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Homemade camper trailers

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Created by Surfer62 1 month ago, 28 Feb 2019
Surfer62
VIC, 1225 posts
28 Feb 2019 3:26PM
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About to make a homemade camper trailer using a basic 6x4 trade type trailer and adding Kings roof top tent and annexe with basic 12v electrics and storage, etc

Recently sold a rear fold camper due to frustrating under bed storage area accessibility and setup campsite footprint being too long, the rear fold campers are basically a roof top tent anyways.

Anyone done this ? pros and cons,

Post some pics

Cheers

Tonz
242 posts
28 Feb 2019 12:30PM
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check regulations with state motor vehicles see what allowed, whats not. Too many variances between states

Surfer62
VIC, 1225 posts
28 Feb 2019 3:32PM
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Tonz said..
check regulations with state motor vehicles see what allowed, whats not. Too many variances between states


Good point, didnt think about that

FormulaNova
NSW, 8309 posts
28 Feb 2019 4:31PM
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Nah, its not that bad

infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/vsb1/index.aspx

... but, I guess rego requirements do vary a bit. In NSW if the trailer is greater than 250kgs unladen or 750kgs laden, then it needs annual inspections.

Craig66
NSW, 1557 posts
28 Feb 2019 5:36PM
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Its a box trailer and its carrying camping gear, its not a camper trailer Sir

High sides on the box trailer will be your friend, and no need to go over board with all the fancy suspension that all the factory campers have, ever seen a boat trailer with fancy set up? solid leaf springs will do just fine.

Surfer62
VIC, 1225 posts
28 Feb 2019 7:40PM
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Craig66 said..
Its a box trailer and its carrying camping gear, its not a camper trailer Sir

High sides on the box trailer will be your friend, and no need to go over board with all the fancy suspension that all the factory campers have, ever seen a boat trailer with fancy set up? solid leaf springs will do just fine.


Yep did 11,000 kms on the last camper thru VIC, SA, NT and WA on good old leaf springs , on road and offroad, will upgrade the hitch to a treg style.

Surfer62
VIC, 1225 posts
28 Feb 2019 7:43PM
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FormulaNova said..
Nah, its not that bad

infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/vsb1/index.aspx

... but, I guess rego requirements do vary a bit. In NSW if the trailer is greater than 250kgs unladen or 750kgs laden, then it needs annual inspections.


No such thing as a trailer inspection in Vic no matter what gvm, I'm looking max 750 gvm anyway, have a Ute to carry excess gear.

kato
VIC, 2423 posts
28 Feb 2019 8:34PM
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Try. Windsurfing Trailer Porn /Seabreeze and you'll come up with my build. The lid design would work for a smaller trailer and it was an easy build. Survived the winds of WA and LG

THE PIN PULLER
WA, 265 posts
28 Feb 2019 7:40PM
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I just looked into building a car trailer cheaper to buy one. Why don't u just book up a off road camper trailer and save all the hassle.

boofta
NSW, 121 posts
1 Mar 2019 8:49AM
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Just buy a cheap Chinese trailer, I have a forward folding (less space)
look up star vision trailers, they will haggle down under 10,000
king bed, kitchen, storage to burn, caravan size, water tank, batteries plus,plus
by the time you finish building , cost comparible

FormulaNova
NSW, 8309 posts
1 Mar 2019 9:09AM
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kato said..
Try. Windsurfing Trailer Porn /Seabreeze and you'll come up with my build. The lid design would work for a smaller trailer and it was an easy build. Survived the winds of WA and LG


What about suspension? How did you achieve that special articulated suspension on leaf springs ?

Surfer62
VIC, 1225 posts
1 Mar 2019 10:56AM
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boofta said..
Just buy a cheap Chinese trailer, I have a forward folding (less space)
look up star vision trailers, they will haggle down under 10,000
king bed, kitchen, storage to burn, caravan size, water tank, batteries plus,plus
by the time you finish building , cost comparible





Was considering a forward fold after owning the rear fold, like the off ground seating area but they seem to be very heavy with a high towball weight and have extras I just dont need. On my last 6 week trip we didn't use pull out "kitchen" except for cooking on gas burner sometimes, sink never used, underfloor water tank full but never used, kept a 50 lt water drum full and topped up as needed for washing up and drinking. Don't need fridge slide, got one in the Ute, found it great to have fridge in Ute rather than on camper, wherever you drive outside campsite sightseeing or whatever, the food and cold drinks are always with you.

I can do what I plan to do for about $3500, trailer $950, might go for the kings hardshell rtt at just over $1000 for super fast setup, add a couple of kings awnings $200 ( got a fair bit of kings kit and happy with it ) add agm battery, a couple of outlets and some leds around $400 have a bit of an electrical/tech background so 12v systems a breeze. I already have solar panels, Weber baby q, gas two burner camp cooker, etc.

Might lash out and get a gas hot water system for showers they have come down in price to about $250 will add a water tank and pump if I do, bit of a luxury but handy for free camping.

Forward fold nice but I don't need it.

