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How-to Build a Dinoot J-Series Jeep Trailer


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Starting this thread as a place to collect How-to build  Dinoot J-Series Jeep Trailer examples, information and photos.  

Previously building a matching Jeep Trailer required cutting and welding old Jeep bodies together, then doing days of body work.  I like to think the J-Series tub kits are a game changer, setting a new standard.  Now anyone with basic DIY skills can build their own matching Jeep trailer. 

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Reviews / Articles:
- Sean Michael has written a couple of great articles about building and using his Compact Dinoot for Off-Road.com.
The first review Dinoot Off-Road Trailer Review focused on overall information and impressions.
The second review Dinoot Trailer: Building a DIY Off-Road Explorer is focused on details of his design / build process, a cost breakdown and impressions / refinements he has made after using it for a year.
-  Andy Lilienthal wrote a great article for OutdoorX4 Magazine Dinoot Trailers for the budget-conscious adventurer.  If you have a hardcopy, it's Issue #18 starting on page 60.  It highlights his custom sized J-series and the DIY, lightweight, have it your way nature of Dinoots
- Andy Lilienthal has written a second article for 4X4 Tech Magazine about his custom sized Screaming Yellow Dinoot Trailer.
- Myron built his Compact J-Series in 2015 and just wrote a great article Building a Dinoot Trailer for Living Overland.  

Here is a index of Dinoot J-Series build threads on the forum, some on the road, other still being worked on:
(If I have mistakenly overlooked yours, please let me know)
- Another Dinoot build by JaysOn is a well outfitted, color coordinate Compact with frame tied over tub rack.  
- Fine Tuning of JaysOn's after using it for a while in preparation for a month long trip to Baja with it.
- Custom Sized Demo Dinoot is a 5' long x 51" wide Compact for behind my Tracker.
- Extended J-Seriesis ExitLeft's Extended Jeep Trailer with a great license plate, DINOOT.
- Gecko Green Dinoot Trailer is Skrymshaw’s color matched Extended Jeep Trailer
- Flying Pig Expeditions Dinoot is the original Compact prototype which Milkman on owns and has made some updates.
- 03rubicon's Compact on home-built welded frame Showing them how it is done at the 2014 Vermont Overland Trophy
- Dinoot #1, first one I built using production parts
- Sly's Dinoot Trailer Build is a Compact
- Michael G’s Extended Dinoot Trailer is one I assembled for a customer.
- M1AR151022’s My DINOOT Build is a Compact
- Micro Dinoot Prototype is a Compact that was narrowed from 59” to 46” wide
- Berniebikes’s Please Mr. Postman is an Extended.
- Madeoflite’s Dozer Dinoot Extended is color coordinated build.
- Flyguy0101's The Toy Box is a 8'-3" J-Series build which uses two Compact side panels on each side
- Lajeepdog's An J-Series Dinoot Build is a Silver painted Compact of towing behind an old CJ
- Bill's Completed Dinoot Trailer is a very nice matching Compact with a Ruggedized roof top tent posted on Expo
- ChappyBob's First Trailer Ever is an Extended with home-built hardcover that has the frame and inside / outside the tub Line-X'ed
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Sean Michael's exploring the Utah backcountry with his Compact in tow

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This is Douglas's Extended from Florida. Notice the smooth fiberglass tailgate is setup to side swing with JK tailgate hardware. It rides on a HF frame with 35" tires, a 3.5K axle and our smooth riding spring kit. It also has matching Metal Cloak flares.

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This is Myron's Compact from Utah. His project started with one of our welded frames. He has added numerous additions to it and planning more. For now it has a plywood hardcover, rear bumper, over the tub rack, front rack, spare tire and water jug holders and an over the inner fenders tray.

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Here is Jim's Compact from Eastern Oregon.  He tows with a Toyota, so his 3500 lb axle is setup with 6 on 5.5 hubs

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How-to Build Info:
One way to paint a Dinoot is rattle canning it. I recently did a quick rattle can paint job on a Compact J-Series. Two coats took 7 cans of paint.

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03rubicon showing them how it is done with a Compact in tow at last years Vermont Trophy Challenge and that they also look great behind FJ Cruisers

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Milkman exploring Utah & Colorado with his Compact J-Series in tow

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Flyguy0101 has done an interesting rack system for his custom 8'-3" super-sized Dinoot J-Series. He used 80/20 aluminum extrusions to build an interior framework for carrying the load to the floor. Then bent up a full length fake raingutters that bolt through the sides into the framework. Now he has fully adjustable rack positioning and a notable increase in rack capacity

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How about a Rear Bumper?

I don't normally use them, but some customers like the idea.
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