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    Default Dumping offroad military trailer

    Hi everyone! I've been trolling the build it yourself forum for a while and decided to contribute a little. I don't have a "tractor", but call my Jeep one and use it as a tractor.

    Here's a little trailer I picked up fall of 2010, and started working on at the start of 2011. I know... extremely slow progress... but life gets in the way... I'm sure you can all identify. LOL I'm determined to finish it soon. Here's the lead up;

    What it looked like when I bough it


    Donor axle


    Tires and bed liner


    Stripping the axle




    Wheels (matched the Jeep at that time)




    Buddy doing me a favor




    Pile O metal


    Start of the new frame




    axle ready


    another favor from another buddy with his own 4X4 plasma table


    Painted


    axle slung under


    tires on


    high density polysomethingerother so she don't squeek


    donor trailer stripped of what's not needed




    crossmembers added


    tub and new frame introduced for the 1st time


    "holder" built




    lifting brackets made




    Hinges


    after lots of messing around 1st full dump at 45 deg


    fenders








    Not enough


    Fender extensions






    Much better


    Some wireing






    Last owner cut a ****** version of a tailgate... so here's the repair. Before;








    Tailgate


    Lower hinges


    The upper tubing "lip" was bowed out and in wanting to put 6 stake pockets in for cheater boards it needed to be perfectly straight so replacing with square tubing. Also shows the upper chain link welded




    and that's where I'm at now. I'm also fixing some rust, but that's no fun... so no pics of it. LOL

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    Default Re: Dumping offroad military trailer

    Like the idea of dumping with the jack

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    Default Re: Dumping offroad military trailer

    We have 4 acres... and at 1st I thought I'd "open the property lines"... then I thought I might winden it enough to drive the Jeep around... then I thought I'd put some gravel down to make it a nice walking trail (that's what I tell the Mrs... but it's really a go kart track ; )... so that's what started the dump trailer build.

    Taking her for the 1st ride on the trail




    Picking up it's 1st load


    and... wow, one load doesn't cover much.

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    Default Re: Dumping offroad military trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed of all trades View Post
    Like the idea of dumping with the jack
    Thanks! I was going to use hydraulics and started gathering parts... but it was going to be too expensive... and I had the jack already. It's rated for 5,000lbs and my caculations say that a full load of gravel should be near 3,500lbs... and that's not being lifted, just tilted. The only drawback is that when it comes to spreading gravel it will be a two man job. One driving once the load starts to pour, and another on the jack.

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    Default Re: Dumping offroad military trailer

    Wow nice job, looks like it will get a lot of use!
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    Default Re: Dumping offroad military trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by NS Gearhead View Post
    Thanks! I was going to use hydraulics and started gathering parts... but it was going to be too expensive... and I had the jack already. It's rated for 5,000lbs and my caculations say that a full load of gravel should be near 3,500lbs... and that's not being lifted, just tilted. The only drawback is that when it comes to spreading gravel it will be a two man job. One driving once the load starts to pour, and another on the jack.
    I like it - especially the axle revision. How did you ensure straightness when welding the axle tubes together?

    Have you considered hinging your tailgate at the top like a dumptruck? With a remote trip lever and chains to regulate the amount the gate opens, you could raise the bed, drive along the trail, pull the latch and tailgate spread it.

    How's does the Jeep like having 2 tons of trailer behind it?

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    Default Re: Dumping offroad military trailer

    The sleve inside the axle tubes were a pretty tight fit, though not a press fit. The spool was a press fit on the sleve, so the three parts (spool and both axle tubes) were clamped in a big piece of angle iron and welded with a big 220 mig. Took about 5 passes as the spool was tapered. My buddy with the lathe did that part.

    The top hinges are coming and the chains shown will also be used to limit the gate opening... though I hadn't thought of a remote trip lever. I'll give that some thought... it would be awefully handy when it comes time to put the crusher dust topper on the trail.

    The one load I did pull was probably 2/3 full, and the Jeep didn't really notice it was there. She's no stocker though; 6.0, 4L65E, 241OR, D60, 14blt, ARB & Detroit, 4.56s

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    Why not a 12v linear actuator to dump? If you could find 1 heavy enough for a good price. Then you could dump from the cab.

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    Default Re: Dumping offroad military trailer

    Nice build , excellent fab work . Ican see a 12 volt hyd . self contained unit coming up pretty quick .

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    look arround for a junked snow plow for the 12v pump and valves. The angle rams could be used together for lift.
    Dan H.

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