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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Post by 2008retiredplb » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:32 am



Look at http://www.bf-specialties.com/ they have some good pictures of their campers.
I have the SE model and it has a lot of room for storage and yes it is expensive to purchase new. I bought mine use a few years ago and later had it taken in to add the electric/hydraulic brakes. With all the weight you can put on it, it needed the extra braking to stop. It is easy to setup and take down.
Look at the website and it will tell all about it. The company has changed some things and added new options since mine was built so look closely at what is available. I do like this brand because of the 12" wheels and tires also because the factory is only about an hour from home.


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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Post by littlebeaver » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:59 am

I never really told you folks why I decided to put my tent on my trailer :shock: , well, geez here it goes, one time I had a fight with a little beast :oops: , it was a mean little -hit too :twisted: , as you guy's know by now I like taco's, I went on a camping trip once in missouri and I was in someone else's backyard [racoon] this freakin racoon and me had it out because he stole one of my taco's I had wrapped in aluminum foil that I had on my little table, well long story short he got my taco then he ran me into my tent on the ground, I stayed there until he finished my taco and went away.. I, to this day fear these little beast because their teeth and claws will rip you up, and they could have the rabbies :shock: ..I have lost sleep over these little cusses, so this is why I have my tent up on my trailer because he and his family have it out for me or they just like taco's more than I do.. :lol: Thata learn me... :lol:

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Post by vtxcandyred » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:30 pm

Heres my new camper. I just picked it up two weeks ago. The wife and I slept in it over this past weekend when family showed up. We slept pretty good. Only six hundred. Its a Bunkhouse.










The mattress is the exact same size as our California king in the house.

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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Post by jobe05 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:49 pm

We were camping last year and next to us was a guy from out west somewhere that had something that looked like this. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... 6193wt_724

He stayed the for a couple of weeks in it. If you can get by with no air conditioning and very few provisions it's a nice trailer.

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Post by littlebeaver » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:56 pm

I have a air conditoner on one side of my trailer now.. it will freeze you out..I just put it on a little platform on one side and crank it up..I use a tarp under the rain cover to keep the cool in..

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Post by OldZX11Rider » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:29 pm

I've never worried about insects (except mosquitoes), snakes, skunks, coons or possums while sleeping in my tent. But that was a funny story about the coon chasing you into your tent. LOL & :lol:
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Post by littlebeaver » Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:33 pm

Thanks,, I actually got a pretty good chuckle re-reading it.. :lol: :lol: I'm so full of it....LOL

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Post by RoadRogue » Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:15 am

Like many of us ,I started out with a pup tent and a sleeping bag tied to the back of my chopper, really roughing it. Minimal gear, sleeping on the ground often waking up wet sometimes hungover....... as the years went by the gear got better and I woke up dry more often than not and hungover less and less. More years go by and this moto camping thing gets to be pretty routine and the gear gets better and better. How ever the one constant thing here is ..... the years go by. When I was 20 something the ground wasn't as hard as it is today and not nearly as far down as it is now...... I now have moved on past that cool chopper that in hindsight was bought to impress somebody else and onto my various geezerglides. These bikes are built for the kind of riding I like to do, long and far far away.while my 1100 had enough room to carry everything I need for motocamping that would still mean sleeping way down there on that hard cold ground . Enter the trailer hitch....... now I can drag a small trailer behind me to carry a few comfort items to soften the cold hard ground...


... better! But still too far down for these 50+ year old bones. Easy solution buy a 1500 and a tent trailer.....


...... hehehehe if I can't get down to the bed on the ground then bring it up to me. Add a few farkles and hey it's now a warm soft bed with all the comforts of home. Ya it costs me a couple miles per gallon in fuel but hey being comfy costs a couple bucks. Still way cheaper than motels every night. I have met some very interesting people while on the road, and in what ever type of campsite I set up in most every time somebody always wants to see the unit. Most can't believe I have a12volt fridge, 12volt electric blankets, on demand hot water for showers or doing the dishes. Memory foam mattress that sleeps two and charging ports for all forms of electronics. 110 volt shore power and 12 deep cycle battery for roughing it. Led setup lights to push the darkness back as far as I want. No more cold hard ground for me.

Factory trailers I like are.

