I'm planning to hand build my overhead rails, rack and fab out a trailer as well. Anyone else done this? I really like the pikespeak trailers and plan on basing my design loosely on their builds, just for a lot less money! For the rails, was thinking of 2" tubing side rails with a similar size rack welded to them. I see no reason to have a removable rack on a truck with such limited cargo space. Anyone have pics of builds you've done? Would really like some good ideas to choose from.
Did you build this from scratch or start with a commerical based frame? I think on the front rack area I would either run another rail around the perimeter or expanded metal to allowing storage of smaller items with out any worry of it falling out.
It looks like the rear cover is padded..is it? Is it hinged to flip forward?
"If you have a difficult job to do....Give it to a lazy man....He'll find the easy way to do it."
The original frame was a 4x6 tilt bed that was modified. For some reason we thought it would be easier to modify than start from scratch, proved quite difficult in the end. We raised the sides to 24" and beveled the boards to maintain a water tight seal. The front basket was supposed to have expanding metal wrapping it, but I ran out of time. The lid lifts to open and the tailgate falls flush with the bed for loading . All of the metal and the top lid is Herculined for weather proofing. Total of about 50 hrs in it plus original cost. I now realize why Pikes Peak charges so much for theirs. When I have time I'll post more pics of the detail work that took so much time and effort.
2010 Jeep Liberty
Thanks for the compliments, guys. That trailer was a ton of work, sweat and a little blood...
I would recommend everyone try a custom project some time, gives a new appreciation for the fabricators out there. Mad props to my Dad and his hands at ABS Welding for assisting me put it together!
As for my beautiful family, I'm just blessed beyond words can say. My wife allowed me to drive the Libby all the way to MS from NJ to pull that trailer back home. Quite a trip!
2010 Jeep Liberty