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    Well, this past spring I needed a trailer to haul some things to my brother. After buying one I decided that I could turn it into a trail/expedition trailer. The first trailer didn't exactly fit the bill so I sold it and bought one that should work perfectly. I bought a Carry-On trailer from Lowe's. I wanted something that was light and would fit perfectly behind a Jeep. The cargo area is 3.5' wide, 5' long and 16" tall and it weighs a little over 200 pounds with a GVWR of 2000 pounds. Oh yeah, and it has a 5 on 4.5 lug pattern so I can put Jeep wheels on it. It came with a SUA setup and I just flipped it to SOA and gained about 3".

    Basically what I am looking for is a small trailer that can be easily towed and can haul my gear either to the camp grounds at the trail or onto the trail for real backwoods camping.

    I have already started playing around with painting it. It is going to be John Deere green and yellow. (Always wanted a Jeep JD green but too many people have done that so I'm going a different route.)

    Plans:
    - John Deere green and yellow
    - Possibly 1" lift blocks
    - 33x10.5 TSL's for now (I have them sitting around)
    - 34x9.5 TSL's on 15" factory Jeep wheel
    - Wheel spacers to fit wheels and tires
    - Remove ball connection and change to pintle and lunette setup
    - Remove mesh sides and replace with thin sheet metal to keep debris out
    - Install a metal hinged top
    - Roof top tent for sleeping
    - New fenders
    - Factory Jeep lights (A fellow Jeeper just gave me a set yesterday so I am ahead of the game on this one.

    This is going to be a very long term project as I find the time and the extra funds. Also, this is planned to go behind the YJ and it currently is not setup for towing so no real rush with the trailer.

    These pics are before I did the SOA. Like I said it is about 3" higher now.

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    Now that's funny...I was talking to the wife about using that same trailer for a trail trailer.

    Awesome!!!! and keep us updated.
    See you on the trail.....TREAD LIGHTLY!

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    I saw them at Lowes and thought the same thing.
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    Hey! Great minds think alike. I have the same trailer (from Lowe's), with the same purpose in mind. I did the spring over conversion, but even with a 6" drop hitch the back end was still tilting down too much. I got a piece of metal, welded it to the top of the tongue, and re-installed the coupler to it. Worked out well, but I'd still like to have some bigger "jeep" rubber on it.
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    That's funny we all saw the same part and saw the same potential. If you guys come up with crazy ideas I love to hear'em. I'll share any new ideas too.

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    The main issue, I saw was the track width. It's was not going to be enough to use stock Jeep wheels with the massive back spacing. Though you will have issues with the hubs being to big in diameter (in most cases) to fit into the Jeep wheel or the dust cap pokes through too far and the center doesn't go on. The quick fix is to get a pair of spyder trac style spacers (I say style as they are expensive, and others make the same thing for half the price) and by installing the 2" version you can increase the trac width by 4" plus give yourself hub clearence in the wheel. Going to a say 235 or so is also going to mean bigger fenders.
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    Here is a great write up a guy did on jeepforum. Maybe it can help you brainstorm and come up with ideas for your projects. Good luck

    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/s...welder-905224/

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlandercj-7 View Post
    The main issue, I saw was the track width. It's was not going to be enough to use stock Jeep wheels with the massive back spacing. Though you will have issues with the hubs being to big in diameter (in most cases) to fit into the Jeep wheel or the dust cap pokes through too far and the center doesn't go on. The quick fix is to get a pair of spyder trac style spacers (I say style as they are expensive, and others make the same thing for half the price) and by installing the 2" version you can increase the trac width by 4" plus give yourself hub clearence in the wheel. Going to a say 235 or so is also going to mean bigger fenders.
    I have already figured out that I will have to use wheel spacers. I am keeping an eye on CL looking for a pair to come up. I do have to do the math and see exactly what I need. Yeah, the fenders have to get replaced too. I thought about using the Bushwacher cut out flares I took off my YJ but they are too big so I sold them. They would have looked really good though.

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    Well, did some painting today. It looks a lot better with that beautiful John Deere green going on. I also painted one of the tail light cages I got for free John Deere yellow and it looks pretty good. I'm thinking about painting the tail light cages, eventually the wheels and part of the tail gate yellow, everthing else will be green.

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    It's shiny.
    See you on the trail.....TREAD LIGHTLY!

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