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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: utility trailer Reply with quote

i was officially tired of borrowing my dads trailer all the time and didnt think it was too fair for me to be using it way more than him.. i have been putting a lot of wear and tear on the trailer and figured that i should just buy my own.. to bad no one around here had the one that i wanted so i was looking in alberta as well.. i ended up finding a snow bear brand trailer just like my dads in Edmonton for 850 bucks.. the guy assured me that it was in "like new" shape..
well, 5am in the morning i wake up and head to Edmonchuck.. 6 hours later i am at the persons house checking out their "like new" trailer.. i guess we both have our own opinions of what "like new" actually means..
the trailer was indeed in really great shape but it also had a few dings in the tailgate and a small bend in one of the fenders.. this was all cosmetic and he gave me 100 bucks off the price so i thought that was fair.. when i went to hook up the electrical it was a whole different story.. only one front marker light worked out of everything.. in all fairness the guy said that the trailer was used mabey 5-6 times and then has been sitting for the last 2 years.. this i would believe as all the grounds and connectors were corroded pretty bad in the light pods.. after about 2.5 hours of fixing the wiring to the lights i had also found that my trailer plug on my truck had a few green gremlins in its trailer connector.. i finally just got pissed off and cut both the connector on the trailer and the plug on the truck right off and hillbilly wired and taped everything direct to get me home.. the owner saw this and felt guilty so she knocked another 50 bucks off the price and that made things a little better.. it definitelly paid for the gas there and back.. i got home yesterday evening so it was a quick day trip..
today i went and bought all the plugs and connectors and a new set of led lights from Canadian tire with my giftcards that i have been collecting over the last few years along with about 40 dollars of canadian tire money.. total cost for light upgrade and to fix my truck was 3.77 dollars..

i am going to spend the day tomorrow and repack the wheelbearings, clean up a little surface rust and getit bck to day one condition like i did with the car hauler.. i will post a few pics tomorrow..
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is an older thread that needs an update.. Laughing

as part of my getting all the small projects off the way this winter this was on the list.. plus with the trip to the states coming up to pick up 3 axles and various other parts this is the time to do all the maintenance..

the trailer has served me well the last couple of years.. very well.. i feel bad because i never did end up servicing the wheel bearings.. i just took the caps off at the time of purchase and put some fresh grease in there and that was it..
this thing worked very hard, doing everything from hauling 2 yards of dirt on several ocasions, scrap metal and engines to the scrap yard, taking care of yard waste and several other things throughout the year.. i definitely used the crap out of it..
well, now its time for a refresh.. i spent the day yesterday and got the trailer unburied from the snowbank and got it in the garage.. i then got the axle out of it and decided that i am going to do a spring over on it, dual t-cases, engine swap, and bigger tires.. ok, i lied but i am doing a spring over.. it sits way too low for even the 4runner.. this should get it up another 3 inches or so..
turns out the wheel bearings i bought for it are wrong.. the spindles arent a normal 1 inch diameter.. they are 1.whatever the fawk. i have to go to the bearing store tomorrow here in town and get them matched up..
i did get the spring perches, ubolts and ubolt plates from flamin trailers.. all that stuff came to a whopping $14.66.. i wish trucks were as cheap to rebuild..



here are some pics to start us off..

here you can see that the trailer sits too low.. looks like the cruiser came out to play till it gets torn apart next week..


axle out and ready for a rebuild..


ready for the spring over!!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. I need a trailer now that I went from a truck to the 4Runner. I'm thinking about converting a tent trailer.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

evan wrote:
Nice. I need a trailer now that I went from a truck to the 4Runner. I'm thinking about converting a tent trailer.


this is my problem too.. i find i need a truck more than an suv but if you dont care about the interior in the back to much than they can haul quite a bit..
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fj-rankenstein wrote:

this is my problem too.. i find i need a truck more than an suv but if you dont care about the interior in the back to much than they can haul quite a bit..

Yeah, it seemed like within about 2 weeks of selling my truck I needed to find a way to move an oversized couch and a motorcycle.

I like what this guy did with an old tent trailer.
http://bb.bc4x4.com/showthread.php?105109-Utility-trailer-project.
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