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post #211 of 2846 Old 06-17-2012, 01:52 PM
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i really like that! threads like this inspire me to make my own trailer that both i or my dad can pull. im getting a welder for christmas and going to just get a real junk trailer on craigslist with a title, then make my own using the title. although i plan to make one hopefully 7 x 10 or something, he has a lot of siding equipment that needs to fit in or on it.


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post #212 of 2846 Old 06-22-2012, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Someone somewhere on the JF was looking for the measurements of an M416 military trailer. I found this one on my files at work, but couldn't find the original post with the request. In any event, here they are:
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Although I won't be doing a dinoot like i really want to due to finances i did finally get my HF HD trailer kit today. I'll post pics later in the week when I start building it. I need to assemble the axle and test fit the hubs to my wheels to see if I need spacers. Then I can determine how much width may need to be taken from the frame to clear 31's on my 15x8 wheels. My current plan is to make the base approx 4x6'.

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post #214 of 2846 Old 06-30-2012, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Although I won't be doing a dinoot like i really want to due to finances i did finally get my HF HD trailer kit today. I'll post pics later in the week when I start building it. I need to assemble the axle and test fit the hubs to my wheels to see if I need spacers. Then I can determine how much width may need to be taken from the frame to clear 31's on my 15x8 wheels. My current plan is to make the base approx 4x6'.
Cool. If you look at the military trailer diagram above, you'll see the base of the military trailer tub is 41" x 72". Can't wait to see what you do. If I were to do it all over again (or do another one) I might start out with the HF HD trailer; it seems like a really nice base to start with. jsherb really took it and ran with it with his little trailer project that evolved into the dinoot trailer.

You might even consider starting your own thread so you can really take it and run with it, as there's been a lot of folks building little trailers it seems to suit their individual needs. Keep us posted!
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post #215 of 2846 Old 07-07-2012, 05:23 PM
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Big THANKS to armyRN for the inspiration and instruction! I bought the "red" trailer from HF (1090 Lb. Capacity 40-1/2" X 48" Mini Utility Trailer With 12" Four-Lug Wheels And Tires) and have been piecing together my own version based on the great advice in this thread.

The first two pics show the base kit after initial assembly with a 3/4" treated plywood deck.

The next two pics show the same after I replaced the axle and wheels. The axle is a 52" round from Eastern Marine (a.k.a. Trailer Parts Superstore) as noted on the first page of this thread. I chose 33" tires because they match my Jeep and therefore I won't need to carry another spare. I picked up the tires used and would have preferred thinner. These are 12.5. Notice how the trailer rides level now while using the same hitch as in the first two pics.

The remaining pics show the box, which is constructed from tongue and groove cedar. My design goals were that it be (more or less) weather resistant, lockable (for security), light, and have a tailgate and top that can be opened independently. (The top is not shown as I haven't finished it yet.)

The cedar is very light. It is unfinished and could remain so, but I plan to stain it as my preference is darker. I am constructing the top from treated plywood -- using the second half of the sheet I used for the deck. I'll probably paint it, either black or forest green. I'm trying to decide now how to trim the edges -- perhaps 1" steel or aluminum angle.

I have 2x2 redwood posts in the corners -- couldn't get cedar. They are cut to be 3/4" below the top. That way, if desired I could add a second 3/4" plywood top such that when the first is opened you end up with a 48" by 80" platform to sleep on. (I'd have to add more bracing.) But I'll probably never go that route.

The sides are 20" tall like a pickup bed. There are many options for storage boxes that fits pickups. You could add side boxes on the outside, built to go over the wheel well. And there are many sizes of steel boxes and tool boxes that could go inside. Deezee also makes some nice triangular plastic storage boxes that can go up front on the tongue.

I NEED SOME ADVICE ON FENDERS. Any suggestions on where to get something that would cover (or partially cover) the 33" tires?

