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post #1 of 33 Old 06-03-2013, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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My budget (Harbor Freight) Jeep Trailer Build

Since I bought my Jeep a couple months back I have been wanting a small trailer I can tow behind it to stow my gear in for camping. I looked at the explorer box type designs and then ran across this thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/m...hread-1180456/ here on the forum. It inspired me to build my own design.

I will be documenting it as I make progress. The plan is to have it finished no later than June 27th. That is when my tent arrives I have on order and I plan on a long road trip to Yellowstone the week after the 4th of July.


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post #2 of 33 Old 06-03-2013, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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I bought the small trailer from Harbor Freight with the 12" tires and 1090lbs capacity. On sale and using a 20% off coupon it cost me $191 out the door with the Utah sales tax.

First thing was to make sure all the pieces were there as the boxes were pretty trashed when they brought it out of the warehouse. I got lucky and everything is here.




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Next I assembled the frame. This is as far as I went tonight as I am going to change it up a bit going forward. Tomorrow I am going to square up the frame and tighten down the bolts. Then I am going to paint the frame black before going forward. I do not like the red frame as it will not match my Jeep and I intend on the finished product matching my Jeep complete with maroon paint on the box.



Initially when I bought the trailer I toyed with the idea of purchasing all new hardware from Lowes or Ace that was 8.8 for the added strength. I was pleasantly surprised to find the HF comes with 8.8 hardware already. Granted it is made in China so take it for what its worth but I chose to go ahead and use the hardware supplied with the trailer.


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I'm looking forward to watching how you finish this thing off, and a report on your first adventure with your little trailer. What fun making it your own.....
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Today I painted the trailer frame black. I used "Hammered" black rustoleum. Looks great in person. Can't really notice the texture in the pics. I didn't worry about the inside that is still red in the pics. Once the floor is on I am going to undercoat the trailer for added protection and you will not see this when upright and being towed.




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Got some more of the trailer completed. This is the easy part. Now comes the fun part of building the box.

I was surprised to see the HF trailer had grease zerks installed.



The grease that was packed in the bearings looked extremely cheap. Just didn't look right. I cleaned it out and put real wheel bearing grease in to increase the life of the bearings.



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I am going to put off wiring the trailer until my box is built. I am also going to head to HF and pick up a 2" to replace the 1 7/8" the trailer came with. Going to check out plywood today for the deck and have decided to go with a tongue and groove style for the sides.

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Subscribed. I was thinking about doing the same thing this summer but was unsure of the quality of trailer and my fab skills. Thanks for starting this thread!

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Subscribed! I followed ArmyRn's build from day one. I'll be following yours now! Good luck and look forward to your finished product.
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These little HF trailers are a great platform to start from, and you've gotta start somewhere. And like a stock Jeep; they're fine in stock form, but there's so much you can do to them. And if there's a 25% off coupon out there, what are you waiting for?
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Will get some more pics up today or tomorrow. Still making progress. I got my deck installed and have started constructing the walls. I initially was going to go with a tongue and groove side but changed my mind. The T&G Cedar doesn't feel all that heavy or strong, and the selection Home Depot had wasn't very good, so I am using 1X8's on the side walls stacked 3 high.

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Will get some more pics up today or tomorrow. Still making progress. I got my deck installed and have started constructing the walls. I initially was going to go with a tongue and groove side but changed my mind. The T&G Cedar doesn't feel all that heavy or strong, and the selection Home Depot had wasn't very good, so I am using 1X8's on the side walls stacked 3 high.
I wonder if anyone ever considered using some siding for the trailer's box sides? I forget what it's called - T1-11 or something like that. It's sold in sheets like 4x8 plywood. It's designed for the sides of houses, so it should weather well. If you were making your trailer's sides 24" tall or less, seems like one sheet should do the trick. I have no idea what a sheet costs these days (it was 30 years ago when I was working at a Home-Depot like place - anybody ever heard of "Scotty's" in the south east?).

Just tossing out a suggestion.
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I wonder if anyone ever considered using some siding for the trailer's box sides? I forget what it's called - T1-11 or something like that. It's sold in sheets like 4x8 plywood. It's designed for the sides of houses, so it should weather well. If you were making your trailer's sides 24" tall or less, seems like one sheet should do the trick. I have no idea what a sheet costs these days (it was 30 years ago when I was working at a Home-Depot like place - anybody ever heard of "Scotty's" in the south east?).

Just tossing out a suggestion.
That actually sounds like a good idea. In fact if I hadn't already bought a lot of the lumber I may have tried this suggestion. Gives me ideas for the future projects however. I am wondering if it would hold up at 70mph on the freeway.

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I am been working on this a little bit every day. Here is the progress so far.

Bought a 4X8 sheet of plywood and had it cut down. I will use one piece for the deck and the other piece will be used for my lid when I get to that point.


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