Project 'Yeller' Trailer Build

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KonzaLander

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The time has come for me to pull the RTT and awning off of my Land Cruiser and permanently attach them to a trailer...a trailer that is always ready to go!

Objective: Have a trailer that is always ready for adventure.

Goals:
  • Small cargo trailer that gear can be permanently stored in
  • Water tight construction
  • Have the ability to haul two kayaks
  • Hold a RTT and awning high enough so that I can walk under without ducking
  • Have the ability to mount my fridge on a slide
  • Tongue that allows for 90° jackknife
  • Run dedicated trailer 30/31" tires and spare to allow use behind a TJ or Land Cruiser
  • Allow for [future] electrical system expansion
  • Allow for [future] permanent mount water tank
I spent an agonizing amount of time reading various trailer build threads across the web to learn what sort of design would work best for my needs. I then searched various forums, craigslist, FB marketplace and local classified postings for a trailer that could be modified for my use. In most cases a good trailer candidate was sold before I could take a look, or it was astronomically priced. I then happened along a craigslist ad for a slightly overpriced trailer that looked to have potential. The ad had been up for over 20 days but it was still available when I inquired. It was probably still available because the seller would only take phone calls.
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I went to check it out, negotiated a bit and proceeded to drag it home. My anxiety was sky high at the thought of dragging a trailer 80 miles home (in the rain) with no fenders, lights or knowledge of how the bearings looked.
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The back way home took me through some of my favorite parts of Kansas.
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I made it home with out incident. The hubs were nice and cool :sunglasses:
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This is my arm chair plan for 'Yeller' the trailer:
  • Relocate axle under the tub at 60/40
  • SOA and shocks with 235/75R15 tires
  • 2-1/2x2-1/2x0.25 hitch 'backbone' with receivers at the front and rear
  • 1-1/2x1-1/2x0.1875 rack structure
  • The green boxes represent a kayak
  • Awning and RTT height is 6' 6" from the ground
  • Access doors front and year
  • Weatherproof side flip up doors
  • Paint (the yellow might go away, but the 'Yeller' never will)
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PCO6

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Looks like a good project. Coincidentally, I picked up a welding trailer (basically a flat bed though) that was about the same distance away. I had the same concerns especially about the bearings. Everything went well and it was a fun project.

I also like your Comanche. I have one too.
 

KonzaLander

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Looks like a good project. Coincidentally, I picked up a welding trailer (basically a flat bed though) that was about the same distance away. I had the same concerns especially about the bearings. Everything went well and it was a fun project.

I also like your Comanche. I have one too.
I have been following your welding trailer build :) It seems like trailers designed to carry a welder have a substantial and sturdy frame; one of the aspects that attracted me to Yeller.

Thanks for the comment about the Comanche. I have a few MJ's and this one is by far the roughest but is the only one that drives. It is an '86 that I saved it from going to an Iowa scrap yard in 2010. It has been all over Colorado and really dumbfounded a hiker who witnessed it coming down the Black Bear Pass steps :laughing:
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Progress has been slow since I am obligated to finish a basement remodel before I can spend a lot of time in the shop on the trailer. Since I am in rural Kansas, I had to make a trip to the big city of Wichita to pick up metal for the build. Good grief, metal is expensive these days.

2.5" - 0.25 square tube
4" - 0.25 plate
1" - 14 gauge square tube
1.5" - 0.188 square tube
...over $400

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Fenders and the front and rear doors also arrived. Now I am itching to actually start the build!
 

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I need to fess up. :sob: My trailer build (in my sig below if others haven't seen it) did NOT turn out the way I intended. At some point along in the build my wife decided she wanted to take up camping. It shocked the hell out of me as she was always an "anti-camper". That trailer wasn't going to cut it and we ended up buying a "soft" pop-up tear drop. I had fun modifying it but it is more HER trailer than mine. When I camp alone I take MY trailer or simply sleep in my Jeep XJ.

Anyway, I reconfigured trailer #1, mine, and it's actually more suitable for what I do. I need to up date my build thread but here's what it looks like now. A welding trailer into a "do everything" trailer ... for me anyway. I've also included a pic of my MJ which I don't use for trailering. It's great for parts runs though!
 

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PCO6

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What the heck ... here's my wife's trailer even though she doesn't have a clue how to tow it. lol It's a Coachmen Clipper Express that I modified and she lets me camp in with her.


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What the heck ... here's my wife's trailer even though she doesn't have a clue how to tow it. lol It's a Coachmen Clipper Express that I modified and she lets me camp in with her.


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How do you like the clipper? I've been eyeing them for a little while as an inexpensive (and maybe capable?) trailer. Mrs. Spaze and I are 6'+ so we are always worried about space.
 

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How do you like the clipper? I've been eyeing them for a little while as an inexpensive (and maybe capable?) trailer. Mrs. Spaze and I are 6'+ so we are always worried about space.
It's been great. I wouldn't say that it's all that capable off road but I have done some mild stuff (dirt, gravel, making my own, etc.) and it's held up. I've made some modifications to the frame to toughen it up a bit and I think the have helped. I'd provide you with a link but there have been some photo hosting issues and things are a bit mixed up at the moment. I may have to do a proper build thread here!