A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby Txbum » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:20 am

Piefoot, good looking trailer! How wide is it now? Hope to see some more photos soon. Good luck on the build. Txbum :thumbsup:
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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby piefoot » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:57 pm

The trailer measures 5 feet wide outside to outside. I can go 8 or 9 feet long but Backwoods Guy's tent set up fits great and he went 8 feet long so I will likely do the same. I am restricted with money being a retired postal worker so my build will be extended through the winter most likely. I do want to have it ready to camp by next spring and summer though. I'd like to get the frame finished and painted so I can start on the bed in the garage during the winter. Were you able to get started over Memorial Day Weekend?
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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby Txbum » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:24 am

Piefoot, no, I did not get started. I have been really busy at work. Just took inventory of all things needed. I am debating building six wide by 8 foot long. Guess I will have to take the plunge on building the box first and drop onto the trailer for trial fit. If six feet wide is too much , then I will reduce the width to five foot. I have two sheets 4x8 foor .040" aluminium , I plan on building 2 foot tall perimeter walls cutting the sheets to fit. There will be a couple of pieces left over, probably use those pieces as corner re-inforcement. I am thinking about making rounded corners to reduce the possibility of the canvas tearing at the corners. For sure this Friday I am welding some angle iron ( 2") from the second cross member to the tounge to form an "A" frame. This should give the trailer some much needed support. I will definitely post photos of the build and provide a link. Tx bum :thinking:
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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby piefoot » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:00 am

Sounds good Txbum. I'll be watching for your update. Good luck. :thumbsup:
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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby dodgedartgt » Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:19 pm

Piefoot,

I've been reading through this thread and wanted to mention something to you... When I looked at the Kodiak truck tent link, it mentioned that it is a "tailgate down" design. This tells me that you need 8ft plus the average pick-up bed length, or are you planning to do a tailgate on your trailer.

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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby piefoot » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:13 pm

I'll build a tailgate on the trailer just like Backwoods Guy did on his build.

I also got an idea from a teardrop trailer I saw. The owner welded a receiver on the trailer frame behind the back wheels on each side. He uses them to mount steel arms and small tables and sets his small barbecue on one side and a Dutch Oven on the other. My trailer is a boat trailer. In removing the bunks and rollers, I ended up with two pieces that will work for that same thing. The picture below shows one of these pieces bolted on to the frame near the rear.

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I tested these pieces in the 2" receiver on my SUV and they were a perfect fit. I'll have some fabricating and welding to do once I decide how I want to use them. Probably won't be for a barbecue or Dutch Oven as I really don't want to have burning coals that close to my canvas tent, but they will play a part in my camp set up.
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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby chuckebuck » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:32 pm

GUY would you explain tailgate build? What type hinges used? Is the box lifted higher using a 2x4 on tailgate end?
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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby Semper Gumby » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:39 pm

Does anyone have actual measurements of the SummitHaus tent? Several years ago I bought a trailer that is similar to the LittleGiant, in that it has two wing-like sides that fold out. It was actually made to take a pop up tent (Jumping Jack) but they stopped making the size tent to fit it long before I bought the trailer. I've contemplated having a custom tent made, but don't want to drop that much cash. The SummitHaus looks like it might work.

Backwoods Guy - I love your idea and design & would run with something similar if I had a bit larger trailer. As it is, I need a little more room. With the wings open on my trailer it's 8' wide and the bed end to end is 7' long, if I'm just using the bed it's only 4'x7'.

If anone has info you could offer about actual size of the SummitHaus, that would be very useful for me.

Thanks!!
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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby Junkboy999 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:48 pm

There are some specs on this page along with a PDF for the tent
http://www.discount-trailers.com/tent-c ... ailers.htm

Hope this helps

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Re: A New Twist on a Tent Trailer

Postby mikesova » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:52 am

Neat idea
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