I looked for a camper for over a year. I finally found one that was light enought for me to tow with my LJ. It weighs 2700lbs empty, 3000 with options.
You know, AEROLIGHT makes a really nice one like this.
it is a 16 footer, and has a fold out king bed in the front and a queen bed in the rear. The beds fold out like a tent camper, but it has everything else like a normal camper. They are lighter than your tear drops you mentioned. Easy to pull I understand as well, that is what I am looking for to put behind my small WJ
I'm considering a trailer too, but I'm strongly in favor of hard sided (Scamp, teardrop). Besides being more weathertight, a hard sided trailer can outlast several cars. Canvas deteriorates, shrinks, causes problems if put away wet, and replacement availability is always iffy some years down the road. There are loads of popups rendered unusable by bad canvas around, but many hard sided trailers are still in use after 40 years.
Pulling a 13 foot, 1972 Boler with my TJ. Solid fiberglass, sleeps 4 comfortably, two on the twin bed, two on the bunks. Weighs less than 1000 pounds empty, 1200-1300 pounds loaded. It does very well off road and the Jeep doesn't even know it's there. So I can definately reccomend an old Boler, or Casita, or Scamp. Usually about $3000.00 unrenovated.
IF IT'S STUCK, FORCE IT! IF IT BREAKS, IT NEEDED REPLACING ANYWAYS.
Get a used pop up. Alot of room that can be put down to a small size. My moms friend, and my friends mom used to have a pop up trailor. Had a shower and enough room to sleep 2 adults and 4-5 kids [14 and under]. So any pop up would be plenty just for you. Especially since you have your wife then 2 small children. Whatever you can afford would be good for the 4 of you.
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I was looking for a small camper that was light weight, sleep 3 easy/4 cramped, and was less than 66" wide to pull behind my 4cyl/auto TJ. I needed the small width to get it threw my gate for storage. The gate is 78". I'd like it light so I could use my hands to manuever it into the storage location. So I have 9" on both sides to push it in. I only camp when I'm wheeling for the weekend. So packing is minimal. Many don't consider the 'carry-ons' when picking out a tent, but you throw everything inside with you. Same for the camper.
About the only 2 campers that I know of are the Fleetwood Neon and the truck version of the Quicksilver. Neon has its own frame. Fleetwood no longer makes the Neon.
So I fab a trailer from a military M101 I had and a front portion (tongue) from a boat trailer using a Dexter axle. I purchase the Quicksilver truck camper and place it on the trailer. The camper is 440#s and very basic. I plan to add a rear aluminum box as a kitchen and make it swing away. About the only thing I don't like about the camper are the buttons. The protective cover is buttons as well a the canvas around the beds. I'm looking to change that.
This is the left-over from the boat trailer. I converted to 5on4.5 hubs and added 13" wheels/tires along with some other frame work. I'm weighing on placing a commercial topper shell on it for those single wheeling runs.
97 TJ SE lifted, locked and rubbered for fun
94 YJ SE stock, 225s, Trail Tested
I too am in the market for a travel trailer for my '04 LJ. In reguards to the Scamp and the Casita or even that super cool orbit up there, Are you conserned that the owners manual says that trailer types other than "Fold Down and Low Profile" are "NOT RECOMMENDED".
I am running a T@B camper. It has a weight of 1600 lbs and the JK has no problem at all. The length is 16 feet and it tracks right behind the jeep beautifully.
Those T@B trailers are outrageously expensive. I had expected they would be much lighter weight than 1600 pounds. Jezz. OK, Well, good to know. I'm feeling better about the weight I am estimating for the trailer I am building (about 1600 pounds). About 1/3rd the cost of a T@B too. Now I just need to get it finished (: