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azcat 07-05-2013 08:26 PM

Another Harbor Freight build
 
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I purchased the trailer a week or so ago. Had the 20% off coupon and on sale - just under 200USD.
Hope this is the only time the trailer is IN the jeep!

azcat 07-05-2013 09:21 PM

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Got the frame set up.

TXBred 07-05-2013 10:08 PM

What is the trailer for? I need to find one before the end of the month for my TJ.

armyRN 07-06-2013 02:35 AM

I'll be following along as you build this.

I also posted a link to your trailer build on this thread:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...l#post15646043

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...hread-1180456/

Hopefully it'll send a few more people your way!

azcat 07-06-2013 07:54 AM

This trailer will be used to carry camping stuff. Extreme off-road not a hard req. trying to free up some space onside the TJ to be able to put the seat back in.

Plan is a standard plank box. Looked at armyRN's build (is that the standard now?). Somebody needs to come up with a verb to described these trailer builds - such as "Dude, I totally armyRN' that HF mini trailer!"

More later.

armyRN 07-06-2013 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by azcat (Post 15646267)
This trailer will be used to carry camping stuff. Extreme off-road not a hard req. trying to free up some space onside the TJ to be able to put the seat back in.

Plan is a standard plank box. Looked at armyRN's build (is that the standard now?). Somebody needs to come up with a verb to described these trailer builds - such as "Dude, I totally armyRN' that HF mini trailer!"

More later.

Thanks for the compliment!

I think of the thread as more of a clearing house for ideas. So many people have taken what I started and totally ran with it way beyond what I would have thought of.

I think the standard now is using tongue and groove boards (wish I had thought of that when doing mine).

But it's fun watching what folks build, and then actually use. Keep posting pictures and comments! I'm sure there's more than one person out there closely following your progress and taking notes.

azcat 07-06-2013 09:17 AM

Some additional notes:
1. Couplers and balls are cheaper at WalMart unless (and sometimes even when) you stack coupons and sales at Harbor Freight. For me, WalMart is closer.
2. Had the 25% coupon for July 4 but of the 2 HF in town, only one had them in stock, so I went ahead and bought mine using a 20% coupon.
3. I heard a lot of customers in both HF talking about missing pieces. Checked my kit, it was complete.
4. Wanted to put a 2" coupler as opposed to the 1-7/8 that it comes with. Bought it, then found that the mounting hoes don't line up! Drilling new holes will put them too close to the original ones. I'm worried they would be too weak. Will take back the coupler and go to a 2" coupler if and when I replace the tow bar with a full length one.
5. My Jeep already has a 2" ball, so I went and purchased a 1-7/8 for it.
6. With trailer squared up, looks like the axle isn't. Looks to be about 1/2" off comparing to the center brace.
7. Putting the fenders on - Right fender is good. Left fender won't go on because the holes are drilled in the wrong spots on the left frame side! Pictures to follow.
8. Cleaned and repacked the bearings.

Just realize that these won't be the best quality kits, but the materials look to be okay. Be ready to make adjustments.
I looked at the T&G wood planking at Home Depot. As someone else mentioned, not the best. I may go with 1x8 and get someone to show me how to join them using biscuits or run a router to make a home grown tongue & groove. I have no woodworking skills other that painting & staining.

I blatantly admit that nothing on this build is my original idea.
Thank you to all that have posted on army's thread or started your own.

azcat 07-06-2013 10:35 AM

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So here is a photo comparing the right & left sides of the fender mounting holes. Right side is good.

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armyRN 07-07-2013 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by azcat (Post 15646761)
So here is a photo comparing the right & left sides of the fender mounting holes. Right side is good.

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It's nice to see they supply locking nuts. Looking forward to seeing how far you take your little trailer project.

If you're considering changing out couplers, consider this option:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...l#post13073597

JKBender 07-08-2013 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by armyRN (Post 15649810)
It's nice to see they supply locking nuts. Looking forward to seeing how far you take your little trailer project.

If you're considering changing out couplers, consider this option:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...l#post13073597

Glad to see one more thread building one of these little trailers.

Not to bust your bubble ArmyRN, but the lock nuts included are not very good ones. About a third of mine had the "locking material" popped out. Good ones have a polymer that is insert molded into the nut but the HF material is more of a washer that is placed into a groove on the nut, that they then fall out of.

armyRN 07-08-2013 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by JKBender (Post 15653459)
Glad to see one more thread building one of these little trailers.

Not to bust your bubble ArmyRN, but the lock nuts included are not very good ones. About a third of mine had the "locking material" popped out. Good ones have a polymer that is insert molded into the nut but the HF material is more of a washer that is placed into a groove on the nut, that they then fall out of.

Ya see; I didn't know that about the HF trailer's locking nuts. My bubble's not burst - I just learned something.

Then this is good information to pass along - replace the locking nuts that come with the HF trailers with some quality pieces. You know you're always looking for a good excuse to go to the hardware store... seems like a couple dollars should cover it. I'm figuring these are metric.

My little black trailer came with locking nuts. I'm not exactly home right now where I can compare them to the pictures above, but I don't remember having any issues with them. But you're never wrong going with quality hardware.

bobdog 07-14-2013 05:09 PM

Just wanted to see if you have built your trailer and if you have anymore pics. I'm sure ArmyRN will post a link again on his thread and I'll post on on my build thread as well. Would definitely like to see your build and finished product. Post away my man!:2thumbsup:

azcat 07-14-2013 05:38 PM

Nothing picture worthy so far. Wired it up, still need to connect to Jeep to see if the electrical (Jeep and trailer) is good. Drilled new holes for the left fender and got that mounted. Not much work on it this weekend.
OT - My cousins son invited me to a run, so we signed up yesterday and ran it this morning. Being as this is Tucson, the race started @0505! I barely made it in time. I ran a 45:01 5 miler, one of my best times so far.
Been vegging all day since.

azcat 07-14-2013 05:50 PM

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Wired up and fenders installed -

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bobdog 07-14-2013 06:06 PM

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Wired up and fenders installed -

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I knew you'd go do something after thinking about it for awhile. :2thumbsup:

Looking good!


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