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Unread 04-26-2016, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default Phil's Offroad Trailer Build #2

I started a new trailer build. This time from scratch. I learned a lot from modifying that CalTrans one. I designed this one EXACTLY how I wanted it. When it's done it will be pretty awesome....to me at least. I'll try and keep this thread updated.
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So I started a new trailer build. This time from scratch! I learned so much from the last trailer. I basically retrofitted an old caltrans trailer. It was way more work than I wanted but still a great experience. I have to have this thing done for a Moab trip June 1. At least rolling, registered, and tent mounted! Along with last minute fixes on the truck. So far I have the frame done, welded. Base of the box cut and will be welded tomorrow. It should have been a roller but etrailer sent the wrong Timbren stuff! I'm open to tips as I know there are some very experienced trailer builders here. Here are some specs...

Frame.. 75" L 50.5" W.
2x3x .120 wall
2.5x2.5x1/4 wall running all the way through

Total length is 11' 6" I think....I will be adding a swing away receiver for storing. Not set on tongue length yet.

Box. 1 3/4" x .120 wall DOM box frame. (I wanted .095 HREW but I have 4 sticks of this laying around). Weight is approx 20-30lbs total....the box is welded to a 1"x 2" x .120 wall frame that bolts to the trailer frame..the one I designed is a bit tall. I'm messing with frame height as this Timbren suspension keeps things low. My rear bumper receiver is approx 30" tall. The mock up I have has the frame around 23-24". It will be here tomorrow so I will bolt it up then. I really don't like the 30" frame height to match the receiver. It will make for a small box to keep COG low and then I'm mounting a Huge Tepui Gran Sabana Ruggedized tent on top. I think I will be sticking with the 24" max 26" frame height. I'll know more tomorrow. My truck is on 37" tires and the trailer has them as well.

I have lots of plans for this trailer. I never took my last one into he rubicon but I wanted to. I was never confident with how it towed....and it was too tall. Didn't have brakes either.

My goal is to keep this thing low and towing great. My 4Runner is a 4th gen that is solid axle front and rear coilovers. Front WMS is 71" rear is 69". Trailer is 66" WMS. I have the 3500lb progressive Timbren axle less suspension, 6k hubs, with the 4" lift. I have drums with electric brakes for 17" wheels.

I figured this is some basic info to start the thread with. I'll try and figure out how to post pictures here. It's been a while since I've been on the forums.
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http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...-Trailer-build

I don't use image hosting thing anymore. This site won't let you post pics from an I pad like expedition portal so I'll post the thread link. Unless someone can help
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