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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:34 PM
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M116A2 Trailer

Today (as captured in the Sightings thread) I zipped down to New Jersey to pick up a trailer. The M116A2 is one of those military trailers designed to carry a diesel generator. I towed it back to Rhode Island, and it tows like it's not even there. If anybody in the area is looking for a flatbed trailer to use as the basis for a project (or to use as is), this could be an opportunity. The guy has a couple left, and I got the feeling that there could be more to come.
<http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Military-trailer-/190629332772?pt=Motors_Trailers&hash=item2c6264c72 4>
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Another place to check would be here: http://www.govliquidation.com/

This is direct from the government. Those trailers and other trailers come up all the time at various places around the country.

Here is a current example
http://www.govliquidation.com/auctio...tionId=5009133
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Old January 19th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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I've followed the gov't auctions for a long time, but I never found one within striking distance. With this seller I was able to drive to NJ, pick a trailer, hand over the cash, and be home in less than eight hours.
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I will have to take a look at one of these sometime.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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I will have to take a look at one of these sometime.
Looks like you're right up the road. Come on down.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 12:37 PM
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it seems kind of big - esp when compared to the M416 - but is only rated at 3/4? Do you have the dimensions of it?

No worries - BELAY that...i found the ebay listing.

Do they need to be rewired to 12V?
Can that guy supply the pintle hitch - if not where did you get one?
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Any pictures of underneath? I'm curious about the construction. Is there a subframe under the platform or is the platform integral?
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Old January 19th, 2012, 12:57 PM
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it seems kind of big - esp when compared to the M416 - but is only rated at 3/4? Do you have the dimensions of it?

No worries - BELAY that...i found the ebay listing.

Do they need to be rewired to 12V?
Can that guy supply the pintle hitch - if not where did you get one?
Here's some info about the various iterations of the basic trailer.
<http://olive-drab.com/idphoto/id_photos_m116_trailer.php>

As far as the voltage is concerned, if they are 24V (I haven't checked), I would guess that you would only have to change the bulbs.

As far as the pintle hitch is concerned, you would have to provide that yourself. If you have a Reese hitch, you could just get a pintle adapter. Otherwise, I got the hitch from a trailer shop. Of course, you could look on eBay. The bolt pattern seems to be standard.

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Any pictures of underneath? I'm curious about the construction. Is there a subframe under the platform or is the platform integral?
This particular model has a dumping bed. The subframe is a basic rectangle with five cross members (counting the front and rear ones).
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Old January 19th, 2012, 02:41 PM
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I've followed the gov't auctions for a long time, but I never found one within striking distance. With this seller I was able to drive to NJ, pick a trailer, hand over the cash, and be home in less than eight hours.
I understand completely. And $400 is not a bad price at all.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 06:07 PM
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I understand completely. And $400 is not a bad price at all.
To put it in perspective, I had to pay more than twice that for a tank of oil today. The oil guy said he was going to start to carry a defibrillator in the truck.
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Thanks great find

I've been looking for a trailer to build a dog rig and that might just fit the bill!!
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 12:44 PM
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That is a great find, maybe my wife would approve one for our remodel. It doesn't look like it could carry full sheets of plywood or sheetrock flat between the wheelwells though. I just couldn't omit that little detail could I? I am close to you would you mind if I checked it out?
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 09:18 PM
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I measured about 45.5" between the footwells, so you couldn't lay a sheet of plywood flat. You could build a couple of boxes to support front and rear. I didn't measure the height of the footwells, but maybe you could just use a couple of 8x8 beams or such. You're welcome to come and have a look.
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At auction right now about 10 of these trailers at www.govliquidation.com
M105A2 1.5ton Cargo Trailer, equipped with lunette ring for coupling to pintle hook, With Side Rails And cover

Close Time: 01/26/2012 05:00PM

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Old January 24th, 2012, 11:31 AM
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At auction right now about 10 of these trailers at www.govliquidation.com
M105A2 1.5ton Cargo Trailer, equipped with lunette ring for coupling to pintle hook, With Side Rails And cover

Close Time: 01/26/2012 05:00PM

sitting at
2105 15th St
Bldg. 4195
San Antonio, TX 78234
That's a much larger trailer. It's meant to be towed by a 2 1/2 ton truck.

There are some M116A2 trailers up for auction: <http://www.govliquidation.com/auction/endecaSearch?Ntt=m116a2&Ntk=Keyword&Ntx=mode+match all&N=0&Nty=1&Ns=P_Lot_Number|0&words=m116a2&cmd=k eyword>
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How about M1102

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Today (as captured in the Sightings thread) I zipped down to New Jersey to pick up a trailer. The M116A2 is one of those military trailers designed to carry a diesel generator. I towed it back to Rhode Island, and it tows like it's not even there. If anybody in the area is looking for a flatbed trailer to use as the basis for a project (or to use as is), this could be an opportunity. The guy has a couple left, and I got the feeling that there could be more to come.
<http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Military-trailer-/190629332772?pt=Motors_Trailers&hash=item2c6264c72 4>
I need to tow M1102 back about 35 miles. But I do not know if I need a title/tag. Also how to convert the lights, 24v-12v and rise pintle level using my GX470. Any idea? Thanks,
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Get a set of cheapo magnetic trailer lights and figure out a way to attach them since the M1102's are aluminium. Zip ties should work. For 35 mile's id just rock out with your bill of sale from the seller. In the chance you get pulled over you show the bill of sale to the cop and move on, same way if you just bought a car. You look at the spec sheet for the M1102 and it will show the height of the pintle off the ground. You can adjust your hitch with a plate or a drop/raise bar for the correct amount..
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Get a set of cheapo magnetic trailer lights and figure out a way to attach them since the M1102's are aluminium. Zip ties should work. For 35 mile's id just rock out with your bill of sale from the seller. In the chance you get pulled over you show the bill of sale to the cop and move on, same way if you just bought a car. You look at the spec sheet for the M1102 and it will show the height of the pintle off the ground. You can adjust your hitch with a plate or a drop/raise bar for the correct amount..
Thank you for the answers.
I did look the height, around 29 inch from eye ring (specification) to the ground. But my car hitch is only 14 inch hight. I have searched market for pintle mount plate, one of them, only can be raised 12 inch height max. It is close but not even. I wonder if I can do some change or adjust on eye ring. Or some uneven level will not cause much issue at all.
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I pull my 3/4 T trailer with my disco. The trailer has HMV wheels and tries on it an sits higher than my truck...trailer nose down a bit. Have pulled to SC, and to NJ. Don't even know its back there...unless of course you slow down....then THUMP! You will get use to that.
Here in VA, you can get a transport tag on line from DMV. Costs $5.00. Then your legally covered.
When I picked mine up, I used a set of trailer lamps, a couple of self tapping screws, and ran the wire over the bed to the trailer connector, with a couple of zip ties to keep the wires from flopping around.
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I pull my 3/4 T trailer with my disco. The trailer has HMV wheels and tries on it an sits higher than my truck...trailer nose down a bit. Have pulled to SC, and to NJ. Don't even know its back there...unless of course you slow down....then THUMP! You will get use to that.
Here in VA, you can get a transport tag on line from DMV. Costs $5.00. Then your legally covered.
When I picked mine up, I used a set of trailer lamps, a couple of self tapping screws, and ran the wire over the bed to the trailer connector, with a couple of zip ties to keep the wires from flopping around.
I used that 3-Day temp tag. VA is awesome.
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