Bantam Trailer Blog
- Removable Wire Harness
I hated the way, on previous trailers, the wiring was always falling down and getting in the way. So I ran all the wires though electrical conduit and put a plug box in the a-arm of the trailer. The wiring harness now gets pulled off and stored out of the elements.
- Spare Tire Mount
I needed a trailer spare since the tow vehicle will not always be a Jeep. I used a reproduction early CJ side-mount on the front of the trailer. For support I welded 2 1” square tubes from the angle iron up to the lip of the tub. This also spaces out the mount enough to clear the tarp hook.
- Front Receiver
I wanted to solve a couple of problems with the stock attachment of the Bantam Civilians:
- Short tongue makes the trailer hard to back up - especially in the RV that this one will often get towed behind.
- Short tongue also makes it hard to haul long stuff like 12’ boats or 18’ lumber - the trailer is too close to the tow vehicle.
- Traditional ball socket is nice for on-road, but I wanted the flexibility of going to the pintle/lunette arrangement for off-road.
- The trailer will get stored outside and I’m concerned about theft.