campers, RVs, and trailers to sleep in

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  1. terrapin84

    terrapin84 Adventurer

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    I do a bit of racing and traveling with my bike. I would like to get a box trailer for the bike and was wondering if anyone had any experience with the small trailers that double as a bike carrier and camper.
    Thanks
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  2. woodzrider

    woodzrider Been here awhile

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    This is a HUGE subject. It's worse than buying a car! First of all-what are you going to pull it with? Then, what options (toilet ,shower,tub, how many to sleep etc. Are you looking for a toyhauler or just a cargo/box trailer.
    I personally have a New Vision 41 toyhauler fth wheel pulled with a 2004 Ford F450. Can't go much bigger but you can get one to fit your needs.
    There are many web sites and forums on the subject. You can spend from 5K-100K easily.
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  3. terrapin84

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    I a looking for something I can pull with a 4runner. I was thinking 12 feet with a fold away bed type set up.
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    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    A 4runner could easily pull a 16' enclosed trailer with plenty of room for a bed and whatever else you need for sleep and carry your gear.
    A 12' would be a squeeze, especially as they are narrower, ie, between the wheels as against having the floor over the wheels.
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  5. terrapin84

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    I found a local dealer who carries the Salem line. He did not have the "toy hauler" model in stock, but said one may be coming in soon. Has anyone had any experience with a Salem Cruse Lite Toy Hauler?
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  6. CollinsB

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    I have a little 5x8 (small to fit in the garage).. Cut a couple windows and put a side door in. A fixed bed or drop down style would take up too much room, so I use an oversize cot w/ pad.

    I carry a bug sprayer as a shower. Nothing fancy, very small, holds a quad or 2 bikes, room to sleep, can be pulled easy w/ 6 cylnder and tucks into a standard size garage.
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  7. R_W

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    This is definitely a HUGE topic.

    I can tell you that 5x12 is TINY when you try to sleep in it.

    I have been thinking that a rooftop tent mounted on the trailer would be a winner--set up to open to the back to work as a canopy for the door. It is $$$, though, unless you score a craigslist find.

    But the towing cap. of a 4runner is a problem--you will be pushing the weight limit with a bigger trailer. Double check the weight of any brand of trailer you look at. Some are REALLY heavy when empty.
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    terra,
    You might check on the Little Guy Sport. It's more than just a nice crash pad. Don't miss the features page. They're built well. The torsion axle and "rear galley" (work bench!) sealed the deal for me.

    [​IMG]

    We tow it with an 4.0L XTerra with no problems.
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  9. Velocibiker

    Velocibiker Adventure Antagonist

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    Windows? What kind? I have a 6x12 enclosed trailer that I want to do the same with. Just a couple simple small slider windows for additional ventilation & light. Looking around on the 'net at RV windows - those suckers are $$$$ :eek1 Any help would be appreciated.
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  10. terrapin84

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    The little guy's trailer is cool idea, but my first goal is to get the bike out of the elements. The KTM got trashed on the way back from Sandblast this year between the snow and salt and 24 hours of travel. I may look into the roof mounted tent. Thanks for the ideas.
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    racer49 Been here awhile

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    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    +1 Been using a 6x10 Haulmark, even boat portholes are pricey.
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    "used" RV windows off ebay.. $35 ea. and small door $45.
    They look good! Also bought an auto "sunroof window", lays flush / flips up. Haven't put that one in yet. I'll snap a few pics.

    Like I said; it's not fancy, but fits in the Garage with room to spare.
    I tent camp a lot, often in a back pack tent, so this is a treat to be in a solid unit with floor and windows.
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    maicomike big bore fan

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    just buy a class a dp and be a chick magnet
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    Bricon Been here awhile

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    Hmmm, enclosed toy hauler behind a 4runner.

    That could be tough, depends on the tow cap. of your TV but most toy hauler have a high tongue weight even empty.
    I do recall Airstream having a small version, really nice setup quality build too, however the price is high too. could be hard to find used if you wanted to save some$

    you could custom build a enclosed cargo trailer, most toy haulers have toilet, shower, kitchen and all the mechanicals the go with them which makes them heavy and bigger(typically 8'+ tall). If you don't need all that buy an empty trailer then add just what you need.
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    The Airstream Basecamp.

    Yup pricey, but I really liked the style, design and quality - I've seen it at an RV show. Apparently not enough market at that price, as they've stopped selling it I believe, but you could probably pick up a used one for a reasonable price. Sounds perfect for the OPs purpose.


    CLICKY AND CLICKY

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  19. Velocibiker

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    That would be appreciated. Also, any particular eBay seller? What about "trim rings"? Sorry to be a pest but I'd really like to get this done and off my 'honey do' list :deal :D
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  20. Bricon

    Bricon Been here awhile

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    I have not seen the Salem model line, but i was considering a Forest River pop up, and they are pretty well built(they make or own Salem)

    which model were you looking at? I saw an 18' model but the tongue weight was 760lbs and gvwr of 7800lbs. Which 4runner do you have? I know up to early 2000 model years the 4runners were only rated for around 500/5000lbs max(didn't check the newer ones)

    I ask because I had a 1998 4runner and it towed our old pop up really well, however I also have a 7x14 enclosed utility trailer that I have towed with an 01 3/4 ton Suburban and a 88 full size Blazer. I wouldn't tow something that size or weight(5000+/-) with the smaller 4runner for any highway or hills. Check your 4runners tow ratings to know for sure what it can or can't handle.
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