Trailer research - where to go?

Submitted: Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 09:12
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G'day ExplorOzites, I'm just wondering if someone can point me in the right direction with regards to trailers - I'm looking at buying one second hand, and there is not much out there with regards to pros and cons of different types of trailers in google land.

I will probably need an off road one, as I will be driving the Gove to Darwin road at least once.

Are there any advantages in trying to find a trailer that's been made from a styleside ute tray, or are these just for aesthetics? I have no delusions that I'll be able to make one, although it would be a fun project.

If anyone has some contacts or has done the hard yards in sourcing home-made trailers from ute trays, I'd love to pick your brains.

Thanks, Scott
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Reply By: Member - Troopytrek - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 09:27

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 09:27
G'Day Scottwheels,
Just a couple of suggestions make sure has a good strong chassis & pull e.g. large rhs not angle. Also would advise if it isn't already change your hubs to make same stud pattern & wheel size as your tow vehicle it just means the spares you carry with you can interchange limiting how many spares required to carry with you on your trip.

Troopytrek!!!!
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Reply By: flappa - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 09:45

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 09:45
Your best bet is probably to look at campertrailers.

Who makes what , and construction, suspension etc.

Afterall , most CT's are just a tent on a trailer.

Some CT makers also make Offroad trailers.

Oriens in Melbourne is one I can think of.
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Reply By: Terrano Tripper (NSW) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 20:11

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 20:11
One site we found was www.campertrailers.org

It may provide you with some advise, they also have a forum every thursday night.
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Reply By: scottwheels - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 21:08

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 21:08
Thanks for your advice. I've borrowed a couple of ex-camper trailers from some mates in town, for carting all manner of stuff. They are strong and well made, even though the ones I borrowed had seen better days...

I haven't tried any trailers made from the back of a ute, but I guess it comes down to the chassis and springs, regardless of whether its a converted ute trailer or a purpose built off-road trailer / camper trailer.

Thanks for the contacts, I will do a bit more ferreting to find out more.

G'day Terrano Tripper, always a pleasure to see another T2 owner. Mine's a '98 2.7TDi, and she's had to do some real off road work in where I live in Gove. There are 4 in town here, so when we pass each other on (or off) the road, it's rarer than the "Defender wave" :)

I know it's off topic, but what do you think of the soon to be relased turbo diesel pathy? I'd be interested to see how they go here.

Cheers, Scott
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