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    Suppose I was going to do a little rambling and I'm not in love with tent camping 100% of the time. Don't get me wrong, I love tent camping it's just not something I'd desire every night for a couple weeks at a time.

    Talking this out, because y'all are tolerant and I'm ignorant!

    I'm thinking about finding a used not abused small travel trailer to haul my bike and as a place to sleep. Something like an Airstream Flying Cloud 19' has enough head room even for a tall ape like myself. The trailer saves me from campfires for cooking, easy in/easy out setup etc. It's a small rolling home nes pas? My pickup truck is already setup for towing.

    I'd park in various AWESOME places and have daytrips from the campgrounds returning to use campground showers etc.

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    Sounds like most excellent adventuring. Travel with your trailer if you like, but when I had a pickup truck, I was *yay close to building a sleeping deck in the back. When I get a truck again I'll do it for realz this time. If you have a camper shell and an 8' bed, you're set. You have the space under the sleep deck for storage and you can build a little slide-out cooking unit from under the deck to the tailgate. Can be as fancy or as no-frills as you like. Cook with white gas or electric, put a little marine battery in there for lights and a fan. Towing's no a problem for you, but still - it'll be easier to turn around, drive on rutted NF roads, etc, and you get to build a cool little thing.

    Either way, Godspeed!

    [Edit: Saw you want to stand up. Well, c'est la vie. Maybe the sleep deck apple hasn't fallen that far from the tent camping tree.]

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    I am your guy!! Restored dozens, owned several, seen a shit ton!?.!?.

    I know you love your wife, so unless she loves neurotic, sometimes psychopathic activity.. Why an airstream?

    Built well, beautiful, and a pain to keep that way.!

    These can be an absolute joy, or total nightmare.

    Are you opposed to a slide in camper that fits into your truck???
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    Default Re: One man on bike one trailer

    How about a Flip Pac?

    http://www.flippac.com/#page_1/




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    Not opposed to a slide in but it's going to get cramped quickly.
    The Airstream is just an example. It has interior height I need and good resale.
    Subsequently I've found a couple small "toy haulers" that looks really good AND an obscure Airstream called "Basecamp" google it, it's clever.
    Look at this: 2016 Octane Super Lite 161 | Jayco, Inc.
    Now suppose two formerly good friends were to do this. You could basecamp or leapfrog down the road and really cover some ground.
    My pickup truck is getting old, this could be a lovely way to put a fork in it ;)\
    Wait...you restore trailers??? Hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by rowdyhillrambler View Post
    I am your guy!! Restored dozens, owned several, seen a shit ton!?.!?.

    I know you love your wife, so unless she loves neurotic, sometimes psychopathic activity.. Why an airstream?

    Built well, beautiful, and a pain to keep that way.!

    These can be an absolute joy, or total nightmare.

    Are you opposed to a slide in camper that fits into your truck???

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    Pretty cool. VERY cool. For offroad adventure, yes that's perfect.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mabouya View Post
    How about a Flip Pac?

    http://www.flippac.com/#page_1/




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    Yes, I have restored trailers. Only for clients, not friends, Toots!.!.

    A labor all in itself. Now, gutting a trailer and building it out is a different story.
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    I lived in a 6' slide in with my now wife for 8 months in south america, it was tiny and you have no personal space. A trailer will have more room to walk around and you can leave it set up and drive the truck. Look at the little fiberglass options (casita is the only one I can think of) for better weatherproofing, wood frames suck. If you want to camp in crappy weather go bigger than you think you need, for nice weather small is ok as you will be outside alot. Look at expoportal for lots of inspiration.

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    Thanks Sailor, I see the Casita has terrific headroom.

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    Expedition Portal is great resource -- home builds to seven figure Unicats (my wife wants a Unicat; I want a Unicat).

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    This looks just about perfect for me.

    Micro-Lite Trailers

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    Default Re: One man on bike one trailer

    I've done camper trailers and popups, big and small.
    I'd like to get something like this next:
    Brian Lopes' Custom Sprinter Van - Pinkbike

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    I need another vehicle like a hole in the head ;) Yeah, that's exactly what I want if someone else was buying my dream for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by treadonme View Post
    I've done camper trailers and popups, big and small.
    I'd like to get something like this next:
    Brian Lopes' Custom Sprinter Van - Pinkbike

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    This is something I have spent tons of time thinking about and of course taking no action on. The rub for me is small size and a shower. Because after a day of riding I want to shower.

    The Jay Feather Ultralight looks nice. 2015 Jay Feather Ultra Lite Travel Trailers | Jayco, Inc. Used they can be had for $10k.

    However if it is just me on the trip (no wife), I sleep in the back of my truck with a shell on it and shower at the campground or if I strike gold, the rec center.


    Good luck!

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    The cricket looks pretty cool: Cricket Trailer |

    No toilet or shower though, its much closer to camping it appears.

    We saw a bunch of these Forest River R-pods on the side of the road, and they seem pretty cool, although a bit ugly in the interiors/exteriors department: r-pod Travel Trailers by Forest River RV

    My girlfriend got into looking into this stuff pretty closely, were ideally keeping an eye out for shells that we could build out. I don't know if its in the cards at any point soon, but fun to think about anyways for sure. We really liked the idea of a sort of fiberglass egg type shell.

    I was leaning towards the Ford Transit 4x4 thing that came out not too long ago.
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    Scour your used classifieds.

    I was an inch away from getting a 35' motorhome. it was really really simple- no popouts or gadgets but it had a generator, basic lights, fridge and bathroom.


    Kicker- $5k all in with new tires and brakes. sure it wouldn't have been the ritz, but it would be a good adventure wagon. Even better for you guys in the states since gas is so much cheaper for you.
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    i.e., this is in my used classifieds right now.

    1985 Travelair Camper | RVs, motorhomes | Kingston | Kijiji

    Would make a decent tooting around with the guys type adventure wagon.


    If the wife/family is involved you might want something nicer lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Thanks Sailor, I see the Casita has terrific headroom.
    Casita / Scamp / Oliver are all good options.

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    No half measures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post
    No half measures.

    Pendleton - Airstream
    Nice, but way, way overkill if you're a single guy like me.

    The only thing that complicates my thoughts on this subject is that along with one or two bicycles (which are easy to take) it would be really nice to also haul an ~400 lb motorcycle.

    Other than that, my needs are very basic.

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