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|09-05-2019 02:09 PM|
My modded HF trailer may be for sale soon as im possibly about to acquire a M116 3/4 ton military trailer.
I made it as far as welding it all up shortening it To 6 feet long from 8 feet, adding a 1 ton axle with larger wheels tires, fenders, led lights ect. I kind of stalled after that on the project.
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|09-04-2019 06:18 AM|
Originally Posted by armyRN View Post
Headed out of town this weekend for a funeral and then I'll start watching for HF / NT coupons!
|09-03-2019 11:19 AM|
Originally Posted by chadci View Post
|09-03-2019 11:15 AM|
Originally Posted by jeepdaddy2000 View Post
|09-03-2019 06:36 AM|
|chadci||Just a note to say thank you for starting this massive thread and sharing your build and to all the other builders sharing theirs. I was reading at Tventuring and someone linked to this and, such a wealth of knowledge. I don't have a Jeep, rather an Outlander but, we do several trips a year and need more storage, but, with a lower tow rating ( 1500lbs) I can't go too big. I think I know what direction to go in. Thanks again.|
|09-03-2019 06:20 AM|
Originally Posted by armyRN View Post
There is no way you can live in Portland and drive around with your dino juice burning not a Tesla Jeep and survive the leftist fruits and nuts living there
|09-02-2019 12:19 PM|
Is there such a thing as "Trailer Bling"? I like to decorate my shop with metal signs - most of them are Jeep (or Willys) related. Some of them I get from Hobby Lobby (you really need to check them out), and others I get from on-line places, metal sign-booths at fairs, etc. But my recent Hobby Lobby sign find I put on my trailer.
Usually when I put something on my trailer it serves a purpose. Not this time. It was blue, I thought it was cool, and I had a place to put it. Two holes and done. Is it weird to decorate your trailer?
Here is a small sample of what I have hanging in my shop. Usually if I find one I don't have, I buy it. But sadly there are a few out there that are a little too too risqué that even if they have a flat fender in the background, I don't buy it.
|08-29-2019 03:42 PM|
|downs||Love this thread. My shortened modded 4x8 folding HF trailer is still a basic flatbed. No built on cargo boxes or the like. Just throw on boxes as needed.|
|08-29-2019 10:17 AM|
Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
At this Overland Expo East, the Four-Wheeler Overlanding Adventure East participants are supposed to have a special parking & camping(?) area. So the Jeep & trailer should be there somewhere.
|08-29-2019 04:54 AM|
My Harbor Freight based trailer will probably be at Overland East as well, Overland Outfitters borrowed it from me to carry stuff to the Smokey Mountain Jeep Invasion last week and they've asked to use it for Overland East as well.
|08-28-2019 08:50 AM|
|profdlp||I went back and visited ARLington a couple years ago. Didn't look like they had enough room for an outdoor-anything, much less an overland expo. I've been close enough to ARRington to believe that that will be a great place for the event. Hope you have a blast!|
|08-27-2019 10:44 PM|
Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
|08-27-2019 09:23 PM|
|profdlp||Typo in there, just to save anyone from getting lost. I grew up in Arlington. The Expo is in Arrington. Bet the Post Office loves that!|
|08-27-2019 08:06 PM|
So I mounted the trailer's rear spring perch mounts back 2", and installed the 28" long 740lb springs from Stenglebros (make sure you get bushings - they're a different size than the ones for the 26" long springs). Redrilled the spring plate so the centering hole was back 1.5", and the axle spring perch hole 1.5" back (was already drilled actually from the factory; a nice coincidence). So I actually moved the axle 1/2" forward from where it was before (so now better centered under the fenders). So the axle is not in the centered on the spring, but 1.5" forward from center. On my drive up into Canada, this seemed to be the perfect spring; not too soft like the 575lb springs, and not too stiff like the 850lb springs. Finally.
And yes; I got selected for the Four-Wheeler Overlanding Adventure East. So if anyone will be attending the Overlanding Expo East in Arrington, VA in October (2019), my Jeep and trailer will be there. Come check it out if you're attending!
|08-06-2019 10:26 PM|
One thing I've been messing with on the trailer are the springs. All have been purchased from Stengelbros. I started out with 26" long two-leaf springs rated at 575lbs each. Which was fine, until I started adding even more stuff to the trailer. Then I thought they might be a little too soft when the trailer's fully loaded and all the gas and water cans are full. So prior to this 3000 mile pre-run I switched them over to their 26" three-leaf springs rated at 850lbs each. A little too stiff for me (even though I could see them flexing a little out the side view mirror). So now I have on order their 28" long three-leaf springs rated at 740lbs each. Hopefully these will be "just right". I'm having to move the rear shackle back 2" (can't move the front spring mount), and I'll have to re-drill the axle/spring mount hole on the U-bolt plate about 1.5" back to keep the tires centered under the fenders.
So 3000 miles on the trailer in July, and I'll be putting another 5000 miles on the trailer later this month going to the Arctic Ocean and back. So that's 8000 miles on the trailer. Oh - I've got new tires on the trailer for starting out on this Arctic Ocean Trip (the Goodyears were about wore out). Same size (235/75/15) but in an "LT" series and a six-ply (vs. the four-ply Goodyear tires that were on there). I also repacked the bearings.
Then... when I get back, I'm driving from here (WA) to Florida to visit my parents/family/friends, and planning on driving Route 66 on the way back (been wanting to do Route 66, and now's the time while I'm unemployed). And I plan on doing it with my... 2008 Toyota Yaris (what???) since my credit card will be loaded up with all the gas purchases from my pre-run and actual trip. So I'll be packing light (still want to camp along the way and I won't have the trailer).
Unless... I get selected to participate in this trip:
Then in that case I'll be driving the Jeep and trailer to Florida (minus the kayak), do the linked event, then Route 66 back to WA to my ever patient loving wife (figure another 7000 miles on the trailer round-trip if I get selected). Then it's time to find another job to pay off my credit card and such (I am racking up the Cabela's points though).
So that would be like 15,000 miles on the trailer over the course of a couple months From northern Canada to Florida... and back. This trailer gets used. They were designed to go on adventures. Build one and take your Jeep on an adventure.
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