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Mudhog1977
08-31-2012, 05:29 PM
Picked up this travel trailer frame for free
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h360/Mudhog1977/IMAG0111-1.jpg

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Got the floor off
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h360/Mudhog1977/IMAG0113.jpg

Mudhog1977
08-31-2012, 05:34 PM
3 20ft sticks of 2" angle iron for the side runners $120.67
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h360/Mudhog1977/IMAG0115-1.jpg

RubiconAg
08-31-2012, 06:45 PM
Nice start... keep us updated!

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PondSkum
09-01-2012, 07:01 AM
Yeah! Looks good so far!

Mudhog1977
09-01-2012, 10:09 AM
Thanks, plan is to build it for less than 600, the cheapest I've found a used one for is 1200, and a new one would cost about 2500,

Mudhog1977
11-05-2012, 11:38 AM
Now I can get something done, picked up this lil dumpling Friday, I chose the 140 cause I can take it with me and run it off my generator
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h360/Mudhog1977/IMAG0193.jpg

Kabob
11-05-2012, 07:03 PM
thats a nice little welder..... also looks like a fun project you got yourself :rev

Mudhog1977
11-05-2012, 07:59 PM
Hasn't been that bad so far I'm modeling it off my brother's trailer,It's the one on the second post, the one I had at purple santa, the worst part is today I realized that I'm SERIOUSLY OUT OF PRACTICE WELDING, lol been awhile since I've welded

XJ4IV
11-05-2012, 10:50 PM
you went over budget... lol that welders nice... but the 140 plus the angle iron has put you at your budget mark or at least REALLY close... but I know I know materials and tools are considered part of the budget! thats what I have to tell my wife!

Mudhog1977
11-06-2012, 05:15 AM
They let me work an extra day at work , got 5 extra loads so that's what paid for the welder, yep it put me over but the angle was only $120, I justified the purchase of the welder for all my other projects too, my 86 bronco II, the 85 bronco II I'm building for my daughters, and my 99 f150 mudbog race truck, plus it was on sale!!

XJ4IV
11-06-2012, 06:22 PM
I used that same welder to build my front bumper... its held up fairly well considering I slammed into a 18 wheeler with it... stupid CHEROKEE brakes!!!

Mudhog1977
11-06-2012, 09:33 PM
This talk about slamming into 18 wheelers is making me nervous, wait a minute I have 2 back bumpers, I'm good lol jk , the mig is great It's the operator that needs some practice

XJ4IV
11-08-2012, 06:22 PM
Honestly I forgot I was loaded with a trailer full of scrap aluminum ... kinda pushed me into it... literally my front wheels locked... impact was at about 10 MPH

Mudhog1977
11-26-2012, 07:08 PM
I slid my other bronco 2 through a red light but had a 20 ft lowboy loaded to the gills

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Used wheels and new tires I picked up today $100 for the wheels, $350 for the tires
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h360/Mudhog1977/IMAG0199.jpg

Mudhog1977
11-27-2012, 06:43 PM
Got a lil bit done today
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XJ4IV
12-18-2012, 06:43 AM
coming together nicely... I need to take notes cause mines falling apart

Mudhog1977
12-18-2012, 12:22 PM
I'm learning as I go took me all day to decide how I was gonna build my fenders, my bronco 2 with 33's is about 2"skinnier than my wife's yj with 31's so I had to make it where I could fit in between the fenders now and drive over them when I put on my full width axles on , a lot of trial and error lol

XJ4IV
12-19-2012, 01:42 PM
i have to drive over the fenders on mine... when I went out two weeks ago I had to winch my jeep with no steering back onto the trailer which damaged the fenders... so NOW I get to build new fenders

Mudhog1977
12-19-2012, 03:36 PM
Always fun when stuff breaks , I'm thinking bout going with hydrosteer when I set up my new axles, could use some pointers when I'm ready

XJ4IV
01-06-2013, 05:59 PM
ME TOO LOL... im getting items together and have since I broke my setup, looks like another week or so before I'll have all te parts I need!
any progress on the trailer... Im anxiously waiting to see the progress

Mudhog1977
01-08-2013, 04:54 PM
Not yet been down for the count for 2 weeks now went to Dr today said I have bronchitis and pneumonia, and something else I forget on 5 different meds right now but as soon as I get this whooped gonna sand it down and paint it then wire it up

Mudhog1977
01-08-2013, 04:59 PM
Did build back bumper 3 weeks ago
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h360/Mudhog1977/IMAG0254.jpg

Mudhog1977
03-27-2013, 09:27 PM
Finally got the final braces on
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Next is sanding it down and paint, then wiring, boards, and finally registration

Mudhog1977
03-29-2013, 08:49 PM
Painted today!
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h360/Mudhog1977/IMAG0414.jpg

Big4x4ride
03-30-2013, 08:22 AM
Looks good brotha!! Big big improvement from what you started with!

