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Gear / Accessories Building a OUT (Overland Utility Trailer)

mesha

By endurance we conquer
Supporting Vendor
Location
A.F.
If you don’t make the RTT really really high off the ground the bears will get you.
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
I've had a lot going on the last couple months and have been pretty distracted, resulting in little work getting done on the trailer. But finally, I've been able to work on some of the finishing details and get closer to having this thing ready for a trip!

One of the big things was skinning the fenders, I picked up some 16 gauge and had it sheered to the sizes I needed. I secured it with some self-taping screws, to make the panels removable. I spray painted the skins and I'm not super happy with it. At some point in the future, I'll pull the pieces off and have them coated with bed liner or Monstaliner and DIY them. In the future, I may replace the self-tapping screws with pop-rivets.








Next up was finishing the trailer wiring. I'm not the biggest fan of wiring, but when I have to do it, I want it done right. I soldered the joints, wrapped the wire with loom, etc.... trying to do it right the first time. I added some small 3/4" square tubing under the trailer that the light wiring runs thru, so all the wiring is safe from harm. Also secured any exposed bits with zip ties. I used all LED lights and they're incredibly bright!








Another thing was securing the 20 gallon water tank and figuring out the plumbing. I secured the tank on the sides with some 4" wide 16 gauge. I think I'm going to keep the plumbing simple, just want to be able to fill & drain the tank. Both those tasks will be done from the side and underneath the trailer.






I was finally able to bolt the tub in place and to the frame for what should/better be the last time! I ran some 2" wide and 3/8" rubber between the frame and tub, hoping for silent use from them both. With the tub bolted down, I was able to get the lid on as well as the tailgate. I bolted the hinges on, added weatherstripping and also locking latches.















It's getting close! I have a lot of respect for @Anchor_Mtn for building these as fast as he does! It's a lot of work and he knocks them out!
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
Today was a big day, first real trip out with the OUT! I have some finishing work to do and some minor tweaks, but it pulls great behind the F150. I set it up to tow behind the Jeep JKU, but the hitch on the Ford is lower than the Jeep, so the trailer is leaning forward slightly. I'll probably pick up a 2nd hitch and put another reciever on it that's the right height for the truck. I also need to shorten the safety chains up, add hooks, etc. Soon I'll wrap up the plumbing for the water tank, mount the RTT to the lid and add struts to help with opening the lid with the RTT on it. I bought a set of 1" lift shackles, because I'm worried about the tires bottoming out on the fenders once it's fully loaded. I'll also add some bump stops to prevent any tire/trailer interference.

All said, it pulls great. It's empty of course, but it tracks great behind the truck.... you can hardly tell it's there. I need to get it weighed soon, just out of curiosity.








 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
It's the little things that make it great. ;)

Got the gas assist struts mounted to the lid today, they're rated for 250#'s each. I built a 2"x2" square for a mount on the tub and aluminum angle iron on the lid. I wanted to mount the RTT, but I think I'll need to build a bracket to space it off the lid of the trailer, because I the bolts for the hinge mount are perfectly in the way of the RTT mount. I think I'll have some 1/8" sheetmetal bent up in a 3" x 4" x 3" C-channel an bolt the RTT to that.

I set the lid to open at about 80 degrees, so I have easy access to all corners of the tub. If it ends up being too much, I can move the strut mount on the lid end for a little less. I'm hoping with the weight of the RTT this degree of opening will be fine.



 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
More progress, but it's still not 'ready' for a trip yet but it's getting close. I ended up with a new spare Duracell AGM battery, rated for 70Ah and 760 CCA. It's more than enough to run the water pump and anything else I add to the trailer! I built a battery mount out of some square tube, the battery flares out on the bottom and it's captured on all 4 angles. The battery mount has nuts welded inside the tube and bolts thru the tub to secure it.







I then built a simple mount for the RTT, kind of similar to a roof rack. It spaces the RTT up 4 1/2" over the trailer lid and makes it easy to access the bolts to the RTT. With the tent deployed, I'm able to duck and access the entrance without too much effort.






There was a discussion on FB about the location of the solar panel, at the front of the trailer is the easiest solution. If it ends up there, I'll cover it with plexiglass so it doesn't get damaged from rocks kicked up. The other suggestion from @BoxRocket was to put it on slides, under the RTT and pull it out when needed. I love that idea, but don't think I have enough wire length to make that work.







 

Oscar da Grouch

That F-N-G
Location
North Utah
I built mine up over the last 5 years.
Started out just taking my stuff to the camp ground.
2015-05-05 18.23.36 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

Then the camp sites started being a little more remote.
IMG_1546 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

Then stuff was getting too dirty and wet
2015-08-22 14.13.40 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

Then I figured might as well put the tent on top and an awning.



That worked great for awhile till I got the desire to move the cooler out of the tub so I have room for more of the kids stuff int he trailer.
2018-10-13 12.38.12 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

2018-10-13 14.55.14 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr
2018-10-14 15.22.47 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

and thats how she sets. I have so many more things I want to do. Hot shower is on the short list of features Ill be adding soon.
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
I built mine up over the last 5 years.
Started out just taking my stuff to the camp ground.
2015-05-05 18.23.36 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

Then the camp sites started being a little more remote.
IMG_1546 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

Then stuff was getting too dirty and wet
2015-08-22 14.13.40 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

Then I figured might as well put the tent on top and an awning.



That worked great for awhile till I got the desire to move the cooler out of the tub so I have room for more of the kids stuff int he trailer.
2018-10-13 12.38.12 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

2018-10-13 14.55.14 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr
2018-10-14 15.22.47 by Oscar Indy, on Flickr

and thats how she sets. I have so many more things I want to do. Hot shower is on the short list of features Ill be adding soon.
That's badass, Oscar! I love how you built it up for your needs over time!
 

Greg

Wanderlusting
Admin
So I've been making a mad dash to get this thing ready for a Baja trip.... that's happening in 2 days. :oops: I've had to plumb and wire the water pump, add a switch panel with a volt gauge and 2 USB inputs, add bump stops, build a mount for the Camp Chef Triton hot water heater, mount the propane tank, etc, etc etc. After all that, I put 20 gallons of water in the fresh water supply tank and went for a test drive to see how it handles! It has been a roller coaster and I have a lot going on, but it's getting there!

For this trip, I'm NOT going to run the solar panel.... the battery is rated for 70 amp hours and a 20 hr rate.... the pump pulls 3.5 to 7 amps max. I think I'll top the battery off before the trip and run it without solar. If I have to charge it, I'll hook up jumper cables from the truck for 30 min.


















And a video of running, hot water.... and it is HOT!!

 
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spaggyroe

Man Flu Survivor
Location
Lehi
It was part of the Triton heated shower, has a few different spray patterns.
Gotcha, thanks. It's hard to tell on the vid, but is that the 5L or 10L version? Interested to hear your experience with it after your trip. I'm looking to add one to my trailer.
 
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