The little/light Camper Trailer Thread...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Jurgen, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    Does anyone here have experience with an Aliner? Those look interesting.
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  2. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    I like...One of the inmates here and a guy i ride enduros with bought an enclosed trailer and has been building something similar one piece at a time. He has the sink, counter, cabinet, and a shower. I have no place ot leave one or I would be all over this.
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  3. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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    OK. This is my new Vans! lust thread.:evil
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  4. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    there *are* some slightly smaller options available,too...


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  5. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Gosh, I'd like to have one of these little campers. I wish they didn't cost so much.
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  6. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Yea, well, it's designed to give a trailiering harley rider a place to hide his ride AFAIK

    And even at 26K its way over priced - I don't know how the beds work but on the website it looks like it's got two twin beds. How fun is that? My Camp-Inn is a full-size [takes the fitted sheets] queen sized bed and it won't smell like bike drippings!

    But to each their own - see my wife does not ride, so riding is riding and camping is with her. I'm OK with that.

    Smaller is not always cheaper that is for sure - I think of it as the swiss watch effect - as you make it smaller and yet more functional, the cost per cubic foot goes up.

    What I do like about the small ones is being able to tow with a 4-cylinder car [my regular car] rather than needing a large truck [which I otherwise don't have much need for].

    Other benefits include being a bit more manueverable, the ability to detach and drive the vehicle separately - which all trailers feature and why so many motor homes have to tow a car or motorcycle.

    And my personal favorite: No specialized and expensive drivetrain to maintain.

    Two years ago all the talk was about trailers making a comeback - I don't know for sure - either you are a trailer camper or you are not, but they remain a good intermediate option - My wife and I got to the point where sleeping on the ground no longer had any charms, yet we love the low budget freedom of camping.
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  7. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    No personal ownership, but I have seen quite a few of them in campgrounds. I've seen inside one.

    They are a bit heavy due to having rigid sides - however, this is a benfit in bear country - some places we went were solid-sided vehicles only - no tent pop-ups were allowed. Also, they are fairly wide.

    They are quite waterproof - and seemed quite roomy. They have a new model with a double pop roof that looks like it could be huge inside.

    I'm not sure I'd bother with the toilet/shower although I believe they have them.

    The roof is an excellent place to mount solar panels - I'm not sure I ever saw one w/out a solar panel on the roof!

    If you are looking for a pop-up design, it's surely worthy of a good hard look.
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  8. Wylie

    Wylie Back in the saddle again

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    Personally I don't think they are ugly I just can't see how even 16K would be justified with the construction of the little beasties.
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    My personal interest is the possibility of a small toy hauler trailer but not for this price!
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  9. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    Spent too much time on the manufacturer's website. I really like your set up. Downsides seem to be as you say, no retreat to the trailer (bugs/weather) unless you are laying down.

    But I camp to be out, not in...

    How hot does I get in HOT weather.

    Has anyone put some solar cells on to boost the electrics?
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  10. JR Greenhorn

    JR Greenhorn Been here awhile

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    Got any more details you can share about this setup? Make/model? (I'm struggling with the stylized logo text in the photo)


    This looks to be more along the lines of what I'm after. I want something that can pack as many dirt bikes as possible inside (5-6 would be ideal--we get 5 on a 100" x 10' open/flatbed trailer now) , while providing storage for all the camping & riding gear that normally ends up sprawled out on our current flatbed trailer. Also, my kids are 2 and 4 now, so I'm looking ahead at something that's both family-friendly and riding-friendly. I've got a big car with up to 7000lbs of towing capacity to play with, but it seems like there must be a balanced size that provides just enough space without being a chore to tow.



    Because I have infallible bad luck, it never fails to rain when we're tent camping on riding trips. Used to be that it'd drizzle all weekend more often than not, but these days, I swear I'm being toyed with. We seem to be getting these quick little cells that roll through with big, fat drops the morning we're to pack up. There's a lot I like about tent camping, but packing up wet tents and wet gear is getting old.



