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JeepAndrew's Jetski Trailer-to-Offroad RTT Hauler Build

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by JeepAndrew, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. Apr 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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    JeepAndrew

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    --(97 XJ) 6.5 inch Pro-comp front coils, 3 inch Pro-comp rear leaves, 2 inch shackles, custom Ballistic Fab trac bar w/ custom drop bracket, Rubicon Express control arms, 33-12.5-15 Goodyear Duratracs on steelies, bushwacker fender flares, custom rock sliders, XRC front winch bumper, XRC rear recovery bumper with custom swing-away tire carrier, custom hood vent, cobra CB/4 foot firestik --(93 YJ) custom all-around spring-over-axle swap with custom springs and shackles and body lift elimination, front shackle reversal, S.Y.E.'d crawl-boxed transfer case with double-cardan front and rear driveshafts, 33-12.5-15 Goodyear MTR Kevlars on 15x12 steelies, warn front recovery bumper w/10K XRC winch, rear XRC recovery bumper w/tire carrier, locking center console box, custom tube fenders/rock sliders, 50 inch LED lightbar, 20" lightbar on bumper, overhead console, Cobra CB w/ bluetooth wireless headset, 5 foot firestik, onboard 120volt power.
    Hmm that is pretty cool! Where did you get yours?
     
  2. Apr 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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  3. Apr 17, 2014 at 5:53 PM
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    I might have to go that route. Thanks man!
     
  4. Apr 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM
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    I went old school, with 4 Atwood jacks extended 8", light weight, sets up in minutes on any surface, with or without being hooked to my truck.
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  5. Apr 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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    JeepAndrew

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    --(97 XJ) 6.5 inch Pro-comp front coils, 3 inch Pro-comp rear leaves, 2 inch shackles, custom Ballistic Fab trac bar w/ custom drop bracket, Rubicon Express control arms, 33-12.5-15 Goodyear Duratracs on steelies, bushwacker fender flares, custom rock sliders, XRC front winch bumper, XRC rear recovery bumper with custom swing-away tire carrier, custom hood vent, cobra CB/4 foot firestik --(93 YJ) custom all-around spring-over-axle swap with custom springs and shackles and body lift elimination, front shackle reversal, S.Y.E.'d crawl-boxed transfer case with double-cardan front and rear driveshafts, 33-12.5-15 Goodyear MTR Kevlars on 15x12 steelies, warn front recovery bumper w/10K XRC winch, rear XRC recovery bumper w/tire carrier, locking center console box, custom tube fenders/rock sliders, 50 inch LED lightbar, 20" lightbar on bumper, overhead console, Cobra CB w/ bluetooth wireless headset, 5 foot firestik, onboard 120volt power.
    Nice setup! That would work as well. The Atwood jacks are really inexpensive.
     
  6. Apr 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM
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    JeepAndrew

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    Back to work!! :cool:

    This evening I focused on the tongue bar. The trailer-side attachment on the Max Coupler is a 2" receiver bar, so the trailer tongue needed the corresponding 2.5" hitch sleeve, which I just so happened to have an 18" piece of. It was a bit loose fitting inside the 3" tongue bar, so I shimmed it up on all 4 sides with 18" strips of 2"X1/8" steel flat strap, welded solidly to the outside of the sleeve. This made for a very tight fit inside the tongue bar (had to be driven into the bar with a sledge hammer) with no movement whatsoever. Finally, I did 6 rosette welds to permanently bond the coupler sleeve to the tongue bar. Still need to fill the corners but it turned out great! Tongue bar metal thickness is nearly 1/2"!

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    Here's a pic to give an idea of the articulation of the Max Coupler. This thing can flex!

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    The #1 thing I really like about the trailer-side attachment on the Max Coupler is that it's entirely removable; I can remove the coupler, leave the trailer set up at camp while I go explore etc, and don't have to worry about someone coming along and hooking up and stealing it :)

    Here's how it's sitting right now, not bad for a total of 3 days work! The tailgate, deck and sides will be tackled tomorrow!

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  7. Apr 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM
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  8. Apr 18, 2014 at 8:21 AM
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    JeepAndrew

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    :cool: :D
     
  9. Apr 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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    Looks great Andrew.
     
  10. Apr 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM
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    Today I went by one of the local trailer places and picked up a 2,000# rated Curt brand trailer jack with a round tube sleeve attachment. Also stopped in at our local Industrial Metal Supply and picked up two 12"x48" pieces of 10 gauge sheet for the fenders. Once I got home I went to work finishing the end of the tongue bar and welding the jack sleeve onto the trailer.

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    Next came the deck and sides. I used 14 gauge steel sheet, cut to required sizes. Each piece was C-clamped into position and tacked in place with the Lincoln :D Here it is hooked up to the jeep, with just the 3 sides in place:

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    The tongue weight is now around 80# I think. I took it around the neighborhood again and it tracks and tows great!

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  11. Apr 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM
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    Much tires. Very awesome. So cool. :cool: way to keep the andrew name epic!
     
  12. Apr 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM
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  13. Apr 19, 2014 at 7:22 AM
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    this is coming along smoothly. Good job man!
     
  14. Apr 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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  15. Apr 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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    You want one don't you? :D

    ^This guy. Best fab assistant EVAR!

    Thank you sir! :)
     
  16. Apr 20, 2014 at 9:31 PM
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    Made a lot of progress this weekend!

    Fabricated the flat steel fenders out of 10 gauge sheet, cut and welded angles over the tires accordingly :)

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    Tailgate frame was built out of the same 1.5"x1.5"x1/8" square tube as the siderail uprights. I used $20 heavy duty commercial door hinges from Lowes.

    I also had ordered a couple 1,000lb tire gate latches off of ebay to use as tailgate latches.

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    I needed to strengthen the fender bottoms, so we cut pieces of 2"x3"x1/8" and welded them into the frame along the ends of the fenders. These will act as stiffeners and rock protection.

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    Finished the tailgate by paneling it with 1/4" maple hardwood. I decided to go with the maple to keep the rear weight down. It's very strong and had no issues supporting me while I sat on it. I did some of the sheetwork in the bed, I'll be finishing that up tomorrow after work. Also ran the trailer light wiring and mounted up some cheap trailer lights I picked up from Autozone that should work nicely on the trail :D

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    By this evening I had sprayed it with gray Rustoleum self-etching primer, as you can see. Stuff works great!

    This coming weekend I'll be taking it on a 500 mile road trip to northern AZ as a test run, so I'm planning on having it mostly done before Thursday :yes:
     
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  19. Apr 21, 2014 at 8:04 PM
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    This evening I finished the trailer light wiring by adding a license plate light to the tailgate, and welding hookups for the safety chains. All that's left to do is the deck, watercan holders (waiting on the cans to arrive) and the onboard 120v power. And of course there's the rack setup for the RTT that still needs to be done.

    I took it for a test run behind my Cherokee to test the lights and just to drive it around.

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    It's unbelievable how light this thing is. Between my two jeeps, the Cherokee, with all the engine mods, has way more power by far than the wrangler, and I honestly couldn't feel it behind me at all. It tracks perfectly straight and is very easy to back up. I'd estimate that it only weighs around 500-600lbs.

    Here's a quick cost breakdown so far:

    Jetski trailer = free
    3- 15x12 steel rims = free
    3 tires- 33x12.5x15 mud claws = $620
    Max Coupler = $287
    Tailgate latches = $83
    Misc steel (square & round tubing, sheet etc) $575
    Trailer lights and onboard power wiring = $350

    Total cost so far = $1915, along with approx 5 days labor.
     
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    Looks awesome so far.
     

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