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mike3117  [Team Member]
10/19/2008 6:40:15 PM EST
So I just purchased a brand new 14 foot Interstate trailer. I bought it to haul and store our small dune buggy. I have it wired throughout for A/C power as well as D/C power. There is a generator connect on the outside front. There are three outlets inside the trailer, one on the floor by the battery, one that is inset in the peg board, and one that you can see in between the lights on the ceiling. The entire electrical system including the wiring, outlets, and switches, are all 20 amp rated. As you can see I already put in the peg board, bench, and side baskets.

So I am looking for some other ideas of things to add to this trailer inside........ Here is the catch, I don't want anything of a permanent fashion so I can still haul large items if I have to. For instance the baskets you see on the wall unhook if I need to pull them out. The bench is the only non removable item.















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EXPY37  [Member]
10/19/2008 7:49:55 PM EST
What I did was to install a mini toilet compartment [with small holding tank and macerator pump] in the left front corner.

A counter w/ microwave, one burner Coleman propane stove, and 12 inch diameter sink [large mixing bowl] in the very front.

Two foldup bunks in back, storage 'holds' in floor, computer table just back of and on same side of the man-door.

And much more.

I've posted details about many of the add-ons over the past few years.
BOYSCOUT4LIFE  [Member]
10/19/2008 8:00:22 PM EST
Great Tips, I've been wanting a 10 footer to haul gear in. I really like the idea of it doing double duty as emergency living quarters and repair station etc. Thanks,

BS4L...
mike3117  [Team Member]
10/19/2008 8:25:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By EXPY37:
What I did was to install a mini toilet compartment [with small holding tank and macerator pump] in the left front corner.

A counter w/ microwave, one burner Coleman propane stove, and 12 inch diameter sink [large mixing bowl] in the very front.

Two foldup bunks in back, storage 'holds' in floor, computer table just back of and on same side of the man-door.

And much more.

I've posted details about many of the add-ons over the past few years.


Do you have a link to your photos?

Some of the basics I am going to add are a wall charger flashlight, hooks for chairs and such, comm radio, etc. etc. As for the bunks I thought I would just buy a couple of fold up cots and hang them on the wall.
n8pgp  [Team Member]
10/19/2008 9:54:06 PM EST
a water tank and a small on demand pump for quick shower/dishes whatever.
ArmyofOne  [Member]
10/20/2008 2:57:55 AM EST
put a dry erase board in it. It will help everyone keep on the same page. ie.. a list of things we need or are looking for. Be here at this time.

Yes it is odd but it does great if you are out and about.
leadpoisonr  [Member]
10/20/2008 6:30:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By mike3117:

Originally Posted By EXPY37:
What I did was to install a mini toilet compartment [with small holding tank and macerator pump] in the left front corner.

A counter w/ microwave, one burner Coleman propane stove, and 12 inch diameter sink [large mixing bowl] in the very front.

Two foldup bunks in back, storage 'holds' in floor, computer table just back of and on same side of the man-door.

And much more.

I've posted details about many of the add-ons over the past few years.


Do you have a link to your photos?

Some of the basics I am going to add are a wall charger flashlight, hooks for chairs and such, comm radio, etc. etc. As for the bunks I thought I would just buy a couple of fold up cots and hang them on the wall.


Yes please post pics. I would be very interested in adding a toilet system to my trailer
mike3117  [Team Member]
10/20/2008 6:54:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By ArmyofOne:
put a dry erase board in it. It will help everyone keep on the same page. ie.. a list of things we need or are looking for. Be here at this time.

Yes it is odd but it does great if you are out and about.


I like the dry erase board idea, cheap to.
drobs  [Team Member]
10/20/2008 6:57:53 AM EST
I too have been looking at those trailers. Wonder how hard it would be to put in a small wood burning stove and some bunk beds.
Headless_T_Gunner  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 5:16:39 AM EST
Does it need any ventilation? Could you sleep/work in it during the summer with the doors closed?
CFE738  [Member]
10/21/2008 5:20:55 AM EST
Weapons rack
mike3117  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 6:38:15 AM EST

Originally Posted By Headless_T_Gunner:
Does it need any ventilation? Could you sleep/work in it during the summer with the doors closed?


