Wrangler with Custom Trailer is a Jeep and a Half

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jk-forum.com 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Trailer

Matching Jeep Wrangler-based trailer features everything necessary for the ultimate tailgating experience.

How do you make a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon even more of an outdoor fun machine? There are hundreds of answers to that question. You could give it more power or throw on some huge, knobby tires or upgrade the sound system. You could even add a badass custom trailer to it.

That’s what someone did with this 2007 JKU Rubicon, which will be sold through Carlisle Auctions during the Winter Florida AutoFest February 23-24. Of course, they started with the six-speed Wrangler itself and gave it a four-inch lift, 37-inch tires, aftermarket bumpers at both ends, and a 12,000-pound winch up front.

Behind that is a matching trailer made out of what we’re assuming is a Wrangler that was involved in a nasty front-end collision. It may just be half of a JKU, but it’s completely full of cool gear you could use to tailgate or camp out in (Jeep) style. According to one of the pictures on the auction page, it’s equipped with its own water supply, an air compressor, and a 15-gallon fuel tank. There’s a battery charger as well as a power inverter. Up top, there’s a roof rack for carrying additional (party) supplies. This awesome oddity is also cookout ready with its own grille and cooler. Inside, there’s room for two. Outside, there’s space for someone to sit in the included chair and talk with other partygoers under the retractable awning. They can all rest their drinks and snacks on the tops of the separate and fold-out tables.

Mopar makes a variety of add-ons and upgrades for the new JL Wrangler, including a tent that connects to the back end. It doesn’t offer anything like this, though. We have no doubt that after enough time goes by, someone out there will be creative and committed enough to produce the JL version of this ultimate Wrangler accessory.

Photos: Carlisle Auctions

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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