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    I'm building a small trailer to take camping. It will sort of match my Jeep, mostly in color and tires. I plan on a small frame basket that can hold a couple of action packers with two crossbars that I can put a cargo carrier on. Its going to have a rear receiver for a hitch too, and 33s. Here's some pics- the hubs are too large for the centerholes on the Jeep ravine rims, if you look at the pic of the inside of the rim you can see a grease ring from the end of a hub I stuck in to see how it fit. The hole in the rim is concave from the inside so it clears the first 3/4". A common solution is a hole saw, but I'm going with 1.5" spacers with a 3.25" center hole and swapping out the bearing buddys for standard caps, maybe flat ones. The axle came with leaf springs mounted to pieces of steel with holes for the fenders, both fenders and 3 tires that I don't need, I'll be listing them soon along with the bearing buddys. $40.00 for all, trades always possible! there's a pic of that stuff with a Jeep sway bar and tie rod on top, I'll be taking better pics and listing them soon.

    so far I've taken everything apart and cleaned up the axle, painted it red. it's a boat trailer axle. The tires are Firestone Destination ATs, not my first choice for my Jeep but fine for this. In a pinch I can run a flat tire on the trailer and swap one of these to the Jeep. Next step is to clean up both hubs, repack the bearings and put the axle back together. The spacers should be here later this week (the pic is from ebay), then I'll bolt up the axle and tires and start measuring for the frame.

    I'm also trying to work in YJ flares that Monsterburb was kind enough to give me, and I have to pickup leaf springs from Nativetaco and a receiver from GlacierPaul- thanks to all of you.

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    cool. what all do you plan to "incorporate" into it? ive been planning a similar idea, but a neutral design for any rig. will some certain dedicated spaces for things that wont ever transfer otherwise. and then some general open space for "stuff".

    what do you plan for a hitch? multi-axis? home made or bought?

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    AWESOME !!! I liked my lil trailer then built it bigger, then bigger again............ damn thing. seriously enjoy

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    I'm not surprised you have a monster trailer, Ed!! I'm going to keep it simple, not much more than a roofrack on wheels. There will be 3 crossmemebers under the rack with receivers front, rear and center; the tounge will bolt through the front and center ones with the rear still available for whatever, but I'll be able to remove the tounge and put it in from the rear should I get too hung up on a trail. I'll also be able to shorten it by sliding it in to fit in all 3 for better offroad manuverability. I have a big cargo carrier for the top of it. I'm not going to do onboard air / water /power anything like that, I want to keep it simple and inexpensive. I also plan on being able to change the coupler out, I'm planning to have a regular 2" ball and a pintle to choose from.

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    Awesome. Keep the posts coming. This should be cool.

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    Hell yeah !! Keep us posted

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    turtling along, the spacers showed up today so I cleaned / repacked the bearings and hubs, put the spacers on with locktite and a torque wrench and bolted it up. I put the carrier on top as part of the mock up, and took some measurements. You can see a 4' ruler on top of the tires in one shot, it's got about 44" of clearance between the tires, I'm thinking a 38 - 40" frame width so far. the carrier will be much higher up with a roof rack style rectangular basket under it with two raised crossmembers for mounting the carrier.
               

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    Cool! I will be getting the receiver hitch soon Paul!
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    got this at a yardsale this morning, pays to go to work early!! it's a putnam 8 ton hybrid deal, has a 2 5/16" ball. The guy used it for pulling a cement mixer around, so it seems like awesome overkill for my little trailer. It was $30.00 and I got him to include a photo tripod sans head, pretty good deal!

    this video explains it

          

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    anyone want to trade a 2" ball for the 2 5/16" on in the pics?

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    i have an 1 7/8 you can have if that would work for ya..Not sure where I got it
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    I am pretty sure I have an extra 2" ball, I will trade you, as I am not sure I have a 2 5/16" one laying around .
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    I've been planning on building my own (if I can ever afford it!). It's nice to see I'm not the only one thinking about that now

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    You can have mine Paul, I really don't need a trade. You can have the ball & whatever to part it's attached to it is called as well. My trailer came complete with a load equalizing hitch so the old one is collecting dust.
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    thank you all very much!!! I can't get the 2 5/16 one off yet, I don't have the right size socket. tried it with a pipe wrench and some leverage, nothing... I may have to torch it. If i could find a 2 5/16" straight coupler for 2" tube I'd just keep it, but I can only find v-couplers so far.

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    finally getting back into this, hope to wrap it up in Feb.

    - 20000 lb lunette, four 1/4" steel tie downs, and the 2 5/16" ball will be wrapped in protecto wrap too see if it keeps the lunette quiet

    -Two TJ hitch receivers waiting for the saw. Tacoma springs, XJ shackles, pintle & mount sanded and painted. Axle / tires ready to go.
          

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    Nice trailer.

    I've always wondered one thing: why do trailers like these have AT or MT tires? Do the tires really matter on the trailer? Or are they used (and sized) to be "rolling spares" for the tow vehicle?

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    I've asked the same question Tom. Best answer I've received is that scampers an other super aggressive tires are used to help with sliding while side hilling

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    I'm using 33s and wheels to match my Jeep because I think it looks cool. Same reason I'm painting it red and black. I've been looking at a ton of builds for these and a lot of people use them because they already have them. Some guys have 31s on the trailer and 35s on the Jeep- as long as the trailer axle has as much clearance as the diff on your Jeep I think whatever tire gets you there will work, it just comes down to personal taste. I do like the idea of extra spare tires, but mostly I'm doing it for looks.

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    Looks great Paul!

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