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Old 02-02-2019, 06:52 AM   #1
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And now for something completely different...

I wasn't going to share this here because it's not unusual and certainly nothing like a van but I recently bought a new toy, a 2016 JKU Rubicon

2016 Rubicon by 86scotty, on Flickr

I've wanted to get in a modern Jeep for awhile and there is a reason there are so many out there. Super comfortable and capable right out of the box. The Rubi (most probably know this) has front and rear lockers as well as a sway bar disconnect and the thing will climb a d*mn tree. Mine has half worn stock rubber (BFG M/T's) and will go anywhere.

So, moving on, I was planning on building an adventure/offroad teardrop type of trailer when this fell in my lap:

Rhino by Kristie Arendale, on Flickr

It's an Ursa Minor J30 pop top/hard top with a 48"x80" bed up top. You can access the bed from hatches inside or like an RTT from outside with a ladder:

Rhino by Kristie Arendale, on Flickr

It's nowhere near as roomy as an SMB but it does get upper teens in gas mileage and I'm planning on building it out as a micro camper/overlander of sorts. To anyone interested be looking for a thread on Expo soon in the Jeep section.


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Old 02-02-2019, 07:09 AM   #2
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Very cool!

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Old 02-02-2019, 07:18 AM   #3
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Can’t wait to see this build. This has been an option for me as a local daily driver and off-roader if I were to sell the van. With your skills this is going to be good. Interested to hear your impressions on how the setup compares to the van.
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Old 02-02-2019, 07:25 AM   #4
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Beastie 3: 2002 7.3 EB Cargo: Agile TTB, CCV Mid Top, Custom Walk Through, Lots of stuff added.
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Old 02-02-2019, 07:25 AM   #5
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Congrats and very nice. Obviously the way to go with a Wrangler too.
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Old 02-02-2019, 07:46 AM   #6
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Way cool, I’ve always been intrigued by those.
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:44 AM   #7
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If I didn't have dogs camping with me I'd be all over one of these. Well, and the fact my Jeep Wrangler is a two door. Always thought this would be a great way to travel. Cool project.
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:34 PM   #8
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Very nice indeed... will 40x13.5's fit on that? just so your new trailer (link below) will be level when you tow it
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Old 02-02-2019, 02:55 PM   #9
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You are dead to us now @86Scotty ;-)

Very cool rig. I saw one here in PA a few weeks ago. That was a first.
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:13 PM   #10
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Nice! I dig it!
I've been following a guy on the YouTubes that has a similar setup.

Although my preference is still to have all of the comforts the van offers I think his minimalist setup is squared away.

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