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Carson Trailer Build: Part 2

Posted in How To on July 4, 2013
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Photographers: Alex Kreidl

When we got our Carson Trailer custom car hauler a year ago, we ordered it with the minimum of accessories but with the biggest, buffest frame and undercarriage we could—just the way we'd specify a brand-new 4x4 that we were immediately going to modify.

Our Carson trailer came with an extremely sturdy steel frame, an 18-foot by 102-inch wooden deck with steel drive-over fenders, dual 8-lug axles (both outfitted with electric trailer brakes), and side-loader ramps without a dovetail on the trailer deck—to keep ground clearance at a maximum in the back. Accessories on our trailer included a spare tire and a cargo box, and that was about it. But we were about to change that by adding some custom wheels and tires, a winch, an LED deck light, a sealed battery inside an aluminum battery box, and some brand-new straps correctly measured and specified for our trailer's D-ring locations.

To really set off the look of our Carson trailer, we added a set of Mickey Thompson Classic III trailer wheels (8-lug, 16x7 size) into our General Grabber HTS tires (LT245/75R16). We have tried other tires (included a mismatched set, we’re embarrassed to admit) on this trailer before and can tell you firsthand how much nicer a trailer tows and tracks with a good set of tires and wheels.

Are we done adding to our trailer? Well, probably as "done" as we are with modifying our project trucks.

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