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Old 04-05-2011, 09:56 PM   #1
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I thought folks on this forum might be interested in these trailer designs from Australia:
http://www.kedroncaravans.com/caravans.html
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http://www.youtube.com/user/GallBoys#p/u/3/2Dwnryzrgdg
I haven't seen anything like this by N. Am'n manufacturers ... the closest seems to be a slightly beefed up suspension option on the Aerolite Zoom. I suspect the reasoning is that folks will use a slide-in on a p/u for off-road use and that capability is less common on other continents ... notwithstanding compact p/u models.
Does anyone have any experience with off-road, or off pavement anyway, campers? My experience, though limited, suggests that the camper trailers known in Canada and the U.S. don't stand up to the shaking of even intermittently maintained gravel roads, never mind the kind of abuse shown in the Gall Boys videos.
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I feel sorry for that camper and the tow vehicle. Sure, any trailer will take that abuse for a little while but don't expect them to last much longer than a couple years compared to a lifetime being nice to them.
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Those are decent trailers, but I'm sure after a few years of abuse, they will start needing major suspension overhauls.
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I have seen something similar to this at the local rv dealer a few years ago.
The trailer I saw also had a small "deck" area on the front where you could put coolers, mountain bikes, etc.
Like this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2004-...item336676eca8
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Little less accommodating than the camper trailers, but these are about the most beefed up trailers around.

http://www.campausa.com/
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Little less accommodating than the camper trailers, but these are about the most beefed up trailers around.

http://www.campausa.com/
Those are a great idea but after a rain you still have to pack up wet fabric. That annoys me 'cause the next time you set up it's already wet and likely to be as wet inside.

Further this is more extreme use than most people need. I'm interested in a camper that will handle rough gravel roads. I'm not going to customise a truck to haul it up the Himalayas.

The more I look at the concept of a camper durable enough to go off the paved road and withstand winter temperatures, the more I think I have to build it, if it's a trailer, or go with a F-450 and a slide in. Now to learn how to weld ...

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this was just released by jeep not to long ago.
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Check out the Oct issue of 4 Wheeler. They go through some of the actual, off road (as in hard core rock crawling) trailers that are small and have sleeper options as well as no bind hitch options.
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