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AA1PR's M416 Trailer Build
04-22-2015, 03:01 PM
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AA1PR's M416 Trailer Build
Picked this up from a guy in Burlington who claimed he got it from Plattsburgh AFB when they closed down in the late 80's

its a 1966 Stevens M416, its as old as I am & in better shape

came with a 3 ring binder of all work history performed, inspection logs etc

on the way home I had to stop & replace the tires, sadly tirewarehouse (only place open that sunday) would only sell me trailer tires, though I wanted MT's

my kids did all the work on this & one day it'll be theirs long after I'm gone

pics in no particular order, date wise:

was told it was painted, but looked more like whitewash
so we took a brush on a 4" grinder * proceeded
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wasnt sure what was rust at first untill all the layers of camo paint were removed
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The my son started on the POR15 sealant
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once all of that was completed we finished it off with herculiner, we rolled on the whole gallon in several layers over 2 days
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Herculiner came out good
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& then we added some aluminum diamond plate for a rear down, first I had it dropping down like a tailgate & then later changed it to a side opening which is best for our needs
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used it like this for a couple of summers as our family camping gear hauler
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it left more room instead, which is real nice on any long trip
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OK you get the idea

& then we deiced a locking lid/cover would be neat, with thule bike racks on top for their bikes, with a shelf along the front
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this was well for about 2 winters & then the plywood started to fail
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so much for dept store brand outdoor paint
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by this time, my sons had moved out onto their own...

so me & my 2 daughters decided maybe turn it into a camper of sorts

this had my wheels turning, I found this truck cap which fit nicely
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so with the gracious help of my father ( I'm disabled), we built a raised sleeping platform in there
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its not pretty but its functional
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we have a twin mattress that fits on there ever so perfectly

from the good sections of that plywood cover, my dad thought of a side storage area

it works great for fishing & tent poles for our DIY awning
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replaced the cracked rear window with some cabinet grade birch
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OH I forgot also moved the rear lights up higher
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sadly we only used it once last summer, hopefully more this year
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decided I wanted a mess kit to keep in it at all times so at wallyworld I found these
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in combination with the coleman 2 burner stove, cast iron pan...everything stores in this
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a few more pics of it in use by us over the years
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& now I'm working on adding a tire carrier, so I can carry another spare for my rig on its tongue
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& thats about it as it sits today

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04-22-2015, 07:18 PM
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RE: AA1PR's M416 Trailer Build
Cool trailer, I like the truck cap camper idea. It must make for a nice base camp. Far more secure than a tent, and it will be nice not having to pack up the truck everyday when you are out exploring.

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04-23-2015, 12:05 AM
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(04-22-2015 07:18 PM)Smithy Wrote:  Cool trailer, I like the truck cap camper idea. It must make for a nice base camp. Far more secure than a tent, and it will be nice not having to pack up the truck everyday when you are out exploring.

I agree. We tent camp and anytime we want to leave camp we always wonder and worry about leaving our shit at camp. I've wanted to build a trailer like this for awhile now but my Ambulance project will be replacing that idea.

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04-24-2015, 04:28 PM
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(04-23-2015 12:05 AM)AlvarezMetalWorks Wrote:  
(04-22-2015 07:18 PM)Smithy Wrote:  Cool trailer, I like the truck cap camper idea. It must make for a nice base camp. Far more secure than a tent, and it will be nice not having to pack up the truck everyday when you are out exploring.

I agree. We tent camp and anytime we want to leave camp we always wonder and worry about leaving our shit at camp. I've wanted to build a trailer like this for awhile now but my Ambulance project will be replacing that idea.

thanks

yes its nice to have everything locked & secure, though locks are only for honest people anyways

hopefully I'll get power & a dvd or my tablet installed in there along with some mini speakers too

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04-29-2015, 03:07 PM
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RE: AA1PR's M416 Trailer Build
not sure of who's aware of overlandbound, he is an advocate for the hobby of overlanding

I ordered sequential #'s for my rig & trailer, the M416 trailers arrived
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thinking I'll add this to the name plate

very nice quality & has some weight to it, not cheap by in any manner

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04-29-2015, 04:49 PM
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So what does having that do? Does it support a cause, club, or something like that? Or just something cool to have?

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04-29-2015, 04:52 PM
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(04-29-2015 04:49 PM)AlvarezMetalWorks Wrote:  So what does having that do? Does it support a cause, club, or something like that? Or just something cool to have?

nothing really I guess he makes some $$

it was intended as a way for overlanders to recognize others that adore the hobby basically

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04-29-2015, 04:54 PM
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cool deal

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04-29-2015, 06:08 PM
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oi, this kind of eats at me...

okay, first time commenting on your stuff AA1PR and I'd like to say that I am digging the trailer. This is something I've wanted to do for sometime now and glad your making it all happen. Did you weigh it by any chance, loaded and unloaded?

k, back to the emblem....

I share Rafaels curiosity with the emblem and its purpose, and sadly, after visiting the overland bound website, it is true that it is just a purchased emblem. It looks awesome, don't get me wrong, and doesn't look cheap at all! But, with such a unique and well designed emblem, I feel like it should have a bigger meaning...

This made me immediately think of the Triple Crown award given to those who endured hiking the PCT, APT, and the CDT, a total of 7,800+ miles on foot. Now, although this is an extreme award and only a few each year claim their TC award, I believe that there should also be something similar in the overlanding community... a life time goal to accomplish what many have not, and in return, an award given with an emblem just like the one you have.

This also brings me back to international events like the Rainforest Challenge where rigs have to meet curtain guidelines and complete courses/trails with only specific gear. A nation wide 'poker run' here in the states would be sweet.... certain trails would have to be completed throughout different the states (including AK), making log books and journals to keep documentation and dates of completion. But, hell, if you put 100,000 miles on your rig and completed a set of trails throughout the US, and then claimed an award for it!!!! that would be bad ass...

and yes, I know I am touching upon the ULTIMATE ADVENTURE.... but, there is a difference! I'm talking about a 'go when you want to' and an 'in whatever order you want to' type of deal. Also, they wont be spontaneous trails, but trails that have been notorious for offloading for decades.

Also, one could incorporate a geocaching type deal when it comes to trails and camping, specifically designed for those attempting to earn the award...

Anyway, sorry.. I just kept typing.. obviously the woman isn't home so I can actually hangout on the interwebs for a bit... Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your travels.
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04-29-2015, 07:45 PM
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Not to hijack but that is a cool idea. Kind of like becoming and adk 46r. You have to keep a journal of all your climbs and I think it gets reviewed. Maybe some should start fibbing up there own awards.

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