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ajriding

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Posted: 01/16/20 06:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a small cargo trailer I use often and want to do some overnights in it.
It is only 5 feet interior height, great for towing, not so much for standing.

I want to have one section where I can stand upright, so am thinking to cut out a 2x4 foot section of roof and having something that can easily raise, fold out, yet be flat with roof for towing, no more than 4 inches high when down.

My current idea is use plywood and make an A-frame roof that unfolds so has some headroom. (i have epoxy resin to waterproof the wood)

I can't yet figure how to keep it watertight. Folded down is not such a challenge, but having 4 panels fold out and all be weatherproof is the challenge. Two side will be rectangle panels and the other two will be triangles. The triangle will fold up last and remain under the eeves. At the bottom to keep it all water tight Im still pondering.

I also want to operate ir all from inside, and also need a way to secure it while driving.

I have seen hurricane hinges, but they are not shaped right. I have seen plastic hinges (like piano hinges) that just bend, so there is no leaks,but I ant find sources for these, or can only find expensive ones. Maybe tack down vinyl over a piano hinge.

Anyone ever do something like this, or have a better design to add height? I do not want to do a complicated engineering feat as this will be a minor project given available time.

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Posted: 01/16/20 07:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why does it need to fold down, why not just add a section that increases the height to whatever you need? Then weather-proofing will be easier. Otherwise go look at some popup trailers in a dealer's yard.


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Posted: 01/16/20 08:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Asking 'why' on the forum is a forum faux pau.
The size i need is about 4 wide by 2 front to back, feet that is, and to gain a foot in height at least. The trailer is 5 feet inside, so a 6 foot man cannot stand upright.
Doing something permanently up makes the trailer taller, less aero, and taller mean might not fit under that thing/branch/drive thru etc. My sphincter is getting tight just thinking to add 4 inches on the roof…
This apparatus will sit on the roof, nothing like a popup tent and I have no desire to spend any time in a tent of any sorts…lol

* This post was edited 01/16/20 08:10pm by ajriding *

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Posted: 01/16/20 08:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want to drive under something less than 7 feet tall it won't be on a roadway. Even low overpasses and such are over 10 feet. And with a trailer that small worrying about air resistance is probably not sensible. It won't be enough to think about unless you are towing with a Yugo.

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Build a box on your roof the size you want, 4 or 6 inches high, next build a roof box large enough to set our your framed opening. Now you can use waterproof canvas or clear heavy vinyl attached to both frames to weatherproof you opening. The roof could be held up with hinged swing up corner posts, or make simple scissor hinges that go over center to lock. Hope you get the idea, all the details are up to your imagination. Dave PS you'll need to lock it down for travel!

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Look at A-Liner pop ups for ideas.


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ajriding wrote:

Asking 'why' on the forum is a forum faux pau.


When did this rule get applied? And WHY?

What are you pulling with and where are you trying to pull it? An extra ft of height would have little impact on clearance in most places and could be made aerodynamic to the point it would have no noticeable effect during towing.

If you are dead set, it's fairly simple to put a ridge 2-3" high around the opening and then a frame that fits over it like a box top. Then attach canvas to the inside of the lid and to the outside of the ridge.


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Posted: 01/17/20 07:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Asking why? I don't know, I can say that over the years someone asking "why' got me to see something that I overlooked. I can get fixated on some idea and ignore the obvious other solution.

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Posted: 01/17/20 10:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I don't think any of those in that link would work because he stated earlier that he had "no desire to spend any time in a tent of any sorts".
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