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mapmike 04-05-2013 07:05 PM

Jeep Harbor Freight Trialer
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Built a trailer to match my Jeep using a Harbor Freight $179 trailer. Total cost after registration and a few weekends of work came to $580.

Will post build pictures and steps if anyone is interested.

In short:

Harbor Freight Haul-Master - Item#90153
Reese 2" Coupler (2.5" rail)
3/4" Marine Grade Plywood
6" (5.5") Pine Tongue and Groove
Stainless Steel bolts for everything except tongue
Kilz primer for all wood (2 coats each)
Hammered Rustoleum for silver
Truck bed liner for black base
Wheel hub spray
L brackets for corners
Aluminum corners for decoration
16 gauge wiring (ran ground wire to each light)
Sand for sandblasting
Beer for dealing with tight spots while tightening bolts and planing plywood to be level over frame(vodka would've been better)

Rides nice, wish tongue was longer but I can fit in most parking spaces with it not being too long. Bought a spare tire and grease to carry with me for long trips. Fingers crossed.


larjeep 04-05-2013 07:14 PM

Looks nice

TJDaveX 04-05-2013 09:05 PM

That is very nice work. It turned out great. Using it to haul camping gear?

frenchy206 04-06-2013 12:15 AM

Awesome work!

armyRN 04-06-2013 03:50 AM

Looks sharp! You'll be surprised how much you can haul in it, and how much room it frees up inside your Jeep.

Definitely post more pictures.

bhoch 04-06-2013 05:05 AM

Looks great. I the rested in more pics as well


Renegade88 04-06-2013 08:27 AM

That's really cool! Nice work!

bobdog 04-07-2013 04:56 PM

Looking great. Nice clean lines. Have fun haulin' your stuff, 'cause you will love all the space it frees up in the back of your heep.....

mapmike 04-07-2013 05:46 PM

Thank you all for nice comments.
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Thanks everyone for your kind words. I want to thank everyone on the forums for all the great ideas along the way, I couldn't have done it without you. I'll be building someway to get two small kayaks on it this summer if I'm lucky.

Here's some build pictures:

Also a pre-reality sketchup build I did when thinking of designs before I purchased anything.

Mike Jeep Wrangler Trailer

chevy2169 04-07-2013 09:00 PM

Very nice! I've been debating on buying a trailer kit. I want one slightly bigger than the one you have, but same concept. Thanks for the inspiration.:cheers2:

armyRN 04-07-2013 10:34 PM

Very nice! I like how you planed the edges of the floor sheet so it would sit flush; a very smart idea.

armyRN 04-07-2013 10:43 PM


Originally Posted by chevy2169 (Post 15263369)
Very nice! I've been debating on buying a trailer kit. I want one slightly bigger than the one you have, but same concept. Thanks for the inspiration.:cheers2:

Here's a trailer that's slightly larger:

jscherb has done a lot of work with 4x8' Harbor Freight trailers making them shorter and narrower. Here's a link to where he's going to shorten one down to 41" wide and 72" long:

And here's a link to my trailer build; it might give you some ideas on building a trailer:

Tanimal 04-08-2013 01:50 PM

You did an awesome job!

Deuskid 04-09-2013 02:18 PM

excellent work, very cool

Nitronitty 04-10-2013 06:42 AM

Actually very nice I like the jeep touches like the rear lights and the fender styling fits right on -- Awesome job!!

I could almost see a spare trailer tire on the back of the trailer ;)

very sharp!


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