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Unread 12-09-2008, 05:22 AM   #76
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Mike, how did the teardrop pull with a lifted TJ? Plus, I know their not heavy, but how is it without having trailer brakes? (I believe that they don't have brakes.)

Also, if you were to buy another one, would you step up to the next size, 5x8?

Thanks for your input. It's just a wife and I, so we still have the back of my TJ for packing stuff. I'm starting to dislike sleeping on the ground, plus the back my TJ is overly full for trips!

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Unread 12-09-2008, 06:40 AM   #77
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HillDweller - you have the weight specs - empty and GVWR on that Conqueror Compact?

i couldnt find it on their website...

looks nice

thanks!
They claim a GVWR of around 1700 pounds --- the axle is rated at 5500. I really need to put it on a scale some day; I don't believe their weight claims at all. There's alot of steel back there... ...and you can tell the difference with the water tanks full.
You don't notice it on the trail at all; only time it makes itself annoying is on highway-speed uphill sections.

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Unread 12-09-2008, 07:18 AM   #78
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Sorry but have not read all 6 pages of this----but we tow a R-Vision 21' trail lite camper with our 4d Rubi. The camper wt. is 2700lbs. We like it better that the truck slidin that we are trying to sale.
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Unread 12-21-2008, 07:19 PM   #79
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The TENTRAX is very light duty and will go WHEREVER you can take that jeep

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Unread 12-25-2008, 08:53 PM   #80
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Mike, how did the teardrop pull with a lifted TJ? Plus, I know their not heavy, but how is it without having trailer brakes? (I believe that they don't have brakes.)

Also, if you were to buy another one, would you step up to the next size, 5x8?

Thanks for your input. It's just a wife and I, so we still have the back of my TJ for packing stuff. I'm starting to dislike sleeping on the ground, plus the back my TJ is overly full for trips!
The trailer pulled very nicely. The tongue was a little long (greater than 3' but don't recall exact measurement) which helped track the trailer behind the TJ. For its size and design, this was a very basic teardrop. There was really no galley like in the traditional design td. So I had to carry a kitchen box. The inside was a little tight with my son and I camping 1 time, but I guess kids will always 'roll' around. So yes, I would step up to a wider one for sure.
Biggest things I could complain about are the 'packing' for a wheeling weekend was inside and you had to unpack to use the inside. Second, it sat a little low when you wanted to enter it. 3rd, no location to place your boots, weather gear, etc. when you go to sleep.

I would suggest you pack what you would normally for a camping wheeling trip and place that on the garage floor looking to keep things as tight as possible. Put tape down on the floor around your packing for the walls. Setup a test camp and add to the tape area where needed.
The traditional td is a good thought, but layout and packing for enroute is not what I like best about it. I would build it also rather than buy something built. 5x10 would be better and I would enclose the tires into the wall. The bed floor would be raised to clear the wheelwells. You could have sliding drawers underneath the raised floor. With the frame a little taller, the wheelwells won't be so tall into the floor.
I'd also build it tall enough to be able to kneel in it to get dressed.
For braking, I have an disc'd 8.8 and never thought I had a problem braking.

Have you checked out the teardrop and tiny travel trailer forum? Lots of builders there. Was the td you looking at the one from Little Guy?

That was the plan I had also, but as plans go, things had changed. I do think the bigger you go, the better you will feel and be more comfortable. I really don't think you will need brakes, but for the cost of knowing and spreading it over couple years of ownership, it's not that costly. Also check aftermarket axles for swapping in rather than purchasing from the mfr. My Dexter axle I have under the trailer frame I put together has a parking brake as well as electric brakes and was made to my width. A parking brake would also help you keep the camper still in rough terrain. Then look at stabilizers at corners. This stabilizes the camper when you go in/out and shift weight.

Last spring I put together a trailer frame for an idea for a camper. I used a slide-in Quicksilver camper on the frame. It weighs 440#s. Its a very small box as well as camper. I wasn't satisfied in its use.
Now looking to adapt a base for the truck shell, add a couple slideouts that would hold a kitchen and extending bed outwards, mod an area within the door area for standing/getting dressed. I did get it really cheap at $90.

If this shell doesn't work out, I plan to build a Compact III.

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Unread 01-13-2009, 07:58 PM   #81
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My teardrop

900 lbs. (dry). Been coast to coast,north to south. 15" LCD tv,cable tv ready (for RV parks). Shore power ready. Use a little Honda generator when "roughing it". 2 burner butane stove.




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Unread 01-14-2009, 05:56 PM   #82
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XBOX 360 in the camper!! Why didn't I think of that.Sweet. Here's mine. It pulls very well at 2800 lbs with trailer brakes.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 01:36 PM   #83
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I would not want to pull that in my tj with the 4.0. Since you have a supercharged stroker i bet you have no prob. Any plans on a stretch later down the road?
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Unread 01-21-2009, 11:17 AM   #84
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I would not want to pull that in my tj with the 4.0. Since you have a supercharged stroker i bet you have no prob. Any plans on a stretch later down the road?
the 4.0 can pull that easy. my LJ has a 3500# rating. 4.0L XJ's have 3500# also. the SWB of TJ's is was what lowers the rating to 2500#.
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I would love to buy a T@B T16-1 U-Shaped, but there is no way I am paying what they want for one.

I really want a hard sided trailer and not a "tent" style. The weather is usually not the greatest while we are der hunting and last year was enough to start the hunt for a trailer. I had the tent under an EZ-UP, the wind was so strong it broke a tent pole and it was raining so hard that even under the EZ-UP it was wet in the tent. Wife said trailer or she is staying home this year.
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Unread 01-28-2009, 06:46 PM   #86
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900 lbs. (dry). Been coast to coast,north to south. 15" LCD tv,cable tv ready (for RV parks). Shore power ready. Use a little Honda generator when "roughing it". 2 burner butane stove.
Nice tear drop!

