....woh, that was a lot of reading...
Anyway, finally got through the whole thing, all 42 pages.
First of all thanks ArmyRN for starting this thread, and everyone else for that matter for sharing your ideas, and experiences.
I ended up buying the 1090 lb. red trailer using the 4th of July coupon.
Put it together without much issue, except for a few cuts thanks to tight spaces. Ordered some lumber that I'll be picking up Sunday, 3/4" plywood for the floor, tongue and groove boards, some water proofer, and stain; just to get a base since we're going camping Monday.
I'll use the 500 mile trip to see how it does.
When I come back, my to-do:
54" hub face, I think if I go too much wider, it'll compromise the integrity of the axle, though I don't think I'll ever load 3500 lb. of anything in the trailer
38.5" spring centers
Probably removing the smallest leaf in the spring pack
When I do replace the axle, I'm probably going to take the trailer apart, scuff it, and bed line it.
Really like the idea of extending the tongue http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...-sort-1209834/
I'm thinking taller walls, piano hinge lid, and attachments for a battery, lights, folding table, and odd mounts for my hi-lift, and other such tools, and containers.
I really like the look on pentaflex's trailer, but I'll probably stick to the more civilized 205 75r15 tires for a while found some great deals as low as $80 for a wheel tire combo, and I'll mount my spare on the lid, or front of the trailer
For now I'm just using the stock tongue, and a 6" drop hitch to keep it semi level, since I'm at a 3.5" lift and 315 75r16 tires, down the road, I really like this coupler idea
I'm feeling a little scattered right now after reading all 42 pages of the thread, so I think it's best if I just get the basics going, and worry about the rest later.
I was second guessing myself when deciding which trailer to get, the one I got, or the bigger 1720 lb. guy, but considering I would have ended up cutting it, I'm pretty happy with the micro trailer especially considering I got it for $178 out the door with the coupon, as ridiculous as it looks behind my Jeep now, I just need to add some gear to give it some Jeep cred.
Just a couple questions for now, with the 3500 lb. axle, would there be any benefit of a larger hub bolt pattern beside preference? I don't think I'll ever use the tires I have on the Jeep, on the trailer, and I would think there is greater availability of wheels (5 on 4.5), and consequently tires.
Can I get away with the 2000 lb. axle. I think I read on one of the axle builder sites, that it's not recommended to go over a 16" overhang, but I doubt I'll ever have any more than 500 lb. in the trailer, or should I just play it safe with the extra $10 and get the 3500 lb. one?
And lastly, since it's such a lightweight trailer, and rarely loaded to the axle's limits, would I benefit in getting the axle cambered?
Thank you all in advance, and thanks again for all your posts, they've been extremely helpful