#1 the Roll a home..... very much like the leasure lite but with a basement to store the rest of your gear with out having to store it on the bed...... basement can be accessed while either set up or while on the road. Also has a wide bed model, that's a king size bed.....
#2 the leasure lite ...... from kick stand down to full set up is only 30 seconds. Great if it's raining. No part of the tent ever touches the ground. Draw back is you have to open the whole thing to access any gear that it stored on the bed.
#3 the Aspen Sentry....... lots of room , easy set up.has a basement for gear.
That is both my story and my opinion 8-)
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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Post by echinus1988 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:06 am

Hi All,

I just purchased a 1989 Bunkhouse trailer. Picked it up today, yes on Thanksgiving.

I looked at a lot of trailers. I really liked the Lees-ure Lite because of the ease of set up but I decided on the bunkhouse. They both have pros and cons.

I attached pictures, the bed is over the trailer and stand. The standing area is plenty big since we had three people in it while we were looking it over. The bed is wide and will fit my son and I both sleeping on our back. All storage is under the tent when closed and under the bed when up. It is accessible whether the tent is packed (lift the entire lid) or when the tent is set up (lift the sleeping pad and open the door). I think I put in a picture with the cover over the door which also has the screen room option, 8 X 10.

No practical experience setting it up yet but I plan on taking care of that soon. From the vids, looks very easy and will keep things dry while setting up. Weight, about 340 lbs with nothing in it since it's the king version.

Tent camping is still an option but as I get older I like ease and will settle for a slower pace towing as long as I can sleep well. The padding is a little thin but this trailer is not brand new and I could get an air mattress if I wanted. I just choose not to.

I think I will fall in love with motorcycle trailer camping. I'm going to tow with a 1982 GL 1100 Aspencade.

I do have to wire in a six wire plug. I will work on that and get it set up as soon as I can. I am open to any help on wiring the motorcycle. I'll be doing a search here to see if anyone has suggestions or I'll practice my wiring diagram skills.
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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Post by echinus1988 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:08 am

Forgot to mention, I already have a 4 wire plug on my Aspencade that I hope will help me wire in the plug and brake controller.

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Re: Camping trailer opinions

Post by wingpilot08 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:20 pm

We started pulling a HF Trailer that I purchased for $25 at a yard sale. Put about $75 in to a wood deck, lights and paint and a friend tossed in a cartop carrier. With this homemade unit we were able to do better camping trips carrying all our necessary gear. After a few years of sleeping on the ground, I decided to look around for a better option. That better option was a 1988 Bunkhouse Camper on EBay that I purchased for $600. For all the gear we carry, the BH is great! we are able to carry chairs, a small table, campstove and everything we need. The biggest benefit is not having to sleep on the ground!! The BH was one of the best purchases I have ever made.


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Post by Bubblechaser » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:54 pm

Littlebeaver, what brand tent are you using. I'm working on a 4x4 inside another 4x4 that will slide out making a 4x7 bed for a tent. With 4 inch sides slide back together would make a gear hauler that a tarp can be placed over . Thanks

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Post by jmichael » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:23 pm

When I purchased my 2008 GW it was used and already had a trailer hitch on it, and when I located a nice used popup camper, I found out the previous owner of my Wing had some god awful excuse for a wiring harness jerry rigged that did not work with a standard wiring set up. Fortunately the fellow that I bought the trailer from knew how to rewire my GW to a standard plug and play harness set up, same as his former trailer. I love the trailer he sold me, can sleep 4 adults and has plenty of room to carry most everything you need. If it will not fit inside, there is a subtantial luggage rack on top that will hold plenty of stuff. The only disadvantage is due to its age..1987... This brand trailer underwent a major modification about 10 years ago that lowers the single person set up and take down time to about 8 minutes by using an internally mounted folding frame. It takes me 20 minutes to do it by myself with the stick frame that has to be set up before the tent is pulled over it but can be done. Contains a queen sized self inflating air mattress, too! Panels fold out to make bed and storage area. I had saved up $3250 to buy it new..it is not a bunkhouse...this one is considerably lighter and a bit narrower, and I paid only $750 for this used one. My wife and our 27 year old son and I slept in it several nights...along with our minipoodle,and we had plenty of room. I especially like being able to stand up to get dressed...had enough years of car camping with wallowing around on a sleeping bag on the ground in a small tent trying to get my pants on! Ha ha
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Post by bstig60 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:04 pm

I have a Time Out that I bought used last year. It is in perfect shape and there is roof enough in side to carry all my camping stuff as well if you are organized...... I really like it but it is heavy when loaded with camping gear, about 500 lbs. You know its there with the 1500. Haven't pulled it with the 1800 yet. In process of adding a hitch and a bunch of other stuff to the 1800 now.




