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Comanche Wildernest Trailer project

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For several years I've been on the lookout for a Wildernest camper shell ....finally found one . 

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Rob (automan2164 ) asked me if I was interested in the Wildernest and I jumped at the chance to get it . I also bought a LWB   MJ trailer Rob had so I could mount the Wildernest and trailer together. 

 

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After making the 10 hr trip there ( was supposed to be 8 lol ) Rob and myself worked on getting everything ready for the journey home . We took the Wildernest off of his truck and put it on the trailer , put different tires/wheels on ,installed new shocks and made sure the wiring worked . It was great Meeting Rob , Angela , and Bear as they are great people ! Here's a picture before I made the journey back home . 

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Got some time to work on the trailer this weekend. It's pretty nice underneath so no real surprises there . 

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Needed a place to mount a spare so I just installed an original tire winch .

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Next thing was the tailgate /bumper . I stole the tailgate from my 89 ( I have more that I can paint ) and a spare bumper I had . Decided to also install a hitch for future use . Here are some before and after pictures. 

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The tires were good enough for the ride home but had some dry rot , had a pair of different tires  that were in better shape so installed them . 

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Painted the the leaf springs before installing the newer tires too . 

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The T handle is supposed to lock but never had the key so a trip to the locksmith and now I can lock it when not in use now . 

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we need to plan a camping trip! 

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4 minutes ago, Limeyjeeper said:

Awesome. What is the axle under the trailer. Looks like it fits perfectly?

3500# Trailer axle  iirc , 5 x4 1/2 so I can use jeep wheels . Credit on that one goes to Rob and Ben . 

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I had a great time building that trailer with Rob years back. Glad it went to a good home. 

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2 hours ago, neohic said:

I had a great time building that trailer with Rob years back. Glad it went to a good home. 

You did some excellent work on that trailer , great fabrication. 

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20 hours ago, Strokermjcomanche said:

You did some excellent work on that trailer , great fabrication. 

 

That was a super fun day with Rob. At the time I had a couple long bed trucks around the yard so I pulled measurements from those based on where his frame was already cut. He showed up early and we cranked it out like it was a precision military exercise. 

 

Disregard the “extra” leaf spring perches. :shaking:

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3 hours ago, neohic said:

 

That was a super fun day with Rob. At the time I had a couple long bed trucks around the yard so I pulled measurements from those based on where his frame was already cut. He showed up early and we cranked it out like it was a precision military exercise. 

 

Disregard the “extra” leaf spring perches. :shaking:

He told me about that lol , I have options to go SOA or SUA though . 

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Such a cool project, thanks for sharing! 

 

Buck.

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Had to go back and revisit the “way back” machine. Years ago, two addresses ago, and a few states away from where it was put together... twins!

 

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I’ve got more pictures from when it was thrown together should you want them. What are your plans for its next step?

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55 minutes ago, neohic said:

Had to go back and revisit the “way back” machine. Years ago, two addresses ago, and a few states away from where it was put together... twins!

 

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I’ve got more pictures from when it was thrown together should you want them. What are your plans for its next step?

I'll take any pictures you'd like to share , I appreciate it Ben . 

 

 

I need to put stabilizer jacks on , i'm thinking four of the same scissor jacks from a junkyard will do the trick. 

 

Replace/refinish some of the hardware ,i've already done some of it…

 

: Seal/repair  the tent 

 

: Try to eliminate some body roll that the trailer has . I know it's a bit top-heavy with the Wildernest , but I think I can eliminate some of it.

 

:  I need to figure out what I want to do about water and electricity .  I'm not trying to make it over complicated or overpriced, but I do want it to be functionable so I can enjoy it. 

 

 : Reinforce the lid, I'm not a small guy and I don't want to take a chance of breaking the lid sleeping on it. I may just be paranoid, but I want to make sure it doesn't get ruined.

 

: I need to replace the bulb seal as well, it's pretty crusty and I would like to try to stop the water from getting in there if possible.

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1 minute ago, Strokermjcomanche said:

: Try to eliminate some body roll that the trailer has . I know it's a bit top-heavy with the Wildernest , but I think I can eliminate some of it.

 

 

I don't have a camper topper on it and I hate how much roll mine has. :(  I'd wager some new shocks would help, but my end goal is a swaybar. :D  

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