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Posted: 01/20/20 12:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why opens up for comments like being informed that bridges are 10 feet high on most American roads and opinions on mpg and frontal area, right or wrong…. Why does not address the issue, only interest, so for interest sake, the reason why is because obviously an extra12 sq feet of flat frontal area is a huge aerodynamic parachute on a trailer that currently sits only 10 inches above the roof of the truck cap. I dont want to lose 3 mpg because I double or triple the amount of trailer out in the wind, I can just get a full height trailer if my goal is to drag around a bill board.
If I go off road then a short trailer clears quite a few obstacles that I otherwise would have to abandon the adventure or settle for a roadside campsite instead of the one by the river etc…
Currently the trailer will fit under many parking decks or city parking structures, or bank atm's or drive thru's or the multitude of traffic obstacles out there that annoy RVers.

What I have planned so far is similar to an A-liner, but I dont have any way to extrude custom shaped aluminum molding, so making it water tight both folded and up is the challenge. I have not found any product on the shelves that will help much.

I will probably have to use a draw-latch on the outside on each side to hold it down, but want the rest of the operation to happen all from inside, you have to think about it pouring rain heavily and wanting to get inside asap but still operate the roof.
I want to be able to drive around locally with it up so do not want a tent up there, dont want a tent blowing around in 40 mph winds either and keeping me awake all night either. Why I want to drive with it up who can know, but that box got checked.

I want it to be simple as possible.

I'm thinking maybe use vinyl over piano hinges for waterproofing.

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

You are obviously immune to any suggestions outside your determined plan. But how the heck to you come up with 12 sq/ft? 1 ft high by 1.5 or 2 ft wide comes out the 1.5 to 2 sq/ft. And has been pointed out you can taper the front of this extension, in a wedge shape, to minimize drag.

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Posted: 01/20/20 01:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Exactly why I did not give details. I not interested to discuss the intricacies of details that have nothing to do with anything. Maybe if Im sitting on a rocking chair on a rainy day with nothing to do or talk about we can discuss the possible square footage of something I am planning to build or the effect of mpg it might have on an engine I have not mentioned
but Im really just looking to have a conversation with anyone who has done something similar with success or maybe first-hand knowledge somehow. That's what is neat about forums is finding a person out of millions that has experience in something similar, not the thought police monitoring anything…
Opinions on how piss politically correct or incorrect my post may come across to someone possibly in a different culture altogether is better suited for a psychological forum that analyzes and discusses each other's post incessantly, rather than a practical forum of people who build and modify things they use everyday.
I would like to keep forum post specific to the topic.

Well, too late, this is yet another post ruined by stupid comments

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