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Unread 01-22-2010, 12:18 AM   #1
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military off road trailer

what do you guy think about this as a good start to a solid off-road trailer? i think its a good price! opinions? im ganna email him tom. when i get a chance.


http://desmoines.craigslist.org/cto/1561221722.html

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Unread 01-22-2010, 01:08 AM   #2
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I'd be willing to bet that trailer is pretty heavy. Start modifying it to your needs, then load it up with gear and you might wish you went a different route.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 01:51 AM   #3
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Wow its rated at one and a half tons?

Should prob stay away its far to...... overly designed.
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Yeah, I don't have much experience towing stuff off road, but as far as on road, one thing I've learned is that Jeep's aren't meant for towing a lot of weight. If I were in your position, I'd pass on that and look for a 1/4 ton trailer.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 05:36 AM   #5
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Yeah that trailer is heavier then what your Wrangler is designed to tow. Aprox 2200lbs.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 06:46 AM   #6
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There are three common sizes of military trailers. The smallest is for towing behind a Jeep. The medium is for behind a 3/4 or 1 ton Chevy or Dodge military pickup. The third is the one you have pictured. It is for towing with a deuce and a half (big six wheel truck). DONT buy that to pull with a Jeep. Our emergency management group has the middle size and large size trailers. We also have a deuce and a half.
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I have on my TJ's list to buy a small trailer for camping gear, but I want no more then 1,000 lbs. when it's loaded. I towed about a 1,500 lbs. U-haul with my wife's KJ last month, and it was obvious that it was back there, which I'm sure tows better then a TJ.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 07:57 AM   #8
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This is the type you want for behind a jeep...

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Unread 01-22-2010, 08:28 AM   #9
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This is the type you want for behind a jeep...
even those are pretty heavy, all steel.

are you planning for dragging your stuff from home to camp, or towing it on the trail?
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even those are pretty heavy, all steel.

are you planning for dragging your stuff from home to camp, or towing it on the trail?
I own that one, they are NOT heavy. I can pick it up myself and stand it on end. They are less then 600lbs total weight. My little flatfender drags it down the trail and you can't even tell it is there. We frequently use the combination for trail cleanups because I can stuff my flatfender into the woods farther to get trash.

I have not towed my 1/4 ton trailer with my YJ, but I gurantee I wouldn't even know it is there. That is why this style trailer is VERY desirable. They are hard to find (in good shape) for under $800 and often go for $1200 or so.

Just because something is made of steel does not make it heavy. What do you plan to make it of plastic?
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Unread 01-22-2010, 08:35 AM   #11
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I have on my TJ's list to buy a small trailer for camping gear, but I want no more then 1,000 lbs. when it's loaded. I towed about a 1,500 lbs. U-haul with my wife's KJ last month, and it was obvious that it was back there, which I'm sure tows better then a TJ.
Which u-haul? Most U-haul trailers are just plain designed poorly and tow poorly.

You need to look into a THULE trailer if you want something that light. 1000lbs LOADED isn't much, you will reach that VERY quickly. Even the smallest trailers are 3-400lbs and camping gear is heavy. I haven't experience with the THULE trailer, but know a guy that loves his. They are very light duty though.

You may be able to get away with modifying the frame of those tiny harbor frieght trailers as well.

The only other option would be to go to an all aluminum trailer and those are $$
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I own that one, they are NOT heavy. I can pick it up myself and stand it on end. They are less then 600lbs total weight. My little flatfender drags it down the trail and you can't even tell it is there. We frequently use the combination for trail cleanups because I can stuff my flatfender into the woods farther to get trash.

Just because something is made of steel does not make it heavy. What do you plan to make it of plastic?
600 pounds is a lot of weight. just because the axle is centered and you can tilt it up does not change that.
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600 pounds is a lot of weight. just because the axle is centered and you can tilt it up does not change that.
It isn't for a trailer, especially one that needs to take the abuse of going off road. I wasn't just talking about just tilting it up, standing it on end - that uses the rear crossmember as the pivot point and your lifting the axle. When hitched to a jeep, one person can pick it up by the handles off the ground and move it around.

1/4 ton military trailers were towed by a 60 (SIXTY) hp jeep in WW2, and they weighed in about the same as an M416. A flatfender is ~2300 lbs wet.

Do you have experience towing a M416 behind a jeep? I have a LOT of seat time towing this trailer around LOADED and you hardly know it is following you - on AND off road.
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I have this 1/4 ton trailer I am about to sell



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Unread 01-22-2010, 10:10 AM   #15
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600 pounds is a lot of weight. just because the axle is centered and you can tilt it up does not change that.
Here the military pulled a similar sized trailer (M101CDN) behind 4cylinder Volkswagen diesels before they bought Mercedes.

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