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post #1 of 36 Old 05-03-2010, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Flick's Offroad/Utility Trailer Build

OK, so I got the idea for an offroad/utility trailer after seeing a guy build up a M416 at one of our local Jeep clubs website. He told me where he was getting alot of his info. So when I decided to do a write up, I decided to do it on the forum where I got most of my info, and because I only wanted to "maintain" one build thread.

1st and foremost, I want to say a BIG thanks to Jason (WylieJK). I don't know how to weld, although I am slowly learning, nor do I have all of the tools necessary to pull this off, and without him, I would be nowhere in this build. Also, thanks to RustyNuts, I used some of the ideas I got from your build thread.

Guess that is why the Jeep is called a "Utility" vehicle
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Check it out, and let me know what you think.

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Makes me want to accelerate my future plans for welding classes at the tech school.

Looking good so far So are you going to put a build thread in the write-up library so I can add it to index?

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So are you going to put a build thread in the write-up library so I can add it to index?
Maybe, but for now I'm just gonna keep my write-up threads to just the one site

Anyone have any ideas for tie downs inside the box, that won't take away from me trying to keep it as flat/smooth as possible?

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Maybe, but for now I'm just gonna keep my write-up threads to just the one site

Anyone have any ideas for tie downs inside the box, that won't take away from me trying to keep it as flat/smooth as possible?


E Track System

Check eTrailer.com or simply google "E track Tie Down"

I'm planning to install these in my M416 when the time comes.

BTW, just saw the more in depth pics on Expedition Portal. Nice work so far.


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This thread needs more pics

Thanks for the props by the way Brian.

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This thread needs more pics...

Thanks for the props by the way Brian.
OK, OK, OK. I'll maintain multiple build threads, since no one wants to click on a link to take a look at it.

Really, I hope everyone enjoys it, and maybe it will inspire some others.

My Build pics

Who knew that the Jeep would haul steel. Guess that is why it is called a "Utility" vehicle


Squared up frame. Using 2x3 14ga


Axle setup (http://goo.gl/k32N) I went with these just to get the 5x5 bolt pattern that my Jeep has, not for the 3500 lbs.




Mocked up with some 35x12.5" tires mounted. I'm gonna use some BFG AT KO 33x12 on Rubicon wheels for the finished product.


Front tongue started. Installed the receiver stock through the front part of the frame, and tied it to the front cross member.

Thanks to Martyn for the coupler. I could not be happier with it, and everyone that sees it just :drool: at the sight.

Bottom 14ga going on


I didn't get any pictures of it, but there is also some receiver stock going through the back of the frame and to the back cross member. It sticks out less than 1/4".

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Floor done. It has 6 plug welds, 3 per cross member.


Checking height of wall. The posts are 20", so with the top put on it makes the wall 21.5" high.


Side rails up all around


Better view of the side rails, and you can really see the plug welds


The V for the tongue complete


Side skin done


Fender support done




Holes for 2" LED lights drilled (2-1/8" hole size), and fish tape hanging out. Used the fish tape so we could weld on the frame without worrying too much about melting it.



So that is where we are to at this point. Painted black, will probably paint the tub red at some point. Also installed the lights, so it is fully functional. I'll get some pics taken, and post 'em up.

Now I'm sure the fun begins with add ons and changes.

Next big things up will be tail gate, and lid.

Anyone with ideas for some tie downs? I'm trying to keep everything as flat as possible, so that it can still be used as a utility trailer to haul things like dirt or wood. I was thinking about something like this http://goo.gl/vzQt this http://goo.gl/nGwG or this http://goo.gl/hyEr?, but I am just not 100% sure.

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Looking good, nice build.

I see you won yard-of the-month too, congrats

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Looking good, nice build.

I see you won yard-of the-month too, congrats
No yard-of the-month here That was at my buddy's garage, he's the HOA pres and was giving it to a neighbor.

Hopefully I'll get some new pics taken this week, and uploaded.

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Anyone with ideas for some tie downs? I'm trying to keep everything as flat as possible, so that it can still be used as a utility trailer to haul things like dirt or wood. I was thinking about something like this http://goo.gl/vzQt this http://goo.gl/nGwG or this http://goo.gl/hyEr?, but I am just not 100% sure.

Comments/Ideas/Suggestions? Feel free.

Looking good.

Mac's got some nice stuff. Buy it once kind of deal.



http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/category/VersaTieTrackKits






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Or jumbo size it like Loki646 mentioned above...


http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/category/ETrack





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Or jumbo size it like Loki646 mentioned above...


http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/category/ETrack





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I like the E-track for its cost and versatility. There are a lot more connection options with the e-track. The other nice feature of the E-track is you can mount it both on the floor of the tub or the side walls. being it is relatively flat, having it on the floor does not make it difficult for cargo to slide over. The other track Rusty mentioned is an excellent option, but is best served on the side walls only, but then you still need to buy the actual straps as you only get eyelets for your $80+ bucks.

