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post #46 of 59 Old 05-08-2019, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Time for some updates, and more importantly, some pictures!

I just got back from a road trip to California. In total including even a trip to and from the Mojave Desert with it, I put over 2600 miles on it- and even slept in it! It worked great and has a lot more breathing room than my former trailer. Funny thing, at the first fill up on my way down I noticed the motorcycles were all covered in dust including the floor which had several strands of hay which was odd because I pretty thoroughly cleaned this thing out. Well, it appears there's still some hay and dirt that's working its way out of the nooks and crannies. There were only two minor issues. One of the tires picked up a nail on the way down and fortunately did not go begin losing noticeable air until after I got to my relatives which was a nice blessing. The light bar on the back roof went out but I popped the covers and with a little fiddling it came back to life. Other than that, it was great! I did order new tires for it today. The ones on there now are old and beginning to crack where it had been sitting on flat spots for a long time. I'm glad I got a good run out of these but time for them to get replaced with some original style 7-15 bias plies like the spare I got.

Here are the updates that took place soon before the trip.

Wheel chocks and tie down kits installed from Lock-N-Load. The wheel chocks have knobs so they can quickly be removed. The retractable ratcheting system is also quickly removed too if it gets in the way leaving normal d-rings underneath which they mount to.





Finally got the reverse lights installed and operational! Hey look at that!




Here's some random pics of it during the trip.



Scene out of Duel anyone? Not really, but similar shot. This was at the Slash-X Saloon near Barstow in Mojave Desert where I setup camp.








So you didn't believe me that I really slept in it? Well there's proof!










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Thanks for the pictures--Austen!! Makes me feel young again--

I especially like your tie-down idea's and the quik take up's--very useful. Sleeping in your humble adobe--keeps $$ in ur pocket--where it belongs.
And A "Sinclair" service station--with the dino?? Not seen one in many years--I guess they are out west--


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Nice Austen! Sounds like itís working out for you well!


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post #49 of 59 Old 05-08-2019, 10:07 AM
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Austen, that's a huge nail. I am surprised it got stuck in the tread. All the other motorists probably thought you were moving horses, but the trailer doesn't leave behind the characteristic scent. If it di you wouldn't be able to sleep in there.

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Great shots, Austen!!!

Your sleeping arrangements remind me of a guy out my way who does mobile RV repairs, up to and including major cabover and roof rebuilds. He's got an enclosed utility trailer for moving materials and storing tools, but he also set it up like a mini-RV inside, so he can sleep inside and reduce the commuting during long jobs.

How is the balance of that trailer? The axles are really far back, does that mean you need to load heavy items (tractors) in the far rear to avoid excessive tongue weight?

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Thanks for the pictures--Austen!! Makes me feel young again--

I especially like your tie-down idea's and the quik take up's--very useful. Sleeping in your humble adobe--keeps $$ in ur pocket--where it belongs.
And A "Sinclair" service station--with the dino?? Not seen one in many years--I guess they are out west--


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Ha ha, I don't mind camping in it, some kind of eerie about it too.

Yeah, you don't see Sinclair stations very much. We don't have them up here in WA.

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Nice Austen! Sounds like itís working out for you well!
Thanks Eric, it's a treat to finally be able to own one.

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Austen, that's a huge nail. I am surprised it got stuck in the tread. All the other motorists probably thought you were moving horses, but the trailer doesn't leave behind the characteristic scent. If it di you wouldn't be able to sleep in there.
It was, most of the time they're laying flat so it's interesting how tires still pick them up that way. Would be interesting to see a slow-mo of it in action.

Yeah, at the California border inspection station on I5 they asked me if there were any animals on board.... nnnooope.

No kidding on the scent! It's a good thing it sat for several years.

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Great shots, Austen!!!

Your sleeping arrangements remind me of a guy out my way who does mobile RV repairs, up to and including major cabover and roof rebuilds. He's got an enclosed utility trailer for moving materials and storing tools, but he also set it up like a mini-RV inside, so he can sleep inside and reduce the commuting during long jobs.

How is the balance of that trailer? The axles are really far back, does that mean you need to load heavy items (tractors) in the far rear to avoid excessive tongue weight?

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Thanks for following along and glad you liked the shots! It's not something I'd want to live out of but an occasional camping trip isn't bad at all.

Balance seems OK, took a little trial and error to get the right height setting on the receiver as that did make a difference in handling. I won't be planning on parking the tractor over the tongue. I will park it in the back where the horses would ride over the axles and put the attachments in the front area. I will say that the design certainly does make it very easy to back up and maneuver around.

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I have very little justifiable reason to have one of those, but now I really want one!

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Mmmm, the old school style rubber skinnies are here, yum. Yup, as I knew you were going to ask, I did my due-diligence and the build date on all four was 02/19 and not 1971, not bad. There's just something about fresh new rubber that does it for me. These babies are going to fill the fender wells nicely and raise the trailer up a bit- they're nearly 2" taller than the 205/75 series modern radials on it now. Hey, maybe a little extra ground clearance for the low sagebrush during the camping trip adventures- I'll take it!

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Got the new tires mounted last weekend and had the chance to use the trailer today to pick up a motorcycle and it seemed to work fine with the new rubber. As you'll see in one of the pictures, the bias plies are quite a bit taller than the radials. It does make the ramp stick down noticeably at a stepper angle now that the trailer sits taller but not a big deal.


Not only are they quite a bit taller but they are a lot heavier, they were in the ball park of what each mounted radial was.





I noticed during a closer post-trip inspection that the two forward facing front marker lights on the fenders had been rocked chipped through and had some sandblasting so I bought new covers. My truck does have mudflaps but I guess it'll be something that happens especially taking it in the places I do.


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Had you already replaced those since you owned it? Surprised that the side marker lights are taking such a pounding.

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1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
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Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

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Had you already replaced those since you owned it? Surprised that the side marker lights are taking such a pounding.

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Nope, they weren't cracked before the trip.

Me too. Maybe now that it's a little taller it will have positioned the lights more outside of the throw course and be a little less susceptible... time will tell.

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New tires are always a good thing on a trailer!

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Let there be light!

I recently added some lights to the inside. It has a couple of factory lights but like my former enclosed trailer, you need to have the vehicle power on for them to work which has been kind of inconvenient. They are also not very bright.

I found these battery powered LED puck lights with good reviews on Amazon that work off a remote. I remember what I said earlier about LED lights on the old trailer but I think these round interior lights aren't going to demoralize it too bad. I'm pretty happy with them. I'm not turning the trailer into a camper but they'll do a nice job at lighting the inside at night for brief periods of time.










Here's a few pictures of it during a recent dirt bike camping trip.




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Nice upgrade Austen! We got a bunch of lights similar to send to Puerto Rico when my relatives had no power for a year. They worked well!


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