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|07-26-2020 04:45 PM|
Did about 800 miles round trip with the military trailer the other day picking up some new furniture (actually "new to us" antique furniture); we encountered heavy thunderstorms on the way home and the "covered wagon" top kept the furniture inside dry - this was the first time I pulled the trailer with that top any distance in a heavy rain.
As long as I had the trailer out, after unloading the furniture I tried the MORryde Trail Kichen in it for size; I hadn't tried the kitchen in this trailer yet.
The Trail Kitchen (and even most popular fridges even without slides) are a bit tall to it fit in a small military trailer, so one way to set up a military trailer for camping use with a fridge or kitchen would be to build a "chuck wagon" top for it. Something like this concept image:
I built a proof-of-concept of that design a while back, this was before I designed the Trail Kitchen so there's no kitchen in these photos...
Anyway just posting this FWIW to show some ideas in case anyone is planning to use a military trailer as trail camper with RTT and a kitchen.
|05-24-2020 04:42 AM|
I haven't gotten around to finishing the interior of this camper because of other projects and also I seem to need it empty so often to help the kids move. But stay-at-home time has given me an opportunity to do a little work on the camper configuration so I installed a spare MORryde Trail Kitchen in it. The kitchen includes a slide for the fridge, several drawers, a sink with running water and a propane stove.
There's a drawer unit beside the base kitchen:
And the kitchen itself has a drawer:
Everything folds up and slides into the trailer...
In case the above anim gif doesn't work, here's a video:
The kitchen is mounted to nutserts in the floor of the trailer so it installs/removes in minutes for times when I need the trailer empty to haul things. Right after taking these photos I removed the kitchen because tomorrow I'm bringing the empty trailer to DC to help my daughter move.
Because MORryde borrows my Jeeps often for their shows, I have another Trail Kitchen that gets installed in either the LJ or the JKU as needed and both of those Jeeps include a mount for a kitchen battery and a charging system to keep the kitchen battery charged. I'll use the same charging system to maintain the trailer battery - there's a power connector on the bumper of the JKU that the trailer will plug into.
|04-04-2020 07:06 PM|
Originally Posted by ChadH View Post
The last update I got from them was 8 months ago. At that time, they had created their production molds for two of the components and built a fairly simple proof of concept trailer with parts from those molds. They told me they were "happy with how it turned out and how easy it was."
They had also created a web site, although last I heard they were still working on finalizing the site. I haven't heard if they are ready to start selling or shipping components. The site is https://trailtopcampers.com/
That's all I know.
|04-04-2020 05:32 PM|
Originally Posted by FLCJ-8 View Post
Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
Any updates on this? Its from a few years ago. Just wondering...It would significantly help those of us who don't have the equipment or place to build our own shell. Hoping this is still in progress.
|01-08-2020 03:08 AM|
Originally Posted by Mrtoyou View Post
|01-07-2020 11:16 PM|
|Mrtoyou||This thread is far too large to read every post so I will just ask. Are these trailer tubs and parts for sale somewhere?|
|01-01-2020 02:53 PM|
|12-20-2019 01:58 AM|
At this point there are over 286 pages so rather than looking to see who said what...
Solar panels and 4 batteries, sockets for masts for lights (12 volt, flood and spot) If you have a ham license, add a mast for an antenna (ARES RACES) and power outlets. Add leveling legs. and as expensive as they are, 4 jerrycans, carriers and guards, 2 per side. Thats only 20 gallons fuel... Id also add water-carrying ability.
|10-13-2019 04:06 AM|
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.
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 02:42 PM|
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 01:34 PM|
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 04:54 PM|
Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
Congrats to him. Iíve spent a lot of time in DC. Itís a cool town.
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|12-11-2018 01:31 PM|
Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
|12-11-2018 12:55 PM|
|NashvilleTJ||What took your son to DC, Jeff?|
|12-10-2018 02:35 PM|
Originally Posted by FLCJ-8 View Post
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