off road camper

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 18:30
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i have purchaed a cub camper [cub o matic ]it only has boat trailer type wheels and on road type drawbar,i am thinking of building a chassis &heavier draw bar for it aswell as running 4wd type wheels same as the car [94 surf] but have them on the side of camper rather than under it.i was wondering if anyone has done this or can see any reasons why not to.
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Reply By: Hugh - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 23:59

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 23:59
Unsure if this trailer folds out to the ground or not. If it does, then you may have issues by raising the body height with new chassis and wheels. If rebuilding, plan on a longer draw bar which is recommendation of all off-road camper trailer builders as it gives clearance for tighter turning, etc.
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Reply By: Andrew - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 13:08

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 13:08
I did something similar but with Jayco Swift.
I bought on road model. Moved leaf spring from under to above the axle.
I bought 3 second hand wheels with tyres that matched my tow vehicle.
Drum brake cover pins would not match new wheels so I got them custom made .
Had to cut out some of the outside flares on both sides as the off road wheels were wide then originals.
All up cost around $250 + few hours of own work.
Other extra was making rear bar for spare wheel and 2 jerry can holders.
We did Gibb River, Gulf Country and it survived all.

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Follow Up By: flappan - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 13:14

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 13:14
Andrew, so it didn't shake to death. My wife wants a Jayco, but I would prefer a campertrailer. Cost is an issue, so it would only be a 2nd handy Jayco if we got one.

I'm not intending to go the same places as you, but I want something that will do, say the Vic high country without rattling apart.
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 15:57

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 15:57
Jayco was comfortable for 2 adults and 2 kids (2 &4) for 4 months of travel. It was sold after the trip and didn't loose any money on it.
They in demand and keep prices well.
Would I buy another one - personelly no.
Wind is the problem especially on WA coast.
Great for longer stays but overnighters could be a pain.
They too wide for off road tracks.

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