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Old 05-05-2013, 08:37 PM   #1696
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And that $330 is just for the lower piece - the tentcot is sold separately, though shown in the trailer product. That's another $170-$190. $520 is a lot for something with cheap parts. I'd rather get an old Burley and fab it up myself.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:44 PM   #1697
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There's no way I'd want to drag all that shit behind me on a bicycle, and I'm pretty doubtful it would hold up behind a motorcycle. Seems like a solution looking for a problem.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:21 PM   #1698
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Had the tongue extended 3ft with expanded metal on the deck, a receiver hitch on the rear, attached to the square tubing which runs from the tongue to the rear of the trailer, up graded to to 14" wheels w/tires rated for 3,600 lbs, axle checked to make sure it will handle the added weight (180lbs in material), weight distributions bars added with a heavy duty hitch.



I'm going to do a couple of shake down runs before I add the bike to the tongue (I will bolt on a aluminum rail for my bike), just to make sure the Colorado will be OK with the added weight (I'll be close to 3k lbs loaded w/o the bike).
Tranny cooler is next on the list.





The Fabshopz http://www.fabshopz.com/ did a excellent job fabing the trailer to my needs.

I'll post some pics of the inside soon.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #1699
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Had the tongue extended 3ft with expanded metal on the deck, a receiver hitch on the rear, attached to the square tubing which runs from the tongue to the rear of the trailer, up graded to to 14" wheels w/tires rated for 3,600 lbs, axle checked to make sure it will handle the added weight (180lbs in material), weight distributions bars added with a heavy duty hitch.



I'm going to do a couple of shake down runs before I add the bike to the tongue (I will bolt on a aluminum rail for my bike), just to make sure the Colorado will be OK with the added weight (I'll be close to 3k lbs loaded w/o the bike).
Tranny cooler is next on the list.

It is probably perspective, but the tongue looks like it has significant deflection from this photo!

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Old 05-12-2013, 02:38 AM   #1700
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Had the tongue extended 3ft with expanded metal on the deck, a receiver hitch on the rear, attached to the square tubing which runs from the tongue to the rear of the trailer, up graded to to 14" wheels w/tires rated for 3,600 lbs, axle checked to make sure it will handle the added weight (180lbs in material), weight distributions bars added with a heavy duty hitch.
Hey Tom, nice rig. Can you put your TE610 on the back hitch of the trailer?
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:08 AM   #1701
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It is probably perspective, but the tongue looks like it has significant deflection from this photo!

Jim

The tongue is straight, what you are seeing is the combination of the angle of the driveway, and the hitch being slightly higher then the tongue, which I may adjust down a notch.


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Hey Tom, nice rig. Can you put your TE610 on the back hitch of the trailer?
The 610 or the DRZ will go on the front, and the back might be used for Sue's Ruckus depending on where I'll be with weight once the trailer is loaded. The Colorado is rated for 5K lbs, but I want to keep it under 3.5K. If I get to close to my weight goal, I'll just use the rear receiver for something light like a bicycle rack or small generator.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:53 PM   #1702
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Interesting trailer build
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:17 PM   #1703
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Interesting to say the least. That is an intense trailer. There is more technology there then all my house and cars combined.

I was thinking about something similar the other day. Some contractors doing a house near me had converted one of the all in truckbed/tool boxes (like the power company uses) into a trailer. Put a raiseable platform on top with a platform tent and you've got a pretty tranformable trailer. You could even raise the platform and park a bike between the two side tool boxes.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:46 AM   #1704
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We picked up a new-to-us Kwik Kamp a couple of weeks ago - dragged it home with the car. Just waiting on the hitch for the RT to arrive, then we'll be trying it out at the RA rally at the Biltmore in June.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:49 PM   #1705
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Interesting to say the least. That is an intense trailer. There is more technology there then all my house and cars combined.

I was thinking about something similar the other day. Some contractors doing a house near me had converted one of the all in truckbed/tool boxes (like the power company uses) into a trailer. Put a raiseable platform on top with a platform tent and you've got a pretty tranformable trailer. You could even raise the platform and park a bike between the two side tool boxes.
You mean a utility bed?

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/exped...ility-bed.html

I have thought of using one for my big truck, but most of the ones I have looked at are not very watertight, are heavy, and usually made of steel. The used trucks I looked at with utility beds were rusty.

So a person would want a higher quality utility bed made from aluminum or stainless, and those cost money.

My plan is to replace the steel flatbed on my truck (8x8x12) with an aluminum one and put one of these on it:



Mil-surplus S280 Command Shelter

The dimensions are just right; roughly 7' W x 12' long x 7' tall. They cost about $2000, they are somewhat insulated, they are built tougher than any commercial RV camper and they are lighter too (1400#). The only real downside to them is that the paint on them is carcinogenic so you don't want to sand the paint off - you either make do with it as is or paint over it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:58 PM   #1706
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That thing is incredible! I wish they had done shots of the actual build instead of just the end product, but regardless, that's one awesome set up!
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:08 PM   #1707
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My neighbor has a Casita 15' that he bought new. He showed it to me the other day. He's had it for several years now. Coolest thing. The clamshell fiberglass construction seems to be bulletproof and I love the inside where the walls are like a boat inside, smooth easy to care for finish. Nice bathroom size too, and just enough comforts to get you by. Says it's 2700 lbs and pulls like a dream with a small vehicle. He uses it hunting when it's cold out and loves it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:55 PM   #1708
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My neighbor has a Casita 15' that he bought new. He showed it to me the other day. He's had it for several years now. Coolest thing. The clamshell fiberglass construction seems to be bulletproof and I love the inside where the walls are like a boat inside, smooth easy to care for finish. Nice bathroom size too, and just enough comforts to get you by. Says it's 2700 lbs and pulls like a dream with a small vehicle. He uses it hunting when it's cold out and loves it.
I don't believe Casita ever made a 15', but a 13' a 16' and a 17'. Either way, I have a 17' myself and love it. Can't pull it safely, IMHO with a really small vehicle but a smallish truck or SUV with a 6 cyl handles it nicely.

It has everything you need, unless you need a hell of a lot of room. Not for living in, but a fantastic towable hotel room substitute.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #1709
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I don't believe Casita ever made a 15', but a 13' a 16' and a 17'.
Yeah he must have the 16, it's not the real short one. Towed it with his minivan easy, mostly uses an F150.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:47 AM   #1710
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