Terry's Overland Trailer V1.0

TerryD Oct 26, 2019

  1. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    As our kids grow, the Xterra is getting kinda small. I've been looking at a trailer to help add storage space and I've been particularly interested in the 3.5' x 5' landscaping trailer from Lowe's.

    Well yesterday a decent deal on one popped up on the Bookface and after a discussion with the wife this morning about our goals for family travels, I went and grabbed it today.

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    It's in really good shape although I had to replace one tail light and fix the wiring on the other side to get it home.

    The initial plans to get it in service are:
    1. Axle flip
    2. 15" wheels and tall/narrow tires
    3. Line the inside with plywood and build a hinged top
     
  2. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Look at “Fibreglass Reinforced Panel” (it’s that white bumpy stuff that they sometimes use in restrooms on the walls). It’s easy to work with and won’t get waterlogged. Great for the bottom or sides. You can find it at Home Depot.

    That’s a nice little trailer.
     
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  3. Xterrorista

    Xterrorista Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    Cool, I've thought about this and will enjoy seeing how you get it all setup!
     
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  4. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    I can see using these for the sides but I think for the floor I'm going to stick with plywood for the durability.

    I've been trying to come up with a plan for the lid that will be rigid and light and inexpensive to construct for the time being.

    The weather is breaking so I'm going to go out in a bit and do some planning with a tape measure and some of our travel boxes.
     
  5. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Could look on Craigslist for an old truck bed liner and cut to fit for the floor. Durable and waterproof.
     
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  6. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    That's a good point. I'll see what I can find.

    If the size of the thing works out the way I hope, I'll be stripping out the expanded metal and putting in aluminum and bracing up the structure.

    But before I invest that much I want to use it some and see that it's going to be useful for us.
     
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  7. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    The girls helped me flip the axle today. It's still a little low with those tiny tires on there but there's changes on that front in the future.

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    I did a test fit of our boxes and tent. I think it'll work for what we're wanting to use it for.

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    And it looks like I can pretty much back into the tongue at its current length. It's a little tight on the plastic side piece and I'd honestly like about another foot of length. Plus I want to add a tray in front of the body to have dual jerry can holders, a tool box and a battery box because I want it to have a dedicated 12V system for charging things and running lights and possibly a HAM/GMRS radio setup.

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  8. TheCrabby1

    TheCrabby1 Test Drive

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    Hello TerryD , check into WEST SYSTEM my uncle put this on his OLD commercial fishing boat and it's still on there. If it holds up to that kinda abuse it would be good for this . It's an epoxy system that go's on wood , just a thought ...
     
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  9. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    I might look into that but I'm only planning on the plywood being temporary to see if the trailer will really make a difference.

    We're hoping that going camping will be easier with everything already packed up and ready to roll at short notice. Only a few changes depending on time of the year as far as cool or warm weather gear.
     
  10. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    Picked up and installed a swivel drop-leg jack for the trailer today. It's welded on well enough to test the location of it for the time being.

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    I also picked up a hitch mounted cargo carrier that turned out to be larger and slightly better made than my current one so i'm going to keep it as is and eventually slice up my old one to add to the tongue on the trailer for added storage once I extend the tongue. It'll also get tied into any side steps or sliders I add in the future.
     
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  11. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    Installed the spare tire carrier on the tongue opposite the jack last night before dark.

    I guess the next step is deciding what I'm going to do for a lid for it and getting started on that. I was looking to build a frame with 1" square tubing and sheet it with some 1/4" plywood but I wanted the tubing rolled into a slight arch to help shed water and the roller I need to do that is out of my price range. Oh well, now to decide on a plan B....
     
  12. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Talk to an electrician, you should be able to provide them with a couple of sticks of 1/2” or 3/4” conduit and they could bend it for you for about the cost of a six pack.
    Or go to Home Depot, get pipe, bend it in store using a pipe bender at the rental section, purchase pipe.
    You can drill and use bolts, or use self taping screws to attach the cladding.
    The ends of the pipe can be squished flat for attaching to the square frame.
     
  13. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    I actually am an industrial electrician. :D I was looking for a nice long radius hoop instead of a sharply bent angle in the center of the tube but it's looking like I might have to settle for that though.
     
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  14. BCXterra

    BCXterra Bought an X

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    Maybe a series of short angle bends, think like a barn roof.
     
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  15. TerryD

    TerryD Sliders Supporting Member

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    I may just make the first top out of 2x4s. I can use a jig saw to cut that radius on 4 of them and that would make enough of a top to get an idea of how this whole thing will work and 2 2x4x8s will make 4 "rafters" that will be more than enough to make the lid for now.
     
  16. 13ADVX

    13ADVX Bought an X

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    Nice work on the family trailer!
     
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