Best width for a trailer camper?

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Best width for a trailer camper?

4 foot
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17%
5 foot
14
61%
6 foot
4
17%
More than 6 foot
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Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby Magambi » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:05 pm

All,
The poll named 'If you were to build it all over again ...' (http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=550) shows >20% voted that they'd like a wider trailer if doing it all over again. That's the highest picked answer (except for Other).

I'd like some opinions on "How wide?". I'm particularly debating 5 foot vs 6 foot. Here's my thoughts: Five foot trailer look "right" and seems wide enough, but six foot gives a little more space for my 6'6" ogre body. OTOH, a 6 foot wide camper would mean a total trailer width (~8 ft) wider than my SUV. And the 6 footers look "fat" to me.

What are your thoughts?

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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby EZ » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:35 pm

I voted 6 feet (was it a secret ballot ? :o but I am actually going a bit above that since I am building a 6+ X 8 standy (slouchy) on a 5 foot wide trailer with a bed/dinette across the back. So that was not a vote for a teardrop size, that would still probably be be 5+
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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby tony.latham » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:33 pm

In 2004 I bought a 4-wide. We loved it. In 2013 I bumped into a So-Cal 5-wide. Three weeks later I was building our 5-wide. A foot is a mile in a teardrop.

I built a 4-wide for my sister and bro-in-law. That's what they wanted. They're skinny. He competes in 100-mile trail races. They love it and I do think it's right for them and behind their Rav-4.

I miss our 4-wide while towing. That's her over to the left in my avatar. But not while we're out camping. I'll pass on a 6-wide 'drop. I think they would be too wide. I'd need wider mirrors on my Tacoma and some of the two-tracks we travel on might be too narrow.

You can't call it roughing-it when you're laying on a queen size bed. :thumbsup:

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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby gudmund » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:55 pm

I would go with a 5. My 4 ft is fine for me alone but when it comes to mattresses, 5's just have more options being you always have to cut something down to make it fit a 4 or have something custom made. If I had it to do over again, the 5 ft tear would have a removable foot panel being I have no use for cabinets in the lower area of the back of a teardrop which would make removing a mattress so easy - slide in - slide out. And with this feature - any 5 ft queen could be made to work as long as it was the right length.
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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby Aguyfromohio » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:21 pm

gudmund wrote:... any 5 ft queen could be made to work as long as it was the right length.

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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby edgeau » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:14 pm

5 is the go in my opinion. No towing mirrors needed, tracks nicely behind the SUV and still comfortable for two inside.

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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby working on it » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:41 pm

edgeau wrote:5 is the go in my opinion. No towing mirrors needed, tracks nicely behind the SUV and still comfortable for two inside.
If I were to camp with another person, I agree that 5 or wider is better. And though I've thought of a larger size trailer (just fantasizing), my experiences with larger trailers (width) vs smaller ones make me think that I appreciate the ease of towing, turning, backing, visibility, etc.; it makes a narrower trailer easier to live with, for a solo camper. I built mine intending to go semi-offroad, and to camp where trees, sloping trails, or tight bends might make towing a wider-bodied trailer impossible. If I were a snow-bird, or full-time RV resident, then wider, for increased living space, would be my choice. I picked 4-foot as best, due to my personal experience in 4x8 solo TTT camping...it's a compromise, having less room inside vs the ease of towing it, in the shadow of my truck, but I can live with it. I've really liked not having to use extending mirrors (which may be damaged on narrow country brush-lined roads), and like to be able to track both tires' paths at the same time (necessary on some switch-back, curbed or rutted roads). I would probably be able to use a 5-wide, on all roads, but at 6 or wider, then I better not stray off the beaten path (at least not in heavy traffic, or in low vision situations). Traffic gets worse each year, as does my vision.
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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby S. Heisley » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:20 pm

...The width of your tow vehicle. Saves gas and you can see past and around it more easily.
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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby Magambi » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:22 pm

Wow, thanks for all the feedback. Some of the comments are hilarious. :lol: BTW, click the "Show results" link to see how everyone voted so far.

As I said, I'm an ogre at 6'6" 260 lb. A 4 foot may be a little tight for me and my girl (unless she sleeps on top, but I'll keep things PG for this forum :R). I think a 5 foot seems a great size. I'm going camper shopping this weekend. I'll look at both the 5 and 6 foot versions, but I think I'll end up with the 5 foot.

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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby swoody126 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:37 am

the first 2 elements that figure into the physical size of YOUR IDEAL TRAILER

TRACK of TV

BODY WIDTH of TV

when moving in out n around camping locations as well as traffic it is really convenient to have the trailer tracking in the same tracks of the TV

unless you love ADAPTING mirrors to a mid/small sized TV(which looks really wonky) a trailer body width equal to or slightly less than the width of the TV is down right handy

for example...with my Jeep Cherokee those dimensions would provide for an outside width of track/fender width @ 6' leaving a deck width of 4'± when using TV sized wheels

it would also be handy to have a trailer body width < 6' also though i would suggest just wide enough to accommodate an REGULAR SIZED QUEEN(60" ID) plus 2x the thickness of a wall based on your structural requirements

now the next question/decision to be resolved is do you run small wheels w/ the deck above the fenders or do you run TV sized wheels and locate the bed above the wheel wells which would logically provide you w/ abundant storage between the wheel wells

VISION & TRACK WIDTH along with interior bed size are 3 of my personal decision making elements

then the interior height needs consideration which for me would be full sitting height w/o having to tilt my head even w/ a hat on

what others "say is best" may(likely wont) necessarily be best for you/anyone else

YOU GOTZ2 EMPLOY YOUR OWN DESIGN ELEMENTS TO ACHIEVE WHATZ BEST FOR YOU

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Re: Best width for a trailer camper?

Postby edgeau » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:34 pm

swoody126 wrote:the first 2 elements that figure into the physical size of YOUR IDEAL TRAILER

TRACK of TV

BODY WIDTH of TV

when moving in out n around camping locations as well as traffic it is really convenient to have the trailer tracking in the same tracks of the TV

unless you love ADAPTING mirrors to a mid/small sized TV(which looks really wonky) a trailer body width equal to or slightly less than the width of the TV is down right handy

for example...with my Jeep Cherokee those dimensions would provide for an outside width of track/fender width @ 6' leaving a deck width of 4'± when using TV sized wheels

it would also be handy to have a trailer body width < 6' also though i would suggest just wide enough to accommodate an REGULAR SIZED QUEEN(60" ID) plus 2x the thickness of a wall based on your structural requirements

now the next question/decision to be resolved is do you run small wheels w/ the deck above the fenders or do you run TV sized wheels and locate the bed above the wheel wells which would logically provide you w/ abundant storage between the wheel wells

VISION & TRACK WIDTH along with interior bed size are 3 of my personal decision making elements

then the interior height needs consideration which for me would be full sitting height w/o having to tilt my head even w/ a hat on

what others "say is best" may(likely wont) necessarily be best for you/anyone else

YOU GOTZ2 EMPLOY YOUR OWN DESIGN ELEMENTS TO ACHIEVE WHATZ BEST FOR YOU

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