M116a2 off road sleeper

banjotx

Observer
Just a update. Going really slow, but almost finished the tailgate and lift. Have some gas struts ordered for the lift gate, so should be here next week. After reading here about ways to do the AC, I bought a 5000 window unit and going to make a trap door on the drivers side rear low corner to fold down and just pull the window unit out to sit on the shelf. Just did a 50 mile shake down to see if the tailgate held together and was fine. Still lots to do with grandiose ideas on a little heavy trailer.
 

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banjotx

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First road trip. Packed the trailer for 5 adults and one big dog, so we had a lot more stuff than I had planned on. Trip to Big Bend Tx. for a few days and round trip was 1300 miles. We stayed at a really nice secluded rental ranch house north of Terlinqua /Study Butte area. Trailer pulled super good behind the jeep, but may have to regear the jeep for better pulling up hills. Anyway, no problems with the trailer and ready to start working on inside finishing, electric stuff. My 30 yr.old daughter, 23 yrs. son and 8 yrs Bo a Rhodesian Ridgeback, her soon to be hubby and me and wife. We also had my F 250 CC along for all the passengers and used the truck to pull trailer back home.
 

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RagnarD

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Looks good. Glad the first trip was a success. What made you decide on a split rear door vs a single door hinged along top. Would have made a nice and easy awning too.

The inside looks very spacious. Every time I get caught in the rain, I tell myself I need to build an enclosed box for mine.

Have you taken it to a scale yet? These can get pretty heavy and can see it being a lot for a Jeep.
 

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banjotx

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Last time I took it to a scale it was 1760 lbs. but since then added the tailgate/lift lid, spare tire and will add more before complete.

I always wanted the tailgate and was planned from the beginning. Just me.lol

Have popup canopy for the awning when needed.
 

banjotx

Observer
SgtVeXX,

I used a combination. Square drive Truss head stainless steel No. 10 and No.8 1/2" and 3/4". http://www.albanycountyfasteners.com in the sheet metal screw heading.
Used contact cement on tailgate and lift, but not on the top, sides,front or back. If I had to do it again, I would have used the contact cement whenever possible, because it sure sucked in the metal tight to the wood.
on the tailgate /lift.
 

banjotx

Observer
Found out that the bare aluminum is easy to clean off the dead bugs and dirt from the rode trip as opposed to painted surface I kinda wanted, but was afraid paint wouldn't stick. Happy that the trailer easily slips into a standard 7'H garage door opening and can push it in by hand.
 

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