Originally Posted by coops2k View Post
But I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your Alaska trip next year. Please keep us posted.
Since I have the chance to build or over build the frame, I am going to take it. Now I still need to decide how I want the box and tongue.
Some people here have done a fantastic job building their trailers and the information on this thread is the best there is, be it from post or links to other post. I am not sure that I would attempt to do a trailer without the information I have gotten here
I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque! - Bugs Bunny
It looks like the trailer tongue stand is earning its keep.
Just got back from my Labor Day trip to the Badlands Off Road Park in Indiana. I was able to put about 550 miles on the trailer with no issues. I had just built a lid for the trailer prior to this trip and was glad that I did. Shortly after this photo was taken a major thunderstorm rolled in (the reason that no gear is visible in the photo as we stored everything in prep for the storm), it rained very hard for about 4 hours! Well, the lid worked perfectly as I had ZERO water inside the box!!!
Originally Posted by coops2k View Post
This trip was tighter than the first trip, but not because of the additional night. This trip included a day of wheeling, so I had an action packer full of recovery gear as well as another bag of tools and such... but it all still fit in the trailer.
Currently my cooler goes inside the trailer box, and it takes up about 30% of the space. My plans are to build a longer tongue with a platform for the cooler on it, this will free up so much space that I know I could take a multiday trip out west to go wheeling with no problems.
The fenders arrived at the house. I ordered the 20" fenders so they shouldn't interfere with the little gas cans mounted on the sides (you can see in the picture I've only got a couple inches to play with before they hit the gas can). My wife will be emailing me the measurements, and then I'll post them. Oh; and she called the trailer my "garage ornament". I guess where I see potential Jeep trip adventures she just sees an overbuilt cardboard box storage unit.
This picture is before the 2" receiver tongue adapter thing. You can see the adjustable hitch the trailer is connected to.
This is the adjustable hitch I used (purchased I think at Auto Zone): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Auto-Drop-Ba...441#vi-content It was definitely money well spent.
And I just noticed something; I think there's free shipping on the adjustable hitch I linked above. I don't know if the hitch I linked above is the exact brand that I got, but it looks identical. Looks like the site has quite a few additional options for adjustable height/drop hitches.
Hole to hole: 20" (current fenders are 16.5")
Width: 6.5" (same as fenders on there now)
Which is what I was wanting; fenders just a little longer than what I currently had but not so much longer they would interfere with the fuel cells mounted on the sides.
These new fenders also have two holes pre-drilled on top (I guess for some type of factory mounting bracket). No big deal; maybe I'll find a use for them.
And notice how the trailer serves double duty as the empty cardboard box storage unit when not in use.
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