M1102 Trailer Build

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Between my consulting busy season and furiously cleaning the homestead for my families first visit to AZ I haven't had a whole lot of time to work on the trailer. However with the weather warming up I'm itching to get it ready for the road. I was able to mount the first tool box and I'm happy with the design for the support structure. I like how the 16 gallon tank fits, probably could have snuck in a 20 gallon into that spot but having more room for plumbing is the better move.

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Before installing the second box I decided to work on the diesel heater box to get that out of the way. Happy with how it's coming out so far, still need to bend up the door before I paint it:

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Picked up a wireless backup/rear view camera, I'm hoping the refresh rate is high enough so I can use it as a rear-view camera when in transit. If the refresh is low I'll have to find a better option.

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Took the trailer out for the first overnight camping trip now that I finally found time to finish welding up the tool box support frames. We drove up the I-17 to Sedona and being the first time up such a steep grade I took it at a steady 75mph without any issues. I definitely need to get moving on adding the lift kit to the WK2 to level out the trailer, also working on bumping up my WK2 tire size as well. Even with the trailer putting more weight on the hitch than I'd like she rode great, minimal bouncing when loaded and tracked straight even in heavy cross winds. Fuel rack worked great, the 10lb propane tanks were definitely the way to go over the 20lb.

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Had 24mph sustained winds for most of the day Saturday, aside from having to stake guide ropes for pop up awning it went pretty smoothly. The Camp Chef 14" griddle even worked with heavy winds and I was very happy with it overall, brought back memories of cooking at my grandfathers deli in NY when I was younger. 75 degrees and sunny during the day, dropped to 44 degrees at night and made me wish I had the time to get the diesel heater up and running

Finally found a good source for HMMV tires/rims at a reasonable price so a spare tire is on the way which will alleviate some of my stress taking this rig further out from the valley.

Next items I'm adding shortly:
1. 16 gallon water tank mounts and pump/filter system
2. Propane water heater
3. Diesel Tent heater mounted
4. Driver side Awning (Picked up a used Smittbilt 8'x6.5' awning cheap)

I'm also thinking of making a compact swamp cooler for the tent now that the valley is warming up.
 

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Another unexpected pause on the trailer build thanks to your local HOA. I got a nastygram for having the trailer in the driveway, then another because the tent could barely be seen over the fence when coming down the road. So the trailer had to sit on a buddies property for a week until I could find a RV parking spot for it to live until I move. With the trailer parking sorted out I wanted to get an awning mounted being the valley is over 100 degrees.

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I still want to mount a batwing 270 deg awning but couldn't pass up a brand new Smittybilt awning I got from offerup. I'm sure the factory mounts would work fine for most but they just didn't sit right with me, too thin and I didn't want to drill into the frame to mount the awning which I'm planning to swap out down the road anyway. I had a few beefy sections of angle aluminum taken from decommissioned server racks which worked perfectly.

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Mounted the awning without much of an issue, getting the bolts into the extruded track on the Smittybilt awning was the hardest part. Once the bolts are past the vinyl cover it's smooth sailing. Just need to get some nylock nuts for the U-bolts and it's all set.

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Rack welding completed and decided to paint it before I started mounting everything. Four cans of Krylon fusion in Satin black did the trick, my welds won't win any awards but they'll hold. Tomorrow the Smittybilt XL Gen2 tent gets mounted for a test run, excited to get it out in the wild and free up garage space.

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I've been working on the side boxes and rear storage boxes. Side boxes will probably be made from 0.08" thick aluminum with riveted construction, although I do have a spool gun for my MIG and might just stop being a baby about learning how to use it to weld these boxes rather than rivet them. On the rear of the trailer I'm planning to build one "wet" box, I love kayaking so I wanted a space to store wet gear away from everything else. The other rear box is for the diesel heater, the heater is on the way so once I get my hands on it to take dimensions I can finalize these boxes.

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I need to work on the mounts for the gas cans and propane, probably going to downsize to two 11 pound propane tanks. Being able to roll into a big box store and swap the tank would be convenient, but even some home depots around me are completely out of 20lb propane tanks at the moment; So going with 11lb tanks and having them refilled will work fine. I figure in the winter I can swap out one 5 gal jerry can for diesel to run the heater, but in Arizona that would only be for a few months and then I can switch back. I've been racking my head for a better spot to mount a spare tire, but for now it seems like the front of the trailer cargo area is the most secure spot. I plan to mount the tire to a rack bolted to the trailer which will also help support the fuel/propane rack. Originally I was going to remove the stabilizers that come on the M1102 trailers so I can mount the fuel rack lower, but they are very well built and I opted to leave them; The only down side is the fuel rack will have to be mounted 6-8 inches higher.

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Are you kidding me, please let me know when you are taking orders here. Can't wait to see the final build
 
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