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03-14-2019 09:56 PM
bugdewde DONE! Well, for now. Side markers at rear and oval LED reverse light on rear tailgate/ramp.

Also added Superbright LED reverse lights to stock Jeep housings.

Soon, will be doing some reverse lighting to the car-hauler as well!!!!
03-10-2019 09:36 PM
bugdewde Ran wire down the side frame tubes (awaiting LED backup lights to arrive - ebay).
Had some clear LED marker lights that i wanted to put around a trailer to illuminate the surrounding area of the trailer when backing up. Didn't have the hardware (metal screws) to mount them on the square tubing, but did use the supplied bolts to mount to the rear fender.

Marker lights work pretty good. Pics don't do it justice.

Plan to add markers to the front corner posts facing rearward to illuminate the wheel/tire and one on the sides of the tailgate to project out..... As well as the 6" oval LED back up lights facing rearward (on outer tailgate tubes).
03-07-2019 05:00 AM
mrleon Trailer looks great! Good job!
03-03-2019 12:17 PM
bugdewde Added 8 recessed tie down loops. Router died about 4.5 holes into it. Had to drill a lot and hammer and chisel out the other 3.5 holes.... Chisel was actually a pry bar, making it even harder to do.
4 across the front, for dual motorcycles if needed. 2 in rear corners. 2 in the middle.
Should assist with any tie down issues.
May add another one in the middle rear.

Now on to some L.E.D. back-up/reverse lights on the tailgate.... And little clear L.E.D. marker button lights on the sides to assist backing in the dark.
02-28-2019 08:45 AM
Wood X2, nice work. Looks slick
02-24-2019 04:15 PM
ArkansasRubi Good job! Looks like it will do the job. Congrats
02-24-2019 10:12 AM
bugdewde Garbage can support siding complete, ..... until other needs arise.
02-24-2019 10:02 AM
bugdewde I used the "slot" method with decking board "slats" on my car hauler to contain the pancake air tank, spare wheels/tires (we de-bead a lot in rallycross), jack stands, etc ......
Figured I could use that idea on the utility as well, since I felt the need to cover the gap at the bottom of the gate.

The 2x2 retention device resulted from items I had on hand at the time when modding the old utility trailer years ago. It has worked great for years, so I decided to continue with it on the new one. Easy to add/remove/stow, secure and effective.
02-24-2019 09:30 AM
bugdewde Well, there was a long power outage yesterday (all day!). Amazing what you will do when there's no electronics around.... Lol. I got to playing with some decking and 2x2s and decided to drill & bolt them on (using cordless power tools).

Realized I never removed the side rails from the old trailer in the 18 or so years they were on there... so bolting them on seemed logical. Lol.

Here's what I went with.
- Bolted 2x2 uprights, piggybacking the metal uprights.
- One 12' deck board down each side bottom (to contain small items) & four 29" sections up front on sides to house the garbage cans.
- I only used 2 boards down low in front to allow tow vehicle lights to show when unladened (probably re-do to match sides).
- 2x2s up top, front and rear, to secure/stabilize trash cans.
- I also added a few "slots" I made out of 2x2s to slide a decking board in to secure stuff on the bottom 12 footers. One at base of trash cans, one about 8' 3" back to secure lumber and one about 10' 3" back for longer lumber..... also one for the gap at rear gate.

Should be able to haul my trash cans, lumber, pipe, mulch, gravel, etc with ease. When the recessed tie downs arrive (and I install them), I'll be able to haul the motorcycle when it goes in for service.

Next mod, harbor freight metal tongue box .... then led back-up lights on rear gate.
02-22-2019 12:21 PM
FLLJ Do you plan on leaving the sides on permanently or having them removeable?

You could simply build "picture frame" style panels for each section between the top rail, upright side rails, and bed.
Then attach the side boards to them, set in place and secure the framework from the outside by "sandwiching" the existing top rail and side rails.

The idea in my head is way easier than the gibberish I just wrote.
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