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Old 10-06-2009, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Its all about the little things: Trailer edition

There is a nice thread in the General section, its all about the little things. Figured we need a trailer edition.

Lets see those little details.
The little attention getters that make you look and go, "damn, thats nice" or "damn, that's a good idea."



1. Nice place to store a spare tire
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2. Built in Storage
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3. Purpose built trailer
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4. Mini Ramps
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5. Wiring; use extension cord
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6. Add a camper
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Under belly spare tire winch:


Homemade 10 bevel washers to bolt the spare tire winch mount to the tapered flange of the C-channel crossmembers:


Used a lug nut the same size as the wheels use to drive the winch so the same tire tool used to remove the wheel can operate the winch:
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There is a nice thread in the General section, its all about the little things. Figured we need a trailer edition.
6. Add a camper
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That's a standard PackRat trailer, nothing custom about it, except the Jeep is way over the limit for what you can carry on that deck.
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Most of the people I know have trailers with drop centers, makes it nice to be able to throw shit in the middle and not have to worry about it sliding off. One guy put lights in the middle of his trailer so he can have light to see by when strapping it down at night.
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When I stop borrowing my dad's trailer and get my own. I plan on wiring the Jeep lights to work with the trailer lights. Using led on both should keep the amperage draw low.

A friend of mine keeps a set of trailer lights mounted to speaker magnets in his toolbox. That way no matter what he pulls it will at least have working lights.

Somebody on here wired the breakaway battery to run the trailers emergency flashers in case they had to leave it on the side of the road at night.
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When I stop borrowing my dad's trailer and get my own. I plan on wiring the Jeep lights to work with the trailer lights. Using led on both should keep the amperage draw low.

A friend of mine keeps a set of trailer lights mounted to speaker magnets in his toolbox. That way no matter what he pulls it will at least have working lights.

Somebody on here wired the breakaway battery to run the trailers emergency flashers in case they had to leave it on the side of the road at night.
wasnt that nissancrawler?
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Yes it was, I couldn't find it earlier. Thanks

Lots of good ideas in his thread.

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Old 10-07-2009, 07:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Lots of good ideas!
One bad one is using an extension cord for lighting.
It really doesn't weather well. Spend the money and get real trailer wiring, the good 4 wire stuff isn't that bad. Buy it at truck/trailer parts suppliers (Midwest Wheel, Redneck Trailer supply, etc.).
And the real trailer junction boxes are way handy!
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Lots of good ideas!
One bad one is using an extension cord for lighting.
It really doesn't weather well. Spend the money and get real trailer wiring, the good 4 wire stuff isn't that bad. Buy it at truck/trailer parts suppliers (Midwest Wheel, Redneck Trailer supply, etc.).
And the real trailer junction boxes are way handy!
Tried several different "real trailer wiring" kits... wire was ok and at best matched the extension cord inner wires. The insulation on a extension cord is much better than the loom those kits' come with...

I've seen this stuff last a long time, so unless you've some photograph proof or can dive into a technical reason... next
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wasnt that nissancrawler?
Yep, as void said.

locking ammo cans on trailer, note the hold down and can is removable for side loading with a forklift (has saved my ass several times).





Winch mount:



Wiring center in small ammo box for battery disconnect, volt gauge, loading lights, switch for vehicle charging, hazards for trailer in case it has to be left alone on the road.







Close up of the spare tire mount (very simple and easy):



Camper stabilizer jacks for loading (I found when winching a heavy vehicle up, it almost unloaded the rear suspension of that vehicle, putting almost all of that vehicles weight on the very end of the trailer, in turn lifting the rear suspension on the tow rig WAY too much for comfort):



Adjustable hitch worn because the bolts couldn't be tight enough without bending coupler, wore the holes 1/4" larger than stock, and caused a thunk which took me a while to find.

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Tried several different "real trailer wiring" kits... wire was ok and at best matched the extension cord inner wires. The insulation on a extension cord is much better than the loom those kits' come with...
I've never used a "kit", but I have bought bulk trailer wire and the insulation has always been at least three times as thick as any extension cord I've ever owned.
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Ditto, I'm talking about TRUCK and o.t.r. trailer wiring, not Wal Mart cheap ass 4 wires you can see the color of thru the whole loom crap, I'm talking about black outer cover, with spiral wound "stuff", and 4 or 7 different colored wires of 12 gauge wiring,,, lasts much longer than any extension cord insulation. Granted all the extension cord I have seen cause problems on trailers was very old, and there are better materials being used in today's cords, they are still inferior to REAL trailer lighting wire.
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Ditto, I'm talking about TRUCK and o.t.r. trailer wiring, not Wal Mart cheap ass 4 wires you can see the color of thru the whole loom crap, I'm talking about black outer cover, with spiral wound "stuff", and 4 or 7 different colored wires of 12 gauge wiring,,, lasts much longer than any extension cord insulation. Granted all the extension cord I have seen cause problems on trailers was very old, and there are better materials being used in today's cords, they are still inferior to REAL trailer lighting wire.
That said, 10 years and counting on my extension cord wiring on my trailer with no problems.
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if your gonna do it with cable then use s.o cord. or at least s.o.w. cord..

also know as bus drop cable. its designed to be resistant to oils heat weather ozone and aklilies. but its commonly more costly than the high end trailer cable as it has stress cords in it.

My tips would be make your spare tire mount from a trailer spindle and mount a brake drum to it.. i usually try to buy them new..That way when you kill a bearing or hub you have the parts right on your trailer.
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they are still inferior to REAL trailer lighting wire.
Well, then get off your lazy butt an show me...
A link, a picture... something




(And I wasn't talking wally world trailer wiring)
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Extra rear LED tail light, it's extra bright, even during the day.
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If you want upgraded wire get boat wire. It's tinned copper stranded core, very flexible. It'll stand up to any crap you can throw at it on the road.
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If you ever had to leave your trailer on the side of the road and someone opened your ammo can they're likely to send the bomb squad. Very thorough job. Definitely all about the details:

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If you ever had to leave your trailer on the side of the road and someone opened your ammo can they're likely to send the bomb squad.


They sure as shit wouldnt steal it then
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