Offroad designe useing a harbor freight trailer,yes it works

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Postby slowcowboy » Sat May 29, 2010 11:21 pm

Naw, the springs arn't new. just painted up good with a airsol can. I have a ablility to paint just about everything I get. Even ancent farm machinery. any thing I build. when the bumper is done that will be added to the back of my teardrop it is getting a shot of red from a airsol can.

I even plan to paint the outside of my teardrop someday. I do find though the gas shocks do work a lot more than expected when I am off road. they can cure a pot hole in nothing flat.

You do have one good point I need to learn. " after all its just the internet" how very true. My thoughts, Slowcowboy. curent work is being done on the inside of my galley hatch. Tonight I was hooking up the furnace. Its a 12 volt road pro electric heator.
Plans. there was supposed to be plans to be followed when I built this thing. Opps! AH, gee, tum,tee tum. I think I forgot about the plans 2 years ago. ------Tow vehicles, 1995 ford explore, 1994 ford ranger, 1993 ford F-150, 2009 4x9 Off road teardrop, on harbor freight greatly modified frame.
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Postby slowcowboy » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:17 pm

800 more miles folks. this last labor day weekend to rifle colorado and back still no signs of a breaking harbor freight frame all intact and took on 60 miles of off road gravel dirt roads sunday up by the flat top natinal forsest and trapper lake above meeker. went though some 40 mph high winds and had not a idoa of problems with the teardrop. or its harbor freight frame.

Love my teardrop to death. and yes. still no sign of it exploding. Photos will be following of this trip in the future when I get off m lazy butt and size them down and post them on here. teardrop moved all summer and camped all summer off roads to in the wind river moutains in wyoming as well as the 800 mile trip down to colorado.

Slowcowboy still running the miles off on a harbor freight framed teardroptrailer that goes off road too Much!!!!
Plans. there was supposed to be plans to be followed when I built this thing. Opps! AH, gee, tum,tee tum. I think I forgot about the plans 2 years ago. ------Tow vehicles, 1995 ford explore, 1994 ford ranger, 1993 ford F-150, 2009 4x9 Off road teardrop, on harbor freight greatly modified frame.
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Postby ArkansasDon » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:36 am

some will bash Harbor Freights trailers for a build platform. I built my 1st offroad trailer from the harbor Freight Super Duty trailer. I scrap the tongue & fabricated my own tongue w\2" back bone. I chopped the frame down to 40 1\2" wide x 6ft long, bolted the frame together (squared it up) then welded up "all" the joints. The reason why I chopped the frame down to the size is the tub kit required a chassis that was 40 1\2" x 72". The tub kit I used was Dinoot M Series w\ CJ tailgate. I scrapped the original slipper spring type suspension & went with Scott Chaney's Smooth Ride Kit & order shocks & shock mounts.
After all the fabrication & welding done I sand blasted the original red enamel paint off & primed with PPG's Automotive Epoxy Primer, followed by 3 coats of PPG's Omni Blasé pant in Cerakotes Coyote Tan, & 3 coats of PPG Automotive Gloss Clear w\ Flattner added to Satin Finish. Done right with some welding the Harbor Freight or Northern Tool trailers can make for a great offroad build plateform. The wife & I put a lot of miles of offroad trails & roads on this trailer with several years of use & memories made w\o any structural issues. When I sold the trailer last year it's still running trails & dirt roads strong in NW Arkansas in the Ozarks.
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Re: Offroad designe useing a harbor freight trailer,yes it w

Postby slowcowboy » Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:17 am

old thread but the hole trailers lasted 10 years still in good shape very little has broke on it as I used way to much wood....yea,2 by 10s....lol....i had a life time of adventures and met a lot of new freinds...it was a life changing exsperance since I built this camper and posted this thread...wow!!!..slow even the tec has changed now on smart phone instead of desktop computer!!!
Plans. there was supposed to be plans to be followed when I built this thing. Opps! AH, gee, tum,tee tum. I think I forgot about the plans 2 years ago. ------Tow vehicles, 1995 ford explore, 1994 ford ranger, 1993 ford F-150, 2009 4x9 Off road teardrop, on harbor freight greatly modified frame.
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