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Is this trailer too much for my Jeep?

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by Craig1953, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. Dec 6, 2014
    Craig1953

    Craig1953 Member

    Santa Barbara, CA
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    Had a great time camping in the East Mojave over the Thanksgiving weekend. When I used to do this with my Dad 50 years ago we didn't carry much. Slept on the ground and sat on the dirt around the fire made with wood we found. Now, however, I find that while I still love the desert, I like my tent and camp cot and foam pad and chairs and roll up table, and we have to bring the firewood (because wood is scarce and much of the desert is now "protected") which takes up a lot of space. I can barely fit it all in, but only if I take out the back seat and leave the grandkids at home. But taking the kids and grandkids out there is the whole point. This time we towed the jeep to "base camp", so the jeep was the cargo trailer. That was also nice because driving the 300 miles to camp was definitely more comfortable than driving the jeep all that way. (actually we drove one jeep and towed one). But I would like to do some extended multi-day off road desert trips and I thought a small trailer might be just what I need.

    I have a 1967 CJ5 with the dauntless V6, Ross steering, and original brakes, and a 1974 CJ5 with inline 6 cylinder engine, power steering, and drum brakes. I would like to convert to disc brakes someday, but that is a future project.

    Anyway, I found this M101A2 military utility cargo trailer on Craigslist. Do you think this is too big or heavy for my jeeps?

    Thanks

    Craig

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    M101A2 military utility/cargo trailer. in good working condition.
    Pintle hitch required.
    Bed Size: 66" X 65"
    It comes with magnetic lights standard 4 pin U-Haul style 12 volts electric connection.
    Great trailers for farmers, military collectors, off road campers or just about anything else you can think of. Works great with full size pickups. Rated for 3/4 tons. off road use, BUT will hold a lot more. These are great sturdy trailers, steel construction. Curb weight is approx. 1400 lbs.
    The trailers have some dents and dings but nothing major. Tires are good, Parking brakes work.
     
  2. Dec 6, 2014
    Long&Low

    Long&Low Active Member

    Geauga County, OH
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    I would say yes, tail wagging the dog potential. You'll have the ability to put 10 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag.
     
  3. Dec 6, 2014
    rusty

    rusty Well-Known Member

    norfolk,va
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    Great trailer, just not for a CJ. :(
     
  4. Dec 6, 2014
    millennium falcon

    millennium falcon Member

    Central PA
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    I did a lot of research on these trailers because I loved them and really want to put one behind my 79 cj5.... And I decided they were way too much trailer. Expoditionportal forum has a ton of info on them. Most guys are saying they are way too much for even the new 4 door wranglers and even some half ton trucks. So I didn't even try it with my cj. I have a diesel conversion and front discs with a YJ booster and my trailer is all the more weigh I want to pull. It weighs around 1200 fully loaded which is a little less than a 101 weighs empty. Here is a picture of my trailer. I liked the look of the 101 so I tried to stick with it just on a smaller scale. That being said.....this is merely my opinion. I have never towed a 101 with my cj, so take it for what it worth. Have fun......be safe. :)

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  5. Dec 6, 2014
    Craig1953

    Craig1953 Member

    Santa Barbara, CA
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    Thanks. I thought it looked too big. Cool trailer, though.
     

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