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Old July 24th, 2013, 09:54 PM
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Expedition Trailer Build

I think it's time for me to build an expedition trailer to pull behind my D90. Before I get started with the design, I thought it wise to start asking for input. Nothing is firmed up so fire away with things you've seen that seem to work well.

After an initial requirements list is assembled, I'll start the drawings.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 10:41 PM
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What is the point of the trailer? To haul stuff? To camp in?
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Old July 24th, 2013, 11:00 PM
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I'd start by stocking up the fridge with beer. Waiting a day for it to cool then opening a brewski and this link: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ition-Trailers
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I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 12:25 AM
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When I meet with you I'll have mine in tow...
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What is the point of the trailer? To haul stuff? To camp in?
Camping. Getting my wife, child, 2 golden retrievers, and camping gear (with fishing poles) into my D90 is miserable.

Ideally the trailer would hold all the camping gear, have a pop-top tent on top, hold the bike rack (via hitch) on the back, hold a few Jerry cans of fuel, some water, and firewood. A built-in stove and shower would be awesome.

The suspension is the part I wonder and worry about the most. Also, I like the idea of a Disco axle and mounting a starter motor to it with a clutch of some variety. You never know when you might need 2 more wheels to help get through a tough spot.

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I'd start by stocking up the fridge with beer. Waiting a day for it to cool then opening a brewski and this link: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ition-Trailers
Awesome! Thanks!

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When I meet with you I'll have mine in tow...
Looking forward to it, Bill.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 02:02 PM
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Sankey and a roof top tent seems like the ticket to me. I had a venturecraft trailblazer I never used. Fireman short bought it, but it would not have a receiver for a bike rack.
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From a quick web search it looks like finding one (the wide version) will be challenge.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 02:58 PM
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From what you've stated...you need what I have...it's yours after Colorado for 25K (in hundreds please), I'm discounting it because it will be dirty...I'll even leave the rims and Kevlar tires and the 6" memory foam bed...my solar rig is not included!
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I like this guys build if you are looking for a wagon to throw your camping stuff in:
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From what you've stated...you need what I have...it's yours after Colorado for 25K (in hundreds please), I'm discounting it because it will be dirty...I'll even leave the rims and Kevlar tires and the 6" memory foam bed...my solar rig is not included!
Buddy, if I had $25k, it would be yours! Sadly, I'll be building my trailer from Popsicle sticks and dried macaroni.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 04:37 PM
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Buddy, if I had $25k, it would be yours! Sadly, I'll be building my trailer from Popsicle sticks and dried macaroni.
Nice! well at least you can get a few good ideas it is nicely appointed!!
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Oh yeah... it has to have a built-in guitar amp and a power generator. :D
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Old July 25th, 2013, 05:01 PM
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Oh yeah... it has to have a built-in guitar amp and a power generator. :D

Well I have a Fender amp system...2 deep cell on board batteries, 60 watt solar....and on and on...so there you go! lol. plus some goal0 and smaller solar panels. this year I'm going to add a wind option.
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Buddy, if I had $25k, it would be yours! Sadly, I'll be building my trailer from Popsicle sticks and dried macaroni.
I hope you don't camp in the rain . . .
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Canadian M101 is a good starting point. The following site has dimensions and a bunch of info.

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/M101CDN/

I keep all of my camping gear in it and have the RTT mounted on a lid. The setup works great and you can not even tell it is there other than the bang of the pintel once in a while. I am guessing that it would cost more to build one from scratch VS buying a used one.
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Something like that would be ideal.
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Those trailers are made of unobtanium. I would love to find one myself.
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Those trailers are made of unobtanium. I would love to find one myself.
The M101's are kicking around. US surplus, baby. Pricey but damn near bullet proof.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 10:39 PM
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Well if that works keep an eye on Craigslist. M416 come up often

Don't think this one is too far from you and it's ready for that trip.

http://cosprings.craigslist.org/pts/3952648406.html
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Old July 27th, 2013, 11:26 PM
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Here's an M101 conversion for you Hans...

http://forum.ih8mud.com/trailer-tech...ler-build.html

and here's the supplier for a few bits and bobs...

http://www.ebay.com/sch/decodeme2/m....p2047675.l2562
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