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Old 05-18-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about picking up a M101 3/4 ton military trailer and am wondering if anyone here has experience pulling one with their Tacoma. Anyone?
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:20 PM   #2
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Bumping for interest. Hoping for some good input.... Sorry I don't have anything to add though.
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Bumping for interest. Hoping for some good input.... Sorry I don't have anything to add though.

Thanks, Ben. I noticed a couple of people listed military trailers in the "Show us what you tow" thread. I hope they'll chime in here.
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The 3/4 ton M101 (A1, A2 or A3) is very versatile, but maybe a bit big for a Tacoma. That's one of my questions for TW users. The 1/4 ton M100s and M416s are a bit small, in my opinion, at least for what I do with a trailer, and more suited for the old military Jeep. Lots of off-roaders use the M100s though. Other questions I have are about the hitch.

I'm very interested in how people make up the hitch, since the M101 uses a lunette to pintle connection. In my review, I've seen some convert to the standard ball coupler at the trailer or to a high articulation coupler. I also wonder how connection to the trailer is carried off without a lift, since the height to the trailer's lunette is about 22"



Here's a link to a mid-west 4x4 forum where a very talented guy modified and updated his M101 for general use, much as I would use one for: http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=189516

Here's a general reference link to info & photos of many military trailers:http://www.olive-drab.com/od_mvg_veh...d_trailers.php

Enjoy! And chime in....
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I am also considering the M101 trailer. I know it has to be converted from 24v to 12v. I am wondering what needs to be done for it to be good for highway use as well as off road use.

I have heard of people swapping axels, but I am not sure why.
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Just pick up one of these and the mounting bracket to put it on and pull it away...http://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/...ady/63014.html
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Just pick up one of these and the mounting bracket to put it on and pull it away...http://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/...ady/63014.html
haha, good idea!
What is the GVWR of that trailer? I doubt you'd have a problem towing one, but have not done it, so that's just a guess ...
Edit: looking at the pic above, it looks like the GVW of the trailer is around 3,600lbs with 2,200 lbs cargo. Should work fine I'd say. Sounds like a good utility trailer!
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I use mine all the time to pull M101a1,a2,and,a3's. The a3 is the best pull. It tows so easy do to the dropped and wider axles.
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haha, good idea!
What is the GVWR of that trailer? I doubt you'd have a problem towing one, but have not done it, so that's just a guess ...
Edit: looking at the pic above, it looks like the GVW of the trailer is around 3,600lbs with 2,200 lbs cargo. Should work fine I'd say. Sounds like a good utility trailer!
Empty the trialer weights 1,200 lbs. You can put a load up to 3,600 lbs on the axle of a M101A1. A3's have a heavier axle so one could place more of a load on them.
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