Off road trailer build

thefirstzukman

Finding Utah
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Took it for a run around the block tonight. Looks like the tongue is probably going to work. I am going to spend Friday night in the tent as a test run before I take it back off and finish the rack up and paint it. Almost have all my paint supplies here and hope to have the bed liner done this weekend.

I ditched the idea of the Smittybuilt tent after oredering it and not hearing from 4wheelparts for a week, I called to find out they are on back order and should be in sometime in July. I hate companies who put that an item is in stock when it is not, my friend ordered the same tent today and it still says in stock. I found a used Tepui with annex and grabbed it, I think I will be happier with it in the long run anyhow.
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thefirstzukman

Finding Utah
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First night testing, slept good but the trailer has major issues towing. I’m thinking the issues are mostly in the hitch but it’s not good right now.
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bryson

RME Resident Ninja
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What issues? I'm guessing with the high COG that the trailer is super squirrely? Longer tongue and more tongue weight might help?
 

thefirstzukman

Finding Utah
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What issues? I'm guessing with the high COG that the trailer is super squirrely? Longer tongue and more tongue weight might help?
The receiver on the tundra is really loose and the trailer receiver is loose also, add in a ball in the middle and you have a lot of movement. As you go down the road the tent hits the wind and took weight off the tongue and all the looseness at the hitch would let it move a ton. I added 9" of tongue length and added material to the hitch tubes and replaced the hitch on the trailer, all it tight now and at 70 it is smooth sailing. now the issue is the larger tires are rubbing the fuel filler on corners because the tent weight up high creates more pressure, the tank will probably go.
 

thefirstzukman

Finding Utah
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I pretty much worked on this damn thing all day long. I need to spend a good amount of time stripping the side boxes and prepping them, that is the next task. I was hoping to have this all done this weekend but that’s not going to happen...
 

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thefirstzukman

Finding Utah
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Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait to see how it looks finished.. I’m not looking forward to seeing how much money I spent.
 

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thefirstzukman

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Well! The first multi night and trail experience is over. We drove Skyline from Spanish fork canyon to Fairview canyon and spent a night at Gooseberry res, the road was closed going south on skyline so we dropped down and spent the second night up Ephraim canyon on skyline, there was still a lot of snow up there and not too many places you could go. We dropped down into Orangeville and headed south to the Swell Saturday morning. We went to Swasey Cabin and I decided to drop into Eagle canyon. I was a little nervous being by ourselves in a stock Tundra but Toyota for the win, the only touchy spot was that the tunnel under I70 at Justensen flats is a very tight fit... mirrors in and go slow, the ARB awning was almost touching the sides. The last night we hit 6 mile canyon in Manti and then up 12 mile canyon to the 12 mile campground where we arrived at 10:00pm just like if we were camping with Steve and Tess. Manti can keep 6 mile canyon, whoever put a road up that had severe mental issues.

Here are some pics, I have a few things to add to the trailer really quickly but then it’s not changing for a while.

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