It only has two little vent holes on the sides so that will definitely be a problem for summer time. I hope to get a small AC unit installed on the roof but am not sure how much that would cost..... anyone have any ideas? I would not need a big RV style just something small.
EXPY37  [Member]
10/21/2008 7:01:18 AM EST

Originally Posted By leadpoisonr:

Originally Posted By mike3117:

Originally Posted By EXPY37:
What I did was to install a mini toilet compartment [with small holding tank and macerator pump] in the left front corner.

A counter w/ microwave, one burner Coleman propane stove, and 12 inch diameter sink [large mixing bowl] in the very front.

Two foldup bunks in back, storage 'holds' in floor, computer table just back of and on same side of the man-door.

And much more.

I've posted details about many of the add-ons over the past few years.


Do you have a link to your photos?

Some of the basics I am going to add are a wall charger flashlight, hooks for chairs and such, comm radio, etc. etc. As for the bunks I thought I would just buy a couple of fold up cots and hang them on the wall.


Yes please post pics. I would be very interested in adding a toilet system to my trailer


Just do a search here or maybe someone else could.

Also search, stealth trailer .
mike3117  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 10:11:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By EXPY37:

Originally Posted By leadpoisonr:

Originally Posted By mike3117:

Originally Posted By EXPY37:
What I did was to install a mini toilet compartment [with small holding tank and macerator pump] in the left front corner.

A counter w/ microwave, one burner Coleman propane stove, and 12 inch diameter sink [large mixing bowl] in the very front.

Two foldup bunks in back, storage 'holds' in floor, computer table just back of and on same side of the man-door.

And much more.

I've posted details about many of the add-ons over the past few years.


Do you have a link to your photos?

Some of the basics I am going to add are a wall charger flashlight, hooks for chairs and such, comm radio, etc. etc. As for the bunks I thought I would just buy a couple of fold up cots and hang them on the wall.


Yes please post pics. I would be very interested in adding a toilet system to my trailer


Just do a search here or maybe someone else could.

Also search, stealth trailer .


Tried to search by topic of stealth trailer as well as by topic author, expy37. Nothing popped up about any kind of trailers......
Mike_Mills  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 10:56:48 AM EST
Fold-down table tops and sleeping berths.

Overhead storage shelves with latching fronts.

Ventilation.
AmericanPatriot1776  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 1:35:59 PM EST
Sorry to ask...buy what does a trailer like that cost?
TaylorWSO  [Life Member]
10/21/2008 1:50:30 PM EST
I set mine up as a camping/fishing/hunting rig. Basically keep all my stuff in it ready to go, then just take it vs packing.

I store a deepfreeze, commercial vacuum packer, lights, and other small items run off a Honda 2K, for storing/freezing salmon/ game while still in the bush


I took 1/2" plywood ripped to the width of a rubbermade containers. I added a couple of hinges and bolted the hinges/sheets to the trailer walls (in the beefey part). I added a couple of eye bolts to the top of the trailer. Flip the shelves up and hook with a piece of chain, unhook and fold out of the way, takes up about 3/4" of space with 2 shelves each side. and in my trailer I can get 14 containers on the wall and still have all the floor space.

Adds a huge amount of storage with hardly any cost.

I also mounted the spare on the tongue of the trailer to save space.

I have plans for shelves along the outside of the trailer to add gas cans/ammo cans for hauling bulk stuff. Ammo cans will be wx proof and easy to get to. (mainly for camping)

Forgot,

ETA

pegboard on the door or side walls, You can add all kinds of stuff/hooks/holders, and it also takes no space, us the cheap bungy cords to hold things in place when traveling. I used oit on the side swing door, I open it up and all my pots/pans/kitchen stuff is hanging right there, roll out the stove at the end of the trailer, through a tarp over the top instant home

I would recommend wiring a couple of plugs 12vdc and 115 AC for the genny


Solar panels on the top.

Racks on the top for bulk stuff, seal holes with marine epoxy

Eyebolts on the top/side, positioned so that you can use a carabeener to attach a tarp at the correct spacing of the eye holes. Clip it on, and pull tight, instant dry spot.

