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    Small tip: if possible enter the water slowly if...

    Small tip: if possible enter the water slowly if your diffs are very hot (ie lots of sand driving) and the water is cold. I blew a diff pinyon seal and I believe it was because the instant change in...
  2. Trailer shock length selection help

    Suspension gurus, please help:

    Leaf sprung over trailer axle. Home built teardrop.

    I have measured my potential max shock lengths at 23" at full droop and 12" at full compression which means a...
  3. That makes sense. I think I'll disconnect the...

    That makes sense. I think I'll disconnect the springs at one end and lower the frame to the right spot so I know where to put the bumpstops. Then I'll reattach the springs and lift the frame until...
  4. Thanks. Next step is to weld on shock mounts and...

    Thanks. Next step is to weld on shock mounts and install shocks. Then I'll start the interior finish since it's an empty shell right now.

    Does anyone have any tips for determining shock length?
  5. It's been a few months, but I finally had a...

    It's been a few months, but I finally had a little time on Friday to pull the trailer out of storage and work on it some more.

    I haven't really used it yet, except for towing it out to AZ for the...
  6. That makes sense about the discharge or two vs...

    That makes sense about the discharge or two vs one. The battery in question is an AGM though not a lead acid, so I don't know if that matters.

    Also, I've heard that AGM batteries can be mounted on...
  7. Trailer power - one BIG battery or two small ones?

    I have one of the Sears Platinum (Odessy) group 31 batteries in my 80 as the aux battery. It's a real monster. I now am ready to buy the battery for my new trailer build and can't decide:

    Group 31...
  8. Thanks. It is quite substantial. Seeing it...

    Thanks. It is quite substantial. Seeing it sitting there it seems so big and tall with no weight to compress the springs. I calculated that the "extra" weight of the steel vs a more minimalistic...
  9. By tomorrow I'll have a rolling chassis. Just...

    By tomorrow I'll have a rolling chassis. Just need to wire up the lights, install the rear tire swingout on the spindle, and install the water tanks. Looks like I'll be towing it to Expo (though the...
  10. Yeah, just a bit. I have some pretty ambitious...

    Yeah, just a bit. I have some pretty ambitious kitchen pullout ideas that require a little space and I wanted to preserve at least 7' of interior length for sleeping.

    I don't think those inches...
  11. 156" is the length of the primary frame with...

    156" is the length of the primary frame with tongue. However, the center "tube" protrudes an additional 6" in the back to accomodate a finished rear bumper/tire carrier and 4" in the front to take...
  12. Progress! Got my Max Coupler from AT today....

    Progress! Got my Max Coupler from AT today. Springs, axle, rear spare tire carrier already here and all manner of other goodies on their way in the mail - water pump, instant water heater, tanks,...
  13. I think this is what I'll do with the kitchen...

    I think this is what I'll do with the kitchen pullout. Not sure how to show movement but the sink and stove hinge up so it all tucks away and then slides back into the back of the trailer.
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    When I was in Myanmar in 2003 they were not...

    When I was in Myanmar in 2003 they were not allowing any overland entry into the country. There was a guy who had flown a bicycle in and was trying to use it to move freely within the country and...
  15. Thanks! Here it is so far:

    Thanks!

    Here it is so far:
  16. I will leave it white since the LandCruiser is...

    I will leave it white since the LandCruiser is white. I've worked out the weight in my mindbut will have to tweak it once it's built. Most likely all mechanical systems including batteries will be in...
  17. Wow, Google sketchup is very cool. Still getting...

    Wow, Google sketchup is very cool. Still getting the hang of it, but I have a working drawing. Can't figure out how to post it though.
  18. Progress! Today I ordered the axle and...

    Progress!

    Today I ordered the axle and springs/hangers and shock mounts. My fabricator started cutting metal as well so I'll be posting up build pics of the frame along the way. Also, a few design...
  19. Thanks for the input. I have two gas tanks in the...

    Thanks for the input. I have two gas tanks in the LandCruiser for 70gal of gas so I'm covered there. The whole point of the camper type trailer is to go "soft.". Being able to take hot showers and...
  20. I started working on the kitchen pullout concept....

    I started working on the kitchen pullout concept. Here are some more beautiful drawings from Paint:
  21. Just crossing my fingers that I can have it...

    Just crossing my fingers that I can have it rolling by then.
  22. Hadn't thought of that - great point. I was...

    Hadn't thought of that - great point. I was thinking of putting a sheet of that white plastic material that is used in marine applications on top of the frame before setting the camper on it to help...
  23. After doing a little research, it seems that the...

    After doing a little research, it seems that the OME Jeep YJ springs offer a softer ride than some of the others out there. Considering it will be controlled with shocks, these seem like a good...
  24. Correct. Build quality is fantastic. That other...

    Correct. Build quality is fantastic. That other one is really cool too. I bought the whole thing so I'll probably sell the "utility trailer" portion to help fund some of the project. Registered it...
  25. Agreed. That's good input - thanks. I plan to...

    Agreed. That's good input - thanks. I plan to plumb the tanks separately so I don't have to fill that back one. The front will have a good amount of weight with the tongue box containing two AGM...
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