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    Big Ugly Trailer build

    this is the story of my trailers and the long road.
    I found a really cool, formerly Hydropole trailer on Kijiji. he didnt answer my messages for 3 days, so i bought a piece of crap box trailer with a cool forged drop beam axle and AMC hubcaps. 28 days later the spindle snapped on the driver's side wheel while my wife was pulling it. the wheel passed the Jeep, went about a hundred feet into a chainlink fence. later i found out i had no clue about trailer bearings and my overtightening of the jesusnuts is probably what caused the bearing to seize and the spindle to weaken and snap. so I called the first guy back. he still hadnt sold his trailer. i offered him his original asking minus the amount i blew on the first one. i bought a pintle hitch, showed up cash in hand and rolled away with a trailer that was almost 1700 lbs... empty.
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    whats the plan for the trailer? is it gonna be one you drag with you when off roading? or a junk hauler?
    currently building a toyota. i'm sorry.

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    the yellow trailer, with half a yard of gravel (over 100lbs) and 9x 24"x24" pavers (almost 100lbs) was barely flexing the leafs. the tires are rated for over 3000 lbs each.
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    it's a little heavy for serious offroading, but i doubt i'd break it

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    are you going to shorten the tongue? the thing looks long as hell.

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    once i had a replacement, the black trailer got stripped and parted out. the frame might now be a snowmobile trailer, the axles' in my backyard (doesnt everyone need a yardaxle?) the "wood" went to the dump in the tank. and i still have the AMC hubcaps.
    the heavy duty trailer has Dayton style hubs, so i can't just slap a couple of steelie 15"s, had to stick with the high pressure 14.5" tires. the old ones were possibly older than me- and looked it, so i got new ones. then found out how little i could have got them for if i was a patient man...
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    some help from my bro- in-law got the toungue shortened at the back, and muchos gracias to British Bulldog for helping me shorten it at the front, clean it up, bore some new draw pin holes, and some artful welding of a ball coupler so i could haul it with the service truck (and have it a little quieter)
    i also think it might be under 1400lbs now. and the tongue weight is more like 50lbs than 150 lbs...
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    and now it can haul some serious junk. and of the junk i'll be hauling, i expect some of it better be better axles for the zj...

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    i have 2 rims /tires in binbrook i would have to chrge you a extra large timmies coffee. just come pik them up. ime not mobile at the moment
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    now that is a score !!! great for you AXMN_ZJ
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    Thanks Bryn, i bought some shortly after getting the trailer. the 30 yr old goodyears were a little sketchy looking. learning experience- i should put up a parts wanted post. i woulda paid a fair bit more than a timmies, too. thanks for the offer

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    Looks good.

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    hauls so nice now you can almost forget it's there (except for the about 1400 lbs extra to stop)
    the electric brakes are there, wiring replacement (complete) is on the to-do list. picked up a pair of 4" led taillights. watching for when the small oval marker ones go on sale. might as well do it all at once. the mag mount p.a. specials are doing the trick ...mostly. a good bump, and a light bounces into (hopefully) the box, and i lose a filament. shoulda got those as led's and called it a day.

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