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Rugged All-Terrain Trailer Home for Off-Road Adventures

Postby mikeschn » Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:27 pm

Rugged All-Terrain Trailer Home for Off-Road Adventures

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Re: Rugged All-Terrain Trailer Home for Off-Road Adventures

Postby slowcowboy » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:37 am

this is a neat looking rig! this is not made my socal teardrops is it? it looks familer.

Plans. there was supposed to be plans to be followed when I built this thing. Opps! AH, gee, tum,tee tum. I think I forgot about the plans 2 years ago. ------Tow vehicles, 1995 ford explore, 1994 ford ranger, 1993 ford F-150, 2009 4x9 Off road teardrop, on harbor freight greatly modified frame.
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Re: Rugged All-Terrain Trailer Home for Off-Road Adventures

Postby Captain Monkeyshines » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:13 pm

It's a Moby1 XTR
“When You're Alone”
When you're in the kitchen, you've got to behave
You don't put metal in the microwave
The knobs on the stove are “hands off” no doubt
And when you make toast, don't use a knife to fish it out!
When you're alone, when you're alone
You got to stay safe when you're home all alone.
When you're alone, when you're home all alone
You got to make sure not to die, or choke or burn the house down.
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Re: Rugged All-Terrain Trailer Home for Off-Road Adventures

Postby Semper Gumby » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:55 am

This pic is what initially drove me to this site (newbie as of a few days ago). I've been working (in my head) on a lightweight trailer build that will sleep three (myself and my two teen sons) and could be pulled behind my Jeep for some time. Several years ago I bought a trailer designed to take a tent and could easily sleep three, but the tent has been hard to come by. I was this picture and thoguht it would be a great route take vs a larger tent trailer or hard side trailer... then I saw the price :)

It looks to be really well built, but it's also $16k base and weighs in at 1500lbs base. Add the cool rooftop tent, water and supplies, and you'll be sitting near 2klbs and $20k. Hence I find myself here trying to figure out what it would take to build something much less expensive and much lighter.

Anyway, I'm going to share some of my ideas and some pictures of my current trailer later today & hope to get some input from the board. Something like this would be my end goal if I could make it fit my objectives.
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Re: Rugged All-Terrain Trailer Home for Off-Road Adventures

Postby markhusbands » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:17 am

I'm building a simple teardrop with a roof tent on it. Mine will not be truly off-road worthy, but I am CERTAIN that you could build a very capable off-road trailer with a roof tent and without some of the systems complexity of the Moby for far less money.
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Re: Rugged All-Terrain Trailer Home for Off-Road Adventures

Postby hugh » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:45 am

I know these posts are from the summer, but having built a capable off road trailer I can offer a couple of thoughts. I must say I made the mistake many first time builders make which is I overbuilt and probably made the trailer a few hundred pounds heavier than it needed to be. Having said that a strong frame is a good place to start. Mine is built out of thick walled 2x2 square tubing. It uses a 3500' leaf spring axle. To improve the ride the springs were exchanged for lighter weight springs, if memory serves they are 2500' springs. Leaf springs were chosen because they are simple and easy to repair. Also I keep a spare inside the trailer in a small compartment. 1/4 plywood on the outside and 3/8 on the inside. A different method might offer some weight savings here, maybe an aluminum skin and foam inside. Once the trailer had the walls put on I took it off road down a fairly difficult trail. First incarnation it had a 48" axle which made the trailer tippy off road especially considering the trail I first used. I was going a little 2 fast on a rocky off camber section, by to fast I mean approx 2 mph :lol: and the trailer tipped over. My buddy behind me has a 54 Willy,s truck with a winch and he quickly lined up and we winched the trailer back to its wheels. The next part is embaressing but I did not hook the line to trailer very well and when we got it lifted about two feet up the hook slipped off and the trailer fell back on it,s side, not once but 2 more times. Much damage was expected but since it was a slow speed tip over and was not dragged at all on its side other than scratches on the paint, no damage. Any way the point here is light weight is good but strength is also good. The next day I went down to our local tractor supply type vendor and bought a 6' wide axle set. Tubing, wood, windows, rv battery, etc wound up costing about $4000. So yes you can build for a lot less than the $20 grand or so a factory one costs. One thing to consider is what I call mass centralization which means putting heavy items like an RV battery over the axle. It makes it easier to get the balance of the trailer set. Just my 2 cents worth.
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