Best trailer camper for a JKU

R3

Member 2022
Balance the tongue loading is first and foremost in this process. Too much and you need to do something with the suspension  too little and the tail wags the dog.  you need to get this balance right first.

Jeeps are not really well suited for long distance  towing, yes  folks do it all the time but the rig and suspension is not well suited for it.  Moving the  tire inside  will eat up  cargo space but  greatly reduce the  moment arm  to the rear axle.

Bolt on coil overs??? do you mean in place of the coil springs  or in addition to?  If the idea is to replace the coils i would not suggest this route and the  spring rate  would be too high for non towing applications.  If it is in addition to the coil suspension, 1)  I am not sure how that would  work out any differently then  spring replacement.

An option is to look at  air shocks, yes there is a company or two out there that makes off road air shocks...


All this discussion is predicated on a trailer that you have not hooked too yes?  You may not need much of anything but a good braking system.
 

AUjeep

Member 2022
Just looking at the trade space of options really.

Bolt-on coilovers like the https://www.northridge4x4.com/part/coilover-kits/1109b-evo-manufacturing-rear-bolt-on-coilover-kit-black

That is one option.  The other options include single rate springs, keeping MC triple rate springs, or going with another variable rate spring, but I know I certainly will need new shocks regardless given the expected life expectancy of the current ones, so I am looking at Fox 2.0 with CD adjustable.

I have towed sailboats extensively in the past and understand the dynamics of trailer loading on single axle trailers.  Tongue weight is 290#.  The "axle" is relatively far back, and I don't expect to be able to change it all that much given the layout.  That's really my only beef with the OTG trailer as that extra 300 lbs on the hitch.  I know for a fact that if I do take this trailer off-road, the two spare tires could come into interference.

My thought process is that the trailer would contain most if not all the gear, which frees up the rear cargo area for full size spare.  This then maayyyy enable me to get by with existing springs and a shock upgrade.
 

R3

Member 2022
I have those  bolt in Coil overs on my Jeep, they replace the rear springs.  You can get the rate  to work with the loaded trailer, Mine are currently 250/350 in the rear with variable compression dampening.  if you choose to go that route, get the variable dampening to go with.  This way you can tone down the ride w/o trailer and  ramp up the compression with trailer.  either way that system is designed to replace the rear OEm springs not  work with.

If you like thinking out side the box here is an idea:

King 2.0 coil over shock in the rear with adjustable compression  damping.  Combine that with  Air bag suspension  ( replacing the OEM springs)  the rolling  valute style .

In this way you can set the coil over for solo ops 9scans trailer)and attain desired ride height.  Use the air  bags for overload conditions  i.e with trailer. Clearly some  investigation would need to be done on bags,  Bag it .com used to be a good place to find  odd  air bags and build a full system.
 

Nacho

President
Member 2022
Coming in late to the discussion from a slightly different angle.  I used to have a Livin Lite Quicksilver pop up camper that weighed less than 700 lbs and loved it.  It had a canvas top and fiberglass bottom.  I traded it for a larger travel trailer that we towed with my wifes Durango, but was too big for Jeep.

Now as my kids have grown, we sold that travel trailer and I just bought a coleman pop-up a couple weeks ago and am working on rebuilding it.  I expect it to be about 1500 lbs when complete, which should be fine with my JLU.  Hope to have it ready for next spring.

I know one of the real challenges to towing with jeeps is the short wheelbase and ability to safely stop. 

Wish you luck and enjoy following the conversation.
 

AUjeep

Member 2022
I'll be investing in bigger brake rotors for sure.  I don't think new calipers are necessarily needed for me, but rotor and caliper brackets for sure.
 

R3

Member 2022
Interesting design. Pulling the trigger on the tentrax this week.  Adding a custom built annex to the back of the rigand a sliding 78QT freezer Fridge to the front with color matching Fiberglass.  be ready for  the first overlanding run in April.

Rig will have trailer brakes, had a discussion on  the pros and cons, decided to go with the brakes  for on road ops and east coast drivers. Brake controller will be a Redarc  for the Jeep.

Nacho, I can see some overnight run in the future.

Cheers
 

Nacho

President
Member 2022
R3 said:
Interesting design. Pulling the trigger on the tentrax this week.  Adding a custom built annex to the back of the rigand a sliding 78QT freezer Fridge to the front with color matching Fiberglass.  be ready for  the first overlanding run in April.

Rig will have trailer brakes, had a discussion on  the pros and cons, decided to go with the brakes  for on road ops and east coast drivers. Brake controller will be a Redarc  for the Jeep.

Nacho, I can see some overnight run in the future.

Cheers

Awesome!!!  Cant wait.  Right now it is spread in a bajillion pieces across my garage.  :)
 

3VOLVE

Member 2022
This one is fore sale on Craigslist that's looks pretty cool for $11K.

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/tro/d/woodbridge-jonesbilt-overland/7240168638.html

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R3

Member 2022
Sorry for the late reply. Things have been on hold due to the fed budget and waiting for the results of  Jan 6. trailer is  designed and ready to be ordered, and redarc is in house  just not installed.

Thinking that the  unit will mount in the console with the controller within easy reach  near the gear shift. Looked at dash board options but  there is nothing within easy reach.
 
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