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Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by 0IIII0, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Mar 9, 2011
    0IIII0

    0IIII0 Nibblin' on sponge cake..

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    Hi All,

    I really want/need to purchase a trailer. I finally have the 5 reliable to where I can take it deep in the field and I know she'll bring me out. The unfortunate thing is for hunting/camping, the cargo space is very limited. This brings me to a trailer option....not looking for the tent/chuck box/refrig/options...just a bucket w/ some tie-downs....don't even really need a tailgate.

    1) How is the driving with a 4x6 trailer and such a small wheelbase? Highway? Offroad?

    2) Is the "pindle" (sp?) hitch the best option/necessary?

    3) Comparing some older military trailers to rebuild vs. new ones. Are the m101's or m416's worth rebuilding? I'm dealing with a budget of about 2-2.5K.
    If the body is fairly decent, how much could I expect to spend rebuilding a trailer? (bed-liner, paint, wheels, tires, electrical, etc)

    Max load for me would be an Elk and some equip...maybe 1500lbs.

    4) There are some offroad trailer options that I could have built, but are those as good?

    5) Finally, in regards to the CJ. I have a stock 1976 rear sort of bumper...looks like something from an erector set. Is there an options that bolts on to that or do I have to drill into the frame to install a hitch?

    Thank you in advance for all your help!:):flag:
     
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    atroesch

    atroesch Member

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    Do you have a picture of the bumper you have? One of the 76 drawbars was designed to hold a pintle hitch. If I could see it I could tell you more.
     
  3. Mar 9, 2011
    0IIII0

    0IIII0 Nibblin' on sponge cake..

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    Here is my rear "bumper."

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Mar 9, 2011
    atroesch

    atroesch Member

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    You should really get rid of that and sell it to me. I need that same bumper for my 78. Here is a picture of the complete setup for it from the parts book.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Mar 9, 2011
    0IIII0

    0IIII0 Nibblin' on sponge cake..

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    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    I don't like pintle hooks...too noisey for me all the time, on and off road.
    I'd put a tab and a trailer ball on there...but wait
    maybe find a trailer first and then do what is needed to match the trailer.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2011
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I bolted a receiver box to the angle iron and ran a couple braces forward like the factory hitch/ draw bar had.
    [​IMG]
     
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    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    the tube for a slide in would work well too as Patric has.
    I cut out and welded mine into the crossmember for ground clearance.
     
  9. Mar 9, 2011
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I found this old Ben Hur here in town, and repainted it, lifted it 2 1/2", replaced the bearings, and put a new coupler on it. I have about $500-$600 into it, including purchase price and permanent registration.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If I drag the receiver I've got other issues..:) I'll drag the shackles (which I have) and the spare tire first.
     
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    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    I wasn't nitpicking....
    the ball mount drags on mine in certain situations, but the tube never will.
     
  12. Mar 9, 2011
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I know. The ball mount could certainly drag. The one in the pic is lower than the one I use with my trailer, but I had to make an extension for it.
     
  13. May 29, 2011
    0IIII0

    0IIII0 Nibblin' on sponge cake..

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    O.K....

    So I've been looking and looking and cannot find the 4 hole bracket that holds the pintle hitch to the L "erector set" type bumper that I have.

    Does anyone know where I can find one?

    Thanks!!
     
  14. Jun 25, 2011
    0IIII0

    0IIII0 Nibblin' on sponge cake..

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    Ha! Doesn't matter. Finally found an outfit in Yuma AZ that sells the OEM pintle setup for this type of bumper. Unfortunately, with 31" tires it will not fit, and had to weld a 2" receiver to the bottom of this setup anyways. Funny.

    Anyone need a pintle? Let me know.
     

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