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Camping trailer opinions

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:00 pm



I love camping out, I have a trailer I made and find that the trailer pulls nicely, I was wondering how many guys own those tent type pull behind trailers and are they really worth it,, it seems to me that with all the cushions and stuff that goes to it leaves very little room for hauling stuff you need to camp out.. I would love to here some feed back on camping trailers and these tent type jobs...How do you like them, are they worth it, or is a simple trailer all you really need..???



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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Postby actionpack » Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:21 pm

are we talking about a trailor behind the bike , or a rv tent type trailor , if its a bike trailor , i don't no much about them , but seen them online when set up for camping , and it looks to me like the tent part is hanging out of the trailor , seems to me a tent wold leave ya more room in the trailor for camping gear , just my 2 cents
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Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:16 pm

Yes,, the kind that folds out into a tent or sleeping quarters, that you pull with your motorcycle.. Little type trailer..

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Postby RoadRogue » Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:42 am

Like you littlebeaver,I build my own stuff when possible. I have a trailer for my bike that I carry all my camping gear in. I was thinking about making another trailer like those pop open tent units.My sewing skills are just not up to the task to do it all myself, after surfing around the net for awhile I found these to sites that would give me what I want in a pop up tent while allowing me to custom build the trailer to my needs. These two units offer lots of possibilities. While concidered cartop tents thier size also makes them trialertop tents too. the advantage I see is they take seconds to set up and keep you off the ground out of the wet and cold.The older I get the more I hate the cold .

http://www.top-tent.com/mombasaprodpage.htm

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http://www.bimo.com/skydome1.htm
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Postby littlebeaver » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:41 am

Wow,, cool stuff, looks like there are endless possiblities. Thanks..I'm gonna dream something up, when I put my mind to something I usually make it work..I find this to be a challenge..I want a trailer I can haul my stuff and have a cool tent too, and be off the ground...

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Postby actionpack » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:26 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Wow,, cool stuff, looks like there are endless possiblities. Thanks..I'm gonna dream something up, when I put my mind to something I usually make it work..I find this to be a challenge..I want a trailer I can haul my stuff and have a cool tent too, and be off the ground...

where is the bed on these tent campers , the trailor is'nt big enought to lay in , do they have a board and mattress that open out of the trailor
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Postby littlebeaver » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:37 pm

Ha ha.. funny dude... ha ha :lol: I suppose there is some type of hard bottom.. I do not know..

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Postby actionpack » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:44 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Ha ha.. funny dude... ha ha :lol: I suppose there is some type of hard bottom.. I do not know..

was just wondering , never have seen the inside of a bike camping trailor
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Postby littlebeaver » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:53 pm

Sounds like you need to head on over to youtube, there's lots to look at there..Some pretty good ideas..

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Postby actionpack » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:05 pm

went and took a look at them , they look cool , nothing i would want , but good for a traveling wing heading on a camping trip
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Postby littlebeaver » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:59 pm

I have an idea that just might work for a nice bed.. I have a sturdy front using the 4x4 and ball stand all i would need to do is block both sides of the wheels, now see were it angles down in front of the trailer, well if I ran a piece of plywood striaght out level on the top to meet the front of the trailer in length and place a couple of vertical pieces of conduit to hold it up[maybe angled back to trailer] or something like, that it would give me 4', then for the rear place another small piece of plywood 3' to fasten to the rear of the trailer an make two or maybe three vertical post out of pvc pipe or something to hold that up good, place a air mattress on top and make a cover using tent type rods and canvas or tarps that maybe snaps to the sides of the trailer fitted to look nice.. Like a old type wagon from the rawhide days..What do you guy's think..Everything needs to be lightweight.. inexpensive to make too..This is having plenty of room for other stuff too in your trailer..Having the cake and eating it too..Now.. I need to go to work..Any ideas...

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Postby actionpack » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:01 pm

you going to hing these board your adding to make your foudation for the bed to the trailor , sounds like a plan ,
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Postby littlebeaver » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:13 pm

I probably won't hinge anything I might use so some wing nuts and bolts and maybe some angle for the rear..I just checked the air mattress and the width is just right,, By George I think it will work, might take a while but I'm gonna get it..Have ya ever seen a pop up trailer? They have two steel pipes that come out at a 45 degree angle to hold up the sleeping platform.. Something like that..Being off the ground is what I'm after.. in case of rain..

