Been lurking for over a year and I must say that I absolutely love this website. Seriously.
Down to business. We are finally at a place ($$$ - kids = -$) where I am looking to start piecing together a trailer build. I have a 1998 Grand Cherokee (ZJ) with 2" lift (soon to be installed) that has an axle width of 60". The bolt pattern is 5x4.5 and I plan on using this pattern on the trailer so that I can have matching wheels. In my MANY searches on the interweb I was able to determine that the Dodge Grand Caravan (as well as the Chrysler Town and Country) and a Toyota Sienna have matching bolt patterns on their rear axles. However, the Chrysler products are leaf sprung and are 70" wide. The toyota axle is coil sprung and almost right on the money at about 60" wide.
There have been some documented builds on the chrysler axle shortened 10" and flipped for about 15" clearance. I have not found anything about using a toyota axle for a trailer, nor do I know the load bearing capacity, clearance, etc.
My first thought is less work with the toyota since the width is the same. Plus I've been finding in my research that coil sprung would be smoother, especially with the stock shock mounts, but have less clearance. It seems that the caravan gives more clearance and would sit level with the ZJ...vs the sienna...?
Anybody have any good thoughts reference these two choices? Anyone used either of these for a build?
Here are a couple of pics that may or may not be viewable.