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Did W-O make their own trailers at some point?

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by jeepfreak81, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Oct 1, 2008
    jeepfreak81

    jeepfreak81 When in Doubt, Pedal out!

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    I have a crappy cell phone pic of a small trailer on the expressway yesterday. It is wider, longer and shorter then the standard 1/4 ton trailer. The tailgate had the old W-O logo embossed into it. The trailer was obviously old enough to be of the era....
     
  2. Oct 1, 2008
    sparky

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    You sure it wasn't just a utility truck bed
     
  3. Oct 1, 2008
    jeepfreak81

    jeepfreak81 When in Doubt, Pedal out!

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    It may have been if it was cut down (height wise), I'll have to get the pics off my phone. I misplaced the adapter for it :(
     
  4. Oct 1, 2008
    Robert Bills

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    Willys Overland did not build trailers. My guess is the same as above, a trailer made from a Willys Overland pickup truck bed or perhaps home built with a Willys tailgate.
     
  5. Nov 19, 2008
    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    I'm not an expert on trailers, but I did see a W/O trailer at a swap meet in Quartzite AZ a couple years ago.
    In fact, I drove back out the next weekend to buy it and it had already been sold.
    It supposedly came from a cattle ranch in Montana and was sold to someone in Joshua Tree here in Calif.
    I couldn't believe my eyes; the ID tag on the front of the trailer was 100 % Willys Overland. Appeared simliar to a Bantam.
    and....I have been kicking myself ever since
    I had never seen one tagged as W/O and my dad and I stared at in disbelief, as I didn't think W/O made trailers either.
    guess I'll never resolve that issue now..at least in my own mind.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2008
    Robert Bills

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    Willys Overland built military trailers during WWI, known as the MBT. Bantam built a nearly identical trailer, known as the T3. Neither had tailgates.

    The trailer mentioned at the top of the thread (longer, wider than Bantam with Willys Overland logo on tailgate) is probably made from a W/O pickup bed.

    Willys Overland never built 1/4 trailers for the civilian market. However, if you look at the Willys Overland product literature from the post-war years, there are illustrations/photos in the brochure for Willys Overland "authorized accessories," of what is clearly a Spen trailer. Spen built 1/4 trailers sold under the Willys Overland name as an authorized accessory, and during the same period Bantam built 1/4 trailers sold through Sears under the "Hiawatha" name (in addition to selling them directly with a "Bantam" ID tag, model T3-C).

    The trailer with the Willys Overland ID tag described by jpflat2A was most likely a Spen with W/O identification
     
  7. Nov 19, 2008
    jpflat2a

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    thanks Mr. Bills.
    that clears that up.
    I know what I saw on that tag.
     
  8. Nov 19, 2008
    jeepfreak81

    jeepfreak81 When in Doubt, Pedal out!

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    I haven't found the adapter for my phone yet to get the pic uploaded either, it was probably a PU bed though.
     
  9. Nov 19, 2008
    Malachai

    Malachai Total Newbie! :D

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    jeepfreak, do you have the ability to send pics to an email address? I know with my phone one of the easiest ways for me to get the pics is to send them to myself and then upload them to wherever I want to post them...
     
  10. Nov 19, 2008
    dauntless_powered

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    yup or send them to my phone and i will upload for you, let me know if you want my cell number
     
  11. Nov 19, 2008
    jeepfreak81

    jeepfreak81 When in Doubt, Pedal out!

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    I have picture messenging turned off, it wasn't worth it for me as no one I know has Nextel anymore, and we get charged to send off network people pics. I have never had an issue with Nextel so I still have them R)

    I will have to look around upstairs at my desktop for the adapter.
     

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