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2008 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicon and Trailer

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Phil Howell | Writer
Posted September 1, 2011

JK and Homebuilt Camp Trailer is a Do-It-All Combination

We first met Gil Meacham when he walked into Impulse Off-Road in St. George, Utah, to purchase a part for his JK Unlimited with the trailer he had built into a comfortable backcountry camp trailer. After some conversation, we knew we had to bring this to our readers.

Gil’s tow vehicle is a 2008 Jeep JK Unlimited Rubicon. Its list of modifications make it the perfect tow vehicle for his trailer, including 5.13 gears in the OE Rubicon Dana 44s, Rubicon Express 3.5-inch Superflex short-arm suspension system, Teraflex Monster track bar, Kilby skidplates, Evap canister relocator, and high-clearance front bumper with Smittybilt XRC8 winch, Expedition One rear bumper with Hi-Lift jack mount and spare carrier, and 35x12.50R17LT Goodyear DuraTrac tires on 17x8 ProComp 1089 alloy wheels. For a little more power, Gil installed a Superchips tuner, a K&N air filter, and a Rancho Dynomax exhaust system.

A Kargomaster Congo rack with Yakima 54-inch bars can carry watercraft, such as kayaks and a Portabote folding rowboat. A ham radio antenna mount was fabricated behind the custom wind deflector on the rack. Inside, there’s a complete complement of Daystar products and ham and CB radios. Gil’s JK Unlimited is built to tow and take on the backcountry in style.

There are plenty of camp trailers on the market. Some are built to go off-road. They do this well. Gil had researched all of these trailers then decided to build one, as his retirement income wouldn’t allow a shiny new off-road camp trailer.

Gil found a used 2007 Wells Cargo 5x8-foot V-nose cargo trailer that was the perfect candidate for the build. The trailer was modified to be a lightweight (1,850 pounds) backcountry-capable trailer. The 4-inch spring blocks allow 31-inch BFG All-Terrain tires and custom stabilizers that are 4 inches longer keep the trailer stabilized in camp. An EZ aluminum step makes it easy to get into the trailer and the Kirkham auto shade awning supplies shade.

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