S707, great work, love your trailer and been following along as you make it your own by all the improvements.
S707, ArmyRN..... anyone....
I've never owned, pulled or built a trailer before.
Been reading build threads trying to learn what I can before I begin my build.
I have a question about height, tires/wheels, hitches, level.
I just bought a JK 2dr 'S', so I'm running 32" wheels and I want a small trailer to pull. I assume a level tongue to hitch is desired so how does one match up all the variables and make that happen? I'd like to buy CL wheels w/ 5x5 pattern so the JK spare works for both Jeep and trailer.
How does one just 'swap' out one size wheel for another?
Yes, it is desirable to have the trailer's tongue level.
To match up the trailer's tongue so it is level with the hitch on the vehicle is easy - either a drop-down hitch, or get an adjustable hitch (so you can raise it or lower it as needed - pictured below). These trailers use a 1 7/8" ball - way more than adequate.
Or if you mount a 2" receiver on the trailer's tongue and want to use a lunette ring and pintle hitch, they make pintle hitch mounts for a 2" receiver that you can adjust the height of the pintle hitch to line up with the lunette ring (same principle as an adjustable ball mount hitch).
These little 4' trailers come with wheels with a four-bolt pattern and the axles are just wide enough to mount at best a 4.80 tire on a 12" diameter by 4" wide wheel. In order to mount a wider wheel as you're suggesting you need a wider axle with the proper bolt pattern. A 5 on 5" pattern isn't the most common pattern for a trailer axle until you get to the heavier duty axles (of course I haven't done an exhaustive research on the subject). The common bolt pattern is a 5 on 4.5" (same pattern as a Jeep TJ). Even if you could find a hub to match your 5 on 5" pattern that would mount to the trailer's factory axle, the axle is still not wide enough for what you're suggesting.
These little trailers don't really need large tires and wheels - a 205/75/15" is more than adequate, and as Sahara707 has shown so far, you can easily order the parts on-line (axles and such) and bolt together a very nice trailer.
What I recommend to folks is keep the tires around the 205/75/15" size (235/75/15" max), and buy a third tire and mount it to the trailer as a spare. That way no matter what vehicle the trailer is used by, you've got a spare for the trailer (and some redundancy built in if away from civilization). And when going large with tires on these little trailers, you reach a point of diminishing returns where you're doing your trailer a disservice. Kinda like putting 44" tires on a TJ with stock axles; it'll take a lot of work to make them fit, and it might look cool, but you're just asking for trouble and it really isn't practical.
If you haven't read this thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...hread-1180456/
I suggest you read it. It's long, and sometimes we'll go off on a tangent for a bit, but it should answer all your questions before you start dropping money on a trailer and additional parts. It talks about wider axles, measuring for axles based on tire size, fenders, hitches, suspensions, etc.; it'll get you going in the right direction. But Sahara707 has nailed it with his build on this thread here - folks would do well to follow his lead. There are many ways to build one of these little trailers, but his is straight forward with really no fabrication skills needed.
This picture is before I did all the modifications to mine; "stock" if you will with the factory 12" tires (and the adjustable drop hitch maxed to the limit - the reason for the picture). And I made sure I carried a spare tire.
And Sahara707 - if you'll notice on the trailer's tongue I did the exact same thing you did with the wiring before I put the tongue stand on it.