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    Default Hill, Bill E. Hotel Updated!!

    I like to camp, hunt and fish, I also like to stay at the OHV park for the full weekend sometimes. So here's my solution.

    Here is what I did with my M416 trailer.
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    Did the SOA, and put 31x10.5-15's on it for now, hope to go with 33's to match te CJ.

    Extended the fenders to accomodate the tires. These can be removed and the fenders put back on in the original configuration, as can all the mods to the trailer.

    Built a top from 1'' thick black ash and 1/4'' plywood:

    Made some roof racks from Uni-Strut and 10 guage plate steel:

    And installed a roof top tent from Rack Tents:

    And closed up or traveling:

    Takes less than 1 minute to set up the tent, and it has a 2 1/2'' thick mattress in it. pretty comfy! HB


    Here are the rst of my build pics, from photobucket: http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n...ect/?start=all
    Last edited by HillBillE; 07-22-2011 at 23:17. Reason: Added a link to the build pics.


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    Everything done to my M416 is reversible, meaning that the trailer can be put back to stock configuration. This was important to me, as future plans involve finding and restoring an old flattie, back to Military specs. And the trailer will be the perfect accompaniment to it. Perfect for doing parades and Vet related stuff. Now, to find me a nice flattie.............


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    Nice! I have two kids that I haul around all over hell and dale, plus the fact we like to camp when we go out makes me want one as well. It sure would make loading/unloading the rig easier; just throw all the crap in the trailer.

    Once again, excellent effort; have fun with it.

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    That is so sweet. I love it. How many ppl fit in the tent?

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    That is great. Since I have never actually seen a trailer like that in person, can you access the contents of the trailer when you are in the tent? Is their like a little trap door or something?

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    Nice!!!! after you diconnect the jeep is it stable with you in it. Are you a sound sleeper? The guys I wheel with would move me around at night while sleeping LOL.
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    Thanks guys! The tent is about the size of a queen size bed inside, perfect for the wife and I, and we can fit our 6 year old in there for now. As he gets older, he'll probably wan his own tent anyway.

    You can't get into the trailer from inside the tent, but if no one is inside (the tent), you can lift the trailer top up, even when the tent is open.

    The trailer has a parking brake on it (of course, it's a Military trailer!) so when the brake is on, it's very stable. I sleep pretty light, but I may have to figure out a way to padlock the parking brake on, I'd hate to wake up somewhere other than where I crawled in at! Some of the guys I wheel with would do the same thing!


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    Thumbs up Sweet!!!

    Heh Randy there's a group of "lost" wheelers that own those new FJ40's that have the same setup on top on the rigs. They are nice.
    Looks like another fine project you've completed.
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    UPDATE: Well, I haven't gotten to the fresh water tank, 12V Deep cycle battery, and fridge/freezer combo yet. But the trailer is working great!

    I've made 2 trips to Moab with it, and I'm prepping it for the third trip in April. Also have had numerous weekend trips with it out wheeling/camping/fishing.

    The wooden to was showing it's age, and leaking some. So I installed some 20" wide aluminum flashing across the top to keep it dry inside (and save the wood!)



    Sure is nice, being off the ground and away from the critters that may want to sleep with ya in the dessert!



    Hope to get the 12V battery in next week, and some 12V lights under the lid, on the back where I set up to cook, and one run into the tent.


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    Added some MJ bling:



    Here you can see how the trailer tub is accessed when the tent is open:



    Working on a 'cook table' that will hang off the back. It'll be 4' wide and 14-16" deep. Enough room to fit a Coleman stove on, and room for the food prep/condiments/paper towels/etc.

    The table will store inside the lid of the trailer, when traveling.

    Also picked up a couple of 12V lights for inside, hoping to get the battery box mounted and lights wired this week.


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    do so out of duty, honor, oath and love of country.


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