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Finally bit the bullet and found an enclosed car-hauler to haul the dune buggy, etc., as I got tired of arriving at the dunes to find the seats covered with dust (or worse yet covered with rain-water).

The trailer came with 4 tie-downs installed, but not in the locations that are good for the buggy and other locations I prefer to use when hauling vehicles.   So today I fabricated some bolt-in plates that secure the new tie-downs in locations I wanted, and also anchor to the frame.   FWIW:  It is never a good thing to use only the decking to anchor tie-downs, as the decking is typically only secured with self-tapping screws.

Frame anchors

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Checking fitment

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Bolted in place.   I added a coating of roofing tar to the mating surfaces (both the frame AND the decking) to seal against water intrusion that could be damaging to the plywood decking.

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Finished with a coat of rustoleum

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Nice work, as always, Steve.

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Nice solution! That looks solid!

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On 1/27/2024 at 6:38 PM, jgaz said:

Nice work, as always, Steve.

 

On 1/27/2024 at 8:03 PM, 4x4tographer said:

Nice solution! That looks solid!

Thanks for the kind words.   Just did not wish to have whatever I hauled to be coming loose...  ;)

 

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Have been tinkering with the new-to-me trailer getting it set up to suit my needs/tastes.   Below are a few items I've been futzing with...

 

In order to enable loading of "dead" vehicles, and for those instances when it's safer to load, I added a receiver to provide for an ATV winch that I've had for many years and used on my other trailers.   Not visible is the "loops" that were apart of this trailer, which I elected to use rather than drilling additional holes to mount the receiver.   This is the mobile ATV winch I've had for many years and used on my open -car-hauler trailers.   It has; both a winch mounted switch and a wireless remote, which makes for safer and simple loading, and quick-connect load wiring.   For the load wiring, I modified a set of HD jumper cables with these quick-connects, so I don't have to carry both jumper cables, AND a separate set or a "20-odd ft coil" of load wiring for the trailer winch. 

 

It is located at the front of the trailer, to the right and below the "house" battery, and directly below the "house" electrical box, and is attached with no extra holes drilled into the trailer, as it has several "loop" welded to multiple locations already available.   You can just glimpse on of the loops peeking out from behind the receiver mount plate.   I recently replaced the original steel winch line with synthetic. 

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The house battery was DOA when I got the trailer, whose battery mount was sized specifically for it.   Since I had on-hand a spare RV battery of a slightly larger size, rather than purchasing a new battery, I welded up an adapter that allows the new battery to sit directly on top of the original battery bracket.   It is shown sitting statically in place, but a proper tie-down is in the works.   When it fails, it will be replaced with sealed AGM marine battery.

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Pic of the interior front-end.   The large dark panel, is a folding workbench top that folds up and latches out of the way for travel and ease of loading the heavier objects (such as the generators, which are not yet secured for travel), but I'm futzing with that as well...   ;)

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Pic looking towards the rear/right side interior.

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And left side of the trailer.

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The air compressor and the two 4ft lighting units are 120VAC, while the other lights are 12VDC, using the "house" battery.    It has more storage overhead than I believe I will ever need, but it was equipped like this when I bought it.

 

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that's a mighty nice trailer Steve - and great job on your additions/mods to it as well!

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Nice trailer Steve.

Does, or will, the 120V compressor stay in the spot where it’s shown?

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13 hours ago, jgaz said:

Nice trailer Steve.

Does, or will, the 120V compressor stay in the spot where it’s shown?

Thanks Jim,
The trailer came to me with the compressor bolted down in this location.   For now I'm going to leave it, but it will most likely get moved...

On 2/8/2024 at 2:24 PM, theksmith said:

that's a mighty nice trailer Steve - and great job on your additions/mods to it as well!

Thanks Kris

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When I towed this new-to-me trailer home from the sellers house I experienced a few strong gusts of side-wind trying to push the empty trailer around, causing some mild "tail-wiggle".

 

After some measuring and calculations, I found that the trailer tongue was a bit on the short-ish side for a trailer of this size & shape.   The good news is that It was designed by the mfg. as an adjustable length tongue which could even be removed if desired for space considerations such as storage, etc..   So, I did as much of a stretch as safe & practical (approx. 10"), as I would have had to make a whole new tongue to go longer.  Then I fabbed up some brackets for also adding a friction-type sway stabilizer.

 

The large red bracket you see at the truck hitch is a 20K rated unit mfg.'d by "Shocker Hitch" out of ND.   It is a cushioned hitch using an air-inflated spring (which is hidden from view under the hitch receiver), similar to air ride springs for handling larger loads in PU's etc.   I have another of their units on another trailer which made it pull SO much smoother (ridding it of the jerkiness so prevalent in larger trailers with stiff tires and suspension, particularly when empty of lightly loaded).

I decided to try it for this trailer as well, but instead of buying the unit that welds to the trailer, for this one, I bought the type that simply inserts into the receiver.   These things help a bunch in how smoothly it pulls, especially on segmented concrete surfaces, (AKA: most freeways).

 

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For the hitch mount, rather than welding it to the shocker hitch, I decided to fab a "dual-mount" that attaches/clamps in place with the hitch ball, in the event I found the need for a 2nd sway control brake, or needed further mods.    For the aft end of the anti-sway mount, I simply cut a piece of 1/2" stock and welded it to the right tongue strut, which bolt-clamps to the main portion of the tongue.

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Tomorrow is a first for me to be towing it with a vehicle inside, as I have a '59 Triumph TR-3 to collect from a storage locker in Peoria, AZ for a friend (Dave L.) from Ontario, Canada.   Next month, I'll be taking it as far as Detroit, for him.   Dave, was a long-time friend of Mike & Marianne Smith's, and someone I met & knew through Mike & working @ Chrysler.

 

 

My final act today was to add a few reflective strips for night-time vision improvements...

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Still-to-Do list:

1- Pulling the hubs for brake, bearing, and seal inspections & buying a few spare bearings and seals to put in the travel kit.

2- finish organizing the stored "stuff" (tools, etc.)

3- Sewing up a set of curtains to further block the sun-light (and prying eyes) for the heavily tinted side windows.

4- Finish touch-up painting to recent mods.

 

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Loading the TR this morning

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Tied down for the trip home to Wickenburg, then on to Detroit next month

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