Quick update on the H3Trailer :wink: Basically that was a fun trip for everything except all of my equipment. If theres any doubt that high wind next to an ocean will rust your stuff like mad I can attest to the truth. Everything with metal began rusting in two days, box latches, my new Kobalt tool box and yes the trailer much to my frustration. Brought it home and two days later she was at a shop downtown for a full sandblast, seal, and paint. Just went traditional gloss black but as she sits now. SHINY! But Ill have to get some better pics with the T when shes out.
I'm getting more and more into the world of overland expeditioning (don't think that's even a real word!). I found this expedition M416 trailer for sale here in Tucson and I want it!
It's 1/4 ton, completely restored, in outstanding condition, operational hand brake, with a 21 gallon storage tank w/a pressureized delivery sytem, storage boxes, spare tire and wheel, heavy duty suspension, and pintle /lunette set up. It's been rewired for 12V applications, has been retro-fitted with offroad jack, axe, shovel, storage boxes for tent poles, tow straps, chains, and gear. Seller wants $4,500. Any thoughts/comments are appreciated.
Isn't one of the things you are seeking is an elevated sleeping platform? Not sure if this one helps you out. You already have most of that storage available in the H3T. I guess if I were looking I'd be seeking the bed platform, kitchen area and water tank/delivery. And Sunday ticket on DirectTV.
That is a sweet trailer but I think its just a bit overpriced.. I think alrock made a good point.. That is a good hauler, but with you having the T you already have carrying ability. I would strive for a trailer that has the other bells and whistles.
Thanks guys, you're both right - it's not quite what I need and it's way overpriced. I guess I'll keep looking for a unmodded M416 & go from there. I thought about adding a RTT rack to this one but by the time I were to get this one to where I want it to be, I'll be kicking myself for spending so much damn money. What was I thinking? :huh: Thanks again for the objective feedback. :cheers:
Considering the mods it has it's not that overpriced. Yes you could build one for cheaper, but to get all that on it and functioning right will take some serious time. It would be very easy to add a RTT to it. All you need to do is add a hinged lid with the tent on top. That's how I plan to do it. That way you can still use all the storage space for heavy spares.
I've had a bunch of trailer ideas that I had to put on the back burner, to focus on the SAS. Now that I'm done with all that, I'm once again working on the my trailer. I use this trailer for all kinds of stuff, and I didn't want to choke it up with permanent "camping only" gear, so all my mods are intended to make it as flexible as possible...whether its used for camping, hauling mulch, bumpers, firewood, or old greasy engine blocks. Here's a couple shots from last weekend...firewood duty...
Now this is where it gets real interesting. I scored a used BA roof rack quite some time ago, and I've had it lying around for over a year. I really don't like roof racks...they snag on tree limbs, they whistle in the wind, they're ugly, and they force me to park outside my garage. They pretty much suck unless you need them every day. So, I thought...what if I could mount it to my trailer? Well...as it turns out the BA rack fits my trailer like it is made for it. Its un-canny how well it fits! So, I made some removable "legs" to suspend it up above the bedrails. This height is coordinated to clear some military pelican cases that I keep my camping gear in...so it all works together. While working on the legs, it occurred to me what a PITA the rack would be for fire-wood duty...so I made it "hinged". The hinges are actually hitch-pins, and they can be pulled out to remove the rack entirely without any tools at all...
I have gas-assist cylinders and latches coming today. The BA rack is aluminum, which is very lightweight, and I can remove and install it by myself. Also, I intentionally left the rack un-modified, so it can easily be re-installed on the roof of an H3, should the need arise. I feel this mounting position gives me the maximum flexibility for bicycles, kayaks, skis, or whatever...and I plan to adapt some Thule bicycle mounts to it. I also plan to put some 2"x2" welded-wire mesh on the tongue area so I can bungee my beer cooler to it. The outboard lights you see here will be getting replaced with flush-mount LED's to prevent them from snagging sapplings on the trails.
Rack-mounted tent? Never. Unless you live in a place where large carnivorous creatures or snakes can feed on you (Australia or Africa)...I think its pretty silly. It seems like climbing up and down a ladder to access a tent is a bunch of work for no reason. Plus, the ground is much more solid of a platform...less chance of injury to me or my dog. No way in hell you'de ever get my 90lb Boxweiler up in an elevated tent. -LOL
Recon...I got about $1700 in this trailer. That includes custom powder-coated fenders, paint job, new axle, springs, hubs, hitch, wiring. It also includes brand new 17x9 matching wheels, a pair of used 35" KM2s, and the used BA rack. The key was....I only paid $1 for the original 1950s-era trailer! Basically...some old guy wanted it out of his yard, or he was going to get a ticket from the city. Poke around on the net, and look for "Bantam" trailers. These were very popular back in the 50's and you could get them at Sears & Robuck, or JC Pennys. They are basically a light-duty civilian version of a Jeep trailer. It had a wooden tongue, add-on lights (sometime in the 70s probably), and totally blown-out suspension...
You can buy a custom axle/hubs/springs via the net...built to whatever specs you want, for $200 or so. Really all I wanted from this turd was the "box"...everything else I made myself. Let me know when the time comes...I have these fenders saved on CAD, and I can stretch them out or change the width and pop you out a couple in about 2-weeks lead time. They simply bolt to the sides of the box.
Of course military trailers are everywhere and very cheap. But, they are SO heavy and over-kill for what I wanted. The big (2-1/2 ton, I think?) version is way too much trailer for the H3. I have a buddy with the smaller "Jeep-size" M100 trailer, and that's the one you want for an H3. Its still very heavy...but you can flip it upside down and re-do it with modern parts to both update it and also lighten it up.