I got a lot done today, but not all on the trailer.
I cleaned and reorganized the garage and picked up some more things I needed like welding wire, hardware, etc.
I bought another set of the ratchet straps I like, test fitted a 6x8 tarp on the trailer (a tad small when loaded with all the boxes and some other test bulk), and helped my buddy adapt a new head to his weed whacker.
Here is a pic of the tie-down D-rings I bought the other day. I bought two 4-packs because I wasnt sure how they would work out... they worked out great so naturally I need more and cant find them anywhere.
Here are the three boxes I mentioned yesterday. The camo one came off an old Marine Corps welding trailer that we sent to dermo about 2 years back. I miss free leftovers from the Corps. The grey one is a crew box which actually folds flat but is still pretty sturdy when it is erected. It is NOT weather tight though. The black one is a Contico box I got from my pop. It is pretty sturdy and seems weather tight.
Here is a pic of the smallest box (from the USMC trailer) in the front of my trailer. It is pretty heavy steel and I would guess it weighs about 30lb. It is pretty weather tight and lockable. The only thing is that I lose a lot of space if I use it in the front here. It does fit in the back with the crew box so If I put the black Contico box in the front I could transport all 3.
Crew box in the back. I like this fit the best.
I had another Idea...
I am thinking that I will not permanently mount any of the boxes. I will use them as needed based on the situation. I will get a few of the waterproof/resistant duffel bags that walmart sells too. This way I can just throw everything in the trailer and not need to worry about a covering. I am going to see if I can get my hands on a section of cargo net that I could throw over the whole thing. Then I really only need to tarp it for a real downpour. What do you guys think?
Heres a pic of my buddy's dog. Canines seem to approve of the trailer.
Heres another little piece of gear I am glad I have never needed. When I build/adapt my bumpers and spare tire carrier/basket and finish the jeeps roof rack, I will decide if this is going to live in the jeep or the trailer.
I am pleased to say that I have decided on a small lift for the jeep and will be getting it in a week or two. I will get some 32-11.50 / 15 Swampers or some 33-10.50 / 15 BFG MT's for the truck and as soon as the bugs are all worked out (if any) locally, I am planning a cross country treck. I want to visit a few Marine Corps buddies... one is in Oklahoma, one in Alabama... and I am thinking about stopping off in Louisiana to meet my mothers dad (technically my grandfather) for the first time. Thats a whole other long, crazy story.
I will have to get some suggestions on where to stop off along the way and what rought to take. A little Moab UT wheeling is a must. I actually got the go-ahead on this from my fiance so I am not going to pass up the opportunity. I figure that the trip will be a GREAT bug out test run especially since I will be going alone. I am stoked to say the least.