I spend about three months of the year traveling in my 25' Bigfoot
to do ATV riding, photography, hunting and gold prospecting. I love the trailer and the lifestyle. This is a summary of ideas that have occurred to me over the years:
For me I need a trailer with an 18 to 24 foot long living space. The tongue and outside accessories would add to overall length. Most of these would work on a smaller trailer. I do not want any slide outs. This trailer will be on the heavier and more expensive end of the fiberglass spectrum. I am thinking about function first.
The trailer should be molded fiberglass with aerodynamic shape with a minimum of flat areas or sharp edges to catch wind. Use a curved car or truck windshield for the front and rear window. Have a minimum of sharp edges and attachments on the rest of the trailer exterior. Those create air turbulence at highway speed. That turbulence originates as energy from the fuel tank.
A roof access ladder that is removable and storable.
Living area insulated for sub zero use.
Clear heavy duty automotive protection film installed on the front to protect from gravel damage.
Galvanized frame and running gears. Otherwise no matter what it is painted with you will eventually have rust.
Single heavy Dexter torsion axle
with oil bath hub which would almost never need serviced (yes they make one with appropriate capacity wheels and tires). Much better than two lightweight trailer axles that bind when you turn. Also typical trailer axles frequently require expensive bearing service and are likely to fail anyway.
placed farther back on body for more stability. Tanks and heavy items placed accordingly. If you have to put rollers under the back of your camper you have too much overhang.
Extendable / retractable or foldable tongue. Extended gives more stability and take weight
off the hitch when towing. Retracted takes up less parking space. An extended tongue and properly placed axle
would eliminate the need for expensive, cumbersome, dangerous sway control equalizer hitches.
Place the L P gas tank(s), batteries and a generator
compartment at the back of the trailer separate from the living area. There they would be easily accessible and there would be no generator
exhaust or battery
fumes under or in the living space of the trailer. These compartments could be designed with an attractive shape to complement the body of the trailer. Remember the axle
is closer to the rear for the extra weight
Fully enclosed insulated and heated water and waste tanks centered over the axle
long ways so trailer balance does not change when the water level changes. Baffles in the tanks to reduce trailer sway caused by sloshing water in half full tanks. Black tank rinse system. All hookups and drains easily accessable.
Water lines enclosed in a conduit that would allow the use of a hair dryer to blow warm air in the conduit and thaw in the event of freezing. Also the valves for draining and winterizing should be clearly marked, easily accessible and understandable.
Space for four deep cycle 6 volt golf cart batteries and a larger capacity LP tank that can be filled without removing from the trailer.
Easily accessible color coded wiring with a good diagram by the panel.
Good quality volt and ammeter for the 12 volt system built in the trailer.
Built in ground fault and low/high voltage warning lights
for the 120 volt system.
system with solar
panels in a clear aerodynamic dome on the roof. The angle of the panels could be changeable inside the dome to track the sun. Also being inside the dome they would not catch tree branches and get damaged.
Two thermostat controlled roof vents. One two way with inflow and exhaust.
Rain covers over roof vents. Forget the rain sensing type. Use Maxxair type and then you can leave them open.
Standard brackets on interior walls that allow the interior furniture to be rearranged, added or taken out by hooking it to different brackets. For instance a top bunk bracket for the grandkids or in case you don't want to sleep with your fishing buddy. Also, if there is any way, have the dinette area easily convertable to a couple of comfortable easy chairs.
A convection microwave
or regular oven at eye level for ease of operation and cleaning.
A small broom and mop closet.
A storage compartment long enough to store fishing rods.
I am big on a good view of the outdoors. I prefer lots of (double pane)windows. Windows
that open should have some sort of rain channel above them so rain water does not flow directly into the open window.
I don't like trailers that have a closed in feeling. There are good quality shades for when you want privacy.
Last and certainly not least for me is a nice large bathroom. Make the trailer a foot longer and give me the extra 8 square feet in the bathroom with elbow room in the shower and a sink that I can actually lean over and wash my face in and shave without dripping water on the floor.