Mainly the cost is what sold me on the E-track though. If you are near a Tractor Supply, most of them stock the E-track. However you may need to order online for longer track sections as TSC usually only stocks the 2' sections. Rusty's link looks very comparative to eTrailer.com's web prices so either would be a great online source to order from.

If you are concerned with cost being an indicator to the products quality, don't be. Have you ever seen the inside of most Semi box trailers or even moving trucks, most have the E-track installed in them. They are definitely a test proven product.


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Mac's got some nice stuff. Buy it once kind of deal.

http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/category/VersaTieTrackKits

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Yeah, I had looked at some similar ones, and they do look interesting, but the down fall that I see in them is they have to be screwed or riveted in since they are made of aluminum or stainless.

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Or jumbo size it like Loki646 mentioned above...
http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/category/ETrack
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I think I'm going to go with this system. One real big plus to me is that it can be welded into place. Also, they look to be cheaper and more versatile than the other systems I've looked at.

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If you are near a Tractor Supply, most of them stock the E-track. However you may need to order online for longer track sections as TSC usually only stocks the 2' sections. Rusty's link looks very comparative to eTrailer.com's web prices so either would be a great online source to order from...
I didn't know that Tractor Supply might carry them, that's awesome. There is one right down the road from me, less than 5 miles.

Thanks for the info. Hopefully after doing a brake job this week, I can get back on the trailer.

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Looking good! Keep it up. Adam


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OK, so I have finally taken the time to get some more pics.

The trailer now has lights, a tailgate and a coat of black paint.

The lights, all the way around are the same, 2” Round LED Marker/Clearance Lights. I think they turned out great.








Sitting behind the Jeep. Going to get the trailer some new BFG AT KO tires, so my buddy can have his tires and wheels back


Next up will be to finish out the fenders with some metal, a lid, and probably some expanded metal on the tongue. Not sure, but this might wait until after my vacation.

I'm always open to Comments/Ideas/Suggestions?

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Looking good. What are your plans for covering the fenders? Polished alum. diamond plate might go well there.


Has the build been what you expected, easier, or more difficult?

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Great job Flick, looking forward to seeing what kinda goodies you add to it. I'm already designing up my next build and it will be much like this one but more Expedition geared than Utilitarian.


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Has the build been what you expected, easier, or more difficult?
Have been thinking about using the alum diamond plate, kinda pricey, but we'll see. I just don't know yet.

The work has been hard, mainly because I sit behind a desk all day, but other than that the build process has not be harder than I thought. I'd do it again, and my buddy is already thinking about ideas for one for himself, so it might not be that far off.

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Great job Flick, looking forward to seeing what kinda goodies you add to it. I'm already designing up my next build and it will be much like this one but more Expedition geared than Utilitarian.
I'd like to take it more toward expedition, but right now I just don't know what I want, and don't know any people in the area that I can get ideas off of. I'm mainly using forums for my info, but sometimes looking/feeling/touching something that someone else has done makes the ideas flow better. Feel free to throw some of your ideas my way, I'd love to hear them.

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I'd like to take it more toward expedition, but right now I just don't know what I want, and don't know any people in the area that I can get ideas off of. I'm mainly using forums for my info, but sometimes looking/feeling/touching something that someone else has done makes the ideas flow better. Feel free to throw some of your ideas my way, I'd love to hear them.
Well other than using forums or getting to see some up close, take yours camping and study how you use yours. How do you pack it, unpack it, what things do you tend to reach for more than others, etc. Simply doing this will open your eyes to new and IMPROVED ideas that may or may not be floating around in your head now.

I developed a few new ideas just from this last weekend @ Jeep Beach camping 1 night in mine regarding how to mount a canopy to the lid while its open or that the lid switch that was originally going to be in the Pelican case would in fact be more convenient in its own waterproof case in a different location.


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Awesome build! I'm getting ready to jump in with a very similar project, and I'll be using a lot of the same ideas. A few questions though, since I've never owned a trailer or even pulled one: Why is the tongue area of the trailer so long? Is there a certain optimal length? Would there be any harm in moving the axles back further to improve departure angle?

For me, all I really need to haul is camping supplies and a few emergency-type items. What all do you use yours to carry?

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Why is the tongue area of the trailer so long? Is there a certain optimal length? Would there be any harm in moving the axles back further to improve departure angle?

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I believe he has plans for some expanded metal up there, nice place to put a generator and some gas cans. Not sure what he plans on carrying there - I am thinking about building one and will set the front up for four Jerry cans....


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