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Unread 08-24-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Bantam T3-C Trailer

I found this for sale locally. I don't know much about it except what I am researching now. Hoping that someone here can help me out. I am shopping for a candidate to build an expedition trailer but don't want to completely change something original. So, can anyone tell from the pics if this is a good candidate?

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Unread 08-24-2013, 04:30 PM   #2
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Looks like a good candidate for an expedition trailer to me.

Not like it's in museum condition.

Check out www.expeditionportal.com for some awesome Bantam builds.

A lot of people have built some extremely capable set-up's without hacking/destroying the originality of an old trailer.


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Unread 08-24-2013, 05:17 PM   #3
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Good candidate. I just wish someone would make them now! Not a take off from Harbor Freight, a real one.
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Unread 08-24-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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Good candidate. I just wish someone would make them now! Not a take off from Harbor Freight, a real one.
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I've seen a few companies making top of the line expedition trailers, but they are expensive.

I see nothing wrong with 'saving' an old M100 or M416 trailer and converting it to an expedition trailer.

Most of them that I find (both online and in person) are sitting around becoming one with the earth. Seems that most still have the drain plug intact and collect water like a bath tub, thus rusting the floor and bottom of the walls out.

I'd much rather see one getting used like they should be, as opposed to sitting around abandoned and neglected.

They frequently come up on CL around the country...most seem to go for $500-$1,000 depending on the condition.

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Unread 08-24-2013, 08:13 PM   #5
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it's been modified..it would be a good candidate if its not over priced
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Unread 08-25-2013, 07:00 AM   #6
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The civilian Bantam T3-C makes great trailers for gear and camping. the biggest thing you have to watch for is floor rot. If you are looking to restore one, that one I would pass on. If it is just something you want to customize then it will probably work for you. From the photos the floor was rotted out and repaired. the tailgate is not original, the hinges and hinge support are not correct, the fenders and tail lights are not original, and the hitch is not correct. It looks like some did a floor repair that was not a very good job. If I was looking for one I would pass unless it is really cheap like around $200.00. If you do get a T3-C plan on setting it up for shocks. They do not come factory installed and off road you really need them. These trailers bounce around a lot with out shocks.
Here are a couple of photos of mine. It is a 1946 T3-C. Mine is an original Calif trailer with no rot. The floor is original. It was a little rusty but no holes.
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Good candidate. I just wish someone would make them now! Not a take off from Harbor Freight, a real one.
These guys are making them, and seem to be well made.

http://www.manleyorv.com/

To the OP, I never knew Bantam used the squared fenders like the M416 used, and otherwise it looks modified already so I would go ahead and do it.

I know the desire to keep them original, as I have a M416 that is almost original. Only thing modified on mine is someone cut out the ability to install the drain plugs. I will be cutting the tailgate into it someday though, as to me it is not as useful as a floatable trailer as a gated trailer...
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I just looked at it a couple hours ago. That thing is roached bad and the seller is living in a dream world. If I even tried to tow it the frame (what's left of it) would pull right from the axle. What a mess! Back to the drawing board!
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Good candidate. I just wish someone would make them now! Not a take off from Harbor Freight, a real one.
I don't know if you'd consider the one pictured below a "real one", but DIY kits for these will be on the market this fall. The tub is fiberglass and bolts together so the parts can ship UPS ground; it can be put on a frame of your choice (including a Harbor Freight frame ).





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I was just reading about this. Dinoot or something, right?
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I was just reading about this. Dinoot or something, right?
Yes. www.dinoot.com
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Dinoot starts off with a Harbor Freight trailer.
Actually that's only one option. The company also offers welded frames for sale, and they have plans for building your own frames. It's completely up to the builder of the kit, you can build it however you like.
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I don't know, you'd have to contact them.

When they came out with their Jeep-tub trailer, I believe they offered early adopters of the kit a discount, but I don't know what they plan to do for the military kit.
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