Something like this





kato
VIC, 2423 posts
1 Mar 2019 1:28PM
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FormulaNova said..

kato said..
Try. Windsurfing Trailer Porn /Seabreeze and you'll come up with my build. The lid design would work for a smaller trailer and it was an easy build. Survived the winds of WA and LG



What about suspension? How did you achieve that special articulated suspension on leaf springs ?


Cheeky bugger

shoodbegood
VIC, 712 posts
1 Mar 2019 10:51PM
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Surfer62 said..

boofta said..
Just buy a cheap Chinese trailer, I have a forward folding (less space)
look up star vision trailers, they will haggle down under 10,000
king bed, kitchen, storage to burn, caravan size, water tank, batteries plus,plus
by the time you finish building , cost comparible






Was considering a forward fold after owning the rear fold, like the off ground seating area but they seem to be very heavy with a high towball weight and have extras I just dont need. On my last 6 week trip we didn't use pull out "kitchen" except for cooking on gas burner sometimes, sink never used, underfloor water tank full but never used, kept a 50 lt water drum full and topped up as needed for washing up and drinking. Don't need fridge slide, got one in the Ute, found it great to have fridge in Ute rather than on camper, wherever you drive outside campsite sightseeing or whatever, the food and cold drinks are always with you.

I can do what I plan to do for about $3500, trailer $950, might go for the kings hardshell rtt at just over $1000 for super fast setup, add a couple of kings awnings $200 ( got a fair bit of kings kit and happy with it ) add agm battery, a couple of outlets and some leds around $400 have a bit of an electrical/tech background so 12v systems a breeze. I already have solar panels, Weber baby q, gas two burner camp cooker, etc.

Might lash out and get a gas hot water system for showers they have come down in price to about $250 will add a water tank and pump if I do, bit of a luxury but handy for free camping.

Forward fold nice but I don't need it.

Something like this






That ladder could be problematic after a few bevies !

rod_bunny
WA, 1057 posts
1 Mar 2019 8:31PM
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shoodbegood said..

Surfer62 said..


boofta said..
Just buy a cheap Chinese trailer, I have a forward folding (less space)
look up star vision trailers, they will haggle down under 10,000
king bed, kitchen, storage to burn, caravan size, water tank, batteries plus,plus
by the time you finish building , cost comparible







Was considering a forward fold after owning the rear fold, like the off ground seating area but they seem to be very heavy with a high towball weight and have extras I just dont need. On my last 6 week trip we didn't use pull out "kitchen" except for cooking on gas burner sometimes, sink never used, underfloor water tank full but never used, kept a 50 lt water drum full and topped up as needed for washing up and drinking. Don't need fridge slide, got one in the Ute, found it great to have fridge in Ute rather than on camper, wherever you drive outside campsite sightseeing or whatever, the food and cold drinks are always with you.

I can do what I plan to do for about $3500, trailer $950, might go for the kings hardshell rtt at just over $1000 for super fast setup, add a couple of kings awnings $200 ( got a fair bit of kings kit and happy with it ) add agm battery, a couple of outlets and some leds around $400 have a bit of an electrical/tech background so 12v systems a breeze. I already have solar panels, Weber baby q, gas two burner camp cooker, etc.

Might lash out and get a gas hot water system for showers they have come down in price to about $250 will add a water tank and pump if I do, bit of a luxury but handy for free camping.

Forward fold nice but I don't need it.

Something like this






That ladder could be problematic after a few bevies !


Not to mention the potential for the weight of you climbing in to tip the lot around the single axle...

Surfer62
VIC, 1225 posts
3 Mar 2019 2:59PM
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rod_bunny said..

shoodbegood said..


Surfer62 said..



boofta said..
Just buy a cheap Chinese trailer, I have a forward folding (less space)
look up star vision trailers, they will haggle down under 10,000
king bed, kitchen, storage to burn, caravan size, water tank, batteries plus,plus
by the time you finish building , cost comparible








Was considering a forward fold after owning the rear fold, like the off ground seating area but they seem to be very heavy with a high towball weight and have extras I just dont need. On my last 6 week trip we didn't use pull out "kitchen" except for cooking on gas burner sometimes, sink never used, underfloor water tank full but never used, kept a 50 lt water drum full and topped up as needed for washing up and drinking. Don't need fridge slide, got one in the Ute, found it great to have fridge in Ute rather than on camper, wherever you drive outside campsite sightseeing or whatever, the food and cold drinks are always with you.

I can do what I plan to do for about $3500, trailer $950, might go for the kings hardshell rtt at just over $1000 for super fast setup, add a couple of kings awnings $200 ( got a fair bit of kings kit and happy with it ) add agm battery, a couple of outlets and some leds around $400 have a bit of an electrical/tech background so 12v systems a breeze. I already have solar panels, Weber baby q, gas two burner camp cooker, etc.

Might lash out and get a gas hot water system for showers they have come down in price to about $250 will add a water tank and pump if I do, bit of a luxury but handy for free camping.

Forward fold nice but I don't need it.

Something like this






That ladder could be problematic after a few bevies !



Not to mention the potential for the weight of you climbing in to tip the lot around the single axle...


Will be fitting stabiliser legs like most campers and vans have, climbing in from side as well



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