The story of my DIY trailer starts with Gobi. I ordered my roof rack for my Jeep shortly after buying the Jeep but it was taking 6 months to get the rack. In the meantime I needed a way to carry my Roof Top Tent, which was the Smittybilt Overlander, and the only choice available in NB locally. At that time I had already put 31" MT on my utility trailer to haul wood. I had a Yakima cargo basket laying around from my previous R50 Pathfinder that fit across the width of the trailer, and voila. Expedition trailer 1.0 was put to the test, 4 days of trails, 500km through the woods, washouts, tight trails and 500 km highway. It nailed it!
All was good, except for one thing: I needed a utility trailer. So, tent came off, rack came off, everything except the new 3000lbs super wide axle that I picked to have the same wheel base as my Jeep.
I needed a new project, a new platform to make a dedicated Overland trailer. I came across a post on fb from a Jeep buddy who was selling a utility trailer that I saw a lot of potential in. Trailer 2.0 was in the works.
Added 31" MT's, chopped off the long rear end, built a mounting system for the Yakima Crossbars I had already, replaced the ball hitch with a Max Coupler and done.
After some rigorous field testing and usage, trailer 2.1 was upgraded, raised the fenders, added Jeery can mount, and fabricated a mount to replacece a Yakima mount that had come lose and fell off. I added a jack to the rear to give it better stability, re-inforced andreplaced the front jack, and made light guards to protect the new LED taillights, since the 2.0 ones got destroyed on the trails.
Clearly there are many super nice trailers out there, many amazing DIY projects, others custom buit trailers that provide you with all the comforts of home. If you aren't the type of person that likes to "rough" it and have a big expendable budget, by all means, there are amazing products out there. However if you are a bit more restricted in that area and enjoy building stuff, a simple cheap utility trailer as a base platform, can go a long way and not break the bank.