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Unread 09-02-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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Harbor Freight Trailer

Does anyone have one? It looks like a good base to build on for fairly cheap.
Here are the two.1090 Lb. Capacity 40-1/2" x 48" Mini Utility Trailer with 12" Four-Lug Wheels and Tires
800 Lb. Capacity 55" x 35" Box Trailer

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Unread 09-02-2010, 08:30 PM   #2
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what r u going to use it for
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Unread 09-02-2010, 10:05 PM   #3
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camping gear. maybe firewood. hauling deer/bore/bear. I was thinking of lifting it
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Unread 09-03-2010, 06:20 AM   #4
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I had one , besides it being a pita to put together it was cost effective and did a good job . i used 5/4 deck lumber for the deck and sanded and repainted it prior to use as the finish it just ok .



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Unread 09-03-2010, 08:08 AM   #5
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I ordered one from Harbor Freight too (a little munchkin trailer). It was a black one that came with a metal floor instead of having to put plywood down; otherwise the dimentions are the same as the one the OP is considering. I made the wooden sides for it - cheap pine boards from Home Depot just stained and varnished (that took longer than putting the trailer together). All total with lumber, hardware, and spare tire I have about $450 in it. I also had to buy a drop-down hitch for it. I bought it for hauling camping gear and such to trailheads and campsites since storage space inside the Jeep is limited. I've been very pleased with it. I also bought it thinking if I wanted to drive the Jeep to MOAB (from WA state) it would be nice to have to carry camping gear/tools/etc.

When I get back from Iraq a buddy and I are going to do the Highway 101 loop around the Olympic (WA) penninsula in the Jeep towing the trailer with our gear.

This E-Trailer site http://www.etrailer.com/Tires-and-Wheels/Americana/AM3S030.html has some larger rims and tires (13" vs the 12" that come with the trailer) in the 4 on 4 bolt pattern. It's about 4" taller overall than the 12" rim with the 4.80 tires. They also have replacement hubs you can get in a 5 on 4.5" pattern (same as our TJs). I'm going to look into possibly changing out to a 5 on 4.5" hub after I determine if a larger wheel/tire combo (like a 15x6" black spoke with something like a 205/75/15" tire) would rub the frame or not. And I'd have to raise the fenders too if I did. Even with little trailers I'm trying to put larger tires on them.

In case someone's wondering about the little D-rings on the back of the trailer; I have a Harbor Freight towbar for the Jeep, and have the mounting brackets on the Jeep's front bumper. I ordered another set of brackets (they were only a couple bucks each) and mounted them on the rear of the trailer, and then put a couple small D-rings on the brackets. It matches the rear bumper on the Jeep. I was bored - and it looks cool (to me anyways). I also had to get gussets welded on my Jeep's rear bumper for the safety chains (it hadn't been done yet when these pictures were taken; neither was the Jeep wired for trailer lights at that time).
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Unread 09-03-2010, 10:56 AM   #6
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I have one of HFT's trailers, it is one of their folding models so it can be stored without it being in the way. It is actually a pretty good little trailer.
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I've got the fold up 8'x4' version rated for 1k#. It is indespensible since I got rid of the p'up for the JK. Look for HF 20% off coupons, they accept them even on sale items.
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Unread 09-04-2010, 01:29 PM   #8
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I have one. Cheap crap. On the 3rd use (hauling my kid's 50cc motorcycles), a weld on the bracket that held the fender let go, dropping the fender onto the tire. Inspecting the weld, no real penetration. I just don't have confidence in using HF trailers because of this. Hindsight, I'd spend more and get something better made.
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On my little munchkin trailer (not the axle itself) there's nothing welded - it's all bolted together. My local welding shop offered to weld it up for me where the separate pieces of metal meet. Haven't felt the need to yet. I was suprised when I got it that the holes for the bolts are square, and they use carriage bolts (and locking nuts) to go together. The two square holes lined up with the carriage bolt "square part" through them both should help keep the metal parts from squirming around. I thought that was a neat idea. 99% of the time the trailer is parked in the garage.
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Here's a write-up on a HF folding trailer.

It's a good read.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f104/...review-463480/

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Thanks guys. Looks like I will be investing in one next month
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I've followed the HF threads for a while and spent the last few months designing, and pulling together the parts I needed to build one of these trailers. My goal was to build a nice jeep trailer for less than $1k and have something light and easy to tow. Too many of the trailer builds out there are overbuilt and way too heavy. I started with a 10 year old "black" trailer (old Harbour Freight) and rebuilt from scratch using parts I found on Craig's List and the internet. I purchased the box kit from DEI equipment, who unfortunately last month discontinued selling them. I upgraded the center steel tongue on the frame, reinforced the body and fenders with super struts and added new axel, wheels and tires. I considered a solid top and rooftop tent but since it would blow my budget I decided against it. Plus I have no idea how I would fit my lab up there with the wife and I.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and have gotten many good comments on it. It tows easily, seems very sturdy and does everything I wanted it to do. The only thing I want to change is adding a reticulating hitch for extreme off road conditions.
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I've followed the HF threads for a while and spent the last few months designing, and pulling together the parts I needed to build one of these trailers. My goal was to build a nice jeep trailer for less than $1k and have something light and easy to tow. Too many of the trailer builds out there are overbuilt and way too heavy. I started with a 10 year old "black" trailer (old Harbour Freight) and rebuilt from scratch using parts I found on Craig's List and the internet. I purchased the box kit from DEI equipment, who unfortunately last month discontinued selling them. I upgraded the center steel tongue on the frame, reinforced the body and fenders with super struts and added new axel, wheels and tires. I considered a solid top and rooftop tent but since it would blow my budget I decided against it. Plus I have no idea how I would fit my lab up there with the wife and I.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and have gotten many good comments on it. It tows easily, seems very sturdy and does everything I wanted it to do. The only thing I want to change is adding a reticulating hitch for extreme off road conditions.
realnice unit.

My only input is to recommend a trailer wide enough... ie 5' wide to be visible in both mirrors... makes backing up much easier.
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Very nice trailer

That is one very nice trailer Moose 31!
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realnice unit.

My only input is to recommend a trailer wide enough... ie 5' wide to be visible in both mirrors... makes backing up much easier.
The tub on this little black trailer is 40" wide; the same width as the old military trailers from WWII (and a lot of the current aftermarket off-road type trailers). It's just the right width for taking off-road.
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