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Basically any mods made to this trailer will have to be bolt-on, as I do not want to destroy this trailer in any way. It is in VERY good condition for a M416 as usually they are cut or destroyed in some way, whether it be a crunched floor or sides, or missing parts. Mine is only missing the lunette and blackout lights.

The first thing after the top bows and tarp it will be receiving is a kayak rack, but I plan on making a cross bar system capable of holding a trailer top tent of some sort. I do not want to spend $1k so I may make my own out of canvas and a hard roof of some kind.

Here are the initial pictures...





















I forgot to take pics of the top bows, but they are PVC and I got the Idea from Boyink.

Here are the pics of the canvas top though.











What the bows look like... The Bantam is Boyinks'






I actually like the look of the domed canvas, I wonder if I could fiberglass over the canvas to make a lid in some way?
 

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Well I lost the ebay auction I was bidding on with the rack and 2 sets of J bars... but on the upside I will get off even cheaper because through Ski patrol I got a huge discount on a rack for the trailer, and there will be no modifying :woot:. I just have to try to find a set of Thule J bars...

In this pic it shows the rack setting in place, as well as the PVC bow supports.

 

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looks like a cool project.


and I don't think I've ever seen a 416 that nice. wow
 

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Nice, I found a BTC3 that I'll be working on.

What towers are those? Do they just clamp on that top "'rail"? Looks like what I need.
 

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Nice, I found a BTC3 that I'll be working on.

What towers are those? Do they just clamp on that top "'rail"? Looks like what I need.
Yeah they just clamp on, almost like they were made for the trailer. The rack is a Thule rack, got a helluva deal on it. I just burned he box, The paper work says it is for racks 751, 754, and 756... I am not sure which one this is though.
 

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Well finally got my J bars, hopefully if I get a spring bonus next year I will buy the tent top unit to turn it into a camper.... I need to get some trays for the bikes, I think I could squeeze them in. Need to finish the YJ so I could maybe use the danged thing. :sonicjay: I should just sell it for a stocker/mild lift YJ.

Yes I know the load bars are 'supposed' to be 24" apart. I think this will be fine though.





 

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And the build is now started. I got in on a group buy of CVT (Cascadia Vehicle Tents) and the quality seems to be really nice. Mine was damaged in shipment, but I had already planned a trip with the family for my sons first camping trip and Cascadia Tents told me to use it and we can work it out later.

I am on the road a lot for work, so currently Jeepaholic is working on plans for the lid/lift that will allow the tent to be raised to the minimum 6.5' height needed to use the annex room. We have some ideas, and I will post some of them below.

Here it is mounted on the H3. We definitely want to get it mounted on the trailer so we can set up camp and still have use of the truck/rig that is towing it.







After that was sketched out, I found this on the web.





 

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The lid is being started now however...



I also found this in my stockpile of rarely used stuff and plan to work it into the build, maybe with solar panels and a battery eventually.

Wonder how long I could run a refrigerator like you had in a dorm...



I was sent some pictures today, the weather cooled a bit and Jeepaholic got started on my lid!





I was planning some solar and batteries... but batteries and this may be a better option, just found it at the local pawn shop :teehee: With this and some batteries + the invertor I might be able to run a fridge and the microwave, just so long as they are not both on the generator or both on the invertor.




Microwave that will be a part of the trailer. I found this at a garage sale YEARS ago (about 12). I think it is about 1 cu ft. I forgot I had it until I started working on this build. I had it hidden in my bedroom when I was in HS.

It is 750 Watt, so it is right at the edge of what my generator can do, same as my invertor. It wouldn't be used often though.



The glass bottom is in the dishes waiting to be washed.

 

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I plan to have this trailer ready for a mild camping trip in August/September. It won't be 100% complete but all the major items will be checked off.

Well my replacement tent showed up... UPS Freight managed to narrowly miss damaging this one, but they got the box good.



UPS must not have liked the payout on the last one...



checking for damage



The awning that will cover the 'kitchen' at the rear of the trailer



Loosely installing the netting to look it over...

 
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