Upgrading a camper trailer - to do or not to do that is the question

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 09:50
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Hi all,
With wifey away in Sydney I thought I would seek help to a question on whether or not I should even consider upgrading my humble onroad camper trailer to make it more capable down tracks & that sort of thing.

I've checked about at 4x4 shops and I could add a treg coupling to replace the standard regular jobby now on it. But the question is "where do you start & where do you stop" and how good will it be anyway?
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Reply By: stefan P (Penrith NSW) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:04

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:04
all the bolt on bits can be replaced or modifyed at a cost IE springs, axle, hubs ect.

But the real test would be how strong is the A frame ect

Stefan
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Follow Up By: Wayne David - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:30

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:30
Thanks for the tips stephan.

I will have someone 'in the know' look at A frame & general strength of trailer.

Actually I think the real test may be for me to limit myself to the limitations of the trailer & that's why I'm wondering whether to 1. upgrade, 2. trade-up to a cheap older second hand off road ct; or 3. just live with what I've got the way it is.

In time I hope to get a Kimberly Karavan as they look mighty impressive apart from weight & cost.
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 11:00

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 11:00
I'm afraid I'd go with the purpose built one.
There can be major structural differences between on and offroad ones.
Throwing money at an onroad one might turn out to be false economy.
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Follow Up By: stefan P (Penrith NSW) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 11:03

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 11:03
too right Footy.....the olds had a box trailer for camping, when compared to thier new off-road camper on which everything seems twice the thickness ect

I'd go the real off road trailer
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Follow Up By: Wayne David - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 11:17

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 11:17
Thanks Footloose & stefan - You chaps have managed to get me on the straight & narrow. I appreciate your sound advice.

Since posting my question I checked the net and got some real box trailer horror stories.

Bottom line is that it's one thing to read a horror story and another completely to feature in it.
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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 13:02

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 13:02
If you are happy with your current tent, there is the option of putting your existing tent on to a off road trailer.

Might be a more cheaper option.

My .02
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 13:10

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 13:10
All good advice. If you plan on taking the trailer off road then a proper off road trailer would be the best bet. Don't bother trying to beef up an on roady.

Take the tent off and put it on the new trailer. The only problem with that may be with the extra height of the off road trailer. The tent may not reach the ground as it was probably designed for a low-slung on roady. This would put a lot of stress on the canvas joins. It shouldn't be hard to overcome, any canvas workshop would be able to sew an extra width of canvas to suit.

Barnesy
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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 13:55

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 13:55
Hi Wayne,

If yours is a soft top, then the height of the trailer relative to the ground is defined by the canvas. Upgrading suspension, wheels, etc is most likely going to raise trailer height and this may mean the canvas no longer reaches the ground. This might bias your decision - I guess it really depends how far you want to go.

Hugh
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Follow Up By: Wayne David - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 17:55

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 17:55
Thanks everyone for the solid advice.

Seems beefing the onroad trailer is simply a bad idea. So that's good that I at least now know what I wondered about. Cheers for that.

I am happy with my current canvas (apart from the mattress), so I think I'll trot down to see the good folks at Coffs Canvas and enquire into some of your suggestions about a 'transplant' to an off road trailer.

At the same time I may have them look at giving more room for an inner spring mattress or whet ever else they come up with. 2 birds with one stone.

Again thanks one & all - WD
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Follow Up By: Biglinz - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 22:19

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 22:19
An easy way to make the canvas a bit longer to suit a higher trailer would be to cut the floor section out and sew in a bucket style floor. The seams are then off the ground as a bonus.
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