Hey everyone, Chris here with a thread on my budget friendly offroad camper build.
When I decided to do this build, I was inspired by one I saw on this site, who was building off the same military trailer I had in mind. Through my journeys on the internet, I couldn’t find a full set of dimensional specs for the M116A3 trailer. This frustrated me to the point where I sat down and took as many measurements as I could think of, now I’m here to share those and the build with all of you.
It all started with an impulse buy off the gov liquidators website… whoops! Heheheh
$400 later and the trailer was purchased, moved from the local USMC base, tagged, inspected, pink-slipped and licensed all in the same day. The rough deck dimensions are 6’ wide, 8’ long and sits about 3 feet off the ground. Tag data says it weighs 980 pounds in this configuration. It came with these MONSTER 37x1250x16.5 Goodyear MT/R run flat tires, which by the way, weigh about 140 pounds… each!
In looking it over, I realized that the steel deck you see here is a bolt up configuration and can be removed and sold for scrap if you want to lose almost 200 pounds. The tongue is also bolted onto the main structure in a way that removing the rear 2 bolts will allow you to tilt it up 90 degrees for easy storage… sweet! It does have surge brakes that I hear you can remove and save some additional weight. HOWEVER, I promised to keep this build simple and low budget, so we’re just moving forward with the stock trailer.
- Must be offroad capable
- Must resist minor impacts, scratches and general abuse
- Build cost less than $1000 (all in)
- Must be awesome and easy.SPECS:
Total $: 400