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    Default Spectyr's Expo(ish) Trailer Build

    Well, as some of you guys know, I have been working on a trailer for the last few months as time permits. It is now nearing completion, ie. tent mounted for fitting and all the big stuff done.

    I originally found a rolling frame on Craigslist and tried to modify it. This was no good as the frame was not strong enough and in pretty bad shape. Oh well, it was a good chance to practice some welding that I hadn't done in 7 years.

    I then acquired an old custom flat deck from a Toyota pickup that Reaper had lying around, welded a tongue and leafs onto it. I found a brand new 3500# axle on Craigslist that worked perfectly.

    Here it is test fitting a tongue box with just some random temporary tires.



    I then went on the frame up the box using 2x2 square tubing and found some 33" tires for it to match up with the ones on the Jeep. The axle is already the same bolt pattern.





    Then on went the sides of the box. I was trying to save weight at this point so I used sign board. This is aluminum with a resin core.

    Here is is with a fresh spray of paint. I also used silicone on all the seams and small holes as I want the box to be pretty much watertight.





    After this, it was time to make a lid. I made a frame out of angle bar and then mounted a sheet of 3/4" plywood with reinforcing straps. This needs to support the RTT.





    Then I did some fenders to keep it legal. I picked up some from Princess Auto and had to flare them out a bit to get a good fit over the massive 33" tires.





    Here it is mounted up to the Jeep. I think I need to extend the tongue a bit though.





    I then mounted the tongue box which will contain my electrical systems: battery, fuse block etc and also mounted the RTT for fitting.





    Then it was just a matter of time waiting for my hinges and latches to show up so I could mount the tailgate.





    The latches need to be fine tuned a bit as I am not happy with the tabs on the trailer side. I will fabricate some new ones to work better.

    I still need to seal the tailgate and build a rear stabilizer for it. The plan is to also build a slide out kitchen for it in the new year...maybe a water system as well.
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    Cool

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    me likey............

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    I hope to get it out ASAP. Just needs a few finishing touches.

    Thought you would like the swag shot...
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    Nice job Mark. I wish my camping trailer was more like that but it has to serve many roles.

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    Looks awesome!! Nice work man!!

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    Looks really good.

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    Looks good so far. I would make the tonque longer as mentioned.

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    Nice !

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    Nice work! I've always wished that I could do custom fabricating etc. I don't have the space or know-how, maybe when I retire....

    Looking forward to seeing how it works out.

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