Also add 4" or 6" pvc tubes to the outside sidewalls, or the top on the inside- fishing poles/tent poles, hell anything will fit and again no space lost, especially on the inside, just maybe lose a little headroom. 3'x 6" PVC pipes on the outside make a great place to put those fold up lawn chairs.

I wish i had picks, me and a bud sat all summer dreaming up ideas to make the "outfitters" trailer better.
Gloftoe  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 1:53:31 PM EST
Careful with the propane stove inside a confined area.
mike3117  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 3:33:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By AmericanPatriot1776:
Sorry to ask...buy what does a trailer like that cost?


Well here is the long of the short of it. As I said above this is an Interstate and it is a buyers market. This trailer retails for $4,300 what I am told. The dealer's cost on this was $3,100. I paid $2,950, that was only because I gave them a stack of cash that I had from selling my wife's old car. The dealer said that because of the economy that Interstate has come in and given them rebates on all of their trailers so that they can start moving them.

This trailer has brakes, stabilizer jacks, and some extras that comparable trailers did not have. After shopping around I felt I got a great deal. Anyone else want to chime in with their opinion?
mike3117  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 3:37:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By TaylorWSO:
I set mine up as a camping/fishing/hunting rig. Basically keep all my stuff in it ready to go, then just take it vs packing.

I store a deepfreeze, commercial vacuum packer, lights, and other small items run off a Honda 2K, for storing/freezing salmon/ game while still in the bush


I took 1/2" plywood ripped to the width of a rubbermade containers. I added a couple of hinges and bolted the hinges/sheets to the trailer walls (in the beefey part). I added a couple of eye bolts to the top of the trailer. Flip the shelves up and hook with a piece of chain, unhook and fold out of the way, takes up about 3/4" of space with 2 shelves each side. and in my trailer I can get 14 containers on the wall and still have all the floor space.

Adds a huge amount of storage with hardly any cost.

I also mounted the spare on the tongue of the trailer to save space.

I have plans for shelves along the outside of the trailer to add gas cans/ammo cans for hauling bulk stuff. Ammo cans will be wx proof and easy to get to. (mainly for camping)

Forgot,

ETA

pegboard on the door or side walls, You can add all kinds of stuff/hooks/holders, and it also takes no space, us the cheap bungy cords to hold things in place when traveling. I used oit on the side swing door, I open it up and all my pots/pans/kitchen stuff is hanging right there, roll out the stove at the end of the trailer, through a tarp over the top instant home

I would recommend wiring a couple of plugs 12vdc and 115 AC for the genny


Solar panels on the top.

Racks on the top for bulk stuff, seal holes with marine epoxy

Eyebolts on the top/side, positioned so that you can use a carabeener to attach a tarp at the correct spacing of the eye holes. Clip it on, and pull tight, instant dry spot.

Also add 4" or 6" pvc tubes to the outside sidewalls, or the top on the inside- fishing poles/tent poles, hell anything will fit and again no space lost, especially on the inside, just maybe lose a little headroom. 3'x 6" PVC pipes on the outside make a great place to put those fold up lawn chairs.

I wish i had picks, me and a bud sat all summer dreaming up ideas to make the "outfitters" trailer better.



Can you post pics of your trailer? I would love to see other peoples setup.
leadpoisonr  [Member]
10/21/2008 5:44:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By mike3117:

Originally Posted By TaylorWSO:
I set mine up as a camping/fishing/hunting rig. Basically keep all my stuff in it ready to go, then just take it vs packing.

I store a deepfreeze, commercial vacuum packer, lights, and other small items run off a Honda 2K, for storing/freezing salmon/ game while still in the bush


I took 1/2" plywood ripped to the width of a rubbermade containers. I added a couple of hinges and bolted the hinges/sheets to the trailer walls (in the beefey part). I added a couple of eye bolts to the top of the trailer. Flip the shelves up and hook with a piece of chain, unhook and fold out of the way, takes up about 3/4" of space with 2 shelves each side. and in my trailer I can get 14 containers on the wall and still have all the floor space.

Adds a huge amount of storage with hardly any cost.

I also mounted the spare on the tongue of the trailer to save space.

