I’ve got a basic outline on what I want to do, but I’d like to get feedback on any of these products if anyone is familiar with them. Or suggestions for products that may be better than the ones I have picked out. I’m trying to do this without going way overboard so price is a heavy consideration. So here’s my plan so far:
I’m going to have a strong metal lid made. It is going to be hinged at the front so it can be easily removed for daily (not camping) use. I am a horrible artist, but here’s the basic idea (blue represents hinges and brackets, grey is the sheet of metal):
It will be able to open up and 2 rods will slide into brackets on the lid and on the tongue of the trailer to support the weight of the lid. Something like this:
I’ll have brackets on the lid and on the trailer that will be positioned to support the feet of a double Tent Cot:
I know the Tent Cot could just as easily be set up on the ground, but I kind of like the idea of having it up on the trailer. I may come to my senses and drop the idea. I’m also going to come up with some option for a side mounted cooking/prep surface and an awning.
The end result will be an offroad trailer that has about everything a $10,000+ Tentrax trailer has for about $2800 or so…plus I’ll have my generator (not included in the Tentrax estimate or mine since I already have it) and my factory 19 gallon fuel tank with electiric pump mounted underneath.
Items I’ll need to buy:
Coleman High-Pressure Propane Hose and Adapter Coleman - 5-ft (1.52-m) High-Pressure Propane Hose Adapter -
(To be able to run small propane appliances off of the large tank)
3 Five Gallon coleman water carriers Coleman - 5-gallon Water Carrier -
(I have one now so need 2 more)
BlackCat™ Catalytic Heater with InstaStart™ Technology Coleman - BlackCat Catalytic Heater with InstaStart Technology -
(This is going pretty cheap as far as a heater goes, but my plan is to just use it to keep the chill off on REALLY cold nights. I’ll set it up in the trailer below the tent, turn it on and let the heat just keep the chill off. Not sure if it will work or not. May have to step up and go with something better if I ever want the wife to come along)
Zodi Hotman Extreme shower with stove: Zodi Hotman Extreme S/C Shower : Cabela's
Portable Environmental Toilet compete kit: Cabela's -- Portable Environmental Toilet™ & Accessories
(pretty self explanatory this one)
Items I already own:
Honda EU3000i Handi Generator
20lb propane tanks
Kamp Rite Double Tent Cot
I'm open to any suggestions. Still toying around with a few ideas buy I will start going on it this month so I need to make some final decisions. Sorry for my hideous MS Paint work in those pictures.