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Old 05-06-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Default Pack Mule camping trailer

I am selling, without enthusiasm, my pack mule trailer. I bought the kit from reinard helder manufacturing of marysville in 1992. He was famous for building trailers and trailer kits to be used on the rubicon. The basic dimensions of the box are 24” x 48” x 60”. It sits on leaf springs and is rated at 2,000 lbs. If you were to line the box with a tarp and fill it with water it would carry the load easily. The bolt pattern on the hubs is 5 on 5.5” to fit IH Scout, Jeep etc. They presently carry BFG all terrains in 31-10.50 x 15 on American steel wheels with a matching spare on the tongue. The hitch is a cartwright design on a 2” ball and it does a great job articulating off-road and has never bound up. It is wired for a standard light system and does not weigh enough to require electric brakes.
As originally built I installed a flip top lid to keep the dust and rain out and when opened the lid was a cook and work table. Later I clamped the lid closed and mounted a roof top tent. The rtt is an autohome overland in carbon gray and it is of very high quality. The tent has been opened and slept in about 25 times and it is impervious to wind, rain and snow. There is more info at their website: autohome overland vehicle roof top tents for trucks, 4x4, trailers, and suvs

Access to the gear space is through the tailgate with a sliding floor to ease access. There is also a cook/work table that stores under the rtt and installs on the rear of the trailer.
I had a water tank made up and I installed it over the right fender, it hold about 14 gallons. On the left fender is a 10 x 10 portable awning, I sewed three side panels for privacy and wind/sun protection. There are brackets in front of the fenders for the mounting of two 5 gallon blitz gas cans. One can is included in this sale. I’m asking $4,200.00 for the package and am not interested in trades. I also have tables, chairs, storage tubs etc. And if you’re interested in those items we can talk about what gear you might be interested in and I might want to part with, outside the package.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:07 AM   #2
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Lou,

I know how much you like this trailer, what would make you want to sell it?

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Old 05-07-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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Ha ha, fair question Tom. The trailer was a project of evolution from the two of us to three with a child to her leaving and us not wanting to sleep on the ground to wanting something with a door. I haven't used it in a year and it needs to be behind another IH. It's either sell or give it a viking funeral.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:17 PM   #4
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Damn, I wish I had the disposable $$$$ for this I would be all over it. I've been jealous of your set up for years!
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:49 PM   #5
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Same here. I've been thinking about how to reproduce it with a 4x8 utility trailer I have. I'm sure it will make someone very happy.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:13 PM   #6
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If I bought it I would have to build a yellow Scout to go with it.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:39 PM   #7
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Another couple of posts like these and I'm gonna choke up and keep it. I'm not gonna put this on Craig's list because she deserves a good home and I'm not gonna haggle with idiots. IH owners have priority.
This trailer has been all through death valley, the mojave road, the lassen/applegate trail, the white rim trail and much of central Nevada. To this day my favorite sound is the pebbles tossed by the rear tires ringing off the trailer fenders. And the only reason she wasn't at last years fall rallye was because I had to go to germany to test beer quality. I do have priorities.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:26 AM   #8
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Sold! To the man in the 1975 Scout. And it's yellow to boot. The trailer is still in the family and I expect to see it at this years rally!
Many thanks to IH Parts America for maintaining this site. With it I found the one buyer that knew exactly what I was selling.
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:59 AM   #9
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It's at its new home! Yeah, I know I'm going to eat crow from some of the babs guys for paying more for the trailer than most of them paid for their scouts, but then this isn't just any trailer. The tera low and fuel injection that the funds were set aside for will just have to wait for another year - the trailer wouldn't wait. I have to admit that I coveted my neighbors camping trailer at the rally a couple of years ago, and when the opportunity came up to actually acquire this fine piece of American engineering and craftsmanship, I did not hesitate. It now fills a hole in one of my side yards where another Scout would have fit, and thats a good thing - found myself looking at 800s lately, it's an affliction.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:43 AM   #10
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It was tough letting this unit go. My buddy brought some beers over to ease the pain as he'd camped in what he called the taj mahal also. It did my heart good to see that hondo will be the perfect person to keep the pack mule on the road. Here's the unit yesterday as she headed south from my house.
God speed.....and many dirt roads........
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:52 AM   #11
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And hondo didn't even bother to swing by to show it off on his way home - bum. Just kidding. Congratz and enjoy
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That's a pretty sweet set up
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