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post #91 of 2802 Old 09-18-2011, 03:23 AM
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Fiberglass can be much more cost effective than sheet aluminum for projects like this - I've done an analysis of the cost of the materials for the trailer tub kit molds I'm working on; should take me less than $200 in resin and fiberglass to make the 4' mini-trailer tub kit.



That's not including the cost of resin and fiberglass to make the molds themselves, but those are a one-time expense that would get amortized over the number of tub kits made.


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post #92 of 2802 Old 09-18-2011, 08:08 AM
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Fiberglass can be much more cost effective than sheet aluminum for projects like this - I've done an analysis of the cost of the materials for the trailer tub kit molds I'm working on; should take me less than $200 in resin and fiberglass to make the 4' mini-trailer tub kit.



That's not including the cost of resin and fiberglass to make the molds themselves, but those are a one-time expense that would get amortized over the number of tub kits made.
Great idea. Make a m416 replica and I'll take one.
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post #93 of 2802 Old 09-18-2011, 11:15 AM
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And so it begins...
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Im thinking im going to paint the frame black before I get to far into it. That way it matchs my jeep.
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post #95 of 2802 Old 09-18-2011, 01:13 PM
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Frame scuffed and painted. Now the drying time... Maybe beer time.
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post #96 of 2802 Old 09-18-2011, 05:53 PM
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Went and bought the decking, stain, sealer. Got the decking countersunk so it sits flat on the frame and not held up by the frame bolts. Then made the cut outs for the stakes. Now I just finished sealing the bottom then stained the top wainting for stain to dry so I can seal the top tonight so I can work with it tomorrow after I get off work. I also repacked the wheel bearings. Wow there wasn't much in them! I was able to pack a half dollar size pile in each one. They are ready to rock now.
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post #97 of 2802 Old 09-20-2011, 08:25 PM
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Ok haven't had much time to work on it. Got an hour or so in on it tonight. Got it all done but the wiring and rails. The bottom has sealer on it just not stain. So it is weather resistant. I'm very happy with the way the frame turned out. Black is going to look much better then red. And it's going to match my jeep nice.
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post #98 of 2802 Old 09-20-2011, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Looking good; can't wait to see how you finish the sides and stuff off. Be sure and wire it before you bolt the lumber down (I made that mistake once years ago with my first HF trailer).
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post #99 of 2802 Old 09-22-2011, 09:50 AM
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Made some more progress on it. Go all the wiring done. I put heat shrink on the ends that you see near the lights. To make it look a little nicer. Started on the sides. Doing all the cuts by hand since I live in an apt. Ill have to take the sides off to get it outside. This is how I have to leave it till monday. I fly out in just a little bit to loudon NH. As I said before I work on a Nascar team and it can slows progress down big time when you got to leave for four days.
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post #100 of 2802 Old 09-26-2011, 03:41 PM
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Ok just got back today from the track. Go a little bit done today. Got all the boards fitted up and drilled. I just got done staining them. Then have to seal it when its dry here in a little bit.
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post #101 of 2802 Old 09-27-2011, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Looking good! Are you going to keep it stored in your apartment when you're not using it? You will be amazed as to how much stuff you can put in that little trailer, and how much space you'll have freed up inside your Jeep because of it. Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress.
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post #102 of 2802 Old 09-28-2011, 02:11 PM
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Man...now I've got two "mini/ micro" trailers to drool at!! Thanks guys.... :-D

1911Tyler: I'm very anxious to see how your build pan's out. Are you planing on triangulating the tongue or just leave it as a "T" for now!?

ArmyRn: as always your trailer looks awesome! Still following your original build along with this one!!

Any plans for either of you gents to enclose the trailer and possibly mount a RTT and use it as a base camp style rig!?

Keep up the good work!
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post #103 of 2802 Old 09-28-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Man...now I've got two "mini/ micro" trailers to drool at!! Thanks guys.... :-D

1911Tyler: I'm very anxious to see how your build pan's out. Are you planing on triangulating the tongue or just leave it as a "T" for now!?

ArmyRn: as always your trailer looks awesome! Still following your original build along with this one!!

Any plans for either of you gents to enclose the trailer and possibly mount a RTT and use it as a base camp style rig!?

Keep up the good work!
Thank-you for the compliments.

I like to think of my little trailer as a base camp rig, but no, I've got no plans to put a RTT on it. I don't think it is big enough. I carry a large tent I got from Walmart inside the trailer, and it is a lot larger than the sizes of tents folks use as a RTT. Inside the tent has plenty of room for cots and gear to be stored. I still might get an upholstery place to make me a heavy duty vinyl liner with a lid for my trailer.

I'm looking forward to seeing how 1911Tyler finishes off his trailer too. There are tons of ways to customize these things to make them fit your particular needs.
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That'd be cool to have a lid on it to keep your gear dry. But I assume that a taught bungied down tarp would provide the same affect!

I'd be building one of these "behemoths" in my shed (14x18) as I don't have a garage. Is the finished product fairly heavy? I have roughly a 1.5-2 foot drop/ difference from the shed to the ground. I'd also need to check my door widths (2 folding doors) they're approximately 2.5-3 feet wide, should be more than adequate.

It comes with the title/information too right...? So you'd just be going for inspection then to the MVA for tags n such!?

ArmyRN: Do you have any current/ update photos!? Driveway, loaded/ unloaded, action shots...ect!!??
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...I like to think of my little trailer as a base camp rig, but no, I've got no plans to put a RTT on it. I don't think it is big enough...
I think you can actually fit a pretty good size tent on a mini trailer. An option I've designed for the fiberglass Jeep-style tub I'm building is a hard tonneau cover that flips open to form a tent platform. On a 4' long x 5' wide trailer, you end up with a 5 x 8 platform when it's open:



This design would use any generic tent that fits on the available platform space, so it would be very economical. I suppose it may be debatable if you're carrying such a tent whether it would be better just to pitch it on the ground rather than on the top of the trailer though... I haven't made up my mind on that one yet...

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