Better Than a Rooftop Box – Take 2

After a bit of a delay I finally got around to finish painting the trailer begun some time ago. I think it has turned out really well but is eggregiously over-engineered – hence it has a new acronym-derived nickname: MOET (Massively Over Engineered Trailer). At least it should last for a good long time!

Here’s some shots of the (mostly) finished product, which is painted with Interlux Brightsides marine paint using the “Roll and Tip” method. There’s just two things outstanding for this right now – I have the vinyl to sew up a matching yellow spare tire cover and I’m in the process of designing a new LED-illuminated license plate holder to mount on the back center of the box (you can see the power connector for this is already installed in position). Yes, I’m not satisfied with any pre-made ones on the market currently. 🙂

Click on any of the images below to enlarge the picture.

Front3-4Front View – Note the shiny paint!

Rear_3-4Rear View – Showing changes from the original version including illuminated guide posts and high signal lights

Rear-OpenHatch Lid Open – With revised integral wiring channel for compartment lighting

Ear-FrontFront View of Added “Ear” – I needed a way to mount the guide lights which would allow them to clear the lid rim

Ear-RearRear View of “Ear” – Additional turn/stop signal light and guide light wiring is routed through here into box. Note the quick disconnect to allow removal of the guide posts for storage.

Driver-Rear-WiringChannelDriver Side Wiring Channel – Including protective cover for wiring junctions and switch for lid LED light

Pass-Rear-WiringChannelPassenger Side Wiring Channel – All wiring is routed inside dry fitted 1/2″ PVC pipe to protect it from cargo damage

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4 Responses to Better Than a Rooftop Box – Take 2

  1. Adam Tomczynski says:

    hi. I have hb 4×8 with see through sides and no top. I need to make new solid sides and top, as it’s easier to pack for vacation that way I think.

    Are your sides removable or solid with floor? (Box)

    Interested in your poles
    Any info on them?

    I was thinking of having two sticks that fold 90* horizontal, but like your setup.

  2. Adam t says:

    hi.
    I have 4×8 with see through sides and no top.

    Need to make new sides and solid top.
    Can you tell me more about the marker sticks?
    Thought I would do some sticks that fold horizontal when not in use but I like your setup.
    What’s the cost?

    Is your trailer fully box or you have a gap between floor and sides?

    • Don says:

      Cargo area is a fully enclosed box and is water (and pretty much air)-tight. Were it not for the chore in disconnecting the wiring and undoing the mounting bolts, it could be removed from the trailer for other uses.

      The marker sticks are from West Marine, they are for use on a boat trailer. I like them in many ways but I have to say that the rubber “hose” material used to waterproof the flexible springs at their base cracked right away – seems I’m not the only one, check the rating comments at http://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine–trailer-guide-led-light-kit–9369836 . I’ll probably put a piece of automotive heater core hose over that section and hose clamp it in place.

      • Don says:

        Two updates on the marker posts/lights:

        • I did add the automotive heater hose to the base of the posts and it slipped over fine and provides more support/stiffening to that area which helps to hold the posts upright at speed
        • I’ve seen a similar product on street plows and wood chipper trailers in my area that’s simply a flexible neon orange marker. Looks durable, but likely not illuminated like my posts.

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