Thanks again to armyRN! Great thread!
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post #216 of 2846 Old 07-07-2012, 05:53 PM
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I NEED SOME ADVICE ON FENDERS. Any suggestions on where to get something that would cover (or partially cover) the 33" tires?
You'll probably find something to do the job here: http://kmtparts.com/catalogsearch/re...fender&x=0&y=0

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post #217 of 2846 Old 07-07-2012, 07:07 PM
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Big THANKS to armyRN for the inspiration and instruction! I bought the "red" trailer from HF (1090 Lb. Capacity 40-1/2" X 48" Mini Utility Trailer With 12" Four-Lug Wheels And Tires) and have been piecing together my own version based on the great advice in this thread.

The first two pics show the base kit after initial assembly with a 3/4" treated plywood deck.

The next two pics show the same after I replaced the axle and wheels. The axle is a 52" round from Eastern Marine (a.k.a. Trailer Parts Superstore) as noted on the first page of this thread. I chose 33" tires because they match my Jeep and therefore I won't need to carry another spare. I picked up the tires used and would have preferred thinner. These are 12.5. Notice how the trailer rides level now while using the same hitch as in the first two pics.

The remaining pics show the box, which is constructed from tongue and groove cedar. My design goals were that it be (more or less) weather resistant, lockable (for security), light, and have a tailgate and top that can be opened independently. (The top is not shown as I haven't finished it yet.)

The cedar is very light. It is unfinished and could remain so, but I plan to stain it as my preference is darker. I am constructing the top from treated plywood -- using the second half of the sheet I used for the deck. I'll probably paint it, either black or forest green. I'm trying to decide now how to trim the edges -- perhaps 1" steel or aluminum angle.

I have 2x2 redwood posts in the corners -- couldn't get cedar. They are cut to be 3/4" below the top. That way, if desired I could add a second 3/4" plywood top such that when the first is opened you end up with a 48" by 80" platform to sleep on. (I'd have to add more bracing.) But I'll probably never go that route.

The sides are 20" tall like a pickup bed. There are many options for storage boxes that fits pickups. You could add side boxes on the outside, built to go over the wheel well. And there are many sizes of steel boxes and tool boxes that could go inside. Deezee also makes some nice triangular plastic storage boxes that can go up front on the tongue.

I NEED SOME ADVICE ON FENDERS. Any suggestions on where to get something that would cover (or partially cover) the 33" tires?

Thanks again to armyRN! Great thread!
Love the design. That's how I plan to do mine except I will be doing roughly a 4x6 platform. Nice set up.

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post #218 of 2846 Old 07-07-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Big THANKS to armyRN for the inspiration and instruction! I bought the "red" trailer from HF (1090 Lb. Capacity 40-1/2" X 48" Mini Utility Trailer With 12" Four-Lug Wheels And Tires) and have been piecing together my own version based on the great advice in this thread.

The first two pics show the base kit after initial assembly with a 3/4" treated plywood deck.

The next two pics show the same after I replaced the axle and wheels. The axle is a 52" round from Eastern Marine (a.k.a. Trailer Parts Superstore) as noted on the first page of this thread. I chose 33" tires because they match my Jeep and therefore I won't need to carry another spare. I picked up the tires used and would have preferred thinner. These are 12.5. Notice how the trailer rides level now while using the same hitch as in the first two pics.

The remaining pics show the box, which is constructed from tongue and groove cedar. My design goals were that it be (more or less) weather resistant, lockable (for security), light, and have a tailgate and top that can be opened independently. (The top is not shown as I haven't finished it yet.)

The cedar is very light. It is unfinished and could remain so, but I plan to stain it as my preference is darker. I am constructing the top from treated plywood -- using the second half of the sheet I used for the deck. I'll probably paint it, either black or forest green. I'm trying to decide now how to trim the edges -- perhaps 1" steel or aluminum angle.

I have 2x2 redwood posts in the corners -- couldn't get cedar. They are cut to be 3/4" below the top. That way, if desired I could add a second 3/4" plywood top such that when the first is opened you end up with a 48" by 80" platform to sleep on. (I'd have to add more bracing.) But I'll probably never go that route.

