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Old 07-12-2007, 01:10 AM   #1
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Question DIY Adventure Trailer

Has anyone ever heard or seen of a homemade adventure trailer? I love the "adventure trailer" brand and I think they rock, but I wonder if someone couldn't build one for half the price? I know that you get what you pay for, but I wonder if you couldn't do your own and customize it for your specific needs?
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:30 AM   #2
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I have a couple ideas for you...hang on a bit...

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Guy we were camping with bought one of these, and basically fabbed/constructed a collapsable "A-Frame Cabin" on it. Pretty cool looking actually.

Not as "Refined" but has a nice rustic charm about it. Sory, no pics of it, as he's out and about.

This is where he got the idea:
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*Be sure to click on the FunkyJunkTrailer Link and see the 1954 Ranger Pop-Up!!

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If you can fab something like these, an adventure trailer is even easier. There's always the option of a recycler yard, and backhalfing a rig.

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are you talking about the "jeep trailers"? i bought mine for $500 w/bfg muds. i've used it on a couple camping trips and it was great. i leave in 2 weeks on a cross country road trip. what do you think about the wheel bearings, i repacked them, when i got it, and i might have 300 miles on it
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Taking a shortbed pickup bed and bobbing and lifting it, and then customizing it to your preference wouldn't really be all that hard... The only thing I think that would be a limitation would be the regular hitch. It might limit articulation to a certain degree. But if it's just for mild to moderate stuff, it's totally doable.
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Very nice off-road trailer!
http://www.wildyoats.com/off_road_trailer_build.htm
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search military m416 or m101 canadian trailers, they are built buy guys for expedition who dont go with adventure trailers

expeditionportal.com

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I had one of the small Coleman popups years ago. When I bought it, I had the axle flipped which raised it 3"and gave it a tongue height of 18" level. The Coleman trailers were unique back then because they were one of the few trailers with a steel frame inside and out. Most have all wood framing on the inside causing it to tweak if you wheel it. I don't know about now, but I bet they still pride themselves on that. I dragged that thing through some pretty heavy stuff and never had any major issues.
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Anybody know a good source for those old military trailers? Been looking for one can't find any.
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That's a great platform to build a nice adventure trailer off of! I'm a bit green eyed and envious!
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Anybody know a good source for those old military trailers? Been looking for one can't find any.
do a web search for "government surplus" or "army surplus" there is a site that lists all the government surplus auctions around the US and includes items that wil be available...

EDIT: the site I was thinking of is www.govliquidation.com... great site lists everything for sale all over the US by item then base it is located at... make a list of the bases located near you and go to her...
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A friend of mine picked up 2 at an auction. 1 of which had a satelite dish rig in the back of it. Turns out the whole rig was aluminum. 400 lbs worth. It ended up paying for the cost of both trailers.
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Here's my '25 Model T bed. It's a work in progress but I couldn't live without it on long camping trips.

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I like the idea of the adventure trailer. Having a Pintle and Leyete hitch would definitely give you much better articulation over a standard 2" ball. The old 1/4 ton jeep trailers are a great base to start with if you can find one... If I ever build one it will have a Toyota truck axle or at least a standard 6 on 5.5 bolt pattern for the similar spare tire. Have seen too many trailers on the side of the road due to someone not having a spare tire or bearing failure...an extra spindle always helps too...

If this one was closer, I would bit on it:
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This is probably the best solution for trailer articulation

http://www.locknroll.com/
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