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Defconbrix :: VMI Offroad OX [ the build ]

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by DefconBrix, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Mar 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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    This is a serious question, as I am working on my trailer build as well....

    Perhaps it is not your intent to truly "off-road" with your trailer, so it may be a moot point. Why did you go with the 2" ball for a hitch? There is such a HUGE limit in vertical travel with a ball type hitch. I am building mine with a clevis type hitch, identical to the military style. The articulation with this type of hitch far exceeds the almost zero articulation of a ball hitch. So I am curious why you went with the ball.

    Other than that, the trailer looks like it will be spectacular. Will the RTT be fixed height, or will you have a lift system to put the tent higher?
     
  3. Mar 20, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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    Something like this?

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  4. Mar 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM
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    Check the build thread.
    I would not spend this kind of money if I did not intend to "offroad" it :D

    If you look down the build list it lists a " Multi-Axis Offroad Hitch ".

    For insurance/business reasons companies have to deliver these trailers with a standard hitch. After I take delivery I will be changing it out myself. I guess I could have just left that part off but that's how I am getting it and then more modifications will be happening after that.

    The RTT will be a fixed height, I'm going with the new CVT 07 trailer tent so it can't be too high off the ground.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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    what are your plans for suspension on the trailer. suspension is the most limiting factor i've seen on most off road trailers. especially as soon as you get going faster than 15-20 mph off road. Best setups i've seen use coils. Jberry has the only leaf sprung trailer i've seen handle speed well.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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    Very Nice project! Ultimately a RTT on a trailer like this is where I would like to be. My rack mounted RTT is nice but once at camp it would be nice to hit the trails and not have to put away the RTT. And a trailer like yours could be stored in the back yard under a tarp and easily out of sight and out of the sun.


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  7. Mar 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM
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    I see that part now. I was thinking since it was at the bottom of the same list that it was something additional to the back of the trailer. lol.
     
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    :popcorn::popcorn: looking good! Can't wait to see more.
     
  12. Mar 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM
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    Check the build thread.
    I am going with the standard leaf spring and I tossed this around quite a bit - I wanted the cool factor of the 4-link and coils but it is also overkill in my opinion - I don't drive fast when offroad especially when loaded up with gear and from all the threads I have read and people I have talked to about beefing up the suspension on the trailer is kind of just for show because the performance gained is minimal. More to break and harder to do trail repairs on. Changing it up in the future after testing just might happen though :D

    thats exactly what I was thinking! I love my rtt set up so much but wanted to be able to leave a set-up camp when out on adventures.

    lol

    More photos will be rolling in shortly!
     
  13. Apr 7, 2014 at 8:09 PM
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    Progress has been made.

    I will be picking up this bad girl on Friday!

    After using it for a few months I will be giving it back to VMI to install more goodies that will include water tanks, power and what ever else I can come up with that I might need or want :D

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  14. Apr 7, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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    You gonna wrap the trailer too?
     
  15. Apr 7, 2014 at 8:32 PM
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    Nice progress. do you happen to know what hinges they used on the top hatch?
     
  16. Apr 7, 2014 at 8:40 PM
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    I am going to paint the fenders black to match the truck and just clear coat the "box" to keep the aluminum look. The lid will get wrapped the same as the truck. I will also being going to an aluminum PackRack and clear coating it also to match the trailer more. I like the idea of showing off the aluminum a little bit - its what makes this trailer so damn cool lol

    I don't but I will try to find out for you asap

    I am a traveling hotel and I do foresee some SoCal trips in my future ;) lol
     
  17. Apr 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM
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  18. Apr 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM
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    This just happened!!!

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    She is all mine! Well, until I get all the extras like the hot water tank, heat source, comm etc and then she will go back to VMI for all the finishing touches which will also include side entry doors powder coated black etc etc :D

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    I changed my mind on the spare tire mounted on the rear door.. too much weight back there and none on the tongue - so I had to be logical and change the plans a little for now.
     
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    Looks great.

    So how much did the trailer set you back if you don't mind me asking?
     
  20. Apr 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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    This base trailer starts at roughly $10k with a 31" tire combo - it normally has a side entry door and a bulk head included but I didn't want to do that yet until I figure out all the extras I want to add so that I can utilize the space the best possible way.

    This will be going back to VMI in a couple months when I gather all the parts: hot water tank, inverter, comm, on-board air, heat source, radio etc to install it all and at that time powder coat side entry doors, lid and fenders. This will be a full on build with every option I can think of lol

    The weight of this trailer is about 900# which includes the heavy wheel/tire setup weighing approx 110# each. So the trailer weighs under 600# by itself. All aluminum with a 2x4 aluminum frame.
     
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