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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Fabricating an Off-Road Trailer

I've been away for awhile-good to be back!. In that time our family has expanded. +2 kids! Besides the time commitment, the space in my 2005 off road X leaves no room for camping gear with the wife, 2 kids and a dog. A trailer or a larger vehicle is imminent. I love my X.

The price and availability of the military trailers is challenging. While searching CL, I found a local fabricator that makes off road trailers. With 35" tires they weigh less than 500lbs dry. I thought that was great. He can pretty much make make it to your specifications (RTT, water, gas, on board air, tool box etc.). I just need a utility trailer and might be interested in a RTT and some other things. I do moderate off roading, nothing crazy. My question is this: What other questions should I ask of him (suspension, tongue, etc.. ) that I need to request before he begins to build.

His general trailer is 4'x5' main box with baskets on top that lifts with gas shocks. All wiring through frame. 2"x2"x0.120 wall structural tubing for main box with 1.5"x.120 wall tubing for fenders.

I've read some of the user builds on here and that gives me some insight. Any direction is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

The photo is a trailer he built and posted on CL.
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I would consider the following:

1) make the tongue long enough that you can open either the hatch or tire carrier with the trailer attached.
2) have the lid solid so that the trailer seals and locks. This will keep the dust and water off your gear when on the move and since it locks you can use it as long term storage for your gear.
3) go with the same tires and rims that are on your X, this way you won't have to carry different spares.
4) if you are considering a RTT than ensure that the lid can support a 250lb dynamic load and a 1000lb static load (depending on the size of those sleeping in the RTT). You will also need supports on the corners so the trailer doesn't flip while you are sleeping in it.
5) have back-up lights installed on the trailer and wired into your 7-pin harness.
6) install a receiver in the backside of the trailer so you can carry a hitch basket if need be.

Good Luck!
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6) install a receiver in the backside of the trailer so you can carry a hitch basket if need be.
Hahahaha that's so awesome

If you still need more space just start ratchet strapping things on haphazardly


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Don't underestimate how much weight you will put in. Error on the heavy side for the axle. You can always go heavier than needed for the axle and put the right weight springs on. Bearings last quite a bit longer if you do that.
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You'll want a solid top with a gasket.
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I would consider the following:

1) make the tongue long enough that you can open either the hatch or tire carrier with the trailer attached.
2) have the lid solid so that the trailer seals and locks. This will keep the dust and water off your gear when on the move and since it locks you can use it as long term storage for your gear.
3) go with the same tires and rims that are on your X, this way you won't have to carry different spares.
4) if you are considering a RTT than ensure that the lid can support a 250lb dynamic load and a 1000lb static load (depending on the size of those sleeping in the RTT). You will also need supports on the corners so the trailer doesn't flip while you are sleeping in it.
5) have back-up lights installed on the trailer and wired into your 7-pin harness.
6) install a receiver in the backside of the trailer so you can carry a hitch basket if need be.

Good Luck!
As far as tires/ wheels go I'm thinking about getting new tires soon so that won't be an issue. Should I stay away from used X wheels to put on the trailer?

Asked him about the above points and this is what he responded:

"Yes can do back up lights on the trailer. Can do weather resistant for additional. The top should be able to hold at least +800lbs. Landing gear can be added. Standard axle rating is 2500lbs but can be increased if desired"


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That looks like a fun project to do!
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