's my trailer build - it's based off a little Harbor Freight type 4' trailer: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...hread-1180456/

I loaded it with camping gear and towed it to Moab and back last year (2200 miles round trip) and it pulled flawlessly. There are also other trailer builds on the JP forum; I posted one of them at the end of my build thread. I plan on taking it to Alaska this summer to haul camping gear and such. I'd love to have an old Army trailer, but they're a good bit heavier than what I built (plus not everyone is luck enough to find one that doesn't need a lot of work). Here's a picture of my completed trailer:
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Unread 02-06-2012, 05:00 PM   #14
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Here's my trailer build - it's based off a little Harbor Freight type 4' trailer: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...hread-1180456/

I loaded it with camping gear and towed it to Moab and back last year (2200 miles round trip) and it pulled flawlessly. There are also other trailer builds on the JP forum; I posted one of them at the end of my build thread. I plan on taking it to Alaska this summer to haul camping gear and such. I'd love to have an old Army trailer, but they're a good bit heavier than what I built (plus not everyone is luck enough to find one that doesn't need a lot of work). Here's a picture of my completed trailer:
If you don't mind me asking about how much did that run you total?
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Unread 02-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #15
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subscribed! i am looking to do the exact thing. i have a jayco octane 24zx and i need to use my 3/4 ton truck to pull it.and it is officially for sale. i would rather camp out and away from others.
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