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Old 05-19-2011, 10:13 PM   #541
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I haven't read every page of the thread, so I apologize if this has been asked and answered, but, where can/do you put the bike? If I were to get one of these I couldn't pull my bike trailer with the KLR on it. So it's one or the other, bike or living quarters. My tow vehicle is not a pickup.

I'd really be interested in a micro trailer to stay in but without the bike with me it isn't much good. Is there a way to do both? I realize the easy answer is "no, dumbass...you've gotta pick one or the other", but hey, you don't know until you ask. So....
As the thread originator... I have a 4 cylinder GMC Canyon. I can load a bike into the bead and still tow a weee trailer. At the moment I'm leaning towards going the other way. Camp stuff on the pick-up and bike to be towed on an ultralight trailer. (this fits my lack of storage better. ) But, frankly, I wasn't really thinking about the two. I usually bike camp, but at times I car camp and just was interested in some ideas...

I figured there probably was a whole bunch of people here, who don't want to sleep on the ground, but still want to "camp."
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:18 PM   #542
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:24 PM   #543
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I thought long and hard about buying a nice enclosed trailer and building it out, then I realized my carpentry skills SUCK and I probably would never finish it, and my better half would be pissed at me for making her camp in a half finished cargo trailer.
Just gottaa take your time, Measure twice and cut once. I made a frame/floor/4" lift kit for my shed with only a chainsaw, tape measure, and drill. Its nothing spectacular but its strong and looks good. I also hit my head a lot less

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I have been working my way towards smaller and smaller the last few years and like this thread.

Back in 2001 I went on the road full-time for a few years, so I started out with a 30-foot Class-A motorhome pulling an aluminum framed 6x12 enclosed trailer for the bike.




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So here is what I ended up choosing to do....



I hung my camping pod off the side of my bike....



I made the netting top for warm nights, and on raining or cooler nights I just leave the hatch closed.
It has 15 cubic feet of trunk space, a deep cycle battery to allow lights/fan/laptop/etc., and handles like a dream!
It even enhances stability on loose surfaces. I have ridden on hundreds of miles of dirt/gravel and washboard with this rig.

I have thought about building a teardrop body to put on the sidecar frame in place of the passenger body when I take long tours.
But so far I have been pretty comfortable simply reclining the seat and stretching out inside the stock body.
I really like that! I keep toying with the idea of haveing a type of top that flips over my bike while I recline in the seat and have my feet either on the hwy pegs or handlebars. Just an idea so far.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:07 PM   #544
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I have had RA for 25 years. Feet and hands are twisted, so one learns to ignore the pain of pulling on gloves or socks. The ach at the loss of bedroll camping is a bit harder to ignore. At the end of a ride I now need a bed, not something to crawl into or over the end -- a bed to sit on the edge of, stow my clown boots under and swing legs onto: and want shelter, heat, and hot meal. And I want these things in the evening and morning light of camp at a remote location. I don’t want to fold, insert, twist, or lift with my sore hands and wrists. I don’t want a heavy box with a fold out tent to pull along behind. I want a light small pull behind that has nothing to fold or flop. And did I say it must be light. There is nothing to be found that meets these wants and needs.

So I have devised and modeled a solution to my wants and built a prototype.

It has been a hard thing, hour upon hour scraping rust and running a wire brush through my past middle aged brain. The math left a rash and comprehending Ohms Law drew blood.

The big brown truck with all its fun crap from far away places has been stopping here, here in tiny Roswell. Chunks and bits streaming in like a slow-motion backwards explosion of an odd little motorcycle trailer.

My rig has a heated bunk, galley, TV/DVD (antena in galley lid), batt and charger slung between the axels, center of gravity lower than a set of truck nuts, and is under 150 lbs. My 800cc bike hardly notices it's there.

Here's a sneek peek. Will show all after I get a patent. Any who would like to sign a nondisclosure are welcome to come by and see the proto. This is the first true motorcycle teardrop and will soon turn this retired old duff into a rich man.

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:57 PM   #545
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:41 AM   #546
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I was debating on picking something like this up.

http://www.letsgoaero.com/

A fully "loaded" one will set you back about 4,000. I initially saw these at the Denver RV show and then found out they were local and checked out their shop and took more time to look at it.

I was specifically going to go for this one http://www.letsgoaero.com/Products.asp?Pcat=12

Although the concept and design is really cool and the available options on it I did have some concerns over the durability of the trailer itself. Especially for my intended uses. Now they can customize I believe beefier axles to support large tires if need be.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:09 AM   #547
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I think a conversion van wold be a nice suitable option, while pulling your motorcycle. Self contained, nearly all the amenities of a larger motorhome but a fraction of the size and upkeep.


Fits in any campsite

Amenities of home

Trailer stows inside (great to let wifey drive home & you continue)
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:15 AM   #548
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:15 AM   #549
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:22 AM   #550
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Is that window screen and magnets on the side window?
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very nice.
Thanks.... best thing is that I get to use it as a second car when not camping: dump hauler, 6 belted seats, day trip base vehicle, and esp. some place retreat when getting dragged out shopping ).
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:23 AM   #551
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That's a good lookin unit. Is that a dishwasher???
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:07 AM   #552
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Old 05-22-2011, 04:59 PM   #553
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Some one go and get this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SHAST...item45fabcd7dc

Very cool indeed.
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:33 PM   #554
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Fits in any campsite

Trailer stows inside (great to let wifey drive home & you continue)
Very nice. Could you use a hitch mounted carrier for the bike so you wouldn't have to tow anything?
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:11 PM   #555
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Ok Guys here are a few pictures of my "Tiny Travel Trailer"
I built this back in 2007, it took me all winter, (nothing else to do)
It's on a 5 x 10 frame with a torsion axle, it's only 4 feet tall inside but it has all the comforts of home. Inside is mostly for sleeping or watching TV. The entire bottom is a 4 inch thick mattress. There are cabinets inside for clothes storage, in from under the sunroof window is a blanket storage compartment. inside is the color TV with DVD player, AM-FM-CD player, Air conditioner, Fantastic 2-way roof vent, the heater is electric, so you have to be plugged into 110 volt for heat. otherwise everything will run on the 12 volt deep cycle battery. In the back is the Galley Kitchen with a 2 place cook top and 10 gallons of fresh water. a full microwave and plenty of storage. The cooler is electric and will run on 12 volt or 110 volt.
It tows like a dream, any 6 cylinder car will tow it. The gray round cover on the front right side is fishing rod storage, it runs across the full lenght of the rig.







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