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    Default 2018 Xpod

    Hello everyone,

    Yea I still stalk the treads even though I have since moved on to Virgina. My 5 1/2 years in New England was ruff but this group here was the only highlight. I made some good friends, enjoyed the trails as much as I could. I lived on Cape Cod so the ride for a trail ride was a journey in itself. But the Coast Guard moved me out to Virgina and I love it. Much warmer here, and endless camping lots of public free roam land here. So I wanted to share my newest addition it is a 2018 Vintage Trailer Works XPOD. I sold my last trailer to Paul as he needed it more than I did. So after I was settled in Virgina I caught this guy on sale and could not resist. The company that makes them is based in Alabama my home state just a couple towns over from where I grew up. I hired a company to bring it to me from Bama, that cost $450 but was well worth it.

    So this is what it is: 5x8 box over all length of about 11’ for now.


    First thing i had had to do was an axle flip that angle is horrible and not really safe.




    Thats is a little better, so I forgot about the inside pictures. I was not aware it had dual entry doors until I took delervly. Inside has enough room to lay down stretch out and get comfortable. The mini kitchen is in the rear.

    Inside


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    Next was get the tent on the trailer where it belongs, and install my matching JK wheels on it.


    So so much like Ma. Most of the shops around here will not do small jobs like build me fenders. No one makes a trailer fender for a 35” tire that I could find so I built a metal break, and then make my own fenders I really wanted aluminum but I do not have a TIG welder yet.

    Cost me $20 at the metal yard I just bough by the pound from the scrap metal. 1/4” base plays 16”wx24”L
    some 3/16” angle and some 3/16” plate to double up are a press top mount. Some solid stock and a small piece of pipe.

    Teated it out and she is perfect. Will bend 3/16” plate steel like butter. With the use of a bottle jack. So now I have a fun home made tool and can build my own fenders.


    I did have to add the upper brace for downward support I was using the Jeep but was a lot of trouble to slide the metal break under the Jeep to have something to jack ago st.

    The Jeep worked but really only used it to test the break.

    Now with a perfect of fenders bent have to re-enforce and bolt on.
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    Viair OBA
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    Added re-enforcement and mounting with 2x2 1/8” angle.


    Also added a rear rear bumper to the trailer, much needed as from the dealer it had no protection for the rear. I added a section of 2x2 1/8” wall tube. Trying to keep it light and that tube will fend off a small bump which is what I need. So I wanted to take advantage of the space behind the fenders so I built some storage racks, welded them in. Primed and painted and that is about where it sits as of today.







    Took ot it on a shake down run (my friends 1 mile long drive way through the woods) all good but realized my Jeep needs mud flaps.


    The wife bought me a tankless hot water water heater and a power inverter for the trailer. Going to get them installed and plumb the trailer for propane and running water. Other than that I am going to extend the tongue about 3’ and add a Max Coupler. The trailer at time of delivery was 1001lbs I hope to keep it really light as I will be doing a lot of beach runs and don’t meet the extra weight bogging the Jeep down.
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    Looking good.
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    This is a great thread. That looks like an awesome little trailer. I can't wait to see where this build ends up.
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    That is an awesome trailer. And great job with the custom fab work!

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    That's nice. I already have a shop press, I should build myself a brake!
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    Fantastic timing James. I've been looking to move from sleeping in Jeep to a teardrop or trailer set-up. I like what you have done with this Xpod. Look forward to seeing the progress with gas and water.

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    James, I love the ingenuity of your sheet metal brake, very clever!

    Nice work on the mods to the stock trailer too.

    I've been thinking along the same lines as Mike; a teardrop or something small that I can tow behind Mary-Anne. This is inspiring...
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    Thanks everyone, I plan on making a trip back to New Hampshire Summer 2020 for a camping trip maybe a Trans N.H. run. I don’t know yet. The modified tear drop is awesome if your in the market check out Vintage Trailer works, I am about to be a rep for them but I will not be servining the New England area.

    James
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreakinJeep View Post
    That's nice. I already have a shop press, I should build myself a brake!
    It is stupid simple, I made mine so wide it will not fit my press, but that is kinda nice because now I can take it anywhere. I have some detailed pictures on building the break will share if you want them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueberryHill View Post
    James, I love the ingenuity of your sheet metal brake, very clever!

    Nice work on the mods to the stock trailer too.

    I've been thinking along the same lines as Mike; a teardrop or something small that I can tow behind Mary-Anne. This is inspiring...
    Thanks,

    So the factory I modified weight is only 1001 pounds, probably light enough a 4wheelere or ATV could tow it. With the tent and annex this will be a prime hunting camp set up, easy to tow anywhere small and light but comfortable.

    James
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    Cool James!
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not ;)

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    *brake
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    Very cool James! One day I would like to start a trailer project, for now I will just watch yours ;P
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