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Old 06-24-2012, 11:39 PM
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Started the next in a series of builds, Here is the bug out trailer, it's a utility service bed made into a trailer, I cut out the rounded fenders and squared them off to give it more tire clearance and make it more off road, all the doors lock and the top tray is long enough for fishing poles or firearms, the frame is from a 1 ton truck, it has heavy leaf packs and coil over shocks, I just sanded the whole thing inside and out then painted it, I installed my own spare tire mount on front along with a gas can and a high lift jack, I then installed a 40 channel CB radio and a police scanner in the COMMS compartment along with a deep cycle battery then I mounted a 102" stainless whip antenna out back. You could load all your camping gear, food, clothes, weapons, ammunition and fuel into it then when the time comes to bug out just attach it to you vehicle and go... I have plans to put a water tank and tool box in the bed, add a Canoe rack and solar battery charger. Also though about putting a shell on it and building a bed inside or looking for a duel sport motorcycle to put in the back, there are so many possibilities. I want to add a shovel and axe mount somewhere too.



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That is neat!

I love this stuff...it's the sort of post that some people see and join a site. I wish we'd more posts on projects.*


*Yeah, I realize OPSEC...but it's so motivating when we see such things.
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Pretty nice project you have going there..... Gives me some ideas!!!!
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NICE Trailer like it
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Nicely done!
Cost?
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Fantastic, thanks for sharing this!
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That really is awesome -- sub'd for updates -- thanks for sharing with us!!!
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Way cool. Now that is my kind of recycling
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Great job on your build. A+ on sanding the frame and springs. Being lazy, I prefer sand blasting on jobs like that.

Howsabout a pic of the back of your BOB trailer? I'd like to see how you handled the lights, plate mount, bed area, etc.

I'm considering building one like yours, but adding a tip-up extending pole, with a remote adjustable spotlight on top.
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Sweet!!!
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very nice and very good ideas, i also got the same idea for a trailer and if i this is my project i will add 2 more jerry cans, for more gas, a solar charger for most electronics recharging and an inverter and a battery, a place for a 200cc dirt bike and a mountain bike, the top of the trailer is huge, you can strap most items like tent and portable table....nice work sir, it inspire me to do this things now, but i will make the frame as light as possible with out making the trailer un-stable........additional things i will do is to install those slime gooey things for the tire to make it self sealing for punctures.......
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Outstanding effort! Well done, that's an excellent project with fantastic results. Thanks for sharing....as others have said, some great ideas there also.
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There's a fuel fill inside one of the locking cabinets so I was thinking about going to a junk yard and finding a gas tank to mount underneath, "Stealth Fuel Storage" then changing the gas can on the front to a water can, The rear has two 55 watt lights mounted by the brake lights but I like the idea of a swivel flood or spot light. Working on a tailgate this week for it.
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The last company I worked for had those boxes on the back of their trucks and they would leak water into the cabinets. Or just put stuff in the cabinets that can get wet. I don't know off hand if there is a way to put gaskets on the doors so to make it more waterproof.

But nice looking trailer, I wish I had one.
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I've often thought that - short of owning either a dedicated 5th wheel or motorhome - having all your "must have" items already pre-packed into a trailer is the smartest way to ensure you can take everything critical when evacuating, but can still hit the road within 30 minutes of receiving an alarm. The whole bit about receiving an alarm and then, 3-4 hours later, finally being ready to roll out of the driveway has always seemed like poor planning. Congrats on some good ideas and effort. Thanks for posting.
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Questions/things to consider

Are your trailer tires the same size/wheel/or at least bolt pattern of the vehicle pulling it?
Why didn't you go with a pintle style hitch which work better off-road (articulation)?

Just some things I thought of, otherwise it looks cool and I like the color.
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Yes... the wheel bolt pattern is the same as my truck and camper, I also figured that with a ball mount that if your Bug Out Vehicle becomes non driveable for whatever reason you could still hook the trailer to another vehicle and keep going. There are a lot more trailer hitch vehicles than pintle hitch vehicles. This is only the beginning, there are a lot more ideas I have in mind but please keep your ideas coming. I'm sure there are alot of things I haven't even thought of!
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Very utilitarian I'm certain. But so... obvious.
Sorry man, just being honest.
Me, I'd be towing a loaded Gremlin while sporting a Pizza Hut deliver sign on the lead vehicle.
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