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Postby actionpack » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:30 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I probably won't hinge anything I might use so some wing nuts and bolts and maybe some angle for the rear..I just checked the air mattress and the width is just right,, By George I think it will work, might take a while but I'm gonna get it..Have ya ever seen a pop up trailer? They have two steel pipes that come out at a 45 degree angle to hold up the sleeping platform.. Something like that..Being off the ground is what I'm after.. in case of rain..

so your going to store these board on top well not being used ,or will they fit inside your trailor,trying to see where your headed with this , the idea is great , just wondering about storeing these boards
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Postby littlebeaver » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:42 pm

They should fit inside the trailer just fine, one should be 40" by 18" or so and the other 40" by 30" they should lay down fine in the trailer bottom..I'm gonna re- figure some stuff and post photo's as I go..If I hang a piece over the back end I will need to have bottom posts straight down to the ground to hold that piece up because it will pop a wheely if I do it the other way because of my weight, the angled pipes will work on the front one though..

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Postby actionpack » Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:10 am

littlebeaver wrote:They should fit inside the trailer just fine, one should be 40" by 18" or so and the other 40" by 30" they should lay down fine in the trailer bottom..I'm gonna re- figure some stuff and post photo's as I go..If I hang a piece over the back end I will need to have bottom posts straight down to the ground to hold that piece up because it will pop a wheely if I do it the other way because of my weight, the angled pipes will work on the front one though..

sounds like a plan , good luck
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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:59 am

I got the piece of the puzzle tonight, Its coming, a wenzel tent for two, it's narrow and long, it's gonna fit the top perfectly and get this I will still get my air mattress in it and its only 3 lbs and was only $31, are ya getting a visual yet? It should work just fine with the tent up there on top, the tent is 48" wide at the front, 37" at the other end, 82" long and 3' tall.. now my trailer width is only 40" wide so at the front I might need to figure something out for that hang over..It's gonna work, I'll make it work.. :D I'll post photo's later on this project..

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Postby furnacedoc » Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:56 pm

Hello, Check out this web site . they are made in the town that I live in and are family owned. They also have a motorcycle trailer unit . WWW.lakesedgellc.com

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Postby actionpack » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:38 pm

furnacedoc wrote:Hello, Check out this web site . they are made in the town that I live in and are family owned. They also have a motorcycle trailer unit . http://WWW.lakesedgellc.com

thats a cool rig
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Postby littlebeaver » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:50 pm

Well I have fitted the two piece's of plywood to the trailer just need to finish the braces and I'll start taking photo's...I think it's gonna work fine..

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Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:09 pm

furnacedoc wrote:Hello, Check out this web site . they are made in the town that I live in and are family owned. They also have a motorcycle trailer unit . http://WWW.lakesedgellc.com

That is a cool little unit but I'll wager they want a cool little bit for one too!!!!!!

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Postby actionpack » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:12 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Well I have fitted the two piece's of plywood to the trailer just need to finish the braces and I'll start taking photo's...I think it's gonna work fine..

it is good when a plan comes together , yes on the pictures
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Postby littlebeaver » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:16 pm

Ok, you guy's can call me a candyass all you want because I want to be up off the ground, I have been flooded out too many times in tents where water just pours in off the ground, then you have to climb out in the mud, I want something cool and different and cost efficient... Soooo here's what I made...
Right side of trailer with tent fastened
Right side of trailer with tent fastened
Left side of trailer
Left side of trailer
Rear view of trailer
Rear view of trailer
Inside front of tent
Inside front of tent
The plywood pieces weigh about 35 lb's and so it's not that much more weight, Now I can haul stuff and have a great sleeping tent that's off the ground, I put the opening on the tongue side so I can step right into the tent and the air mattress fits perfectly in the tent, so I guess I'm a happy camper now..Without that major cost of the foldout type, everything is wing nuts and carriage bolts..So I promised you photo's and here they are..I'm 270 ,6'0 , and this set up holds me just fine, it's been tested over and over.. I can also just throw a tarp over it in a big rain storm..I like, You Like? :lol:

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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Postby actionpack » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:19 pm

you bet i do , great job , no more mud for you bro , :)
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...and no rocks sticking in your back. It looks really good - do you have any pictures of it all folded up and ready for towing?




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