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I'm doing my CJ-7 Build/mod and I am going to build a trailer for it as well. Here is my plan/goal with this trailer and I am trying to source some parts and ideas on this so I want what other people think of this.

I'm running 8 lug on my Jeep, Truck as well as my best friend(wheeling partner) and my uncles rig(Check out my posts in other forums about Wagonstein). I want to have the trailer running 8 lug as well so that if worst comes to worst I can steal the spare and then even a tire from the trailer to get a rig out. The trailer will run the same size tires as our vehicles. We are running 35"-37". It will always match the size for whatever my CJ is running because this build is to be my trailer for the jeep. I have MIG/TIG/ARCH welders as well as torch and plasma cutter. I'm not wanting to be ultra radical but I have things I want.

Frame wise I am leaning toowards just building basically a tube frame for it instead of using a truck frame. I do have a truck frame but my Buddy might need it. It is a 1979 J20(Donor truck on builds).

Axle and suspension wise I want to run an 8 lug but I want to have as much clearance as possible as well as not breaking the bank. Can i just go get a 12-bolt off a 3/4 ton chevy and shave the diff and well it up even or near the axle tubes? Now I know that doing that means I would have to mount the tongue with an inertia brake on the tongue. I would much much MUCH rather have electric brakes so i can manipulate them from the tow vehicle but unless I go with a trailer axle I don't know how to do that.
Suspension I am thinking of using the rear springs off of the J20 so that I can really load the trailer and not have is sagging. I know that reduces the flex the trailer has but i will not be loading it top heavy but it will be loaded heavy especially during hunting season and camping trips.

Body of trailer I would like to use the J20 bed because you don't see them around. It has JEEP in giant bold letter across the back and I like it. I will have either an above rail tool box or a between the rails tool box with locks mounted, spare tire rack on one side rail and probably a side box on the other side. It will primarily be used for packing extra water, fuel and gear that will not fit in the CJ on trips. For hunting it will be behind my 1-ton truck and hauling all the water, fuel and any extra gear for hunt camp and we don't have a light camp, takes 4 trucks and trailers to get it all up in one trip. I will get some posts of it up this coming season.

I would like to get a between frame mounted fuel tank/cell with an electric pump for emergency fuel if needed. Main things are that I don't know how to get electric brakes without going with a trailer axle but that sets me back a ways and I am trying to build this out of parts and peices I have.
 

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A 6k or 7k torsion style trailer axle would give you plenty of capacity, electric brakes and 8 lugs along with great clearance if ordered with the torsion arms rotated down.
What would something like that run and can I just order that from any trailer supply place?
 

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Rear sprigs I also have the 1-ton chevy rear springs with helper springs. It was used as a farm haul/tow truck by my grandpa so I know it doesn't squat much at all when you load it. They are brutally stuff though so I was worrying about using them that it would not have any flex and possibly cause it to tip.
 
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