off road trailer (no tent)

Submitted: Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:28
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Hi everybody,

I am looking into buying a good offroad trailer, NOT a camper.

Can't afford a good quality camper as yet so would like to buy a trailer suitable for building onto. Would like something solid, prefer independant suspension, galvinised, off-road hitch, high sides etc.

would prefer to buy in queensland for ease of add ons down the track.

look forward to hearing from you

cackles
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Reply By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:54

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:54
A couple of customers of mine have a Holiday brand made in Vic. Seem good quality and another has Tuff Trailer made in Riverstone Sydney. I like the Tuff Trailer quality.
Hope this helps.
120scruiser
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:16

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:16
I bought a 7x4 Offroad trailer from Modern Trailers in Adelaide. Good welds and strong checkerplate. Paid $1850 for it and it was the best price between Adelaide and Melbourne

I then fitted a TREG hitch and did a springover to accommodate 265/75/16 wheels.
It has now done about 10,000km and is going strong. I have towed it off road and into the heart of the Simpson without any dramas.

I carry my tents, camp beds, gas bottles and some water and a load of fuel in jerries
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Follow Up By: cackles - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:21

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:21
would that 'spring over' be changing springs to sit above axle? We have considered this option with the possibility of upgrading suspension altogether at a later date.
cackles
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:26

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:26
Yes thats right. I was going to fit shocks as well but I really do not need them. Even with a total payload of 800kg the trailer runs well. In the rough stuff I drop the tyre pressures low to between 10 and 20psi depending on the terrain and it works well.
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Follow Up By: cackles - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:12

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:12
sounds good, we are looking for something that will be with us for a while.
I suppose if it is a simple suspension it will be esier and cheaper to maintain.
How does it go with rattles and components shaking loose?

cackles
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:30

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:30
It is still new, 8 months old and nothing has come loose. It is all welded with along drawbar. It has a front and rear tailgate

Send me an email through www.kempen.id.au and I will send you a couple of pics including the springover. The trailer comes standard with Hi Lux split rims and 205/70/16 tyres but you can fit your own wheels if you wish.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:32

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:32
Or check it out at www.moderntrailers.com.au
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Follow Up By: slammin - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:34

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:34
Been offline for a couple of years so g'day to all.

I can also vouch for the Modern trailers 7*4. I ponied up for the stock crate that I covered and sealed with alloy sheets. It's 99% water proof. We plan to mebbee put a camper on top. Website for Modern is easy to find.

We've done lots of corrugations, as we live 250K west of Alice. Heaps of interstate runs. Prob @25,000k +. Absolutely no signs of cracks, rattles etc.

Two additions that I have put on is the oil bath hub bearing system which has been a minor PITA but still worth the effort and 2 alloy foot/tool lockers on each wheel hub, which is great, important stuff easily accessible and secure.

Slammin
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:43

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 22:43
Hey slammin

I thought you moved out to Queensland at one stage. Sseems you are back beyond the hills out west again?

Cheers
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Follow Up By: slammin - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 16:27

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 16:27
Sorry for this hijack Cackles.

G'day Willem yep we went to Cairns for 18mths to have our 2nd son and all went well so we decided to come back and do another stint b4 they're school age, just did 6mths at M'bunghara and now at Areyonga.

This place is paradise. Very good strong crew.

You were dead right the wages in Nth Qld were a joke, talk about wanting a pound for pennies. I'm suprised I've got any flesh left at all.

Had a look at your new rig, nice one.

We're heading for kakadu and litchfield etc for 4 weeks mid year break, need to thaw out. -3 here last night @16 today. First winter in 2 years and the kids are freaking out, LOL.

Regards Slammin.
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Reply By: mattie - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:21

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:21
Cackles
a freind had a trailer made for him and he built it up from there, he has towed it across the simpson, the Cape and to W.A. it is loaded with all his carpentering tools and camp gear so it must have been made quite well, BUT i will have try and get in contact with him to find the manufacturer sorry about the build up. There is a company at murray bridge S.A. Meigel Bros. that make very good trailers and will build to your specs( i nearly went down the same path as u).

Mattie
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Follow Up By: cackles - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:24

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:24
Marry bridge can be do-able, have out-laws in loxton and morgan areas.
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Follow Up By: mattie - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:35

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:35
hi
www.miegelbros.com.au

Mattie
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Reply By: cackles - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:23

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 21:23
I should probably add the tow vehicle is a 3.0 patrol,
Nathan and trailers 2000 are available in town, any feedback on these would be great.

cackles
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Reply By: Mbr - Taz & Milka-Queanbeyan - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 15:22

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 15:22
Cackles,

Beetle Exchange in Fyshwick ACT are building my new trailer.

8 x 5 Offroad
1.5 metre drawbar
8 x Jerry holders.
Treg Hitch
Checkerplate floor and mudguards
Strengthened Frame
Electric Drum brakes
Pneumatic Jockeywheel
Greasable pins on leafspring shackles both front and rear
Brand new tyres (many trailers come with 2nd hand tyres - it also pays to check the construction date on the wall of any tyre as your brand new tyres may already be out of warranty)
Cargo tie rails front and rear.
$4500

It may seem a little expensive but I wanted to spend my money locally......although I suspect these trailers may be made in Sydney and shipped in.

Just wanted to give you an idea of what you can expect for the money.

Cheers...Taz
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:40

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:40
Hi Taz...........Interested to know the thinking behind an 8x5?? Does this not track outside your car?
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 15:29

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 15:29
Cackles,
Had mine built by Aspinall Trailers in Archerfield.
Another good one is Trailerworld in Springwood.

Both will custom build to your spec. Found both quite good to deal with.
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Reply By: cackles - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:25

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:25
Hi y'all,

have been reading your replies with interest, found one in town, new and never been used so I will have a cautious look at it tomorrow.
Would have to upgrade suspension a fair bit so not too sure.

In the meantime I have been to
Lifestyle camper trailers

It looks like the sort of solid starting point that we can build in the future, price looks almost too good to be true.

If anyone would like to give some feed back it would be great.

Cackles
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Reply By: cackles - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 18:08

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 18:08
thanks for the pics Willem, It looks like it would be an answer to our problems.
Partner started showing me campers today and got me thinking a little too much I think, but then again I like to be thorough.

Cackles

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