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Post by Sidecarmike » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:33 pm

Over the years, we've had 3 different Bunkhouses, a Napper II, a Kamparoo, and a Timeout. Our latest, (and probably last) is a 2006 Bunkhouse LX, complete with a 5000 btu air conditioner. It's huge when erected.


Self contained, with all my camping gear. The sidecar is empty, ready for a passenger.


The camper itself takes about 2 minutes to erect, but the add on room takes maybe 10 more alone or 5 with help.



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Post by echinus1988 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:50 pm

SidecarMike,

The extension of the door, does that use two fiberglass poles or just one? I have one fiberglass pole I am still trying to figure out where to use. Now I am thinking it goes on the door when it is put up like you show in the last photo. Is that it?

Thank you.
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Post by Sidecarmike » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:27 pm

That awning is not the door. It's an extra flap that hangs over the door. I think they added it around 2000 or so. Or maybe it's only on the King Size version. If yours has the awning that mine has, it has small pockets in each corner and a tie ribbon in the center. Two fiberglass rods fit corner to corner.
Is it three or four pieces that fit together? If so, it goes in the "tube" on the little window awning on the opposite end of the camper. Each end sticks in the grommet on the corner. It keeps the rain out when you leave the window open.

On the other hand, if you have the big add on room like my first photo, then it may go in a small pocket above each side of the door zippers. That one holds the roof of the add-a-room up. It is a two piece rod. if I remember correctly.

Hope this helps.

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Post by Sidecarmike » Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:28 pm

Just found a photo of HappyTrail's camper that shows what I meant about the window.

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Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:44 am

Sidecarmike wrote:
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:28 pm
Just found a photo of HappyTrail's camper that shows what I meant about the window.

Our-campsite-in-Salt-Fork-Stat_5282.jpg
That's my bike and camper, actually, and it is an Aspen Sentry. The Aspen campers look quite similar to the Bunkhouse, except the Bunkhouse has the support poles on the outside, while the Aspens have them on the inside.

The fiberglass poles stick into pockets on the side (for the side window) and under the bed extension (for the end window). They go through the awnings, and the awnings fasten to the sides with a length of Velcro that goes the entire length of the awning. They work well for keeping sun out of the interior.

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Post by Sidecarmike » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:09 pm

Sorry, I could swear the name I saw was HappyTrail. Didn't mean to steal it away from you. The Bunkhouse has a sleeve sewn to the bottom of the awning and grommets on each corner of the tent that act as sockets.

I've always liked the Aspen pole positioning. Much nicer on a windy day. I chose the first Bunkhouse only because it's ride height is a bit lower. The rest have been because I found a good deal. I used to spend a lot of time on the Interstate system. My Timeout would lift off the ground in a heavy crosswind. When I replaced it, I looked for the lowest ride height I could find.

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Post by dwarven1 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:03 am

RoadRogue wrote:
Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:15 am
Most can't believe I have a12volt fridge, 12volt electric blankets, on demand hot water for showers or doing the dishes. Memory foam mattress that sleeps two and charging ports for all forms of electronics. 110 volt shore power and 12 deep cycle battery for roughing it. Led setup lights to push the darkness back as far as I want.
RoadRogue,

Would you mind sharing some pix of your electrics setup?

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Post by RoadRogue » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:07 pm

dwarven1 wrote:
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:03 am
RoadRogue wrote:
Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:15 am
Most can't believe I have a12volt fridge, 12volt electric blankets, on demand hot water for showers or doing the dishes. Memory foam mattress that sleeps two and charging ports for all forms of electronics. 110 volt shore power and 12 deep cycle battery for roughing it. Led setup lights to push the darkness back as far as I want.
RoadRogue,

Would you mind sharing some pix of your electrics setup?
I would be happy to share the info. Going to take a few days as I am in the process of selling my house and moving. Standby........
Ride safe, Todd
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Post by echinus1988 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:48 am

Ok, it must be the pole for the add-a-room. There is only one but I haven't put that up yet.

My bunkhouse is a 1998 so it doesn't have any awnings on it and no end window. And currently it's down for repair. Somehow I ripped it near one of the brackets. Get that done in a couple weeks so I can take it out again.

Our last trip was a one nighters all the way so I never got the chance to set up the add-a-room. The only 2 night stop got canceled by my ex passing away and forcing me to shorten my trip by 5 days. Guess she got the last word.



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