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I live right next to the mountains and my foilage Green trailer will blend in way better than a gremlin with a pizza sign on the roof... LOL.. Millions of starving people and your driving around with a pizza sign on your vehicle? but, I hear what your saying, I wouldn't try to drive across country with it or I would have painted it white, I went with the earth tone color as I figured I would have to hide the trailer in the woods if things got bad.

P.S.... I also have a large camo net to cover the whole trailer to help it blend in more with the forest.

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is it made of aluminum? looks like it would be pretty heavy to tow, especially in the mountains or on steep hills. but it does look real good!
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Yes it's made of good ole american steel, I'm not planning to go 4 wheeling or hill climbing with it, the trailer is to haul my supplies to my bug out location and then do the same if for some reason I have to bug out to my 2nd, 3rd or 4th bugout location, if you were to look at my 4x4 truck and camper set up you would probably think it is to big to off road in a harsh enviroment but once again my plan will be driving on 100's of miles of forest service roads and not rock crawling. I can go from Washington state thru Idaho and into Montana all on fire roads. I have thought it all out in advance, have scouted the area, mapped game trails and even have alternate routes planned, I have waterproof USGS topo maps, a GPS and forestry maps. I know where there is water, caves, mines and old abandoned cabins, I know distances between locations and where there are small towns along the way and what their populations are. The idea here is survival, away from the large population areas, what I would hope for is to hire on as security on someones ranch or farm and with the camper I have a place to live, out of the harsh environment of the great north west. With the trailer I have all my supplies and room to resupply if and when items become available. I guess what I am trying to say is I'm not some guy with pipe dreams and no plan. I have done the research and I have a plan. How about you?
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All I can say is wow and I want one myself now! How did you paint it? It looks professional! I bet you have some knowledge of how to auto spray though haha

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That is a nice set up. I have had service bodies and for some reason never thought of making one into a trailer like that. You can pickup used bodies very cheap! Might have to start looking for one and build me a trailer!!

Great job!
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Yes it's made of good ole american steel, I'm not planning to go 4 wheeling or hill climbing with it, the trailer is to haul my supplies to my bug out location and then do the same if for some reason I have to bug out to my 2nd, 3rd or 4th bugout location, if you were to look at my 4x4 truck and camper set up you would probably think it is to big to off road in a harsh enviroment but once again my plan will be driving on 100's of miles of forest service roads and not rock crawling. I can go from Washington state thru Idaho and into Montana all on fire roads. I have thought it all out in advance, have scouted the area, mapped game trails and even have alternate routes planned, I have waterproof USGS topo maps, a GPS and forestry maps. I know where there is water, caves, mines and old abandoned cabins, I know distances between locations and where there are small towns along the way and what their populations are. The idea here is survival, away from the large population areas, what I would hope for is to hire on as security on someones ranch or farm and with the camper I have a place to live, out of the harsh environment of the great north west. With the trailer I have all my supplies and room to resupply if and when items become available. I guess what I am trying to say is I'm not some guy with pipe dreams and no plan. I have done the research and I have a plan. How about you?

guess it was a pretty dumb question. sorry it offended you. won't happen again.
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Naw didn't offend me, just saying I have a plan all thought out is all, I welcome all comments, I have gotten a lot of good ideas here on the forum and if anything it makes you think : )
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Soooo.. had some free time today and started adding supplies to the trailer. Space is going fast, I feel I need to enclose the back to add some more secure storage as I still have a lot of supplies to add to the trailer.




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For the tall compartments have you thought of using a metal shelving system. The kind that drill holes in the walls and insert the little metal pegs to hold the shelves. Very adjustable heights available then.
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More!!!
That is a great project and look like workmanship.
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I work out of a utility bed every day.
Mine has one of these for more secure storage. Fits perfect across the front.
http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/On-Site-...e/EN/index.htm
You can find them cheaper at auctions, on craigslist, or you can sometimes buy them from out of state companies who are finishing up jobs that don't want to ship all the stuff back to home base.

You talked a bout putting a fuel tank in the chassis underneath. If it was mine, I would also be checking junkyards for an rv propane tank to tuck under there. You could at least put one or two on the tongue like a travel trailer. Buy a few adapters and hoses, a refill kit maybe, and eliminate all those little bottles except one or two.

The shelves are a good idea too. I kept some of them from my previous truck when I traded it in on the current one so that I could have more without having to buy them again.

Another thing you could look into and probably make if you inclose it or not is something similar to the pipe racks you see on most trucks sporting these bodies. They are great places to attach tarps and give you enough clearance to occupy the space under them. I have conduit poles I made for mine that supports a tarp that I can set up in a few minutes if I am going to be working in one place for more than an hour. Keeps my tools dry if it rains too. I hate having to close up the truck every trip to grab a tool if I am only working a few feet away, I often just set out a bunch on the middle door as a bench when left open.

Can you tell I am extremely jealous?

For all of you thinking this is too much for off roading, keep in mind they make them for compact trucks like S-10's and Rangers too .
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but uuhm coms and no antenna?
are you running a wire antenna or a GPA or a complete moonbouncer?
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I almost forgot, you should build a box for the battery and vent it outside the compartment you are keeping your electronics in. That is at worst an explosion waiting to happen, at best, the fumes are going to be murder on your circuit boards. The exposed terminals among all that metal make me cringe.
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Great looking trailer. I have seen a few of that style that look like they have been towed into Barter Town and back a few times. Glad to see yous is in good shape. Have you thought about either a canopy of the bed or a flat hard top to put a safari style tent on?
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Very nice setup you have there, what brand of paint is that you used? I am an autobody paint man myself and your paint job looks great, perfect shade too.
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Thanks for all the ideas, some more shelves would definetly come in handy, and if you look at the first set of pictures you will see a 102" whip antenna above the comms compartment, I also added a 2 meter antenna on the other side, still need to add the scanner antenna. I just went to the local sporting goods store and bought a fishing pole rack and I'm mounting it in the other long box now, I also bought an arrow mount for the extra arrows that wont fit in my quiver, I was looking at the waterproof and breathable Pelican boxes to keep my ham radio and handhelds in but wow they are spendy units! I agree with putting the battery into a marine grade box and vent to the outside and will be doing that soon. I also will be looking for a utility shell with a rack to enclose the back. I was just going to build a canoe rack but a shell with a rack on top will work just as well. Thanks for all the great Ideas!
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Waynes world refference ahead....

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Here are the fishing pole and arrow mount installed.


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Awesome looking trailer - why is it on craigslist? Same wording as the original post and everything. Are you selling it?
http://spokane.craigslist.org/spo/3093246304.html

Surprised your wife let you get the trailer since she made you sell your matching truck.
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=229932

Got me motivated to at least start researching! Rugertrailers.com has some similar custom builds with lug patterns and wheels to match Jeeps, so I might start with those. I really like the service bed idea, though...might hit a few junkyards to see if I can get a cheap service bed still in decent conditions and build out from there.

I was thinking to put a platform over the open bed area that lifts up like a truck bed cover (hard tonneau). Protect your stuff inside, and strong enough to sleep on. Either make your own frame to throw a tarp over, or spend a little money on a Top Tent kit. www.top-tent.com/tentunit.htm
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