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    Budget crawler hauler

    I picked up this cheap equipment trailer to haul my chit boxes around

    it is 18' long and 83" wide between the fenders, dual brake axles, bulldog coupler, blah blah blah.

    It needed a tire, a deck, and wiring because the brakes are the only thing electrical that work. I checked all the hubs with an infrared temp gun after the drive and they all were about 20 deg above ambient so the bearings ought to be OK even though I should repack them soon for peace of mind.


    After a couple hours on faceplace marketplace I scored a pair of nice tires for the front axle with a 2019 DOT date to replace the bad one and leave the other take off as a spare.

    The wiring was once nicely done but appears to have several mismatched crimped and wire nut splices in place now so I opted to order 30 foot of jacketed 7 wire to redo the entire thing.
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    Last edited by Wulf; 07-06-2020, 10:18 PM.

    #2
    that's not a "crawler hauler". that's a tag trailer
    1987 FJ60 "Moonshine" - 4BT+stuff
    2004 F550 "Project Mayhem" - 6.0+stuff

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      #3
      Originally posted by GLTHFJ60 View Post
      that's not a "crawler hauler". that's a tag trailer


      It is. Didn't even think about it when I wrote the title

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        #4
        Puts crawler on trailer

        Hauls it

        Crawler hauler

        Although when I hear crawler hauler, I usually think of either a gooseneck with a cab over on the front, or some type of converted MDT.

        Wire in reverse lights! 7 pin plugs are wired for it.

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          #5
          Title should be "budget shitbox hauler"

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            #6
            I should be re-decking my trailer this summer what are you going to use for the deck

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              #7
              Originally posted by KrustyTJ View Post
              I should be re-decking my trailer this summer what are you going to use for the deck
              I'm thinking good ol dimensional lumber treated with waste motor oil

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                #8
                Originally posted by Wulf View Post

                I'm thinking good ol dimensional lumber treated with waste motor oil
                I'm looking at doing some white oak called a two local saw mills waiting to hear back from one of them. The first guy I spoke with can't do 18 feet and recomenmed the place I left a msg with

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by KrustyTJ View Post

                  I'm looking at doing some white oak called a two local saw mills waiting to hear back from one of them. The first guy I spoke with can't do 18 feet and recomenmed the place I left a msg with
                  I hadn't considered white oak at all but I probably should. I was gonna be lazy and run some cheap fir 2x12" from HD or bLowes since they stock 16ft boards and the trailer has a 2' dovetail. I might just do angle iron across the dovetail but haven't decided yet.

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                    #10
                    Check out the "little things" thread, I think it is, 45 acp used perlin for a trailer deck. Basically life time deck, light weight, and still had small gaps to prevent water pooling.

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                      #11

                      Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
                      Wire in reverse lights! 7 pin plugs are wired for it.
                      I'll have to order some after I get things wired. I know I want to add clearance lights on the fenders too, it's fawkin dark in the mountains at night.

                      Immediate goal is to get it wired and legal with brake/turn/running lights. Between the time I got home I went from having lights on one side to no lights, only brakes. I played with the grounds but didn't make any immediate progress so I decided to wait til I can rewire it all.

                      Seller told me clearance lights on the sides of the trailer didn't work. No big deal. I found the problem when I got there. They aren't even hooked up .


                      Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
                      Check out the "little things" thread, I think it is, 45 acp used perlin for a trailer deck. Basically life time deck, light weight, and still had small gaps to prevent water pooling.
                      That is something that I had not considered but could definitely be worth the extra effort, especially for the durability/longevity. Hurculiner is a good idea too, I was using my X's diamond plate deck equipment trailer for most of the last year and it was fawkin slippery with any dirt/moisture on it.

                      I am planning on sending it with the current deck for the summer. I don't think my 3500lb mini truck is gonna drop through the diamondplate reinforced shitty 2x12s... remember this when I post the fail pics

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Wulf View Post
                        remember this when I post the fail pics
                        If you upgrade to wontons, then you have a good reason to upgrade the shitbox tray.

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                          #13
                          My budget crawler hauler. 355k miles. Cheaper than a trailer i was looking at when i found it. Did all fluids and a tint job and it works perfect for our needs.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Pyleit View Post
                            My budget crawler hauler. 355k miles. Cheaper than a trailer i was looking at when i found it. Did all fluids and a tint job and it works perfect for our needs.
                            How do you fit 6 guys in a single cab when hauling 3 rigs?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Pyleit View Post
                              My budget crawler hauler. 355k miles. Cheaper than a trailer i was looking at when i found it. Did all fluids and a tint job and it works perfect for our needs.
                              Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post

                              How do you fit 6 guys in a single cab when hauling 3 rigs?

                              ​​​​​​I thought about buying a roll off when I saw a few 7.3l ones available but it wasn't gonna work for me. It is a cool setup, though!

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