Which Camping Tent Should I Buy

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hudson
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Post by hudson » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:20 am

dratkinson wrote:Speaking of improvised shelters....

These trailers had an interior cargo space of maybe 9x6x5 feet, had bow tops, and were canvas covered. A backpacker's nylon-mesh string hammock was a perfect fit when tied between the bows. So, a string hammock and blanket were all I needed and I began to enjoy camping out in my high-and-dry, snake-free, government-furnish, "tent" trailer.
Good idea! Maybe I can convert my old army 1/4 ton trailer into a sleeper. I use it to carry a load of wood on an annual fall camping trip. I could dump the wood, rig a tarp, throw in a cot, and have a nice dry spot off of the ground.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... ailer1.jpg (like mine)

Years ago, I spent a few nights in a poncho-covered hammock. The ground was wet; it monsooned much. I couldn't sleep well, but it was much better than sleeping in the water. I can't get excited about a hammock; but a trailer with a tarp would be nice.

Oh for a clear cold night....under the stars...far from the lights of civilization!

I realize this doesn't help the Original Poster; I wonder how it turned out for him/her?

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Post by dratkinson » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:27 pm

hudson wrote:
dratkinson wrote:Speaking of improvised shelters....

These trailers had an interior cargo space of maybe 9x6x5 feet, had bow tops, and were canvas covered. A backpacker's nylon-mesh string hammock was a perfect fit when tied between the bows. So, a string hammock and blanket were all I needed and I began to enjoy camping out in my high-and-dry, snake-free, government-furnish, "tent" trailer.
Good idea! Maybe I can convert my old army 1/4 ton trailer into a sleeper. I use it to carry a load of wood on an annual fall camping trip. I could dump the wood, rig a tarp, throw in a cot, and have a nice dry spot off of the ground.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... ailer1.jpg (like mine)

Years ago, I spent a few nights in a poncho-covered hammock. The ground was wet; it monsooned much. I couldn't sleep well, but it was much better than sleeping in the water. I can't get excited about a hammock; but a trailer with a tarp would be nice.

Oh for a clear cold night....under the stars...far from the lights of civilization!

I realize this doesn't help the Original Poster; I wonder how it turned out for him/her?
The new hammock systems are said to be much better. One of the stories in the above linked websites tells of a soldier at Ft Polk going through a 5-day tropical storm during artillery range firing. He claimed he was the only one in his unit who slept dry that week.

According to websites, the hammock systems are supposed to be popular with folks hiking the Appalachian Trail, and becoming more popular with the Boy Scouts (last picture above was a relaxing Scout Master) and Army units.



It should be easy to convert your trailer for your needs. I stumbled onto a community that has many stories about doing just that. Where?

The Teardrop and Tiny Travel Trailer community at: http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/ . They either build their own camping trailer or modify an existing trailer for their purpose.

You don't need to dump the contents of your trailer to use it for sleeping. How? Simple, you sleep ON TOP of it. Used this way, your trailer becomes an Expedition Trailer.

To your trailer...
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You could add an expensive rooftop tent to create an expedition trailer...
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Notice the lifting cylinder on the trailer top. The trailer contents are easily accessed while the tent is up or down (for traveling).

One of the posters at Mikenchell builds/sells expedition trailers to your requirements.

Or you could go cheaper and use a 2-man cot tent for the top sleeper. In picture below, remove RangeRover, insert your trailer... :)
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This picture came from: http://www.rangerovers.net/outfitting/r ... assic.html

Or you could add a pop-top and tenting to create...
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On the Mikenchell forum, you will find many folks who have modified an enclosed cargo trailer into a stealth camper, with all of the comforts of home. And they tell you how they did it!

Idea: How about and an off-road adventure trailer...
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Pictures from: http://www.monopan.de/index.php?id=138&L=1

Yes, some of the above are commercial products, but you could use those ideas to build what you want.

Proof: Here is the story of how one man build his own camper from an enclosed cargo trailer. He is a frequent poster on the Mikenchell forum and spends his time camping on the west coast.
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"Camping Trailer Cargo Conversion" http://www.mdvaden.com/camping_trailer.shtml

You and I have the same idea---using an existing trailer for double-duty: work and camping. As from me, I've been playing with the idea of converting my 4'x8' HarborFreight trailer into a vardo (gypsy living wagon) or sheep camp wagon for camping. Thought it would be easy enough to make simple, light-weight, removeable plywood frame components and canvas-covered bow top, that would just snap together. The plan is to store the disassembled camping components in the garage when not needed, to free up my trailer for other purposes. This idea is on my list of "things to do."

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Picture from: http://www.amvardo.com/caravan/


Anything---hammock system, converted trailer, or Winnebago---so I never again have to sleep on the ground! :)

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Post by Padlin » Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:14 pm

I've been going by the Backpacker reviews for ages, never been let down. As for tents, I use a 3 person ultralight backpacking tent with rain fly for 2 of us when hiking in. Use a taller more heavy duty 3 person for 2 of us when car/canoe camping. Have had good luck with my 2 http://www.sierradesigns.com/ Sierra Designs tents, although they are definitely out of style.
Regards | Bob

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Post by czeckers » Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:42 pm

+1 for the REI half dome. Have the 4-person version and am very impressed how well thought-out it is. A great back-packing tent if you don't expect snow or extreme winds. It has great ventilation.

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