Gear / Accessories Building a OUT (Overland Utility Trailer)

Greg

Wanderlusting
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First tow with the OUT! It's been close for some time, just had to order my Max Coupler hitch, which arrived tonight. I ordered it from Justin @Anchor_Mtn , he has been pretty patient with me collecting additional parts as the build progressed.

It's hardly legal, but I had to drag it around the neighborhood real quick for a test and see how it pulled. Still need to weld up additional crossmembers, mount the water tank, build fenders, wire up lights, paint, mount tub, etc, etc.... but FIRST TOW!!
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Greg

Wanderlusting
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'Bout to lose that front-left leafspring nut ;) trailer looks good! Will be nice for camping
So, I saw that loose nut when I was taking pics. The nuts are Nyloc, it was hand-tightened up to the nylon and stayed in place for the ride. I was wondering if anyone else would notice, guess so! :p
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
How much on-board electrical are you planning? Just tail lights/markers?
A little more than just the trailer lighting.

I want to keep it pretty simple, but there will be a 12v pump for water. Still undecided about how I'll power it, I was thinking about a small lithium-ion motorcycle battery like an Earthex and a small solar panel somewhere. I don't know much about this stuff though, so I have some research to do. I plan to leave my fridge in the Jeep and don't believe I'll need anything else wired up on the trailer.
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
C'mon Greg..... updates!
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OK.... I moved the lid from outside the shop, to inside. :p

I've either been playing catch-up since being out of town or just playing (Montrose). Or working on the Willys.

I do need to buckle down and finish the trailer, was going to get the Willys to 'roller' status this weekend. We will see.
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
I started working on this over the last weekend, spent half a day chasing materials and thinking about how to mount the tub to the frame, building fenders, mounting the water tank & pump, etc. I ended up adding 8 gussets and drilled holes in them for mounting the tub to the frame. I plan to run a 2" wide piece of rubber between the tub and frame.... probably not needed, but it makes me feel better. I also added 2 more cross-members and welded in a piece of expanded steel for the cargo carrier part at the front of the trailer.














I wanted to build the fenders out of 2" square .120 wall tube, but didn't have enough material. I ended up using angle iron, which I'm not too excited about. I think it's turning out well and I have plans to extend the fenders forward and will probably do that with 2" square next time I can pick some up. I plan to skin the fenders with sheetmetal and possibly rivet the sheetmetal in place, rather than weld.





I really wanted to start painting the frame over the long Labor Day weekend, but ended up catching a cold that knocked me on my ass Saturday morning. I didn't make any more progress at that point on.... talk about a wasted weekend! :mad: Hopefully this next weekend will be better and I can make some real progress.
 

Spork

Tin Foil Hat Equipped
Yay! more cross-members. I feel better now. :rofl:
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
Well, huge progress today! The tub is mounted to the frame, the fenders are built (still need to be skinned), there's a 20 gallon water tank for fresh water mounted down low, etc. I have some finish welding to do, but should be able to paint the frame tomorrow!

From here, it will be a matter of prepping and painting the tub and adding all the hardware, door and lid.

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Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
That's perfect. I really like the water tank hidden in there.
Yeah, it's a good fit and perfect location... forward of the axle for weight distribution and down low for a low center of gravity. I like how it's not really visible, too. The bottom of it hangs only 5" below the frame, so there's plenty of ground clearance still.

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