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Old October 18th, 2009, 08:15 AM   #1
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OK- I snagged an older KZ 29' traver trailer a couple weeks ago. The previous owner had gotten it from KZ in 2000 because of some slight blemishes in the frame or something for cheap and it suposidly never had the rest of the trailer built on it. It has dual 5000 lb axles under it and they both have brakes on them 25' deck that I'm going to dove and add some mini ramps. The whole thing will also be lowered about 6" since it was one of the tall-boys. My goal is to have something long and heavy enough to get my stretched ZJ and baybe another big CJ/TJ or cherokee on it and a little room for gear. The mini-ramps will extend the back out another 2 1/2 to 3 feet wich should get me all the length I need for the expected use. The main frame is 10" I-beam so I have plenty room to drop in water tanks, air tanks, and storage compartments between the rails and keep a clean look. Here's some pics and captions so far....

1st day home. It's big!!!!


My shop/barn is 30' deep!

Adding the side supports- and making them a little more beefy with some 1/4" 2" angle and flat stock...



Did I mention I REAYY love the new welder????



And lastly- getting ready to dove it......


More updates to come later this week. I really need to get the steel-work done before the rain starts Thursday or Friday. The rest of it can get finished up between showers over the next couple weeks.

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Old October 18th, 2009, 08:19 AM   #2
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make it big enought to fit my rig behind yours
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Old October 18th, 2009, 08:21 AM   #3
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Just don't stretch yours as far as I did and we should be fine
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Old October 18th, 2009, 08:24 AM   #4
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no stretching on mine, still the 101" wheel base
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Old October 18th, 2009, 10:10 AM   #5
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nice find, looks good so far.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #6
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Looking good, you sure your jeep will fit on there?
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Old October 18th, 2009, 06:38 PM   #7
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Yup.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #8
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Looks like it is going to be quite the trailer. Hope you have tow rig stron enough to pull it all.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 07:07 AM   #9
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I'm set there. '02 'Duty' 7.3 chipped.
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Looks like a fun project, which decking material you using?
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My 1st choice would of course be diamond plate, but at $400 for a 4x8 sheet, that definately won't happen.
So that I can git-r-done in a timely manner and start using it as soon as the ZJ is done again I'm just going with 3/4" walmunized plywood. I figure I have a little aliminum 2-place trailer that I move tons of stuff with and that one is only constructed with 1/2" and it's almost 10 years old and still looks new.

I will either use thin dimond plate over that or replace it all together with 2x10 planks after a couple years.
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wow those are some ugly welds
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go to some farm auctions, you can get 2x10's cheap there(rough sawn, true 2") by the looks of the first pic, you have room for a third axle up front.
Looks good, keep up with the pics as work progresses.
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wow those are some ugly welds
Yeah- a few didn't turn out so great, but others were oh so nice..... I'm still getting use to that thing.....
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go to some farm auctions, you can get 2x10's cheap there(rough sawn, true 2") by the looks of the first pic, you have room for a third axle up front.
Looks good, keep up with the pics as work progresses.
I also was going to suggest this option as well as checking with those Amish boys around Clare and Gladwin for some rough sawn lumber.
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Going in a completely differnt direction as far as decking goes, a friend of mine suggested some 1/4" steel mesh- it will be rigid enough to walk and drive on and will let the mud/dirt fall through and always look clean. It would make clean-up nice after a muddy day on the trails in the spring... He said that he had paid like $30 per 4x8 sheet for the stuff.
Does anyone have any other tips on using that stuff????? Wood will be the old stand-by, but I'm really liking the idea of that mesh. Do it 1 time and do it right!!!!
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Nice build.

Please share the source for the mesh. I need to do the center of my trailer.

Main drawback of mesh is.=
Won't keep small things you want on or not on your trailer from going through it. What I mean is, if you had to haul in the winter, salt and slush will go right through it. Another thing is, if you had to work on something on it, bolts will fall through and it is not easy to roll around on.

I bought my trailer mostly covered with it, but the center is not, so I will stick with what they started with.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 08:21 AM   #18
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Yeah- I've been contemplating those very things you brought up.......
Maybe wood the center and mesh the outers? And then allminum diamondplate "fenders"????
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I had a similar project a few years ago. Take a look at my pics, maybe you'll get an idea or two for yours. :)

http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p...ler/?start=all



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Nice looking trailer and even nicer looking rig! We are pretty much on the same page with just about everything. I have just a couple different directions I want to go with this than just a big flatbed. I love the double marker lights on the corners. My trailer is definately built with larger materials than yours was though. Your's must be really light in comparison to mine. How long is the deck????
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