Building Camper Trailers

Submitted: Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 00:13
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Just wondering if anyone has built them selves a camper trailer? And if so, do you have any drawings, sketches or just general hints for a potential builder of one.
I have talked to a few guys 2 or 3 years ago who were brainstorming at that time and thinking about it myself, I think I can do it for less then the $20K that they retail for.
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Reply By: Sam - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 07:40

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 07:40
I havn't got to the camper bit yet, but for basic trailer design I came up with these ideas. See site:

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Hope this helps,

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Reply By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 10:02

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 10:02
Check the add on page 28 of the latest australin 4wd monthly.
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Reply By: Billy - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 10:25

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 10:25

I built one a couple of years ago and used it for a central australia trip. Roughly described as a heavy duty fully enclosed 7*4 tradesmans trailer with vertical swing up doors on each side (which became shelter).

. full length rack on top with Howing Moon rooftop tent, basket in front of that.
. no opening at the rear where the spare wheel was mounted.
. 40L of water in 150mm PVC pipes.
. 3 jerry holders on the front
. new Dunlop LT tyres
. simple timber racks inside to stop stuff moving around.

The trailer itself was about $2000 from Holiday Trailers in Sydney and the tent the other big item at another $2000. I'm not sure how much it would have been all up but I suppose around $4500 by the time you include the tyres, PVC, sealing rubbers, bits for the stone gaurd and so forth.

It went all over central Oz fully loaded including the Oodnadatta and Plenty, no problems.

This was not a full chassis "off road" trailer but did have extra welding to the seams and 7 leaves and H/D axle making it fairly light and it had more clearance than the dif on the Jack I was towing with. The design was the Holiday Trailers standard dimensions with the various racks and so forth added on so there was really not that much design work.

Hope this gives you some ideas.



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Reply By: Crackles - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 22:04

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 22:04
Gaday Tim. I'm also planning to build one shortly & are looking to buy a bare frame gal dipped chassis with independant supension from a commercial manufactuer like 'Track Trailers'. This way I'll get a proven suspension package (the most important part of the trailer) and then can custom build the top camper section to suit my own needs & save a few bucks. Cheers Craig...............
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Follow Up By: Tim - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 23:37

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 23:37
Yeah thats what I was thinking, buying the frame and working upwards.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 21:14

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 21:14
If you are taking the trailer truely off road don't be tempted to cut costs when buying a frame. To get a quality tow hitch, independant suspension
heavey duty axles, springs, bearings, tyres & brakes fitted to a gal frame, it's going to cost 6K plus.
Boat stores like Whitworths have a stack of top quality gear & fittings suitable to fit a camper trailer out and are a good spot to get ideas and prices.
Cheers Craig..................
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 22:13

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 22:13
After spending 8 months away with a Camper Trailer last year I came back sold mine and have just picked up the drawings for my new one today.

If you want any help let me know and I will email you some ideas.
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Follow Up By: Tim - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 23:39

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 23:39
Yeah any specific ideas would be great. Basically I am looking at buying a basic frame and going from there. So far I have just looked at camping shows for ideas while trying to keep it simple at the same time.
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Reply By: Firey - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 22:49

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 22:49
Hi Tim

I have built three off road campers over the past 5yrs improving on each one.
I found the cost $$$ to expensive for my budget for the better off road models
plus the lack of storage considering I take a 3.7 mtr tinny & 20hp motor on
most of our trips around Aussie we are away 3months every year, to date the only thing I have broken is a spring U bolt.
I would be happy to share my thoughts and any help I can give.
If your interested send us your email address and I can send you a few photos
of our camper trailer, I had the tent and annex proffessionally made.All up cost is
under 10k 12 months ago. Trailer weight is 650kg, fully loaded with boat etc and
all our gear plus 2 water tanks 128ltrs total weight 1450kg which I have found to
be quite manageable in all our trips from the high country in Vic to Cape York and
the Kimberleys our last trip was from Alice Springs to Port Augusta following the
original Ghan rail track, and chambers pillar. The camper follows our 80 series L'cruiser without fuss.
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Follow Up By: shaky - Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 22:39

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 22:39
any chanve of sending some info/pics of your DIY project.


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Reply By: Member - Murray C (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 12:36

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 12:36
We are in Melbourne, and have just commenced a similar project.
Started by having the suspension and chassis built by a specialist chassis manufacturer.
So far so good, the suspension is independent trailing arm, springs & shockers.
It has been designed to withstand the roughest of rough.
It measures 5m hitch to rear end, the tare weight, wheels, chassis and suspension is 483 kgs.
Some would say that this is heading towards one heavy unit.
If you are interested send a message with your contact details.
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