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Old 05-10-2011, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Military Expedition Trailer Built by Swag Off Road

We had a customer show up with this 1966 1/4 ton cargo trailer and he wanted to transform it into a expedition trailer.

He dropped of the trailer with 35" tires a 3,500 lb axle and a roof top tent, and gave me a rough idea on what he was after.

She it still a work in progress, however she is taking shape as time progresses.

Let me know if you have any good inside as this is my first expedition trailer build

The lid should be here mid next week.

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Old 05-10-2011, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am looking for insight and or user feed back.

Tomorrow we will work on a rear tire carrier to fit a 40" tire and plating in the rear fender supports.

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice

Are you doing the full conversion or just the rolling framework?


A receiver hitch (square hole) that is vertical instead of pointing out the back would be useful for say a charcoal griller full of used charcoal that you dont want to load back inside with your sleeping bag.


AND ZOOM OUT A LITTLE,please


And ive heard these bitchings before, youll need
at least 60 gallons of good bleachy swimming pool water to wash of that fishy smell like the water at the lake
Propane because wood fires are so messy
10 ton central heat and AC unit because my feet are sweaty
a detachable toungue bacuase youll trip over that in the dark
turbine powered generator because that sounds like an old tractor i cant sleep
stadium style flood lighting to see what made that noise over there in the woods
rack mounted audio system to be sure and drownd out all that wilderness noise, crickets, running brook, wind in the trees,chirping birds,howling wolves, bears shitting in the woods etc etc
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Thumbs up Same ideas

I am missing parking break on the wheels (not using original axle) make an adjustable foot on the rear hitch also, even better if it has a crank for adjusting.

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Old 05-11-2011, 08:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well how is it

Is the top there yet? Any progress? More Pictures?

Man it would be good if you could make it a dually then youd have three spare tires.


I was wandering whats the difference between a M416 and a M100 i googled but not much?

And whats the name of the trailer that has a wider an flatter bed with straight sides?


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Old 05-15-2011, 02:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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A few updated pictures.

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And whats the name of the trailer that has a wider an flatter bed with straight sides?


M101a1/m101a2/m101a3 depending on the axle under it. But there are also much larger similar trailers.

My m101a2 behind my JK


That 416 is coming along sweet
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My .02 is get rid of the pintle hitch and go with a lock and roll.. The pintle is strong but noisy off road, mine just about drove me crazy..

Also a good idea is lighten up the spring pack and add air adjustable shocks. Its nice to be able to have the stability for the heave loads on the way in but still be able to soften the ride after you have emptied your water, fuel cans, propane and drank all the beer.

I second the adjustable support leg on the rear, I have surfed in my trailer while trying to climb in after it was unhooked.

And make sure if you put a 40" spare on the back to have enough permanent tongue weight to counter it. Its one thing if you are building your own trailer you can say, oh well I'll just make sure I offset the weight when I load it. But when the customer takes off down the road and the thing starts bouncing all around it will always be "that guy who built it wrong".

Hope this helps, I have built up a few trailers for customers and my self and these are things that have helped.

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Old 05-17-2011, 08:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Yup,

Was just going to say, w/ a 40" tire hanging off the back of that thing, is it going to have any tongue weight at all? Notice how Doc's trailer has the spare at the front...


otherwise, looks cool!

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This may be obvious, but what if the triler ran the same tire & wheel combo as the rig and you had two spares? The way it sits now, there's no spare for the trailer (you said it has 35's and the rig has 40's).

That also gives you one extra spare for the rig if things get really rough on the trail.

Looks great though. This is on my list once my rig is done.
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i like it. looks pretty cool.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:45 PM   #16 (permalink)
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This may be obvious, but what if the triler ran the same tire & wheel combo as the rig and you had two spares? The way it sits now, there's no spare for the trailer (you said it has 35's and the rig has 40's).

That also gives you one extra spare for the rig if things get really rough on the trail.

Looks great though. This is on my list once my rig is done.
The trailer will run a 35" tire and the Jeep will run a 37" close enough to get out of a bind.

The trailer lid should be here on Monday. I'm looking forward to getting this trailer wrapped up.

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Looks good so far. Just thought I'd throw in another plug for stabilizer jacks in the rear. Looked at a similar setup last week that didn't have any jacks and it was sketchy at best when the tent was open and the trailer was not attached to the tow rig.
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looks great, who is making the lid for you? Someone in the portland area? cheers ian
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The lid is all cut out, I added a bonus compartment that is 3.0" wide that will face the rear of the trailer and have a flip up lid on the side. I figure this will be handy carrying long heavy tools, or a fishing pole or ????? as the bottom and inside will be fully sealed from the rest of the lid.

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How about some updates?
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We have the lid almost finished, as well as the 3" wide storage compartment build into the lid. Today we will attach the hinges and weld angle iron to the inside bottom edge to provide a flat surface and apply some weather stripping to keep water out.

Wiring is all done. I need to build some light buckets, mount the tent, locks, gas struts and a high lift jack.

I should have that wrapped up this week.

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Nice. I'm at about the same point in my build, so I really appreciate the pics!

Are you going to mount the tent directly to the lid or are you going to build a "rack" that it will sit on?

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Nice. I'm at about the same point in my build, so I really appreciate the pics!

Are you going to mount the tent directly to the lid or are you going to build a "rack" that it will sit on?

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I will weld on a couple rails for the tent and mount two 8 gallon Action Packer bins on the rear........naturally.

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Whats a price range on a mod like this?
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:19 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Whats a price range on a mod like this?
Since the trailer first entered my shop I have put $940 into it, wiring, steel, struts, handles, tube, hinges, angel iron......etc. Labor ~$1100ish.

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