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    Default Offroad trailers - some ideas needed

    Hi All,

    I am currently building an off road trailer and I am almost at the kitchen stage.

    Please send me your ideas and pictures if you have of your kitchen setups.

    Also please let me know if you have braked or unbraked trailers.

    My trailer set up is similar to the Conqueror/Echo type set up with 2 doors on the sides and 1 on the rear.

    Thankyou.
    BruceT
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    Bruce,

    I have had both braked and unbraked trailers. Go for one with brakes. I manage to stop faster now, with a trailer with brakes than I manage to stop without a trailer! 6 braked wheels versus 4 I suppose.

    On wet roads, a braked trailer is a must. Just make sure that trailer's brakes are set up not to lock up too soon or even worse, not to take at all under braking.

    The kitchen in my trailer is set up in the back end and the 90mm deep back door was configured to take all the crockery. I built the kitchen myself to fit my existing corningware ceramic plates, bowls and cups etc. All other access to the trailer is from the two sides, There are 3 doors per side.

    See here:
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    Malcolm,
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    Thankyou Malcolm......you not making it any easier for me.

    A 2500kg braked axel and coupling is going to cost me around R4300 and an unbraked solution around R1600. (with the new swivel type coupling)

    I dont plan to carry alot of weight as it will maily be used for weekend type trips and not long extended overlanding. I have also been told that the braked axel can cause problems in heavy sand and mud by clogging up. Is this true?
    BruceT
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    I will do some research on electrical brakes, they work with an electronic modulator and its triggered of the towcars brake light. Will post here what I find. Maybe the cost will be less than a braked axle with the run in hitch.

    I'm not sure but as far as I know you have to have a braked trailer if the GVM exeeds 3/4 of the tow cars mass. Stand to be corrected.
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    Looks like were running two posts now. Ill post on "Building your own offroad trailer!"
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    Deon Viljoen
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    thanks BigD....
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