The sides are 20" tall like a pickup bed. There are many options for storage boxes that fits pickups. You could add side boxes on the outside, built to go over the wheel well. And there are many sizes of steel boxes and tool boxes that could go inside. Deezee also makes some nice triangular plastic storage boxes that can go up front on the tongue.

I NEED SOME ADVICE ON FENDERS. Any suggestions on where to get something that would cover (or partially cover) the 33" tires?

Thanks again to armyRN! Great thread!
You're welcome - glad I could be of help! Awesome trailer build - I really like the looks of the light colored wood against the red frame. I wish I had done mine more enclosed like you did.

So what's going to be your first big Jeep and trailer adventure?
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post #219 of 2846 Old 07-08-2012, 09:37 AM
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Thank you all for the kind words!

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You're welcome - glad I could be of help! Awesome trailer build - I really like the looks of the light colored wood against the red frame. I wish I had done mine more enclosed like you did.

So what's going to be your first big Jeep and trailer adventure?
No far off trips like Alaska, though looks like you had a great trip! I'm headed into the San Juan and Elk mountains (Colorado) in a few weeks, but will probably do a couple day trips up near Keystone to work out any bugs first.

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Love the design. That's how I plan to do mine except I will be doing roughly a 4x6 platform. Nice set up.
I considered going bigger. I don't really need the room, but frankly large tires on a tiny trailer just look a little odd. I'm sure after my first camping trip I'll realize all the things I should have done different. Looking forward to seeing yours!

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You'll probably find something to do the job here: http://kmtparts.com/catalogsearch/re...fender&x=0&y=0
Looks like I can find something there. Appreciate the link!
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post #220 of 2846 Old 07-08-2012, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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As my forum name suggests, I'm an Army Nurse, and being in the Army means you have to move every few years. Well this year is the year for me to move; from WA to TN (hello Ft Campbell!). I'm moving myself, and with six cars (plus the Budget rental truck) and four drivers, we'll be going like this:

Up front will be my Dodge 4x4 truck flat towing the Willys, my KIA Sorento towing my Toyota Yaris (DD) on a tow dolly, my wife's minivan towing the trailer, and me bringing up the rear with the rental truck with the TJ on a trailer. Yes, that was our convoy from Olympia, WA to Clarksville, TN. Yes, I'm crazy.

If you remember from page 10, posts 138-142 I talked about options I could do with having a 2" receiver hitch on the front of the trailer. I got lucky with the trailer and lunet ring being the same height as the pintle hitch on my Jeep, but I'm not so lucky with the hitch on the minivan. It's LOW to the ground compared to my other vehicles. I checked out prices for an adjustable height pintle hook mount (ouch) so I went with what I had talked about previously. I mounted a 1 7/8" ball coupler to a piece of 2" square tubing to put on the front of the trailer. I already had the adjustable ball hitch, so now instead of using it as a drop hitch, I'm using it as a raised hitch. So now if anyone has to borrow the trailer, I've got a ball mount for the front of the trailer, and an adjustable ball hitch to adjust for different height receivers.

While my buddy and I were at Harbor Freight the other day, he got me a Hitch Ball Wrench after hearing me complain about having to use a pipe-wrench to change out hitch balls. Well while getting this hitch thing set up for the move, I used it for the first time. I should have got one a long time ago! They're not expensive, and for sure a lot easier to use than a pipe wrench.
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Well, here is my HF Trailer I use for hauling my dirt bike.




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post #222 of 2846 Old 07-30-2012, 01:51 PM
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I finally got my ducks in a row and started my build.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/a...build-1399344/

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I finally got my ducks in a row and started my build.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/a...build-1399344/
Excellent! I'm looking forward to following along as you do your trailer build. It looks like more and more folks are discovering the practicality of these little trailers, and how they can be built nicely without breaking the bank.
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I've wanted to this for a very long time.... I think I will get to it very soon

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ArmyRN, I am inspired and have to ask. Where did you get those shackles from??
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