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Unread 06-12-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Good start to an offroad trailer

For Dave Weston. He asked me to make a few mods to a little military trailer he drug up in the driveway.

His list went as follows-

Cut in a tailgate and stop it from being floppy afterwards.

Make the tailgate so you could sit on it without the trailer being hooked to anything and the tongue wouldn't lift.

Convert the drums to 5 on 4.5 so the new 33's would fit.

Make new fenders for the 33's.

Install a tongue jack with a caster so it could easily be pushed around.

The storage trays were my idea after needing a way to brace the lower edges of the fenders.

So this is what I came up with. The tongue jack has a pivot for the caster that you unlock to lock the caster up out of the way when towing.



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http://www.justaddrocks.com/davestrailer/trailer.htm

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Unread 06-12-2009, 07:24 PM   #2
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So this is why we seem to be playing phone tag.

Looks real nice. I like the slick way the tongue jack came out.
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Unread 06-12-2009, 07:35 PM   #3
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So this is why we seem to be playing phone tag.

Looks real nice. I like the slick way the tongue jack came out.
Yep, but I did call you back on your brake issue and I don't know what happened after that.
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Unread 06-12-2009, 07:48 PM   #4
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Yea, I got a missed call from you but I did figure it out shortly thereafter. Thanks for the attempt.

Since I didn't do the initial Vanco install, I was trying to reassemble the Vanco caliper bracket spacers in the wrong order after I resleeved my axle tube. The MORE steering bracket makes it a little harder to do. It came apart easy enough. Plus, I wanted to ensure I was torqueing & adding loctite to the bolts properly.
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Unread 06-12-2009, 08:39 PM   #5
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Can you show some more pics of the tongue and pintle hook setup.


NEVER MIND, I just saw the link LOL
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what are the dimensions on a typical military trailer like this? like frame X by Y & WMS. they don't look hard to make, especially using a wood bed.
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Unread 06-14-2009, 10:10 AM   #7
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Wow! I love it. This is my next project, if it looks as nice as that i will be pretty happy.
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Unread 06-14-2009, 10:13 AM   #8
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x2 on the tongue jack. very clever.
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Unread 06-14-2009, 10:28 AM   #9
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Nice work on the trailer..... your fab work on the sides gives appearance that trailer was always built that way. How heavy is that trailer? Is it hard to pull with that loaded trailer with a Jeep?
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I like the slide-out tailgate brace. It would be easy to make some kind of cage type thing that mounted on top of the tailgate and to those brace ends to keep things in if you need to run with an extra long load. The jack is slick too.
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Nice work on the trailer..... your fab work on the sides gives appearance that trailer was always built that way. How heavy is that trailer? Is it hard to pull with that loaded trailer with a Jeep?
I don't know the weight. I do know that when we hooked it up to the hitch to wire in the lights correctly, he pushed it with one hand while I steered the front and it was much easier than I thought it was going to be.
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Unread 06-14-2009, 11:07 AM   #12
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I like the slide-out tailgate brace. It would be easy to make some kind of cage type thing that mounted on top of the tailgate and to those brace ends to keep things in if you need to run with an extra long load. The jack is slick too.
Those slide-out tailgate supports also have drop legs that you pin in place so you can sit on the tailgate with it unhooked from the pintle and not have the trailer tip on you.

I am very pleased with the tongue jack. It cranks the wheel up against the bottom of the lunette shank so it doesn't rattle.

Sort of a cool thing- The trailer was in really good shape. With the exception of the tailgate, I didn't hack up or destroy any of the stock parts or mounting points so it could be converted back to the military look if he decides to sell it at some point.
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what are the dimensions on a typical military trailer like this? like frame X by Y & WMS. they don't look hard to make, especially using a wood bed.
I have no idea what the dimensions are. I just built onto it for the stuff he needed.
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Damn, I thought you were going to start offering Savvy Offroad Trailers!! Or was that wishful thinking?
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Unread 06-14-2009, 04:07 PM   #15
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Here's the dimensions

They are roughly 4' x 6' or close to it.



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