The little/light Camper Trailer Thread...

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

  1. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    This is why most newer vehicle with a manual trans have a lower tow capacity. Generally they also have a much higher gear ratio in the axles.

    I was a pretty firm believer that a manual transmission is much stronger then a auto. However I have learned that it greatly depends on the vehicle.
    My 99 cherokee has 247k on it now. And I have beat the living shit out of it, towing well beyond the rated capacity for thousands of miles. I'm still on the original transmission and it still shifts like new. By far the best vehicle I have ever owned.

    Oh and my little camper trailer


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  2. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    That's because the 99 still has a Aisin-Warner AW-4. That thing is tough. You have one of the last good Jeeps.
  3. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    I downloaded the owners manual for a 2012 from the chrysler website.

    I believe it's because the drive-line is more likely to be shock loaded. Higher rated autos is a very common phenomena in newer trucks (including my '98 dodge).
  4. drm

    drm Been here awhile

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    +1
    I had a 99 and flogged it as well. It had 287k when I sold it. No major service other than front wheel bearings.
    I hope my outback treats me as well.
  5. drm

    drm Been here awhile

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    What kind of tent and trailer? Details please :)
  6. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Every time I see one of those rigs I think of how windy it is in some places I camp...

    Would you feel safe in that in 30-40 mph gusts? :huh
  7. PTC

    PTC Turd polisher

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    cherokee "sports" with the 4liter have the aw unit. non sports have the a500/42/44re/h
    there were no aw units behind the v8s.
    and the outback is a very good trans. youll need headgaskets or pistons before a tranny! jk
    off topic, sorry:freaky
  8. Tech51

    Tech51 Been here awhile

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    Hell every time I see one I think crap I'd have to sleep on the ground after a hard night of camp fire drinking...
  9. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    It's a standard chinese roof top tent, available from several vendors. I think mine is "roof top tent" brand. The trailer is a single place aluminum snowmobile trailer that I built a custom aluminum rack for to hold surfboards and the tent. It has so far worked out very well for me.

    Honestly I'm not sure. The tent itself is far more sturdy then any standard ground tent I have slept it. We weathered tornado conditions in it when it was on top of my pickup truck with a rack.

    With the amount of weight I had down low on the trailer I don't think it would be a problem. But I can't say for sure.

    And so far I have always been able to make it back up in there no matter how much :freaky
  10. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

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    I have one on my cargo trailer, easy to get in and out of. Mine stood up to high winds and rain without a drop in it even though I left the "windows" open. Mines a Tepui Roof top tent.

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  11. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Yeah, water infiltration wasn't what I was concerned about. It was mostly about becoming part of an involuntary kite.


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  12. Doorguy1979

    Doorguy1979 Dreamridin'

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    There's a guy around me that runs a pumper truck, he carries a mini bobcat on the front of his truck, he has aux lights mounted on the carrier, WalMart and auto Zone used to sell some lights from Baja that have the DOT stamp on the glass ( I have them on the front end of my car since the old lady knocked the front end off it a few years ago, nobody makes the parts for an 86 anymore). They use the H4 halogen bulbs, so you can use the 55w stock bulb, or do what I did and put the 100w bulbs in the high beams. :evil ( Yeah I'm the guy you don't want to flash high beams on)
  13. Tobz

    Tobz Ne'er-du-well

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    Cool thread. This spring I plan on fixing up this Compact Kamp that a family member purchased new in the late 70's. The canvas is still really nice and its even blue plaid!:lol3 Does anyone know anything about these? Was it perhaps the company that pre-dates "Kompact" Kamp?

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  14. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Be sure to post a pic of it when it's open when you get ready to start working on it.:deal
  15. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Pretty cool vintage Alaskan Camper in the FM right now.

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  16. djb_rh

    djb_rh Been here awhile

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    So I have posted before in this thread. I'm after a small "toy hauler" of sorts that has a full bathroom and four bunks and is a tag trailer. Kicker is the weight needs to be REALLY low, like 3k or less unloaded. My original plan was to find someone's abandoned Airstream project and just figure out how to wiggle dual sport motorcycles through the side door and do everything else custom in the interior.

    But I need the bathroom to be across the back, and that kind of custom work scares me some. And now I'm kind of getting into gokart racing, so something more "conventional" with a rear ramp would make a lot more sense for this. And someone here suggested the stuff from livinlite.

    So finally I decided to see what they could do in a custom unit. The VRV line seems perfect as there's an 8.5x18 that seems to be where I need in terms of weight. I just want it with the bathroom across the front and no galley. But apparently they're pretty cookie-cutter on those, so that redesign is a pain. But they offered to do a custom AXXESS in 8.5x18 (normally they do those in 22 and 26' long only, but the bathroom is already across the front). New 22' ones fully built out inside seem to be listed for about $28k, so in the RV world I assumed that means $25k. And I want a lot LESS inside (and out), so I was hoping to get down around $20k. They were very easy to work with and understood what I want and got a floorplan that looked good pretty quick. Then they passed me on to a dealer to get pricing (and there is a dealer VERY close to me, which was nice).

    Then the price came in at just over $30k out the door. They said the extra was due to the fact that it's "custom" and requires extra engineering. *sigh*

    So back to the drawing board. I'm not paying that for a trailer. I'll figure out how to live without first.


    --Donnie
  17. coop74

    coop74 Deal's Gap Junkie

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    check this one out...

    http://microlitetrailer.com/MLThome6.htm

    I think they have a floor plan for 4 and bathroom and it comes with a rear ramp and should have space for a cart. If not they will build to suite. It is a very small company and if you call you can talk directly to the CEO sometimes.

    I have this one from them, and love it. No bathroom in mine and it is the next step down in size.

    http://microlitetrailer.com/MLThome6.htm
  18. djb_rh

    djb_rh Been here awhile

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    Definitely looks like a possibility. Emailed him.

    Thanks!


    --Donnie
  19. coop74

    coop74 Deal's Gap Junkie

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    they dont do great with emails but they are pretty good on a good old fashion phone call. Also if you look at their dealer list for the one in Michigan that does the Kayaks too. The guy who owns that company is some how closely involved, I think maybe their national sales guy. He is easily reachable.

    I love mine by the way, it is small, very light weight and my model is extremely well built.

    Coop
  20. Tobz

    Tobz Ne'er-du-well

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    Here are some pics that were probably taken around 1979 or 1980 in Door county WI. If my parents towed it with a Chevette, my TJ Wrangler or Mini Cooper S should tow it arround like its not even there!

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