Before Dinoot Trailers, building a trailer to match your Jeep required cutting and welding old Jeep tubs together then days of body work.
I like to think the Dinoot J-Series tub kits are a game changer; setting a new standard for Jeep Trailers. Now anyone with basic DIY skills can build their own matching Jeep Trailer.
The link below points to a thread I began on Tventuring as a place to collect Dinoot J-Series Jeep Trailer examples, information and photos. Check it out in our forum here.
There is a new thread on Tventuring to discuss using Harbor Freights Haul-Master #94564 1720 lb. capacity super duty 4’ x 8’ frames as a base for DIY Compact Camping trailers.
From my experience they work well for lightweight DIY camping trailers that will see pavement and occasional well maintained off-pavement towing with little to no modifications. They are also suitable for light-medium duty off-pavement towing with various levels of modification.
From a strength of materials perspective; the frames are fine for lightweight home-built camping trailers. They are engineered for a 1980 lb GVWR (loaded weight). The compact sized DIY trailers most folks are building normally have a loaded weight of 800-1200 lbs, some a little more, some a little less. Also adding a trailer tub or box on the frame adds rigidity and strength. The stresses of off-pavement towing do require making some modifications to maintain appropriate strength.
The majority of DIY Compact Camping Trailers built on HF frames will have a deck footprint smaller than 4’x8’. Generally they are shortened to at least 6’ and in some case also narrowed. Making these modifications to a Harbor Freight frame only requires basic DIY skills.
For additional information review the Tventuring post: “Should I use a Harbor Freight frame for my trailer project?”
Posted: August 21, 2015 in Building, Trailer Ideas
Tags: adventure, build your own, build your own camp trailer, build yourself, camper and tent unit, camping box, Compact camping, compact camping trailer, diy compact camping trailer, trailer, trailer build, trailer forum, trailer idea, trailer supported adventure
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