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    Couple of military trailer builds - lifted M416, G518 adventure trailer conversion

    Start with the 416.....

    it was in pretty good shape when I got it so I didnt want to cut it up to bad yet so I went with a semi - restored look.
    This is my main Jeep trailer for general use - picking up firewood, etc.
    Tows like its not even there.

    main mods:
    lined with roll on bedliner
    made a metal frame to put the canvas cover on so it looks like canvas but works like a lid
    springover lift - re-used all original parts, only this I had to change was bump stops - used factory Ford F-150 front stops I had laying around.
    used a factory JK spare carrier and blown unit bearing to make a front mounted spare tire carrier












    The G-518 was a little more of a build.
    The G-518 or Ben Hur trailer is a 4'x8'. 1 ton trailer, I used it for the adventure trailer because its a little bigger and I wanted to build a big tent platform. Plus like most military trailers - it has brakes.
    it was in OK shape upon purchase....



    someone had butchered the lunette and half assed a ball socket onto it - cut that off and reattached a lunette, modded the lunette mount to allow +/- 45 degrees of articulation.
    Also since it was rated as 1 ton trailer, I took a couple of leaves out of the spring packs to soften it up a little.

    Built a hinged tent platform for the top that opens butterfly style to form an 8'x10' tent platform. It's also hinged in the front for cargo access.









    Has a battery box and a 2KW inverter on board, and a removable 8' light mast that mounts to the corner for a "porch light"

    its still in progress, I need to ditch those mankiller split ring wheels, still need to cover the deck with astroturf/indoor outdoor carpet.
    Also going to build a tool box int he front to work as a step - you enter and exit from the front so you step down onto the toolbox, then onto the frame, then a toolbox or milk crate as a step between there and the ground.
    thinking about water storage with a 12v pump for a shower.
    I'm gonna weld on a couple of 2" receivers on the back for accessories like a smoker and a bumper dumper.

    Tows great, a lot heavier than the 416 - you know its back there but its not bad.
    I did the platform deal instead of a "real" rooftop style tent because theyre a LOT cheaper - I think I paid $50 shipped for mine, plus theyre a lot bigger. This one has an 8'x10' foot print so theres plenty of room for my big ass to sleep without crushing the wife or the dog.

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    Under Observation josh_jacklyn's Avatar
    Date Committed
    Jan 2012
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    fawking bad ass thats all i have to say!
    2011 stock mango tango jku with color matched top.

    r.i.p. 08 2dr x



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    Very Nice.
    Http://www.jesteroffroad.com Give him a try for your Offroading Needs.
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    lol, I'm rich with family and friends. Just let us know and we will make it so.:toast:

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    Oh yeah, forgot to mention - total cost so far for the adventure trailer INCLUDING original trailer purchase and the inverter and stuff is under $500
    I picked up the trailer for $250 and had a bunch of 1" square tubing steel I scavenged from an old awning.

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    • Quote Originally Posted by Venom View Post
      Oh yeah, forgot to mention - total cost so far for the adventure trailer INCLUDING original trailer purchase and the inverter and stuff is under $500
    Quote Originally Posted by Venom View Post
    I picked up the trailer for $250 and had a bunch of 1" square tubing steel I scavenged from an old awning.
    Yeah well you guys with tools and shops and equipment and knowledge just piss me off. I get to pay full price for everything! :taz:

    Seriously, nice job, very envious.

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    thanks!
    but think about it this way... for the difference you end up paying, you can buy tools :chainsaw:
    the shop was the main reason I bought the house I live in now
    teach yourself or make friends with people who know how and have them show you stuff
    thats how I did it!

    hell, I make it up as I go most of the time or think of an idea while :poop:

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    Asshole At Large Bat Shit Crazy Karnuvore's Avatar
    Date Committed
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Winter Haven, FL
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    Very nice. I'm sitting on two trailers right now with about 1000 different ideas swirling in my head. Probably trading one of them for a down payment on a travel trailer though (ahem Greengo ahem).
    These pipes.....are CLEAAAN!!!

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    Jester Offroad Jester's Avatar
    Date Committed
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Winter Haven, Florida
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    I may have a 1969 M101A1trailer up for grabs. Solid and Pulls great just needs TLC.




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    Dug it back out to give it some TLC before Katemcy mem day weekend.
    It got mothballed and never even used yet!



    can I get my meds in a Princess Leia Pez dispenser please?

  11. #11
    Thats great! Thats some cool trailers


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  12. #12
    Very nice

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    added a military rocket box to the front for a battery box/toolbox/step to get in and just welded up a water carrier for the side

    here it is broke down and ready to travel.


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    Haldol Shuffle KILLING FLOOR's Avatar
    Date Committed
    Nov 2011
    Location
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    Nice looking trailer.
    I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love

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    Having two trailers is tough. wouldnt be wanting to sell one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREYBEARDSJK View Post
    Having two trailers is tough. wouldnt be wanting to sell one?
    i got dibs on the 416 if he's going to sell it! :tongueout:

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    Great Job... look good.. let us know how it functions over the holiday weekend..
    Only the insane have strength enough to survive. Only the survivors determine what is sane.

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    trailer did fine except for the tires
    gonna convert it over to 5x5 bolt pattern and use my stock rubi wheels w 35" mud grapplers

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    well after the Katemcy trip crap, no more split ring rim BS!
    built a new axle for it, drilled out the centers of a couple of my stock rubi rims with my old 35" grapplers on them
    still a couple more things to do on it, but thermometer said just over 118 in the shop so I came in.

    standing on its ass getting the new axle built & installed



    back on the ground


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    here it is on the ground and behind the Jeep with its new axle and rollers - 35" mud graps


 

 

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