Road Trip! I bought the camper.


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Road Trip! I bought the camper.

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Well it's official! I'm the proud owner of a NEW TO ME Kompact Kamp Mini Mate camper. This is a well cared for 2006 and if it wasn't for the dated tail lights you wouldn't even think it was more than a few years old. Any tips, travel links, experiences are more than welcome and encouraged. I'm a newbie motorcycle camper and I'm sure going to need it.














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Nice trailer. looks like new.
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gford wrote: Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:11 pm Nice trailer. looks like new.
I couldn't believe it when I was told it's a 2006. No rust, no tears, no stains, and everything works the way it should.
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last July i bought a 2014 from a friend who bought it brand new in 2014. This guy keeps his stuff immaculate. It came with the canopy and add a room and a few extras. I'm happy with the price he sold it to me considering with the exchange rate and import taxes and fees he was into it for almost 6K. I got for half that price Canadian dollars.

This was the first time setting up and as you can see i had the canopy pole way to high.








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gford wrote: Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:38 pm last July i bought a 2014 from a friend who bought it brand new in 2014. This guy keeps his stuff immaculate. It came with the canopy and add a room and a few extras. I'm happy with the price he sold it to me considering with the exchange rate and import taxes and fees he was into it for almost 6K. I got for half that price Canadian dollars.

This was the first time setting up and as you can see i had the canopy pole way to high.

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I was looking at all the different camper trailers on the market. Everytime I came back to this one for it's size, weight, and simplicity. I'm definitely impressed with it and don't regret deciding on this one. On my way to check it out I thought the price was to good to be true. Next is to get the awning kit and possibly a few seasons down the road maybe the add a room.
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The set-up looks cool and probably cozy. 8-)
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Tomorrow is the first ride pulling the camper trailer, well any trailer to be exact. Figure I'll hook up and just take it easy on familiar roads just to get the feeling.
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Make your self a set of stands for the bed u shape support in case you are on unlevel ground. Easy to do with a piece of 4x4 8 inches long.




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gford wrote: Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:04 am Make your self a set of stands for the bed u shape support in case you are on unlevel ground. Easy to do with a piece of 4x4 8 inches long.

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That's a great idea!
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Mind. Blown. :idea:
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89 mile driver training complete!

The mini mate handles like a dream. I was expecting more tugging and pushing but over all it didn't feel any different than if I was transporting a case of beer in the trunk. Stopped at camping world for some goodies and once I popped the camper open I couldn't keep people away. It's definitely a conversation piece.






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gford wrote: Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:04 am Make your self a set of stands for the bed u shape support in case you are on unlevel ground. Easy to do with a piece of 4x4 8 inches long.

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I love this idea! I'm going to make this for my camper.
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These are nice campers, but expensive. I heard this type of camper will mold if put away wet, so make sure its completely dried out before long storage.
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I spend a bit of time looking at camper/trailers and wanted one that was fairly compact that I could use as a trailer or camper. I decided to go with a Roadman which is make in MN just a couple hundred miles north of where I live. I pick it up in June.


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GLRT wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 9:35 am I spend a bit of time looking at camper/trailers and wanted one that was fairly compact that I could use as a trailer or camper. I decided to go with a Roadman which is make in MN just a couple hundred miles north of where I live. I pick it up in June.


That is a nice trailer/camper. I was checking them out as well.
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Wow, very sharp looking trailer.

Following for your eventual updates. :D
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Sharp looking trailer. I'm sure you will enjoy it.
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We booked a local campsite to give the camper a trial run. Everything went great! We brought enough to get thru three days and nothing more. Surprisingly we were well prepared and didn't find ourselves needing a thing, well besides another bottle of wine.

Ok let's talk about the mini mate. The bed is a bit getting used to and that was probably my fault for having the fold out slightly down hill. I figured being off the ground I wouldnt be as cold but that wasn't the case. I needed to put a moving blanket on the mattress to block the cold. Second night dropped into the 40's and when I woke up I was amazed how much condensation formed inside the tent. Thankfully I brought towels and my DeWalt cordless fan because it took hours to dry it out. Getting the riser blocks for the axle would make dropping the stabilizer legs a lot easier.

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I always sleep with my legs out over the fold out section. My upper body is then directly over the trailer which gives a bit more insulation from the cold and also seems to be more solid then sleeping on the fold out section. I also like the additional height of the tent above my face when in that position. Easier to get in and out of bed also. If you open one of the screens slightly it will give you an airflow and cut down on the amount of condensation you experienced.

Sounds like you could have used a set of levelers for the bed due to the fold out being slightly downhill.

Don't get discouraged, the mini mate is a great little camper.
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gford wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 5:37 am I always sleep with my legs out over the fold out section. My upper body is then directly over the trailer which gives a bit more insulation from the cold and also seems to be more solid then sleeping on the fold out section. I also like the additional height of the tent above my face when in that position. Easier to get in and out of bed also. If you open one of the screens slightly it will give you an airflow and cut down on the amount of condensation you experienced.

Sounds like you could have used a set of levelers for the bed due to the fold out being slightly downhill.

Don't get discouraged, the mini mate is a great little camper.
By all means we're not discouraged. We had an amazing time! I figured since the fold out has a thicker mattress and not sectioned like the part above the trailer that our heads would go on the fold out side. We will have to give the other way a shot next time. I did make a set of levelers like the suggestion but I was only able to fit 4 holes on the scrap I had. Better placement of the trailer would have helped I'm sure.
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l also use a double wide self inflating mattress over the mini mate mattress. It insulates better and also gets rid of the hinge for the foldout which seems to be right around my hip area.
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So this goes out to all the trailer pullers in the forum. What is the general rules for packing up your trailer?

I have about 100lbs or so in gear place above and a bit forward of the trailer axle. I keep the cargo area closest to the hitch for light things like clothing. I also have a medium size cooler that fits three bags of ice laying flat and side by side in the bottom. My food then goes on top of the ice.

I get a wiggle at speeds around 55mph and up and when vehicles pass me. The trailer also loves to hop rather than the rubber torsion suspension absorbing it.

Do I have enough weight? Is it placed correctly? Interested in your feedback.

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Good rule of thumb is to have about 10% of total trailer weight be on the tongue. So if you have a 250# trailer and 100# of gear you want 35# of weight on the hitch. If it isn't 10% of total weight rearrange your load so it is.
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Great_adVENTURE wrote: Fri May 21, 2021 2:33 pm The trailer also loves to hop rather than the rubber torsion suspension absorbing it.
Probably too much air in the tires. The inflation pressure on the tire is what it should be for the tire's max load. With a reduced load you will need a lot less pressure.
I used to have a car dolly that would bounce 6 inches off the ground going down the freeway if you forgot to air down the tires when it was empty. Towing a car it needed to be 30 psi, empty it needed to be 8 psi.


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