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Unread 06-16-2014, 01:19 PM   #31
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I can't believe a whole year has passed since I have done any work to this thing. I didn't get to take it hunting last year, but was lucky enough to draw bow tags again for cow elk. I'm gonna need it this year because the Jeep is down and I'll have to take mamma's Tahoe hunting (it's okay cause she drew a tag too!). But There's no way she'll want to put a bloody carcass in the back of it.

So this time I really need to get this thing registered and road legal. It was actually pretty nice over the weekend, only about 96 or so. So Sunday morning I got to put in a few hours on the trailer before I lost my shade.

I had picked up some fender blanks from the local trailer store a few months (years?) ago, so I leveled the trailer and mocked them up. I trimmed them to fit and tacked them in place. Then I removed the tire, added some solid welds every few inches, cleaned it up with a wire brush on the 4" grinder and hit it with a little primer.

Here's the progress:

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Unread 06-16-2014, 01:33 PM   #32
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With the fenders on, I turned my attention back to the tailgate. I did't like the way the frame was fitting, because of the little "ears" I had at the top. Basically my original design idea was just flawed. I decided to cut the "ears" off, and square up the back of the trailer so it would fit better. I wanted it to be flat around the top perimeter so I can eventially make a lid for it. I also welded a small tab on the back top of the tailgate opening to act as a stop.

You can see the "ears" in the first pic, and what I did to change it.
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Unread 06-16-2014, 01:35 PM   #33
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That's about all I had time for, gonna try to get it cleaned out and the lights wired up this week. Updates to follow, (soon i hope!!)
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Unread 09-15-2014, 09:22 PM   #34
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Been working on the trailer quite a bit lately. I did get it registered and took it elk hunting. No luck with the elk but the trailer worked great. DMV didn't like the lights so I had to change them out with ones that had side markers on them too. I made the frame for the water tank and mounted it using a ratchet strap (temporary for now until I come up with something more permanent.) And we took it on it's maiden voyage!!
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Unread 09-15-2014, 09:30 PM   #35
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I also did some welding on the tailgate. My welds looked pretty bad so I ground them all down, after I fill in the side panels I'll probably put a little bondo on the edges to clean it up a bit.
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Unread 09-15-2014, 09:49 PM   #36
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So then last week I ordered this off Ebay:
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Unread 09-15-2014, 09:57 PM   #37
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So I spent the weekend welding together a rack for it. I want to be able to lower and raise the tent. Closer to the trailer for travel, then raised up once in camp so it will be high enough to make full use of the annex room. I figured the bottom should be at least 6'2" high. That should keep me from bumping my head. The trailer has bed stake pockets, so I got some 1 1/2 tubing that fits them pretty well. I got 1 3/4 tubing that sleeves the smaller stuff with a little bit of play. Here's what I put together:
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Unread 09-15-2014, 10:07 PM   #38
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I welded two sets of tubes with the cut pieces on the ends for my main supports then cut four crossmembers out of 1x2 rectangular tubing. Then leveled everything the best I could and tacked it all together.
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Unread 09-15-2014, 10:18 PM   #39
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It slides, barely. It tends to bind up alot. In hindsight I should have made the sleeves a lot longer, to keep it more stable. It's very hard for two people to slide it up and down while moving at the same rate of speed and keeping the rack level from front to back. I'm hoping that once I add some lift struts to the corners it will keep it tighter and make all four corners lift at the same rate. But we want to try it out this weekend so for now this will have to work. I set the travel height at 12" from the top of the trailer and welded some small collars on the uprights to act as slide stops. Another reason I made the uprights so high is because we want to be able to carry a set of kyaks above the tent.
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Unread 09-15-2014, 10:21 PM   #40
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Nice trailer but NOT military surplus.
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Unread 09-15-2014, 10:28 PM   #41
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Here's a test fit of the tent, so far I like it alot!

And I decided I didn't like the way the taillights looked so I got some LED's from amazon. I think they look a lot better. I'm just gonna have to put some side marker lights on it later to stay DMV compliant. I guess it doesn't really matter since it passed inspection and I got my tags. But If a trooper wanted to get me, I could be a ticket I don't need.
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Unread 09-15-2014, 10:32 PM   #42
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Nice trailer but NOT military surplus.
Thanks man, that seems to be the general concensus (that it's not military) I saw one just like it on EXPO and PM'd the owner but haven't heard anything back.

It's a work in progress for sure, hopefully in the end it'll be a nice little off road adventure trailer for the fam.
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