Travel – 4WD Swagman – Getting the Army Trailer Back to a Stock(ish) Condition

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The “before” pic. The trailer as picked up the evening before this photo was taken.

Being manufactured in 1963, I was surprised that Trailer, Cargo 1/2 Ton, 2 Wheeled, Aust No. 5 – Army Registration Number 101-001 hadn’t been modified more during its service life. Since it was bought at auction by the previous owner in 2015 its biggest modification had been the addition of the civilian 7-pin flat plug to replace the original NATO plug. I don’t mind too much since it fits the socket on the Shorty Forty and saved me having to track down an adapter. I’m glad the previous owner hadn’t chopped and modded this one into a camper trailer or changed the pintle ring.

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Travel – 4WD Swagman – Solving the Shorty Forty Storage Issue with a Trailer

The little short wheelbase Landcruiser has a big problem – storage space. Being a soft top shorty forty, mine has even fewer options for storage than normal – no provision for roof racks for example.

The path of least resistance was to pick up a trailer. Such a trailer would literally only be used to haul camping equipment, so I’m not planning for any roof-top tents, slide-out kitchen units, under-floor water tanks or anything else like that.

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