    I love the rear kitchen in that silver teardrop. I've been playing with some rough concept models in CAD of a regular cargo trailer with outside-access storage compartments built into the sides. One side's compartments would carry most of the tools, equipment, fuels/oils, etc., while the other side would be set up as an outside kitchen with some sort of fold-down workspace and overhead awning of some sort. Inside would be a fold-down bunk on top of the storage compartments on either side, and the interior floor space would provide additional room for cots/air mattresses when the bikes are unloaded.

    I'm wholeheartedly agreeing with the sentiment being hinted at that the camping should be done out-of-doors, and the camper should be a hard sided retreat primary just for sleeping and getting out of rain/mosquito clouds and little else. If I can get something to suit my hauling needs as well, I'd be set.
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  11. ElusivePedro

    ElusivePedro Layin' Low

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    I will here pretty soon. I've reserved a rental el-strippo Aliner from special services on base where I work. Will be using it on a 3 day ADV ride April 9-11. I will post back some pics and a short report when I return.
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  12. JJMSP

    JJMSP Cervicalgia

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    Not that kind silly...

    Seriously, I've been on the search for more land then where the camper currently sits. Yesterday we looked at five properties in Southern MN thinking we might get an ex-tra weekend each season to play. The next list of land is over in WI, Webb Lake area.

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  13. UtahGuido

    UtahGuido Long timer

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    Looks like a Dune Sport: http://dunesport.com/index.php
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  14. soloyosh

    soloyosh Dad and husband

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    My rig...

    Not light, but mom's happy.

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  15. Gernick

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    I saw one of those popups earlier last year. Nice. Lotta room.
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  16. trxcr

    trxcr Been here awhile

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    JR Greenhorn, it's a Carson Rebel (14ft) I would say 3 dirtbikes max.
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  17. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Yep, we have done mostly temperate weather camping, but we have the 'Fantastic Fan' that runs for days off the battery and actually moves a TON of air - so if you can open the windows and the hatch a bit you are good [and you can close the back and move the easy up to cover the entire trailer!] for some ventilation unless it's pouring.

    IF we have AC at the campsite [don't laugh, we found a LOT of the state camps in the south have power if not water], we have an 8,000 BTU A/C unit built in. It works pretty well, and if you need it, it's worth having.

    As to retreat: Ours is the 560 which has the 'couch', but it's not convenient by any means. But with the bug screens and fans, if the bugs outside are horrible, you have a refuge - the only place we found it necessary to fully retreat was north of Fairbanks, AK.

    I have put about 15 watts of solar panel on the roof and borrowed a 35 watt panel for a summer trip. I have the 72 amp/hour battery, which would be hard to drain unless you really work at it. The on-board battery charges from the Car when driving [assuming you wire the car to do so], plus any time you plug into 120 volts you both run and recharge. The 120 is only needed for the A/C so with onboard water, dry camping is not impossible. If we KNOW we are dry camping we carry an extra 5 gallon jerry can of water, and when camped we use that to tanker water in.

    I know I come acrss as an intolerable booster, but I spent two months plus living in this camper two summers ago and the wife and I found about two minor nits - so minor we forgot them. It's a very thoughtful design that requires the owner to simply determine what level of finish they want and what they want in the kitchen.

    The ability to carry a complete, ready to use kitchen makes cooking and cleaning such an easy thing that we can prepare reasonably healthy meals - the only thing we lack is an oven...and we bought a folding Coleman oven which, well, it works but it takes up both burners - we have only used it twice - we keep an active look out for stove top recipies and have a nice big file.
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  18. adakrider

    adakrider Been here awhile

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    Love the egg campers :clap . I was just telling dragoon this weekend at our annual ohio wrench fest that i was looking for a egg camper. Was looking at slide in truck campers, but the towables would be more versatile for me as i could load the bike in the truck and still use the truck for gear etc.
    If you still plan on selling it would you please add me to the list as it seems you have to camp out on craigslist to grab one. They go fast. Plus it would give me a reason to visit my brother in Ft Collins.
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  19. JJMSP

    JJMSP Cervicalgia

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  20. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    I've looked at r-pods, they're pretty slick.
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