My "New" Willy's II Trailer Build

slimtwo

Adventurer
So, today I focused on the “wood bin/propane/what ever else needs to go in there”, bin. Not much to tell really on the fab side. I had to work out the angle for the ends of the lower frame, and then on the top rail, I did a miter joint. The lower joint was 15 degrees. And I kept the front rail straight, in case I want to use the end to plug in a small table for the stove, or something. I will have to get the sheet metal for the front and sides, and RW has the expanded metal I will use for the bottom. Also, in the corners at each end of the rack, I will put heavier sheeting to bear the weight of the propane bottles (2). One will be for the stove and lantern. The other for a future gas fire pit. With all of the fires, and the fire restrictions, it makes sense.

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All for now.



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slimtwo

Adventurer
Continued progress on the wood bin (for lack of a better description). I drew out the shape of one of the side sections of the front bin from a piece of scrap .120 plate, unfortunately, there it was only big enough to get one side out of it. The propane bottles will live there. My friend has more of that material, only it is an almost full sheet of .120 steel, in a 4’ x 8’ sheet, which I suspect, will be very heavy. I will muster up the energy to dig that out tomorrow.

floor braces, and spacers all cut and ready to install.

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the expanded metal is in place. I will probably finish the floor tomorrow.

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corner pieces for the PG bottles will live here. One on each side.

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slimtwo

Adventurer
So, today I cut out the two side pieces where the PG bottles will sit. Broke out the plasma cutter, and cut a piece off the end of the sheet of .120 sheet my friend has (wow that sheet was heavy). I had to use a pair of vice grips to be able to hold on to it, and move it around.

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Once they were both fitted, I welded them in place.

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I’m going to go down tomorrow maybe to purchase the front, sides, and back, to finish off the bin. I am going to have the metal supply company cut the pieces to size, so all I will have to do is make small adjustments. I guess I will work on preparing my garage for the next phase, the box.



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slimtwo

Adventurer
Here is an update and a few pics. I have been working on some of the small projects, that are, for lack of a better term, “boring”. But they need to get done, so I am slowly chipping away at them. The past few days, I have been working on mounting the propane bottle, and I made a longer arm for the tent lift.

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I also installed the safety chain on the tongue, so it is ready for towing.

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I am also working on the, “more detailed” drawings for the box, with measurements. I am using a ¾” = 1 foot scale on the drawings, to see it better. I have been dreading this for a while, but I have to have accurate measurements, so I know exactly where things are going to land. More updates later.



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slimtwo

Adventurer
Back at the shop today. I was able to knock 2 more items off my to-do list. I finished fabricating the mount for the propane bottle, and installed the pre-drilled steel tubing, for the stabilizing jacks, and welded on the feet. I still have a ways to go, but I am at least 2 steps closer.

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I am continuing to work on the drawings. I’m pretty much ready to start on the box, but I have to wait a little longer before I can purchase the material. I just spent a bunch of money on a new hard top for my TJ. The soft top won’t repel water any more, and the TJ is living outside right now.

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slimtwo

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So, today I worked on the area where the propane bottle will live. The problem I had, is that the height of the bottle was too high for the spot I wanted to put it. So, my solution (thanks to my friends input), was to lower the PB. I accomplished this by fabricating a deeper pocket in the frame with a bottom in it. This will require me to cut a hole in the bottom of the box (when I get to that part), which will be sealed with foam insulation and automotive caulking. Then the bottle mount I made, will be bolted in that pocket. I used 2" x 1/8" angle iron, and 1/8" x 10 1/2" plated for the bottom. I used the back of the bumper for the fourth side. this gives me an additional 4" of clearance for the bottle.

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So, I got all of that done, only to realize that I made a mistake in the orientation of the bottle when I drilled the holes and mounted it. I’m sure that those of you are watching this build, probably caught this right away, however, I didn’t until after it was done.

So just for fun, how many can point out in this picture, where I messed up? Keep in mind, that the P bottle is in a corner of the box, in a small cubby storage, with an access door in the side of the box.

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I’m still working on the box drawings, and I am also starting to think about how I am going to mount the solar panel on the trailer.

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slimtwo

Adventurer
Not much progress to report this trip. I fixed the oversite on the propane mount latching issue.

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I’m still working on how I want to set up the solar mounting platform. Today, I mostly helped a friend with his project. Don’t worry though, I’m still plucking away at it.

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Can you tell me where you got the strap device for your bottle holder? Thanks!
Howdy "Boatmonkey", I ordered the latches from Amazon, (4 Pack Adjustable Toggle Clamp, 660 lbs Holding Capacity Toggle Latch Hasp Clamp GH-4003 Lockable Quick Release Pull Latch Black Metal Draw Latch for Door, Box Case Trunk, Smoker Door, Jig ). There are various sizes of this latch, I got the ones that you can lock. Just make the key words in the search, "Draw Latch".
 

slimtwo

Adventurer
Just an update today. I have been working on my old trailer, getting it cleaned up, and ready to list for sale. I unloaded all of my camp gear & equipment, and next, I will pull my sleeping bag, and extra pad out of the tent. I am not planning on selling the tent with the trailer, unless someone really wants the whole package, and is willing to pay for it. I noticed that the tents have gone up a bunch, since I bought mine. So, if someone wants to pay for it, I will consider selling the tent and trailer together. My tent is a CVT, the Rainier with the extended fly, and annex. They have made a few upgrades since I bought mine too, along with an additional $1,000.00 more than I paid 7 or 8 years ago.
Anyway, I am emptying the tent, to make it easier to get to the mounting bolts, to remove it, and transfer it to the new trailer, so I can finish the welding on the tent platform.

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Right now, it is raining here, so it looks like tomorrow, to do that.

Happy Trails everyone!
 
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