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    Well I've searched this forum, and found no reference to small trailers to pull behind a TJ. Having spent the better of the last month without a back seat to make room for decoys and other duck hunting stuff; I miss my pickup where I just threw everything in the bed and off I went. Putting everything in the back of the Jeep is a pain. I'm thinking of a small, light, utility trailer I can haul my hunting stuff in, and lock it up when I need to leave it in camp. The trailers I've found online are really nice and pricey. Anybody have any suggestions? I want to keep it simple, and use at least 15" tires and wheels, if not possible spares matching my 16's. This thing could also follow my wife's Grand Cherokee Limited around.

    JK

  • #2
    Look at the surplus army trailers on ebay.
    also I go camping alot and we carry 4 people 1 dog and all our stuff in the YJ.
    Using the Warrior rack and a hitch rack.

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    • #3
      army trailers are EVIL they weigh a lot, and I mean as much as some jeeps.

      I tow a "wood trailer" like the type you can buy at menards, these days they are called folding trailers behind my CJ, and even when the carb was messed up it still did ok with it loaded.

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      • #4
        Thanks,

        I'll look at the army surplus. I am very concerned with weight, and hope to stay under half a ton. I'm not going to carry anything heavy, just bulky. Since my Rubicon is my daily driver, I want to avoid messing up the interior with wet decoys, dead ducks or deer. Roof racks are out, since some of the areas I hunt and play in already scrape the top as it is. Hitch racks would not work, because they would get removed by the terrain almost anywhere I go. Besides, I own several trucks and an SUV or two in my construction business, so if I have anything heavy to move, it won't be a problem.

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        • #5
          tentrax

          take a look at tentrax trailers. they're alittle small but i don't know exactly what you need. you can fit up to 38 inch tires on they're offroad model.
          http://www.tentrax.com/OffRoadAT_Trailer.html

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          • #6
            You can also check out Northern Tool & Equipment, they have a decent selection of small trailers.

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            • #7
              get a Harbor Frieght trailer, the small one with 1 1500lbs axle. put a 3000lbs axle on it, bolt down some utility boxes, add paint, Rubicon wheels and tires and you got a matching trailer.

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              • #8
                I looked at the tentrax, and they are nice. $3,800 is a little more than I want to spend to haul decoys and carcases. The Northern Tool trailers are a lot more in line with what I'm after. I'll check out the Harbor Freight next. I appreciate the ideas, and I promise pictures when I get the trailer and outfit it.

                JK

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                • #9
                  Go check out Lowes they have decent trailers starting at $500. They might have something that will work for you.

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                  • #10
                    I had the same issue.....I go hunting every fall...and I don't think 800 lb moose is going to fit in a TJ..lolol... Anyhow, i made my own, its about 4 feet long and i made it so the trailier tires fit in the same track as the TJ's tires.... One tip tho...make sure you got a sturdy frame if your taking it off road. I bought one here at Canadian tire, first trip bolts came loose and frame bent from bounceing around. Also with a decent tire size to get it up off the ground!! I can take a few pictures of mine if you like, just send me a pM.

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                    • #11
                      I got one of those 500.00 8 foot trailers from lowes, love it. We go camping/offroading in Colorado and Moab so we have to double buckle kids in the back and the trailer holds all the gear. Thought of even doing a leafspring lift in the future.

                      here's a pic of us a couple years ago back from colorado, ah my old rims.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, NMJeeper! The Lowes trailer looks identical to the Northern Tool and Equipment trailer that ZoSo65 referred to. I will go by Lowes this morning and check it out! By your post, I take it that your experience has been good. If I should decide to buy one, is there anything I should be aware of?

                        JK

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                        • #13
                          No bad stuff at all, Lowe's forgot to give me the title and when I went back they had lost it so I had to do a virgin title registration. We had issues when I bought it becaue I wanted the 6ft and they only had 1 and had lost the key... 2 hrs later and cutting into my trip to Jeeping in Colorado they upgraded me to an 8ft for no extra cost. Hence the hurry and why I forgot the title. Definently get the 8fter.

                          I went with the lowe's trailer even with 2 home depot parents because the lightness of the Lowe's trailer. The HD trailer was one heavy yet well built trailer.

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                          • #14
                            you cant beat a 1/4 ton jeep army trailer. they are or were pulled with a 4cly army jeep. they will follow, anyplace your jeep will go. those small tire trailers are good for road duty and dirt roads but, go off road to camp and you are done. tires are way to small and the axles bend easy been there done that...

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                            • #15
                              Axle upgrade and a Leaf lift with bigger tires has crossed my mind. All parts found at a local junkyard at a descent price.

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