Overland Trailer Build – Part 3

The next phase was off to Custom Coaters Atlanta for some sand blasting and powder coating. Scott Harper did a fantastic job.

The trailer was completely dissembled, sand blasted, and powder coated. The frame was coated in flat textured black, along with the fenders and rollbar / rack.

Each of the panels were also blasted inside and out, and coated to match the Gobi Tan of the Jeep.

Assembly starts…

33 Toyo Open Country MT wrap the Trail Master 15 x 8 steel wheels.

Stay tuned for part 4 of the build.

Overland Trailer Build – Part 2

The next phase of the project was to get some metal work done on the trailer. James Atwell over at Stage Left Fabrication took great care of my “To Do” list on the trailer. If you need some fab work and are located in the North Georgia area check him out.

The “To Do” list included:

Extending the tongue by 2′ and replacing the old tongue jack with a new jack with 8″wheel.

Fabrication of a plate for the water filler connector. This will allow us to easily fill the 20gal tank that will reside under the frame in the original fuel tank location.

Welding a Rock plate to the front cut from diamond tread steel.

Trimming the fenders and reenforcing them with tube steel.

Welding on the extended hangers for the front leaf spring.

A exo-skeleton / roof rack to support a future RTT or cargo basket.

Along with extending the tongue was to build out the front to support a storage box and spare tire.

The next phase was to get it all stripped back down to head off to the powder coaters. The coater will completely dissemble it, blast it and color match the cabinet to the Gobi tan of the Jeep.

While at the coaters I cleaned up the axle, hangers, and replaced the hubs for new ones.

Stay tuned for part 3 of the finial assembly.

A New Chapter…

In just a few short days we are starting a new chapter in our life and our offroad  adventures. We’ll be moving to Arizona at the end of this year.   We want to thank everyone for your continued support and encouragement.


Please continue to follow in our adventures and journeys as we start to explore Arizona and the surrounding Southwestern United States.

Overland Trailer Build – Part 1

As some of you know we sold our overland camping trailer several months back. There were several reasons for selling it, mainly weight with it coming in at 1800+lbs, and that I had also built a sleeping platform in the Jeep.

But there was still a desire for a smaller lightweight trailer to be used for haul all our gear during extended camping excursions. Sleeping in the jeep was great, but it was a hassle to remove all our gear while sleeping.

With that in mind I started looking for a small platform trailer to use as a base. I wanted something small, light, and able to store gear out of the elements and securely.

After seeing one other person start a similar build off the same platform I knew this would fit the bill nicely.

It’s a construction light tower. This particular one is an Terex / Amida AL4000. I was able to find a used one from United Rentals for a decent price and in good condition.

For some specs on the trailer.

  • Frame (main cabinet) 41″ x 70″
  • Total length 124″
  • 3500# axle
  • 62″ wide
  • 5 x 4.5 bolt pattern on hubs
  • Lift up doors on both sides for cabinet access
  • 30 gal diesel tank mounted under frame
  • 6kW generator and Kabota Diesel engine

The first order of business was to get it cleaned up and stripped down for the conversion. The unit was still operation so the motor/generator, tower, and lights would need to be pulled. I was able to sell those and recoup some of the purchased price!

An axel flip kit was installed to give the trailer a little more ground clearance and will allow me to run larger tires. I would also be welding on a new leaf hanger to give another couple inches of clearance.

New 33″ tires would give the trailer the proper stance but would also require a rework of the fenders.

With the trailer stripped it was ready to go off to the welding shop for some metal work and fabrication!!

Stay tuned for Part 2!!

Clingmans Dome

Wander Offroad spent the weekend of November 9th and 10th in TN and NC. We spent some time on the Cherohala Skyway and saw Bald River Falls, and over into NC and then up to Clingmans Dome. Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains at 6643ft.


Epic Road Trip – Day 8 ( Part 2 ) – Onion Creek

After the group ran Top of the World and headed back, I split off and ran Onion Creek Trail.  It is also located on Highway 128 and is a 11.4 mile dirt road.  You cross over the creek about 17 times but the creek was rarely more than a few inches deep. The views and rock formations are stunning in this area but the real highlight is driving through the Fisher Valley.

Top of the World overlook is up there somewhere.

A few miles down Highway 128 is BLM road 98.  It is a long straight out and back and makes for some great photos.

After that, I ventured into Arches National Park to catch the sunset.


Epic Road Trip – Day 8 ( Part 1 ) – Top of the World

Day 8 plans were to run Top of the World, which is my favorite trail because of the awesome view at the top.  Nowhere else that I know that you can park your Jeep on the edge of a cliff  with a 3000-ft drop off.   The trail is 18.9 miles out and back and is rated as difficult.   We had several friends join us for this trek.

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Early Morning photo op outside the Poison Spider Bike Shop!!

To get to the trail head, we had to run 32 miles out highway 128 to Dewey Bridge.  Along 128 you are running right next to the Colorado River.  It’s cut through the rock to form its own canyon with stunning vistas all along the way.

The old Dewey Bridge.  The bridge was built in 1916, and originally carried SR-128 across the Colorado River.  On the day of its completion, it was the second-longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River. On April 6, 2008,  a fire which started in a nearby campground destroyed the bridge’s wooden deck and rails.  The metal framing is all that is left.

The line up.  We stopped at the trailhead to air down, disconnect and prepare the head up the trail.

One of the first major obstacles of the trail. Picking you line and watching your spotter was critical here!

The views just get more amazing the higher we ride!

Top of the World Overlook has a spectacular view of Fisher Valley, Onion Creek, and the La Sal Mountains.  We spent several hours at the top, took lots of photos – each having a turn at the overlook.  We also had lunch and shared stories all the while.

“LIVE A GREAT STORY”  What an awesome moto!!

After we all had a chance to grab photos, it was time to head down 😦 and back to town.

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