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VMI Offroad OX custom trailer build for DefconBrix

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

  1. Apr 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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    DefconBrix

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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.
     
  2. Apr 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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    god damn that is one sexy trailer!
     
  3. Apr 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM
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    :eek: Goddamn. So you're going to be into it well over $12k
    I suppose if you got the money!

    As for the weight...dry weight is measured with the rolling rims and tires (obviously not with the spare). Mine came out to 1000lbs dry and it's solid steel. Do you have to get a weight slip in Utah to register it?
     
  4. Apr 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM
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    dry weight was 900# with spare and a heavier duty tongue jack, lid and larger tongue box, electric brakes and heavier duty axle.

    Remember I am also on a heavier 35" wheel/tire combo that weighs 330# by themselves. So the trailer is only 560#.

    You can make a steel one pretty light but still not quite the same - apples and oranges. This company that builds these actually builds high end aluminum yachts also so the construction and quality of these are second to none.

    I will have around $20k into this when it is complete. Nothing but the best, IMO! Do it right the first time and you won't have to envy others is the way I think of it lol
     
  5. Apr 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM
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    Thing is bad ass man, wish I had the money for something like that :drool:
     
  6. Apr 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM
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    I agree with you completely. That's why I built it myself. ;)

    As for the weight, I guess I just imagined a solid aluminum trailer would be a lot lighter than 200 lbs difference (and I have the same 3500 lbs axle, drum brakes, tongue jack and completely overbuilt in terms of material thickness). Wasn't trying to be a dick or belittle it in any way.

    And here's mine if you want to compare apples to oranges: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/other-builds/289196-jberrys-expo-trailer-build.html
     
  7. Apr 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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    That thing is SWEEEET!!!! :jellydance::jellydance::jellydance:

    I may need to make a trip up to B-Ham to check out VMI. I had no idea they existed, and they are only 2.5 hours away from me :eek:
     
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  8. Apr 23, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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    Base weight of the trailer is 740lbs (with 31" tires that come with it) and then I added to it from there.
    Box size is 4x6x2 with a 5' tongue.

    If you built a comparable trailer to these specs it would be double the weight.

    I can go buy a cheap light weight steel trailer from Home Depot and add a thin walled box to it and larger tires and have a 600lb steel trailer but capabilities are different and so it the strength if you know what I'm saying.

    Check out their website for more info
    http://www.vmioffroad.com/products/xtender-adventure-offroad-trailers/xtender-adventure-offroad-trailers-2.html

    Seriously head down there! They have so many amazing trailers there being built. I felt like I was in trailer heaven lol
     
  9. Apr 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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    Sorry dude...you're wrong. I built my trailer from scratch:

    Trailer box is 48"x80.5"x 22.5"
    4' 6" tongue made of 2" receiver hitch (2.5x2.5x.250)
    Frame is 2x3x.120
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    33" tires with SCS F5 wheels
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    Sides are skinned with 14 gauge
    Top is skinned with 16 gauge
    Box frame is all 1.25x.120 wall
    Two side doors and rear swing out door
    3500 lbs axle with drum brakes

    I had to have my trailer weighed in order to get it registered. Came in under 1100 lbs dry weight.
     
  10. Apr 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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    You're right then.. They must be identical and my Aluminum must just be heavier aluminum. :roll eyes:

    Mine is at 900 with 35" tires and a full size spare - yours no spare (when weighed).
    So to compare a little closer mine would be 784 lbs with no spare and 35's with beadlocks making it 316 lbs lighter and a little bigger :D

    35" Toyo M/T's 83 lbs each
    17" Method 105 beadlocks 34 lbs each
    = 116 lb wheel tire combo each

    If I was to put a 33" combo like you and run no spare I would likely be under 700lbs :D making the comparison closer to a 400 lb difference.

    This has been fun though :D
     
  11. Apr 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM
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    Easter Jeep Safari testing

    * on a 2" ball during this trip. My Max Coupler should be installed within the next few weeks.

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  12. Apr 23, 2014 at 4:14 PM
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    every camping trip needs to include an adult beverage or two :D

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  13. Apr 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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    I guess the spare no expense and get the best stops just shy of decent beer. Damn nice trailer though.
     
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  14. Apr 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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    lol I try. I'm usually a Bud kind of guy but lately have gotten into Corona more. The shock top was left over from a BOB party that I figured I would polish off also. I need a koozie for some hard liquor!
     
  15. Apr 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM
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    LOL. You said "double" the weight. :cool:
    Dick swinging aside, I'm digging your rig and trailer. Great combo man.
     
  16. Apr 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM
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    lol I hope you know I truly am chuckling when responding and bantering with you. Sometimes tone gets lost over this internet thing :D I'll be coming to cali for the American Adventurist event and would love to get some photos of both our set ups next to each other and on the trails! It's not often you find a matching expo trailer combo and dick swinging aside lol I truly do dig yours also! I sure as hell wouldn't be able to fab up my own so my hats off to you sir!
     
  17. Apr 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM
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    Sounds great. Keep me posted.
    Depending which way you go, you'll likely pass right by my house and the beer is always cold here.
     
  18. Apr 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM
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    Oh I like the way you think!!
     
  19. May 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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    Love the trailer man, cant blame you for doing it right if you have the money.
     
  20. May 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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