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Camping Trailer Redo

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by 458soco, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Oct 10, 2018
    458soco

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    I bought an older m101a1 a few years ago and turned it into a camping trailer for my by-yearly camping trip with some keeping buddies. I used some troop seats I scored for free for the sides and made my own bows out of conduit. Small tool box on the front hold gear and a battery. Ammo can on the fender well holds light switch, charging port, and the fuse block. The first four seats fold down and allow for a sleeping platform (I’m short lol). I lightened it up every way possible and have pulled it a few years with the 74 cj5 I had. You just had to pay very good attention to your speed and other people! In a few weeks I’ll be pulling it with the wife’s jku. The tarp is starting to leak and I can’t seem to find any new replacements so I’ve been looking at vintage camper tops are maybe one of the old small slide in campers. Anyone tried this yet?
     
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    458soco

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    Thinking something like this.

     
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    Glenn

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    I haven't tried it but I've certainly tossed different ideas around similar to yours. Obviously weight is a concern, seems like just an aluminum topper would be your best bet. That looks to me like an Alaskan camper in the picture.
     
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  4. Oct 22, 2018
    458soco

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    Yeah weight will be my enemy for sure. Right now the troop seats are the heaviest part of my ad ons. My wife’s JKU pulled it great this weekend. The fact it’s a six speed helped a lot I think. We had a big windstorm sat night and had some limbs come down near camp. A few of them would have came right through that tarp.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2018
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    Inside of trailer as it sits. Still searching for camper top.
     
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  6. Oct 25, 2018
    Glenn

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    Have you checked into the cost of building a topper to fit the trailer?
     
  7. Oct 26, 2018
    458soco

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    Yeah my buddy did that and it wasn't too expensive but its way to heavy. He used wood, I think you could use aluminum and reduce weight a lot but price would go way up.
     
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    Glenn

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    Yeah, it could get heavy real quick with wood. Aluminum would be the way to go for sure, but yes the cost can go up quick.
     
  11. Oct 30, 2018
    neohic

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    Another thought would be to find a WilderNest topper. I used one on top of a Comanche pickup bed to match my truck.

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