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Here is where I'll document the build of a trailer based camping HQ. Purpose: we love tent camping in remote ...


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Old 05-16-2015, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Here is where I'll document the build of a trailer based camping HQ.

Purpose: we love tent camping in remote areas. We thought about getting a slide in, but they are tiny inside and I don't like the idea of having a house on the back of the truck for performance and style reasons, not to mention they are fairly expensive and the ones that fit the Raptor don't offer a shower. What I hope to create is a camping Base Camp that I can easily tow to remote areas that will support us while we're off the grid.

Budget: $9k

The plan:

Base: M101 (1991) military trailer 3500 lb off-road capacity. Needs electric brakes, raptor wheels, spares, rack for tent,

Propane - support cooking and hot water, possibly generator.

Electric - power lights, plugins, fridge, water pump, possibly rechargeable via solar, shore power, deep cell batteries

Water - ample potable water for cooking, showers, drinking, hand washing

Tent - rack mounted fold out tent for 3+ campers

Air - ability to run power tools and potentially a train horn.

Galley - sink, stove, fridge, grille

Storage - chairs, camping misc

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Day 1

Bought raptor wheels, $1600

Bought the M101 trailer full of tube steel $500

Drug it from Seattle to Portland





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Day 6
Got the rack on a killer deal Thule X sporter multi height retail $740 on sale $591

Sold the steel in the trailer for a total of $128.40

Power washed the trailer and removed the top rack.






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Sub'd. Looking forward to seeing this completed.......I was just looking at these trailers on Craigslist 2 hours ago for this same purpose.
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Spent Sunday researching the fixtures. What a pain! Hope to get the slide out ordered today.
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Subscribed. Have you found an axle? I'm building something similar myself. Keep in mind your lugs on the right side are going to be reverse.
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This is gonna be badass! Subscribed.
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Apparently getting an axle with 6x135 hubs is like finding a leprechaun. Calling a guy in the am to see if he can MAKE me one. Worst case, I can leave the military axle under it or go with a genetic axle. BUT I WANT RAPTOR WHEELS!! :) We'll see how it goes.
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Apparently getting an axle with 6x135 hubs is like finding a leprechaun. Calling a guy in the am to see if he can MAKE me one. Worst case, I can leave the military axle under it or go with a genetic axle. BUT I WANT RAPTOR WHEELS!! :) We'll see how it goes.
I was wondering about that. The hubs on the military axles look to have a much larger diameter than the center hole on the Raptor wheels.

One upside of a new axle would be the possibility of building it so the trailer follows the same track width of the Raptor...joe
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