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jberry's Expo Trailer Build

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by jberry813, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Aug 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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    jberry813

    jberry813 [OP] The Mad Scientist

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    Frame and A-frame are 2"x3"x1/8" rectangle tube
    Tongue is 2.5"x2.5"x.25" square receiver tube
    Crossmembers are 2"x2"x.120 square tube
    Gussets on every 90* joint
    Integrated hitch recovery point (and will be used for bicycle rack) in rear bumper

    Exterior Shots:
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    Little shoe basket using the ladder and ladder holddown:
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    Never need to find a bottle opener:
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    Lockable Home Depot caster I added to the tongue jack:
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    Safety Chains:
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    Fenders are nice and stout...can be used as steps (as you can see)
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    Lockable T-handles on all doors:
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    LED license plate bracket:
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    Greasable hinges on all doors:
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    3500 lb 6x5.5 axle with bronze SCS F5's
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    Electric brake setup including 5 amp hour battery backup:
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    Fresh Water Setup:
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    Drain spiggot on water tank:
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    LED lights inside tent with little e-bay switch:
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    Folding camping table nestled between the roof and tent...like I planned it.
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    Fold down tailgate table:
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    Modified harbor freight clamps to hold table tight to tailgate in transit:
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    Stove/Oven on slide-out:
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    Pleanty of space:
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    Suspension:
    Pro Comp 4" lift springs for the front of a Jeep YJ
    WFO Concepts Leaf Spring Hangers (designed to fit a 2" frame and taper out to a 2.5" spring)
    WFO Concepts Shackle Hanger (again, designed for a 2" frame)
    Homemade 4" shackles
    Energy Suspension spring & shackle bushing set (actually designed for a old K5 blazer but the dimensions were exactly what I needed).

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  2. Aug 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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    YOTA LOVER

    YOTA LOVER Stay Calm, and Fire For Effect

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    :thumbsup: Gotta start somewhere!
     
  3. Aug 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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    nfs257

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    Sub'd to this epicness as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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    Subbed I guess although this has to be the most boring start to a build ever.
     
  5. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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    YOTA LOVER

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    :rofl:

    Throw the man a bone, he doesn't have the years of expertise you've developed.
     
  6. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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    nfs257

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  7. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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    Box Rocket

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    Sure he does.
     
  8. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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    Jon850FL

    Jon850FL is Lurkin'

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    wasnt expecting that.....lol :D
     
  9. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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    Can't wait to see you tow this thing 80 mph through some whoops :popcorn:
     
  10. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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    jberry813

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    I thought it was kinda clever :brianr:


    But ok...more.
    The trailer will use a standard 3500 lb trailer axle, with some custom goodies for suspension. Will still be leaf sprung, but definitely not trailer leafs. :spy:

    I'm waiting for a metric shit ton of parts to come in so the simple stuff is getting knocked out now.

    Some simple 5" shackles.
    Nothing fancy, just 1/4" plate with a 1"x.188 wall DOM sleeve. Got antsy and already painted them too.

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    And picked up these u-bolt plates. They are 1/4 plate with a built in pseudo skid plate to protect the u-bolts similar to my truck (trailer will be SUA). The plates are designed to mate a standard 2-3/8" round tube axle to 2.5" wide leaf springs.

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  11. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM
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    EL ROJO

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    Gonna run some 3.0 triples on this w/some 4" bumps :D
     
  12. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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    I thought it was kinda clever too.

    Have you looked at the various iterations of the torsion bar axle? Doesn't flex and probably not the greatest for dragging along a trail but they sure pull nice and you get some iteration of suspension too.
     
  13. Aug 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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  14. Aug 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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    IDtrucks

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    duh. the trailer has to fly with him!
     
  15. Aug 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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    jberry813

    jberry813 [OP] The Mad Scientist

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    From what I researched, torsions are the wrong type of suspension for an offroad trailer. Shit for travel and the rubber just rips apart. They are great for on-road applications. I had torsions on my old toy hauler.
     
  16. Aug 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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    You know I'm just giving you crap.

    I know that it's "fashionable" to use trailing arms and airbags on trailers these days. I'm sure they work well and it's nice to just add air to the bags to level it out with a big load. But there are so many more parts that can fail. I think leaf springs are the right choice. Obviously the trailer springs on mine aren't ideal but they work. Running some longer (maybe custom) spring packs like it sounds like you're doing will be sweet and totally worry free.
     
  17. Aug 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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    This gonna be one of those long build threads that gets finished in a few years?

    On a side note:

    I was thinking of using my stock springs off the taco on my trailer. Any reason why I should think of using something different?
     
  18. Aug 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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    jberry813

    jberry813 [OP] The Mad Scientist

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    I expect nothing less. :D

    This is going to be one of those ONGOING build threads. Most likely it will end up like my truck build thread, occasional updates on the vehicle, mostly BS, probably followed by broken parts that get rebuilt to the point of excess, and occasional pictures of random hotties.

    IMO the only problem with the stock taco springs is the amount of spring arch. It's almost non-existant. I see no reason why you couldn't do a SOA setup with them.
     
  19. Aug 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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    medic2230

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    Sub'd
     
  20. Aug 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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