Putting together an expedition trailer, using a 1988 Packmule as the base. Realize every thread is worthless without pics. It is likely to be a long project given the lack of time available.
Picking it up in gold country, kind of different than other packmule's I have seen in that it has shovel, axe and high-lift jack holders on the front.
The trailer itself
Mocked up the trailer with 35's and pintler rims. This is so I only have to carry one spare.
I looked at just adding shocks to the leaf springs for dampening but decided to go with the Timbren axle-less suspension instead. The parts should be showing up soon, I will also add electric brakes at that time as well. Here is a youtube of the suspension. This suspension adds a 4" lift and extends the spindles to run larger tires. It is built on 3500 lbs spindles but a 2000 lb suspension. I'll go with a lock n roll hitch system once I know how high it will sit.
After the suspension is on, without an axle I am hoping to fit a 18 gallon water tank underneath between the frame rails. If not I'll have to put it inside the trailer. I plan on adding a harbor freight tongue box to hold two batteries a charger etc. to run a pump for the water tank.
The batteries will also run a ARB 50 qt fridge/freezer that will be installed inside the trailer. I got some 3" angle iron and cut it to 48" and bought some heavy-duty 48" slides and will put a deck in so that the entire floor will slide out allowing access to the fridge and other gear inside. Once the deck is in I can see how large of a propane tank will fit to run the stove and hot water shower, etc.
I need to add a top rail system to hold the roof top tent. I'll be going with the Tepui Kukeman Sky model, thankfully they are in Santa Cruz so I can just go drive down and pick it up when I am ready. For the price they offer the best features. http://www.tepuitents.com/models/kukenam-sky-tent.html
I'll keep posting pics as I get significant things done. lowranger yours was the inspiration and thanks for posting the link to the packmule I ended up buying. I will be replacing the rusted jerry cans with Nato style cans and frontrunner holders.
Expedition portal has some real good write-ups of trailer builds that fueled some of the other ideas. Hopefully I'll see you on a run with it someday.