Mudhog1977
03-30-2013, 12:02 PM
Thanks I got the frame free I think I'm gonna pass my budget by 200, but still don't think $800 for a trailer isn't too bad , half as much as a good used one, I'm all about the budget builds lol

indirocz28
03-30-2013, 01:16 PM
how about brakes?

Mudhog1977
03-30-2013, 01:59 PM
It's got brakes I'm going to wire them up just not hook them up my truck doesn't have a controller yet , but to be honest I don't think I really need them cause at most the trailer will weigh 5500 lbs and my truck will slam you in the dash with more than that the biggest decision I have right now is a 6 or 7 wire hookup cause I want reverse lights

indirocz28
03-30-2013, 05:43 PM
Then go 7. Why not!

Mudhog1977
03-30-2013, 05:53 PM
That's what I'm leaning towards cause I want a 5thwheel hookup eventually so I can pull anything, bumper pull messes me up after driving a rig all day lol

indirocz28
03-31-2013, 09:52 AM
Lol! Mine is a bumper pull, but sometimes it just doesn't seem like it wants to turn for crap. If I had a bigger truck I would probably go for a gooseneck trailer as well.

Mudhog1977
03-31-2013, 10:39 PM
for my next trailer I want at least a 32ft gooseneck my truck is rated to pull 12,000lbs so I should be fine, what kinda tow rig do you have I know a few people that have goosenecks in half tons and they do fine, granted they wont break any speed records but they will pull it

indirocz28
04-01-2013, 05:58 AM
I only have a 4wd 4Dr long bed Tacoma.

UstabeaRenegade
04-01-2013, 09:11 AM
The 7 way gives you more flex for additions (i.e. a 12v charging wire for a battery on a winch) Also the 6 way plugs are getting harder to find.

Mudhog1977
04-01-2013, 12:01 PM
Good point Clint thanks

indirocz28
04-01-2013, 09:22 PM
One of these days I want to put a winch and battery on mine.

Mudhog1977
04-01-2013, 10:29 PM
that would be nice, and the trailer already has a place built into the tongue for batteries:rockin

indirocz28
04-02-2013, 05:57 AM
Lucky devil

Mudhog1977
04-02-2013, 03:32 PM
I saw on Gearz where he mounted a toolbox on the front of a car hauler then mounted a winch inside the toolbox was pretty cool

indirocz28
04-02-2013, 05:02 PM
That actually is a pretty darn good idea. I might have to look into that since I have the room on my trailer, and a tool box would give me more room to keep spare tools and stuff.

05X4X4
04-02-2013, 05:23 PM
I saw that Gearz! I have the trailer... The box... But no spare winch.


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Mudhog1977
04-02-2013, 09:34 PM
if I did that I would buy the smittybuilt xrc8 so I can put the synthetic cable on the bronco and put my steel cable on the trailer

PondSkum
04-03-2013, 10:41 PM
Technically you don't NEED an 8k winch for the trailer, unless your tires are flat and axles locked up, a 3-4k winch should pull a Jeep (or similar rig) onto a trailer, assuming it has ramps or tilts.

I could be wrong though... I have a 3500 lb harbor freight winch sitting in my garage that I've thought about mounting to the trailer to try out... Maybe I need to give a shot...

Mudhog1977
04-03-2013, 10:49 PM
the only reason I was thinking bout the xrc8 is because you can get it with synthetic cable for $299 plus tax whereas you buy synthetic cable for $185 plus you still have to buy the hawse fairlead so basically for $100 more you can have get another winch, but yes I think a 3500 should be plenty especially if you use a snatch block

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btw I went ahead and got the 4 connector wire cause I didn't feel like spending $100 on 7 conductor wire, I will add more wire later

UstabeaRenegade
04-04-2013, 09:38 AM
Also keep an eye out in pawn shops for a winch as well - they do turn up and you can argue with them since they techically dont know if they work or not - a buddy of mine picked up a Warn 8271 for 200 bucks and it was in working order

Mudhog1977
04-05-2013, 09:13 PM
Almost finished! Went about $250 over budget though
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05X4X4
04-05-2013, 10:28 PM
Lookin good can't wait to see the finished product!


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Mudhog1977
04-06-2013, 08:03 PM
Here it is! Just gotta put a lift on or get smaller tires they rub a lil when u hit a hard bump
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My hound dog he's my helper lol when I come in from work him and I sit on the couch and eat cookies lol

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05X4X4
04-07-2013, 02:42 AM
LIFT!!!!!! Never say 'smaller tires' that just leave a bad taste.


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Mudhog1977
04-07-2013, 05:51 AM
Lol I know made me cringe just saying it I put bigger tires on everything

Chris89yj
07-16-2013, 09:43 AM
How does it tow witb the weight of the jeep on it? It looks like it used to be an old rv? I have heard that structure o. Those flex a lot when converting the frams to car haulers.

Mudhog1977
07-16-2013, 09:56 AM
It pulls great only thing is its almost too balanced, it flexes a lil when loading but no more than a lowboy, had to put heavier springs on it though