I have plans for shelves along the outside of the trailer to add gas cans/ammo cans for hauling bulk stuff. Ammo cans will be wx proof and easy to get to. (mainly for camping)

Forgot,

ETA

pegboard on the door or side walls, You can add all kinds of stuff/hooks/holders, and it also takes no space, us the cheap bungy cords to hold things in place when traveling. I used oit on the side swing door, I open it up and all my pots/pans/kitchen stuff is hanging right there, roll out the stove at the end of the trailer, through a tarp over the top instant home

I would recommend wiring a couple of plugs 12vdc and 115 AC for the genny


Solar panels on the top.

Racks on the top for bulk stuff, seal holes with marine epoxy

Eyebolts on the top/side, positioned so that you can use a carabeener to attach a tarp at the correct spacing of the eye holes. Clip it on, and pull tight, instant dry spot.

Also add 4" or 6" pvc tubes to the outside sidewalls, or the top on the inside- fishing poles/tent poles, hell anything will fit and again no space lost, especially on the inside, just maybe lose a little headroom. 3'x 6" PVC pipes on the outside make a great place to put those fold up lawn chairs.

I wish i had picks, me and a bud sat all summer dreaming up ideas to make the "outfitters" trailer better.



Can you post pics of your trailer? I would love to see other peoples setup.


+1
LgAnimalVet  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 6:01:48 PM EST
Here is mine, simple setup, holds two 4 wheelers







1IV  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 6:06:04 PM EST
IKEA BUNK BEDS! And a lot of grommets on the walls and roof for hanging stuff.
GENESMITH  [Life Member]
10/21/2008 6:13:49 PM EST
Tag.

I like this thread.
greasypig  [Team Member]
10/21/2008 6:34:26 PM EST
tag for future ideas
TaylorWSO  [Life Member]
10/21/2008 8:27:56 PM EST
cant post pics now, I will in the future.
Tarsus  [Member]
10/21/2008 11:11:45 PM EST
So if we were to put together a "Want" List for an enclosed trailer - basically a shell to be customized - what would it be from the dealer?

Tandem axle, certainly, right?
Is it possible to get tires in a standard small car size? Might tear some up in a BO.
Side door? How about 2?
Rear barn door, or rear ramp door, or are ramp doors too weak?
Metal or wood floor? I used to move furniture for a living and carpet had major advantages. of course you could add that.
Battery compartment - Enclosed? Box mounted on the frame?
Brakes - Electric or surge?
Stabilizer Jacks - Definately - Manual or Electric w back up?
Wiring - Pre-wired 12V, or do your own?

What other features to look for? Perhaps more importantly, you guys what have experience, what things to avoid, or sounded good at the time but later . . . .

Thanks, OP, I've been leaning this direction for a while, now.
MJay  [Member]
10/22/2008 3:51:06 AM EST
I used to work for a cargo trailer manufacturer, building trailers. I will try and help as much as I can.


Originally Posted By Tarsus:
So if we were to put together a "Want" List for an enclosed trailer - basically a shell to be customized - what would it be from the dealer?

Tandem axle, certainly, right? Yes

Is it possible to get tires in a standard small car size? Might tear some up in a BO. Most tandem axle trailers use tires in the light truck range. If you put small car tires on it, you would have little to no ground clearance. Also, the car tires couldn't support the weight the trailer is rated for.

Side door? How about 2? You can custom order a trailer with multiple side doors. You definately want at least one. Unless you plan on getting on over 24 foot, one should be fine.

Rear barn door, or rear ramp door, or are ramp doors too weak? Definately get a ramp door. You will regret not having one. The ramp doors are very sturdy also. They can handle about anything up to the weight of a car unless you get a car trailer obviously.

Metal or wood floor? I used to move furniture for a living and carpet had major advantages. of course you could add that. Wood floor should be fine. It depends what you plan to haul. Most manuf. use 3/4" preasure treated plywood on 12" or 18" centers.

Battery compartment - Enclosed? Box mounted on the frame? Something you can order. I would make it myself though. I would mount it recessed in the floor.

Brakes - Electric or surge? Electric brakes should be fine. I would choose a trailer that has Dexter axles.

Stabilizer Jacks - Definately - Manual or Electric w back up? Manual would be fine. You can save on costs going manual. They have spring loaded stab jacks that are actually faster to deploy than electric.

