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I have been looking for something like a ultra light weight toy hauler to pull behind my JK 4door. Since I have not been able to find what I am looking for I am considering building my own. It will most likely be pretty primitive for sure but I want to use it for weekend camping and be able to haul two dirt bikes.
So i am looking for basic trailers to start with. I see some very inexpensive brand new ones in the Harbor Freight tools catalog. There is a huge difference in price between those and the trailers at the local trailer dealers. Is there a big differencein quality or carrying capacity?
Also, if anyone has built there own camping trailer I welcome any advice.
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Back when they were readily available the M416 Military trailers were the favorites as well as the Canadian version M101. If you google either of those you can get an idea of their look and size. They are basic 4x6 1/4 ton trailers, if you like the style and don't want to wait for a lucky find in the classifieds, Check with Omix-ada as they sell reproduction kits for these. If you are confident in your skills, then I say do a search in here for "M416 Trailer re-build" and use some of the ideas to design your own.

I was lucking enough to find an actual M416, but it is in very rough condition and will require a lot of repair fabrication.

The Harbor Freight trailers are sound enough frame wise but you will definately want to switch out the axle for something that can handle bigger tires. Also stay away from Torsion Axles, they will give you too much bounce on the trail and you risk dumping the trailer. If you would like even more info on the subject, check out ExpeditionPortal... This site is to off-road trailers as JKO is for Jeeps. Hope this helps.:beer:
 

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hard to beat a 416
light, VERY tough, pulls great behind a JK and with a little patience can be had pretty cheap
usually in really good shape they go for 600-1000
less if they need work
 

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The M101's and M416's bring crazy money on the west coast and south west. Most are rust free and a beater sells for $1500, a nice one $3000.

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Tell me about it I've seen 5 or 6 new owners pop up over @ Expedition Portal in the last 2 wks and most were in Washington State. Me, I find the Cheese Grader Special...:laughing::laughing: Basically I paid 150 for a to scale model template...since everything but the frame will be new on mine. BTW, nice home build Dragon!:beer::beer:
 

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I have a 2007 Rockwood 4 x 4 Pop Up 190 XR. It is a offroad lifted popup camper. It has been used twice and is in great condition. Sets up in minutes. Weighs empty 2500 lbs and can hold about 1600 lbs of cargo. The jks can haul 4000 lbs with weight distribution hitch. Let me know if you are interested and i can email you some pics or check out my profile. Exterior has been covered with camo wrap. Everything works and is in excellent condition. Also has power up and power down. Camper has heated beds, sleeps 6, refrigerator, furnace, and stove. Also has rack on the front to accomodate an ATV, golf cart, hunting or camping gear. Side rails double as ramps.
 
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