titanpat57 wrote:If you want a proven frame, any military trailer like a M116A2 or a M101A2. Track width would be a great match for the Xterra.
You can install a new electric brake axle if you'd like, and cut off the hook/pintle hitch setup, and replace that with a multi axis hitch such as a Max Coupler or Lock and Roll.
I see lots of folks that build up and beef up these Harbour Freight frames, but after all the modifications and drama, they may as well bought a frame much more suited for rigorous use. If you watch Craigslist and a few assorted forms they're not hard to find.
KCStudly wrote:Meant to add, IMO the military trailers are too over built (heavy), and not necessarily well configured for the typical TD designs (if you are going to scrap or modify most of it why bother?).
bknowles86 wrote:I don't do much serious offroading, and if I do, I plan to leave the trailer at camp. I'd like the option of pulling it along on some dirt roads ... nothing serious.
KCStudly wrote:Peace, brother.
Let's recap:bknowles86 wrote:I don't do much serious offroading, and if I do, I plan to leave the trailer at camp. I'd like the option of pulling it along on some dirt roads ... nothing serious.
I stand by the advice I gave to the OP as being appropriate with regard to his request. IIRC I have about the same into my trailer and didn't have to deal with any crusty old parts thrown into the scrap bin, or design around as-built conditions. As a point of reference, my D35 with elec brakes, not assembled cost more like $450 all up.
If he had asked for the ultimate rock crushing go anywhere brute of a trailer with big fenders encroaching on the cabin space, then sure, a military trailer might have come into the mix.
I've seen a couple up close, but, nope, have never really gotten personal with one. Don't intend to, it's not how I wheel. I have seen other people post about them, including one gung-ho guy who, IIRC, jumped thru hoops to get one, paid more than he really wanted to, realized it was more work than he was up for, found that it forced too many restrictions on his cabin design, and didn't really like how heavy it was.
You pays your money you takes your choice.
M-116 Trailer, Cargo, 3/4 ton Specifications
Length, overall 147 in. (373.38 cm)
Width, overall 71.3 in. (181.1 cm)
Width, track 71.3 in. (181.1 cm)
Height, chassis 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Weight, empty 780 lb (354.12 kg)
Weight, maximum 3160 lb (1434.64 kg)
Dave Nathanson wrote:I've torn up my trailer frame on the way to/from camp. Wasn't doing any significant wheeling, just driving on the washboards roads of Saline Valley California. Yes, the frame actually tore, right where the leaf spring hangers were welded to the frame.
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