Wiring - Pre-wired 12V, or do your own? Unless you order a custom trailer, they are not going to have it wired the way you want it. You will probably have to redo a lot of it to your liking. Maybe also look into an inverter.

What other features to look for? Perhaps more importantly, you guys what have experience, what things to avoid, or sounded good at the time but later . . . . As far as other features go, there are quite a few. It all depends on what your specific plans are. common ones are... recessed D-rings in the floor, E-Trac in floor and walls, some of the larger, custom units can even come with a small living quarters. The sky is the limit if you've got the money. My opinion, get a trailer made by Pace. They are quality trailers. (No, that is not the company I worked for.)

Thanks, OP, I've been leaning this direction for a while, now.
Ranger431  [Member]
10/22/2008 4:14:34 AM EST
As far as ventilation - Maxx Air vent covers / fans work very well in RVs and can be used even if it's raining.


Maxx Air Turbo


Maxx Air
n0zzle  [Member]
10/22/2008 4:31:50 AM EST
Nature's Head

Easiest toilet set up.
drobs  [Team Member]
10/22/2008 6:46:11 AM EST

Originally Posted By MJay:
I used to work for a cargo trailer manufacturer, building trailers. I will try and help as much as I can.


Originally Posted By Tarsus:
So if we were to put together a "Want" List for an enclosed trailer - basically a shell to be customized - what would it be from the dealer?

Tandem axle, certainly, right? Yes

Is it possible to get tires in a standard small car size? Might tear some up in a BO. Most tandem axle trailers use tires in the light truck range. If you put small car tires on it, you would have little to no ground clearance. Also, the car tires couldn't support the weight the trailer is rated for.

Side door? How about 2? You can custom order a trailer with multiple side doors. You definately want at least one. Unless you plan on getting on over 24 foot, one should be fine.

Rear barn door, or rear ramp door, or are ramp doors too weak? Definately get a ramp door. You will regret not having one. The ramp doors are very sturdy also. They can handle about anything up to the weight of a car unless you get a car trailer obviously.

Metal or wood floor? I used to move furniture for a living and carpet had major advantages. of course you could add that. Wood floor should be fine. It depends what you plan to haul. Most manuf. use 3/4" preasure treated plywood on 12" or 18" centers.

Battery compartment - Enclosed? Box mounted on the frame? Something you can order. I would make it myself though. I would mount it recessed in the floor.

Brakes - Electric or surge? Electric brakes should be fine. I would choose a trailer that has Dexter axles.

Stabilizer Jacks - Definately - Manual or Electric w back up? Manual would be fine. You can save on costs going manual. They have spring loaded stab jacks that are actually faster to deploy than electric.

Wiring - Pre-wired 12V, or do your own? Unless you order a custom trailer, they are not going to have it wired the way you want it. You will probably have to redo a lot of it to your liking. Maybe also look into an inverter.

What other features to look for? Perhaps more importantly, you guys what have experience, what things to avoid, or sounded good at the time but later . . . . As far as other features go, there are quite a few. It all depends on what your specific plans are. common ones are... recessed D-rings in the floor, E-Trac in floor and walls, some of the larger, custom units can even come with a small living quarters. The sky is the limit if you've got the money. My opinion, get a trailer made by Pace. They are quality trailers. (No, that is not the company I worked for.)

Thanks, OP, I've been leaning this direction for a while, now.


MJay,

Is it possible to add side windows to those trailers?
LgAnimalVet  [Team Member]
10/22/2008 7:19:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By drobs:

SNIP



MJay,

Is it possible to add side windows to those trailers?

Yes, you can add them yourself or have them put in while ordering a custom setup from the factory. Also I will add that you can bend ramp doors fairly easily and once bent they are fucked.
ASUsax  [Team Member]
10/22/2008 9:01:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By mike3117:

Originally Posted By Headless_T_Gunner:
Does it need any ventilation? Could you sleep/work in it during the summer with the doors closed?


It only has two little vent holes on the sides so that will definitely be a problem for summer time. I hope to get a small AC unit installed on the roof but am not sure how much that would cost..... anyone have any ideas? I would not need a big RV style just something small.


