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ppine

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Posted: 07/12/19 07:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How about a nice tent with a cot?
I like a wall tent with a wood stove best or a 16 foot tipi.

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Not knowing your budget or your work skills, I would suggest you look for a foamy or other home made trailer design and build it yourself. Some of the simplest trailers come from home workshops and not factories.

Foamy Builds

There are a large number of designs and procedures. The above is just a small example of possibilities.


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Jebby14 wrote:

convert an enclosed utility trailer. Good luck finding a fridge with no controller though. everything else should be easy to come by.
^^^This, you can put in whatever you want for a lot less money. Neighbor converted a cargo trailer but did add A/C, 110 volt frig, microwave, and generator. Has a queen bed that folds flat against the wall. He uses a Coleman stove to cook,on.

Point is you can put in as little or as much as you want.

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beemerphile1 wrote:

Sounds like you want a 1960s era camper/trailer.

You got it. And since I live in the inner city with no place to work inside, doing conversions is difficult and costly. Especially adding a shower and toilet.
I was hoping I'd overlooked a retro manufacturer in my search, but apparently finding an old unit is my only hope.
I certainly can't afford to have a Scamp, Casita, Oliver, etc. special built.
Alrighty then, Craigslist it is.

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the bear II wrote:

Most manufacturers will build the interior to meet your needs.


I haven't found this to be the case with mass produced units. Manufacturers cater to the dealers, and don't do custom builds for a given customer.


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Chris Bryant wrote:

My ‘69 VW Wetfalia pop top would meet your needs.

No toilet. I had a 1970 VW bus for 20 yrs. and camped out of it until 1990.

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Jebby14 wrote:

convert an enclosed utility trailer. Good luck finding a fridge with no controller though. everything else should be easy to come by.

I still won't have a toilet. Trying to get away from taking a s**t in the rain.

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Craigslist or ebay might have a vintage unit. Some of them didn't have holding tanks so no shower of toliet. Most had a stove, refrigerator, heater and gas lights if you go back far enough.

* This post was edited 07/12/19 01:26pm by colliehauler *

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Can't get any easier or cheaper than this

The US has 3,531,905 square miles of land, so surely peeing won't be a problem

* This post was edited 07/12/19 03:13pm by patperry2766 *


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I echo a cargo conversion, most all the work is done inside the trailer anyhow, you could get the windows, rv door, etc. installed at the factory. Mine is a Cargo Craft nade in the Georgia plant. Homesteader in Tennessee will also do basic conversions for you to finish out the interior the way you want.
7x16 Toy/hauler camper conversion

Here's one from IntechRV you could configure it to cover most of your needs. Very well built trailer.
IntechRV Explore

I've also been following these folks lately, very impressed, I think they could set you up with whatever you wanted in a conversion, all aluminum, yes they are in Canada, but the exchange rate looks good right now...
Canadian Trailer Company

Here's one pretty well ready to go, more options than you wanted, but I'd guess you could order one "bare bones".
7x16 Lightning Tent trailer

* This post was edited 07/13/19 06:47am by normal_dave *


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