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10-13-2019 05:06 AM
jscherb My military replica trailer made a trip to overland East this weekend to serve in the Overland Outfitters booth.





The trailer was just there to carry products for Overland Outfitters, but it was pretty popular itself... if I were in business to sell things, I could have taken orders for about a half dozen of the lids on this trailer in the first two days of the show. It seems were lots of M416/M100 owners at the show and many want lids like this for their trailers. I had to apologize and tell them I don't sell anything.

A company I met at Easter Jeep Safari asked me to help them with the design of a new type of kitchen for trailers and they company debuted the first preproduction prototype of the new kitchen design Friday at Overland East. The company is Tentrax and the kitchen is called the Trax Kitchen. It's designed to be mounted on the tongue of most trailers (and in other locations too), and includes a fridge, a sink with running water, lots of counter space and an integreated battery and power system. I took these photos in their booth at the show.

In this first photo, the kitchen is deployed, it slides out of the enclosure box mounted on the tongue. The water supply for the sink is the Rotopax mounted on the Tentrax storage box (the storage box is not part of the kitchen). The sink in this photo has an optional cutting board on top of it. The fridge is a "drawer style" fridge from the marine/RV market and is the stainless steel drawer on the end of the pull-out cabinet.



In this next photo, the fridge is open, it's a 30-qt. Dometic. Engle also makes a compatible drawer units which also can serve as a freezer. The cutting board is off the sink, revealing a collapsible sink.



Not shown in these photos, the driver's side of the enclosure contains a cargo slide tray, which slides out of the enclosure for easy access to cargo stored on the tray. On both sides are weatherproof doors, they hinge at the bottom and hang down when opened and close when the kitchen is slid back into the enclosure, making the entire thing weatherproof.



Everything stowed:



The fridge end. Visible are the Dometic drawer fridge, the power monitor (volt and amp displays), 1 extra power outlet, two USB outlets, and the utensil drawer.



A video showing how quickly the kitchen deploys:

04-30-2019 03:42 PM
jscherb MORryde borrowed one of my Jeeps for their booth at the Easter Jeep Safari Vendor Expo to display the Trail Kitchen.



They're marketing the Trail Kitchen for Jeeps, other offroad vehicles and for tailgating. I've installed the prototype Trail Kitchen in my Trailtop-based Jeep-tub camper project, I posted photos of that installation before, so it may find use in some trailers too.

At the Expo a manufacturer of offroad trailers came up to the MORryde booth and was asking about the Kitchen, he said he wanted to offer a kitchen for his line of trailers. The MORryde Trail Kitchen won't fit in his trailer - his trailer would need a lower-profile design so we talked about his trailers and what a kitchen for them might look like and over the weekend I did some concept drawings of a kitchen design for him. Here's one of the kitchen concept images (the images I sent to him were drawn on a photo of one of his trailers but I've removed the trailer for posting here because I don't think he wants me revealing who the trailer company is).



I've also suggested to him that the kitchen could be offered to DIY trailer builders because I don't think there's a ready-to-install kitchen on the market that could easily be installed in many homebuilt trailers (other than the Trail Kitchen, space permitting). This kitchen design would be easy to install in many of the trailer I see being built here. It could also be installed in a Dinoot Jeep-tub trailer or a military trailer...



01-01-2019 02:34 PM
jscherb A few years ago I built a proof-of-concept chuck wagon top for the military trailer. It consisted of four sides that bolted together and go between the tub and the cover:





Being built as a proof-of-concept, it wasn't something I planned to make use of myself, I built it mainly to show how a Dinoot M-series could be outfitted for camping or to carry more cargo. It's time to make more storage room here, so if anyone has a Dinoot M-series (or it wouldn't be hard to adapt these parts to an original military trailer), I'll offer the chuck wagon parts for sale. Included would be the four bolt-together sides as shown in this photo (the lid isn't included, building a lid from plywood would be an easy project).



I didn't finish the inside of the compartments, so you could finish them to your own needs. I posted several concept drawings with different compartment ideas earlier in the thread.



12-11-2018 05:54 PM
NashvilleTJ
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His new job. He graduated from Penn State in May and his first after-college job started in October. He's living about 5 blocks from the White House and works across the street from the Treasury Building side of the White House. Before anyone asks, it's not a job in government.


Congrats to him. Iíve spent a lot of time in DC. Itís a cool town.


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12-11-2018 02:31 PM
jscherb
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What took your son to DC, Jeff?
His new job. He graduated from Penn State in May and his first after-college job started in October. He's living about 5 blocks from the White House and works across the street from the Treasury Building side of the White House. Before anyone asks, it's not a job in government.
12-11-2018 01:55 PM
NashvilleTJ What took your son to DC, Jeff?
12-10-2018 03:35 PM
jscherb
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Congratulations. Sounds great.
Please update with a link when they are available.
Thanks and will do - when they give me an update to post I will post it.
12-10-2018 02:26 PM
FLCJ-8
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A company has signed up to bring TrailTop parts and kits to market; they're likely to offer kits for Dinoot toppers and more general trailers that don't require the Dinoot as a base as well as individual parts for people designing their own trailers. I crated/boxed and dropped off the first mold masters at UPS today, two are shown in this photo.
Congratulations. Sounds great.
Please update with a link when they are available.
12-10-2018 09:35 AM
jscherb I haven't posted these photos yet, but in September I used my TrailTop/Jeep Tub camper to help my son move to Washington DC...





The pop-top was very handy for walking around in the trailer to manhandle furniture.


12-10-2018 09:33 AM
jscherb A company has signed up to bring TrailTop parts and kits to market; they're likely to offer kits for Dinoot toppers and more general trailers that don't require the Dinoot as a base as well as individual parts for people designing their own trailers. I crated/boxed and dropped off the first mold masters at UPS today, two are shown in this photo.


05-19-2018 07:56 PM
jscherb I'm at Overland Expo West this weekend... here's a well-equipped Dinoot j-series I spotted there.



05-11-2018 03:40 PM
sleepyjim Thanks! I had no idea.......
05-10-2018 07:08 PM
jscherb
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Ok rather not read LOL is there a kit made yet? How much?

By the way you dudes got way more talent than most!

Jim
https://www.dinoot.com/models/
05-10-2018 06:53 PM
sleepyjim Ok rather not read LOL is there a kit made yet? How much?

By the way you dudes got way more talent than most!

Jim
04-28-2018 06:03 AM
jscherb Living Overland recently posted a good article about building a Jeep-tub Dinoot trailer: http://www.livingoverland.com/2018/0...t-trailer.html

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