$580 for this heat/cool unit.

www.rvsupplywarehouse.com/product/detail.cfm/nid/3/pid/2757
Kaw77  [Member]
10/22/2008 11:55:41 AM EST
tow behind trailers with toy hauler options are made already with foldinng beds/bunks etc
not as cheap and flexible as the OP's setup ( no diss intended) but for those with the money and maybe less handy man skills....
link is an example , if I can find a better site or pic I'll add it
camping-trailers.com/18th-floor.htm
drobs  [Team Member]
10/22/2008 2:29:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By Kaw77:
tow behind trailers with toy hauler options are made already with foldinng beds/bunks etc
not as cheap and flexible as the OP's setup ( no diss intended) but for those with the money and maybe less handy man skills....
link is an example , if I can find a better site or pic I'll add it
camping-trailers.com/18th-floor.htm


Those toy trailers can be big $$.
ilbob  [Member]
10/22/2008 2:35:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By n0zzle:
Nature's Head

Easiest toilet set up.


easier and cheapest toilet setup.

http://beprepared.com/product.asp?pn=ZK%20X105&sid=FROOGLE&EID=FRZK%20X105&bhcd2=1224718208

some heavy duty garbage bags and kitty litter and you are good to go. no need for a complicated and expensive contraption.
mike3117  [Team Member]
10/22/2008 8:02:03 PM EST
I would have loved to have a tandem axle trailer but it was over $1,000 more for that and not a must for me. I was just happy that my trailer came with electric brakes and stabilizer jacks.

As for the toy hauler comment. I actually own a 2007 21' camp trailer. It is a fully self contained camper but not a toy hauler. I have my wife and two little girls so their camping trips are luxury for them i.e. toilet and shower. I wanted this trailer to haul our dune buggy in and to setup as more of a bug out trailer. It is simply a toy project for me so no diss taken.
Wolfpack  [Team Member]
10/23/2008 2:23:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By ilbob:

easier and cheapest toilet setup.

http://beprepared.com/product.asp?pn=ZK%20X105&sid=FROOGLE&EID=FRZK%20X105&bhcd2=1224718208

some heavy duty garbage bags and kitty litter and you are good to go. no need for a complicated and expensive contraption.



Thanks for posting that. I have been needing something like this for a long time.
mike3117  [Team Member]
11/8/2008 7:34:52 PM EST
So I have done some more work to my trailer and just wanted to share.


Here are some folding chairs and cots that I installed, they are anchored into the steal beams.



Here I installed a piece of wood to the ceiling beams and installed an under the cabinet radio/CD player. The black bracket just above the radio is a cradle for my XM radio. That way I can get tunes, CNN, etc. from anywhere. You can't see it but right behind the radio is a power inverter that runs the radio off of the 12V system.



Here I installed a radio, 12V cig plug outlet, and a Streamlight flashlight.



Last of all is our BOV that will be towed in the trailer
GENESMITH  [Life Member]
11/8/2008 8:01:18 PM EST
Cool project.


LgAnimalVet  [Team Member]
11/10/2008 1:32:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By mike3117:
So I have done some more work to my trailer and just wanted to share.


Here are some folding chairs and cots that I installed, they are anchored into the steal beams.
http://www.knittelfamily.com/new%20folder/6.jpg


Here I installed a piece of wood to the ceiling beams and installed an under the cabinet radio/CD player. The black bracket just above the radio is a cradle for my XM radio. That way I can get tunes, CNN, etc. from anywhere. You can't see it but right behind the radio is a power inverter that runs the radio off of the 12V system.
http://www.knittelfamily.com/new%20folder/7.jpg


Here I installed a radio, 12V cig plug outlet, and a Streamlight flashlight.
http://www.knittelfamily.com/new%20folder/8.jpg


Last of all is our BOV that will be towed in the trailer
http://www.knittelfamily.com/new%20folder/9.jpg


Looks good, you should put some eyelets in the walls and bungee those chairs and cots so they don't flop around while going down the road.
mike3117  [Team Member]
11/10/2008 2:03:14 PM EST
Yeah I am having a hard time finding some small D rings to screw into the studs and floor to tie things down. No luck at Lowes and hardware store. Will keep looking.
jcoffman55  [Member]
11/10/2008 2:49:59 PM EST
How about a large tarp and some way to attatch it to one side of the trailer, along with two tall poles and guy lines so that you can have a covered area to prepare food and lounge out of the sun.
mike3117  [Team Member]
11/10/2008 2:57:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By jcoffman55:
How about a large tarp and some way to attatch it to one side of the trailer, along with two tall poles and guy lines so that you can have a covered area to prepare food and lounge out of the sun.


