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ATs do better in the snow and ice in my experience, and the grabbers are awesome.


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I converted my BOT's bolt pattern 8 on 6.5" to match my BOV's 8x170 bolt pattern, got new lug nuts, and put new wheels on the trailer. The conversion ring also widens the stance by 4 inches total so it is more in line with the tow vehicle.

I also purchased extra seals, bearings and races, grease, from Etrailer.com
I will get a new set of brake pads soon too although the ones that were on it still had a lot of pad left.

My next item to do is to replace the little shock on the surge brakes because the one on it now is mushy and makes the trailer bunny hop when I slow down, so I had to disable the brakes with a grade 8 bolt as a pin.

EDIT: I forgot to add that I replaced all of the interior overhead lights with red LED lights so that way night vision inside is better and it is harder to see the BOV when folks have the lights on (map reading, entry/exit, etc) and they draw less from the batteries.


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Nice lookin' rig! :)

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Nice lookin' rig! :)


Thanks!

Having a Bug out Vehicle is a money pit. I have so much more I would like to do with it. And the trailer. As it is... it is ready to go 24x7x365. Just have to grab the Zombie plinkin' items and each one of fly away bags from inside the climate controlled house, and we are good to go.

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MOAR on the BOT please

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MOAR on the BOT please
I second the motion.

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MOAR on the BOT please
I second the motion.


I built it from an M116A2 trailer. took it down to the frame, and helped my buddy build it. I basically learned how to weld on this thing. Everything from the frame up has been added. I got some custom canvas put on it, and a tepui tent on the top. works wonderfully as a camping trailer. I loaded it up with everything to make camp, and have extra room to spare for food and other perishables to grab and go. It is sprayed in its entirety with Line-x coating.


Here are some more pics of it as it progressed.

Pictures right after the Canvas was installed.
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Before canvas, but with tent deployed.
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Before Canvas, tent stowed.
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Trailer pretty much as close as it is today, but before My excursion had the Aluminess Bumper.
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Tow Vehicle by itself as it is today.
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Nice! Do you camp when it's cold?

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I have not yet, but we just bought 35 acres in Wyoming, so that answer will be yes soon.

There is a thick foam pad on the floor of the tent. And we have 2 -40 degree rated cabelas sleeping bags zipped together.

If that isn't enough I can run a buddy heater in the ground floor room and the heat should rise to the sleeping portion of the tent.


Items on the To Do list is the plumbing from the bucket in the metal frame which will end up being a gravity Sawyer filter that feeds down to the 35 gallon water tank under the trailer. And plumbing somehow from the tank to a spigot for filtered drinking water.

And I want to plumb from the two propane tanks (with an auto empty switch from one tank to the other) to the rear of the trailer where I will have a connection which is easier to hook up a buddy heater or a lamp, etc to.

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I have not yet, but we just bought 35 acres in Wyoming, so that answer will be yes soon.

There is a thick foam pad on the floor of the tent. And we have 2 -40 degree rated cabelas sleeping bags zipped together.

If that isn't enough I can run a buddy heater in the ground floor room and the heat should rise to the sleeping portion of the tent.


Items on the To Do list is the plumbing from the bucket in the metal frame which will end up being a gravity Sawyer filter that feeds down to the 35 gallon water tank under the trailer. And plumbing somehow from the tank to a spigot for filtered drinking water.

And I want to plumb from the two propane tanks (with an auto empty switch from one tank to the other) to the rear of the trailer where I will have a connection which is easier to hook up a buddy heater or a lamp, etc to.
20# or 30# bottles?

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20# X 2.

But we are a hot couple so we could make the propane last.

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Delivered yesterday were my Body Mount Chop endcaps. Again, FJ thing since larger tires may rub the body mount.

Also, purchased a sticker.

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rbeau30 wrote:
MPMalloy wrote:
teotwaki wrote:
MOAR on the BOT please
I second the motion.


I built it from an M116A2 trailer. took it down to the frame, and helped my buddy build it. I basically learned how to weld on this thing. Everything from the frame up has been added. I got some custom canvas put on it, and a tepui tent on the top. works wonderfully as a camping trailer. I loaded it up with everything to make camp, and have extra room to spare for food and other perishables to grab and go. It is sprayed in its entirety with Line-x coating.


Here are some more pics of it as it progressed.

Pictures right after the Canvas was installed.
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Before canvas, but with tent deployed.
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Before Canvas, tent stowed.
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Trailer pretty much as close as it is today, but before My excursion had the Aluminess Bumper.
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Tow Vehicle by itself as it is today.
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How much was that bumper? And was it all outfitted like that when you bought it?

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Don't have anything personal to offer, but I like this thread and especially the repurposed M116A2 BOT. I happened to get gas coming out of the mountains a week or so ago, and at the pump beside me was a SUV towing a Cricket. I do not have those pictures handy but I'll post the website: The Cricket Trailer

I also saw what appears to be a top of the line BOV parked near one of my daily walking routes.
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I'm having to split my efforts between two vehicles now, as I just had to replace the VVT solenoids, plugs, and engine air filter on my HHR, but I did manage to get the tires and alignment done
on the Suburban. Drives splendidly now, and we've since taken a trip to Chattanooga and back.
Still have a few small things to do here and there, but so far I'm pleased.

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OK, here comes the list...

3" toytec lift
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New tires, 295/70r17

Bumper and rock sliders have been shipped.

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Installed some "auxiliary heaters"...



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Bumper
https://reszfab.com/product/resz-fab-3- ... el-bumper/

Sliders
https://reszfab.com/product/fj-cruiser-rock-sliders/

Are in town and out for delivery. Actually have to pick up the bumper.

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Sliders were put on last week.

I had to order some more items for the winch control box to mount inside the bumper.

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Prinsu Designs Cabrack. Recovery boards and other recovery gear will be mounted here along with my ARB awning when needed. If you're doing a vehicle build I'd highly suggest an awning of some type. Having shade or a dry place to cook or do other duties outside of the vehicle is underrated. Image

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Accidentally ripped off the exhaust on my XJ this weekend "soft-roading". Made my Jeep sound like a race tractor... it was cool for about 5 minutes

Basically separated two pipes by dragging it on a trail: 1. downpipe of the headers and 2. the S-pipe before the cats. I broke the bolts of the two flanges that connect both pipes somehow. Got hose clamps and a 4 inch exhaust clamp and ghetto-rigged it so it wedged the two pieces together for my "quick fix".

About 300 miles later... it's still quiet and "fixed".




On a side note, still only ever need 2wd with my General Grabber AT2's. I used to be a Cooper tire guy, but those Generals have given me better performance so far.

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My brother and I now have nearly matching Jeeps now as secondary BOVs. He's got a 2010 Wrangler Rubicon automatic and I just bought a 2009 Wrangler Sahara 6-spd. So far I did all the maintenance on it, installed a SSB CB (he has one as well), and cleaned it up a bit. I made up a tool kit and BOB for it and it's sitting in a family garage near the highway with a full tank ready to go at a moments notice.

Eventually I'd like to add a Dana 44 front axle, better lighting, a winch, and oversize tires.....but for now I'm just going to use it for the occasional weekend getaway.


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New oil
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I got the damned thing to run again. The old choke cable was trashed and wouldn't open the choke. With the new cable in place she's grunting like the pig that she is again.

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