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  1. old_CWO

    Rath's Trailer build - We're done!!!

    I really like your tire/wheel choice. Tall and skinny mud tires capture that vintage trailer vibe. I built around matching my truck for sake of simplification (and hand-me-down tires on the trailer) but much prefer the look of what you have there. Nice work.
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    Snapped an old leaf pack in half, bent an old axle...doing some expedition trailer diy/refresh! Need suggestions...

    The "expert" reply found on the etrailer link seems to have a logical answer: (paraphrasing) Yeah the clamp usually goes forward but it doesn't really matter. If you have off center springs however, the shorter end goes forward. Nice link, thanks.
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    Snapped an old leaf pack in half, bent an old axle...doing some expedition trailer diy/refresh! Need suggestions...

    That's interesting, never heard that before. Why is it supposed to be forward? I thought the clamp was just to keep the leafs from fanning out.
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    Snapped an old leaf pack in half, bent an old axle...doing some expedition trailer diy/refresh! Need suggestions...

    Pretty much anything in the appropriate length and weight rating is good, especially for free or already on hand. If starting from scratch I prefer Jeep CJ rear: common and inexpensive long enough for good performance but still fit under shorter trailers nicely the reproduction hangers are...
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    Snapped an old leaf pack in half, bent an old axle...doing some expedition trailer diy/refresh! Need suggestions...

    Oh yeah, you were tipped way back. I just looked at mine with an angle finder at 60 and that looks like about where mine is with a full load of oak firewood. Remember that shackle angle is relative to a straight line between the spring eyes, not the frame. You can have a pretty good shackle...
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    Snapped an old leaf pack in half, bent an old axle...doing some expedition trailer diy/refresh! Need suggestions...

    30 degrees from vertical. Most factory trailers I see are more like 15 degrees. I was a little concerned it was too far and the spring would contact the frame but that hasn't happened.
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    PROJECT_ToasterCamp - 5x8 Cargo Trailer Conversion Build

    Nice work on the CJ suspension! I have CJ7 rear springs with shocks under mine and like it very much. the reproduction Jeep spring mounts and u-bolt plates are significantly beefier than the standard trailer bits.
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    Snapped an old leaf pack in half, bent an old axle...doing some expedition trailer diy/refresh! Need suggestions...

    Yeah at first I was thinking it might be a Canadian street gang or something. :)
  9. old_CWO

    My 101A2, from start to 98% done

    Well as they say, "you can't take it with you." I had mine a bit before there was much M101 trailer love on the interwebs so did my learning the old fashioned way - trial and error. Since that time the 3/4 tons have become a lot more popular (and expensive). If you can believe it, I got mine...
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    Snapped an old leaf pack in half, bent an old axle...doing some expedition trailer diy/refresh! Need suggestions...

    I have CJ7 rear springs and mounting hardware on my trailer with the aforementioned hot rod shocks and it performs well. It's about 600 lbs empty and usually less than 1500 loaded. It tracks excellent on the highway even with aggressive tires and doesn't bounce, foam the beer in the cooler or...
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    Snapped an old leaf pack in half, bent an old axle...doing some expedition trailer diy/refresh! Need suggestions...

    You should weigh the trailer "wet," that will help you pick the appropriate spring rate. If possible, switch from standard trailer springs to something longer and stronger. Front springs from an early flat fender Jeep is what's found under old fashioned quarter ton military trailers and those...
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    My 101A2, from start to 98% done

    Okay thanks. I went through the entire ordeal some years ago. Installed the electric brakes no problem but found the stock drums wouldn't work. Okay no problem (so I thought) just get trailer drums instead. Only those had different outer bearings than the original hub/drums. Well, being a...
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    5X8 utility roof top tent trailer - Harold

    Those Carry-On angle iron trailers are okay for the price but on the light duty side. I would beef up and extend the tongue if it were mine. You have a cambered axle so don't just "flip" it, weld on new perches. Some stabilizer jacks would be a smart addition for when the tent is deployed...
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    My 101A2, from start to 98% done

    It appears that you were able to make the original hub/drums work with electric brakes. I tried that some years ago and failed; there was no surface inside my drums for the brake magnet to ride. As a matter of fact there were bolt heads there that immediately mangled the magnets once...
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    Need help with brake line work

    Tubing cutter and double flaring tool to neaten up that brake line? You might want to check out the brakes lines if they are steel. Since the surge coupler was corroded I would be suspicious of the hard lines as well.
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    265/75r16 on M101A1

    M101A2 trailers had 235/85R16 tires. That's about a 32x9.50 tire. The 265/75R16 is 32x10.50. A Stock A2 should look pretty close to what you are after. For reference, here is a photo of one with a spring under conversion and 245/75R16 (31x9.5) tires:
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    Roof coating on new plywood

    Coat the plywood in 2 part epoxy like West System (or others) before gluing down the EPDM. If you get a good seal on the edges it will probably last forever.
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    Looking for new mount for RTT on to M416

    Interesting, I would not have expected that failure. I have seen several photos of trailers that have a tube rack in the trailer tub itself sort of like a ladder rack for a truck. It seems like you might need something along those lines. For the tent, how about a fiberglass patch? Is...
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    Looking for new mount for RTT on to M416

    It's interesting that they sheared like that; I would like to see more photos of how you had your cross bars installed. I am assuming you had all the fasteners properly tightened. I like the idea of possibly getting new ones from Scott. Those are actually pretty good units; wonder if there...
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