Hmmmmm sounds like a good idea, need some pictures for ideas to implement it. Anyone have anything like this?
jeremy223  [Member]
11/10/2008 3:50:57 PM EST
Add a rooftop R/V AC/heatstrip. Insulate the roof and cover with melamine to keep the heat down in the summer.

I would also get some rubber coin or rubber or aluminum diamond plate flooring.

Check here for wall tie downs, spare tires, etc
http://www.trailerpart.com/
jeremy223  [Member]
11/10/2008 3:51:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By mike3117:
Originally Posted By jcoffman55:
How about a large tarp and some way to attatch it to one side of the trailer, along with two tall poles and guy lines so that you can have a covered area to prepare food and lounge out of the sun.


Hmmmmm sounds like a good idea, need some pictures for ideas to implement it. Anyone have anything like this?

Get a real R/V awning instead, it will work a lot better.
jeremy223  [Member]
11/10/2008 4:08:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By Tarsus:
So if we were to put together a "Want" List for an enclosed trailer - basically a shell to be customized - what would it be from the dealer?

Tandem axle, certainly, right?
Depends on the load you need to carry, but probably a tandem.
Is it possible to get tires in a standard small car size? Might tear some up in a BO.
Side door? How about 2?
Rear barn door, or rear ramp door, or are ramp doors too weak?
You can special order very strong, steel reinforced ramp doors and extensions that can easily carry up to the rated capacity of the trailer. It does cost a bit more.
Metal or wood floor? I used to move furniture for a living and carpet had major advantages. of course you could add that.
I have a vinyl floor in mine, but if I had it to do again I would use either rubber coin or rubber diamond plate pattern flooring.
Battery compartment - Enclosed? Box mounted on the frame?
Usually you mount the batteries in plastic boxes on the A frame tongue next to the break away system. You can then run wire from there to your inverters and other electrical devices.
Brakes - Electric or surge?
Electric is the only way. With a proportional brake controller, you can activate the trailer brakes in the event of sway, they work in both directions, and electric brakes you can have a break away system so that if the trailer and vehicle become disconnected, the brakes are activated to stop the trailer. Try backing up with surge brakes.
Stabilizer Jacks - Definately - Manual or Electric w back up?
Manual are fine
Wiring - Pre-wired 12V, or do your own?

What other features to look for? Perhaps more importantly, you guys what have experience, what things to avoid, or sounded good at the time but later . . . .

Thanks, OP, I've been leaning this direction for a while, now.


cunfuzedndazed  [Member]
11/11/2008 6:29:56 AM EST
Has anybody looked at the RT series for tent trailers from Starcraft as bugout option? Pretty beefy, nice cargo platform and more rugged then your average trailer due to a small lift and better tires.

Just wondering about the varying opinons on that unit.

Thanks.

mike3117  [Team Member]
11/11/2008 6:49:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By cunfuzedndazed:
Has anybody looked at the RT series for tent trailers from Starcraft as bugout option? Pretty beefy, nice cargo platform and more rugged then your average trailer due to a small lift and better tires.

Just wondering about the varying opinons on that unit.

Thanks.



A co-worker of mine actually has a 2007 single axle model. They are indeed very rugged with tons of ground clearence. They are also fully self contained but are pretty spendy and you still have to have a truck to haul it. They are not light enough for a Jeep etc. Here is a link if anyone wants to see what we are talking about......

Starcraft Trailer

ktrout01  [Team Member]
11/11/2008 8:47:43 AM EST
What kind of buggy is that ?

mike3117  [Team Member]
11/11/2008 10:50:04 AM EST
Originally Posted By ktrout01:
What kind of buggy is that ?

http://www.knittelfamily.com/new%20folder/9.jpg


It is a Hammerhead imported from TJ Powersports. Do a Google and you can check them out. We love ours, very good quality machines.
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