I guess there is no going back, so it's time to start a build thread on this sucker.
First, I'm doing this mainly because I want to (not the easiest/cheapest way etc.), so it may not make sense to you
I've decided to drive the trans america trail in the future (sooner than later) and for that I'll want a trailer I could take offroad (like an adventure trailer/chaser, but we'll see how it turns out), maybe add a RTT etc. But I wanted to make it out of a rover tub. Yeah the whole trailer matching truck thing is gay (especially if painted the same color) but hey.. I'm comfortable with my manhood and there is nothing wrong with being gay anyway. LOL.
Doug C provided the inspiration by finding a picture of one someone made with a rover roof as a cap/top, as well as other things like Mike Slade's chuckwagon, but Greg B. got the ball rolling by alerting me to a craigslist posting for a 109" tub since he knew I was looking.
A few short months later I have most of the parts needed sourced (and most in my hands) thanks to the good folks here. I had intended to build my own frame but got a deal on a bent D90 frame so I went that route, including a defender rear suspension. I have started to stretch the rear of the frame 14" and 3/8s to make the 109" tub fit.
Anyway, I'm putting build pictures under here. I might not post too many directly to the forum as it's a hassle to resize etc.
Test fitting the tub reveals I need to move one of the the support ribs forward an inch or two to clear the crossmember as it's about 1/4" too high at that point when sitting on the cross member. Otherwise it validates the stretch was the right amount!
This is going to have a really high center of gravity, but not much I can do about it I suppose. The suspension is really supple with it unladen like this. Just sitting on the rear lowers it a few inches.
Huh, how about that. They think of everything don't they. Sounds like a goods christmas present to myself, but you'll see mine is blanked off already. Might use it to fill water tanks or something too.
Originally Posted by Bozman
BTW, I have a set of white glossy wheel arches, maybe they are for the rear, I can't remember. They are yours if you want them.
I'm told the 109 cutout is a different shape than the defenders, but if they will work I'll take you up on it as the wheels do extend out about an inch or two past the body.
Originally Posted by JimC
So cool. Gonna be red?
Nope. Leading colors are your sand color (you'll need to remind me what the proper name is), or white.
Originally Posted by budz
I thought you were sending me another one?
I have to decide whether or not to hinge down, or sideways. This tub has the catches for both (well, i guess the side catch is for a full door so will need replacing), but the rear cross member doesn't have the hinge mounts so I'd need to add them to do hinge down. Locking may be more of a hassle with hinge down too. Kind of leaning towards a side hinge and tire carrier to get some weight off the tongue. This thing is a monster and sits as high as my D90 (which has a 2" spring lift).
The reason for the tire on the rear was to reduce tongue weight as right now it's a bit heavy I think.
But after pulling the transmission cross-member and finding it totally rusted out underneath the pads, I'm not sure how much of the original frame I can reuse for the tongue. It's also tweaked pretty badly as well of course. But getting a nice transition from 3x7 rails to a custom tongue is going to be tricky too.
Anyway, this will likely lighten the tongue weight though so I'm thinking I need to mock the tongue up better and re-weigh it before making a decision on any other placement. You'd think with so many fixed variables figuring out the tongue length and shape would be easy! I am currently targeting about 100" from the coupler to the trailer axle. This length (a compromise of the D90 and D110 wheelbase) is supposed to help the trailer track the vehicle well, and will allow the tongue to be long enough to allow a 90 degree jacknife without hitting the tub.
Still going to try get this towable by MAR but it's looking like a tough goal at this point.