I have been posting a LOT about our remodel and garage build in the last couple of months, so I thought I would mix it up and post something not remodel related – mostly not related…
Simple and unassailable fact: A grown man needs access to a truck or a trailer. Since our move back to Seattle from France, I haven’t really had either and have been visiting U-haul for my hauling/dumping/moving/logistic needs, but that is getting both tedious and expensive. I finally bit the bullet and had a trailer made to match my CJ7 Jeep. I had it built because there wasn’t one available retail that matched what all I wanted to do with it – remodel work, hauling heavy loads of dirt and lawn debris, moving, climbing base camp set up, camping, SCA events, hauling firewood, etc. I also wanted a shorter and narrower trailer than the standard 5X8 utility trailer that you can find at the roadside truck and trailer dealers. I wanted it to both look good with the Jeep and I plan on hauling it places that a bigger trailer would be a hindrance so I took the opportunity to have a little customization done to get exactly what I want.
The specs for the new trailer are as follows:
- 4X6 tube steel frame with extended tongue
- Wheel base to match the Jeep’s so that it will track in the same ruts off-road
- 6 lug 225 wheels with grease zerts right on the hub
- Steel load-bearing fenders
- More ground clearance than the Jeep for dodging stumps and rocks on trails
- Long lasting LED brake and running lights
- Spare tire mount
- Treated wood bed with 6 D-Ring tie downs
- 3500lb rated axle, so I can load this thing up with dirt or concrete
- Black hardened acrylic paint to match the Jeep
- Swing rear gate that is also removable
- Welded lip for ramp mounts
- Swinging front wheel jack
- High replaceable wood sides to match the lines on the jeep.
- I will be adding:
- Uni-strut interior rails on the sides and bed.
- A triangular tongue tool/storage box.
- Three Jerry can holders for gas and water on the outside.
- One propane bottle holder for the grill/heater when camping
- Load-bearing torsion box cover
- Removable rack for carrying sheet goods and lumber
I used it the first day I owned it to haul some granite and paint for the bathroom and it will be full of doors and windows on Friday.