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Hi. I am currently building a custom trailer that is 64x120. It is built out of 2x2 square steel. The trailer is a foundation for a camper that I will be building. I have not idea what I need to get it rolling. I am going to buy Timbren 2000lb or 2200 lb axle-less suspension. I will need brakes and tires also. I will be purchasing this all from your website. What sort of package would you recommend to get the trailer rolling. I drive a subaru outback and will do light offroading. Quality and most cost effecient. Timbren Axle-less suspension- Model? Brakes- ? Tires-? based on the model what are my options Whatever else is needed

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As long as you know you will need to stay within the weight capacity of the axle-less system you are looking at, the Timbren system is a great option. I attached a chart that you can use that explains how to adjust the axle on a trailer to make sure you have the correct tongue weight. As the article explains it can be adjusted depending on the tongue weight you get.

Since you said you are going to be traveling off-road occasionally you may be interested in the Timbren Heavy-Duty Axle-Less Trailer Suspension, part # ASR2KHDS09. This system has a 4-inch drop spindle that will provide more ground clearance when off-road. This is a 2,000-lb system and it comes with a 4-bolt brake flange installed.

The hub and drum assembly I recommend is the Dexter, part # 84546UC3-EZ. This is rated for axles up to 3,500-lbs and has a 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern. This assembly includes the bearings, races, seal, grease cap and wheel bolts and lug nuts.

The brakes I recommend are part # AKEBRK-35R-SA for the right hand and part # AKEBRK-35L-SA for the left hand.

If you decide you do not want off-road Timbren I recommend part # ASR2KHDS01 for a 2000-lb axle with a straight spindle and designed for regular tires.

I also attached a link to the trailer tire/wheel combos we offer. There are several combos that will work with the 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern you can choose from.

I have attached a link to a helpful article that explains trailer wiring. You will need to run wiring for the lights and also for the brakes on your trailer. This will require some planning and measuring so you make sure you have the proper amount of wire for the trailer.

I recommend using a junction box like part # 38656 for the trailer wiring. for a trailer connector I recommend part # H20043.

For trailer lights you can check out the attached link to our product page for lights you want to use on your trailer. Be sure to choose a trailer tail light that includes a license plate bracket and light.

On your vehicle you will need a brake controller and a 7-way trailer connector. I recommend the P2 brake controller, part # 90885 because it is easy to install and operate. If you let me know if your Outback has trailer wiring and what year it is I can make some recommendations that will work for you.

Since you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag.

If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount with the right rise or drop to tow the trailer level, check out the link I have included that explains how to measure to choose a ball mount to tow the trailer level.

There are a lot of things to absorb and think about when building a trailer from scratch. If you have any other questions about items you may need on your trailer let me know and I will be glad to help you out.

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