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The little/light Camper Trailer Thread...

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by Jurgen, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. true grip

    true grip Been here awhile

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    Here’s our retirement rig still tweaking it. AC/TV/DVD 8”memory foam mattress,10 gallon road shower. Small ceramic space heater. Honda 2200 gen fits in box for boondocking. Fridge in Lexus. Still deciding on shower stall to fit next to small awning. Not the most hardcore off-road trailer but a great base camp. Bobby from New Wave Trailer in South Georgia builds them one at a time. Ours has led lights,battery and solar also. Even with all my upgrades I’m in about 10k. Top pic is from our MABDR trip. These pull super easy hardly know it’s there. Max couplers are awesome hitches.Trailer weighed 1780lbs loaded for last trip. Can pull thur fast food drive thur’s or cross creeks. Bobby makes 5x8’s 5x9’s 5x10’s depending on your size. Wife and I fit in 5x8 with short queen mattress. Wife not a fan of motorcycle travel and honestly I prefer to ride solo but both of us love back country travel and nature. Hopefully this thing will see many National parks in the future. Retirement begins Jan.2020
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  2. Glenn247

    Glenn247 Long timer Supporter

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    Still on the lookout for a small toyhauler in the southeast for a military relocation from Virginia to Florida; thanks!
  3. sorethumb

    sorethumb Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!

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    I'm looking to sell my M101A. PM me if you are interested.

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  4. Glenn247

    Glenn247 Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for the offer but I need one I can live in for about 3-6 months at a time...fully enclosed, self-contained type
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  5. N8

    N8 Masked pumpkin rider Supporter

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  6. W8NONU

    W8NONU Best days to ride end in "Y" Supporter

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    Sorry for the delay. I was dispersed camping in the Arkansas Ozarks and just got home. I'll get a few pics and write up some details. Will send a PM in a day or so.
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  7. Kenny M.

    Kenny M. Been here awhile Supporter

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  8. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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  9. goosecreek

    goosecreek Ashes ashes all fall down Supporter

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    You don't gcc bro?
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  10. W8NONU

    W8NONU Best days to ride end in "Y" Supporter

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    Determine what size awning you want. I found it best to find the closest size tarp to this so there was no cutting to fit.

    For anchoring the ends of the main pvc pipe in the "T's" You will have to put together something that will fit into the ends of the "T's" on the main pipe and can be bolted to a heavy "L" bracket that will be mounted to the upper frame on the trailer to hold the pipe in place.

    For the main pvc pipe I used 1" schedule, 40. This pipe will require three 'T's". One on each end of the pipe and one in the center of the pipe. All the "T's" must be facing the same way for inserting the tarp support pipes. You will need another pvc pipe cut the same legnth as the main pipe. But, this pipe will need two 90 degree elbows and one "T". The "T" will be centered to match the center "T" on the main pipe. The "T" and the elbows must be facing the same way. You will need to cut three tarp support pipes to fit between the main pvc pipe and the outer pvc support pipe. When assembled ot will be a rectangular outer shape with the two end pipes and on center pipe for attaching/supporting the tarp/awning when it is deployed.

    To attach the tarp to the main pvc pipe I used zip ties through the eyes of the tarp and around the main pipe. This end stays attached at all times. I then used heavy duty metal 1" pipe mounting brackets and sheet metal screws to anchor the main pipe to the trailer. Make sure your main pipe is centered on the end pieces holding the pipe on the trailer before tightening the 1" mounting brackets to the trailer.

    Once the three supports pipes have been cut to length and the outside pipe has the elbows and "T" installed you can insert the three support pipes into the main pipe on the trailer and then the outer pipe. Your tarp should fit over all the pvc piping and be ready to attach.

    On my table saw I cut a strip out of 1" schedule 40 pipe out lengthwise and then cut about twenty 4" - 5" long pieces from this pipe to use as clips to hold the tarp in place.

    I made the metal extending poles for anchoring the awning from 3/4" electrical conduit and 1/2" metal electrical conduit, all found at Lowes or Home Depot. I cut the 3/4" pipe to what I wanted for the length of the main pipe and then the 1/2" was cut to extend to add 18"-24" extra height. I then drilled holes in the pipes to allow me to use metal pins to hold them at whatever height I wanted the tarp.

    Hopefully you can tell from the pictures what the descriptions say.

    To travel I take the awning clips off, remove the three support pipes, then use the oiter pipe to roll the awning up to the main pipe. I attach the tarp and oiter pipe roll to the main pipe with long velcro strips to hold it all in place when traveling. I put the three support pipes inside the trailer.

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    Rear of main pipe. L bracket and insert.
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    Front Of main pipe. L bracket and pipe insert.
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    Awning tarp clip
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    Clip installed on awning
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    Shows support pipe and outer pipe with 90 degree elbow.
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    3/4" and 1/2" metal conduit anchor pipes.
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    Pushed a pvc end cap onto the metal conduit for a foot.
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    Shows the 1" metal pipe mount screwed into trailer frame.
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  11. Oldad

    Oldad Been here awhile

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    Reaction: WTF? Don't tell me it's made from a 30 yard dumpster. Couldn't have imagined something like this my wildest dreams. Bravo.
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  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Gives new meaning to recycling! :D
  13. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    wish it were my idea and handiwork. stole from some overlanding forum. dude griping about all these weekend ADVers. prolly some hack sitting on his sofa like most of us here dreaming of being able to take off on one of the adventures he reads about .
  14. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Here's a couple that I have come across recently that I think you'all will like.

    Sunset Park RV Sunray 109

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    Sport (off roady package)

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    I like that it's very small but isn't all bed inside. The bed makes a couch for a little more versatility.

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    Jayco Hummingbird 10RK

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  15. HapHazard

    HapHazard Be Kind - Rewind

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    Except for their "gnarly" looks, what possible benefit do heavily treaded lugged tires have on a trailer?

    Do loud tires save lives?:dunno
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  16. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I would think very little benefit for most people except for side grip/better tracking in muddy situations. Unless you have the same wheels and tires on your tow rig and can use the spare on either/or.
  17. Mikey Boy

    Mikey Boy Been here awhile

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    Just found this thread and thought I'd share our rig. We bought a used Livin Lite Quicksilver 8.0 two years ago and we love it. We haul it with our Subaru Crosstrek manual and it does fine for how under-powered that car is. The trailer is super light, fairly spacious, and not too bad to set up. I love the all aluminum body. There are a couple weak points in the design but for the most part its a solid little camper that can be towed by smaller vehicles.

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  18. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Go Ahead

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  19. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Some pics of my cheap ass toy hauler


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    Insulated the walls and ceiling (forgot the damn floor) RV heat and air unit. The 13K BTU AC is way overkill! Got it wired up for 30 AMP RV service. The Lighting is also overkill. Bright as a damn operating room! I just use a cot for sleeping. That way I can maximize the space so I can use this as a cargo trailer as well.
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  20. The Letter J

    The Letter J Long timer

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    If you actually drag it around offroad, AND have trailer brakes, they make a big difference in stopping. That also assumes you have suspension that works well enough to keep the trailer tires on the ground.

    I just use take-off all terrain tires and wheels from a Jeep as they're cheap, readily available, have the right bolt pattern for my trailer, and are tougher than most shitty trailer tires I'd be willing to pay for!
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