I'm thinking about one myself... one of these would be great, but a bit pricey. http://www.tinycamper.com/index.htm
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Unread 02-01-2009, 08:34 PM   #87
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So do you have it? How is it? Mind letting us know what you paid? Thanks!
Yes I picked it up in the fall, just returned from a 22 day trip to Florida, Pulled the Little Guy more than 2400 miles. Went down the west coast came back by way of the East Coast, camped everywhere from wal-mart parking lots to horse fields & campgrounds. I traveled with my father and law who was in a 26ft fifth wheel. Every campground I was able to park on his lot, not once was it a problem.

The little camper its self pulled like a dream, some places when we where only staying one night, I didnt even unhook. My Jeep was the get around vehicle and it was just as easy to leave the thing back there as it was to unhook it.

The overall cost was a bit pricey, but if your'e like us without children you can afford to play more than most couples with children $9,500. The trailier held up well against all them miles including some off road time before the trip. I love the camper, but to be truthful I feel the camper should have been tagged by quaility control before leaving the plant. I had to glue the self back together & the Jackwheel which is welded to the frame released during my trip, something I need to fix by replacing it with a bolt on jackwheel. Also there was a question with the back hatch, the company sent me a repair kit free of charge, but as I stated all this should have been taken care of before leaving the plant.

Other than the few small details overall the camper is tough, and a lot of fun. I placed a microwave and 19 inch color Tv in the back hatch, its the hit of any campground people gather around the back like a bar. all thats missing is the bar stools.

Since buying my little camper, I look hard at others wondering if I made the right choice. I still feel I did, & am looking forward to many more trips. I wished I could post the picture of my rig, be awhile before I get 50 post on any board.

Anyway, thats my review of the Little Rough Rider, Nothing else like it on the market. If your'e looking for an off road camper, I don't think you'll find a better one, if you find one at all.

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Unread 02-01-2009, 08:45 PM   #88
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I bought an Aliner. I have wanted one for several years and the opportunity came to get one so I did. It has a fridge, micro, water heater, a/c, cool fan in the roof, and an outside shower. It weighs 1400+ pounds and pulls great behind a TJ. I hunted out of it all winter and was always warm and comfy. It has a couch on one end that makes a bed...I just leave it as a bed all the time. If you don't mind the cost, you cant beat it. Here a pic in my driveway....red TJ has been replaced by a Blue LJ.

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Unread 02-02-2009, 07:14 PM   #89
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Yes I picked it up in the fall, just returned from a 22 day trip to Florida, Pulled the Little Guy more than 2400 miles. Went down the west coast came back by way of the East Coast, camped everywhere from wal-mart parking lots to horse fields & campgrounds. I traveled with my father and law who was in a 26ft fifth wheel. Every campground I was able to park on his lot, not once was it a problem.

The little camper its self pulled like a dream, some places when we where only staying one night, I didnt even unhook. My Jeep was the get around vehicle and it was just as easy to leave the thing back there as it was to unhook it.

The overall cost was a bit pricey, but if your'e like us without children you can afford to play more than most couples with children $9,500. The trailier held up well against all them miles including some off road time before the trip. I love the camper, but to be truthful I feel the camper should have been tagged by quaility control before leaving the plant. I had to glue the self back together & the Jackwheel which is welded to the frame released during my trip, something I need to fix by replacing it with a bolt on jackwheel. Also there was a question with the back hatch, the company sent me a repair kit free of charge, but as I stated all this should have been taken care of before leaving the plant.

Other than the few small details overall the camper is tough, and a lot of fun. I placed a microwave and 19 inch color Tv in the back hatch, its the hit of any campground people gather around the back like a bar. all thats missing is the bar stools. The problem about this little guy is the people wanting to talk to you about it, never ending. Now this isn't really a big problem, but Ima a big 420 kinda guy. And strangers pressing their nose up to the windows find themselves offended, for this I apologize.

Since buying my little camper, I look hard at others wondering if I made the right choice. I still feel I did, & am looking forward to many more trips. I wished I could post the picture of my rig, be awhile before I get 50 post on any board.

Anyway, thats my review of the Little Rough Rider, Nothing else like it on the market. If your'e looking for an off road camper, I don't think you'll find a better one, if you find one at all.
Thanks for the review! If you can link to photos, we can post them. I can imagine you get a lot of questions. Now does your Little Rough Rider have brakes?

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I bought an Aliner. I have wanted one for several years and the opportunity came to get one so I did. It has a fridge, micro, water heater, a/c, cool fan in the roof, and an outside shower. It weighs 1400+ pounds and pulls great behind a TJ. I hunted out of it all winter and was always warm and comfy. It has a couch on one end that makes a bed...I just leave it as a bed all the time. If you don't mind the cost, you cant beat it. Here a pic in my driveway....red TJ has been replaced by a Blue LJ.

I've also looked at the Aliner. Did you get their "off-road" package that includes brakes? I also see that you bought the Classic. Would you have been as happy with the slightly shorter Sport? But I can see your point about having the back as a bed that you just leave it as with the Classic. Thanks as well for the post.
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Unread 02-02-2009, 09:12 PM   #90
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It does have power brakes, at only 980 pounds. I slammed my brake on hard a few times going though Atlanta and the whole rig stopped on a dime.





The only reason I didn't decide on a pop up was because of the canvas sides and set up time. seems this little Aliner has taken care of atleast half that problem, may come down to a matter of price.
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