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Old 04-30-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
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Lots of great information here, thanks for a forum on this topic.

Although we've been using dome tents for years without trouble some of the areas where we camp have had increased bear encounters and problems so I've been looking into building something like a small*trailer type hard shell sleeping area for increased safety*during*the*night*for*3*-*4*family*members.

The idea would be to build the sleeping shell of about 6.5' x 6.5' x about 10' long as light and aerodynamic as possible, using things like T6 aluminum square tube framing for the*trailer*and probably a*T6 aluminum structure covered with a*resin*fabric*combo
such*as carbon fiber with kevlar but*I'd*like*to*get*some*ideas*about*other*ways
to*lighten*construction. Thanks.

This is sort of what I*might be interested in building, a concept model that I saw on the net which shows some good aerodynamics and small volume, about halfway down the page.*The*drawing*doesn't*show it*well*but*think*a*6.5'*diameter*ball*trailed*by*
about a 4 - 5' smaller ball with something cut off the bottom for road clearance.
Bed space would be raised to somewhere close to the*center*diameter*of*the*balls
with storage space under that.

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Old 04-30-2008, 07:25 PM   #2
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Hi Ken, welcome to FiberglassRV.

Cute little concept trailer, I can't imagine 3 people sleeping in it, unless one is an infant. Looks like an egg-shaped teardrop. I think you'll get a number of ideas from members here, everything from aluminum frames to a waffle board composite floor should help lighten the load.

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Old 04-30-2008, 08:08 PM   #3
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to our nest of Eggs Ken!!

Thanks for sharin' that with us, it sure is fodder for thought

Canada IS a rather large country , would ya at least give us a LITTLE clue where you are, like MAYBE a province....
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Umm, Doug, right there on the screen I read "Poplar Grove, Alberta, Canada". Even an EhLander from BC (Backwoods Canada?) should have seen that...
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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Umm, Doug, right there on the screen I read "Poplar Grove, Alberta, Canada". Even an EhLander from BC (Backwoods Canada?) should have seen that...
Pete----I think Poplar Grove, Alberta was just recently added. It did just say Canada or both Doug and I are wrong.
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Pete----I think Poplar Grove, Alberta was just recently added. It did just say Canada or both Doug and I are wrong.
What can I say, Ches? You're both from BC!
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Hi folks, yep just changed the profile so no worries. Back to the trailer, we come from the ultralight*camping*world*so*think*in*terms*of*ounc es*instead*of*pounds.*One*of*
my*questions*though is how*light*would*be*too*light*for*a*trailer*this*ap roximate*size,*
ie:*would*a**500*pound*trailer*get*too*unstable*in *side*winds.*Thanks.

In terms of interior space 60 - 70 square feet is usually what's given in dome tents for 4 people which works fine and really this is*just*a*rolling*bedroom,*not*a*living area,
although could probably seat 4 people for a meal if needed.

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What can I say, Ches? You're both from BC!
No Pete---I live in Alberta now --OK enought of this thread killing. Lets let the proper topic take over.
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Hi folks, yep just changed the profile so no worries. Back to the trailer, we come from the ultralight camping world so think in terms of ounces instead of pounds. One of
my questions though is how light would be too light for a trailer this aproximate size,
ie: would a 500 pound trailer get too unstable in side winds. Thanks.

In terms of interior space 60 - 70 square feet is usually what's given in dome tents for 4 people which works fine and really this is just a rolling bedroom, not a living area,
although could probably seat 4 people for a meal if needed.
What size of tow vehical are you going to use?
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Paint that thing like an Eskimo's helmet and you really got something.
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What size of tow vehical are you going to use?
We use an 07 Nissan Pathfinder*and*with the*dimensions mentioned the*trailer
would*mostly be in the trucks wake. The pointy rear end*of the trailer should*
help minimize rear drag I think.*Also*on*something*this*light*I*am*thinking
motorcycle wheels or similar.
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I was thinking about the aero-dynamics of that thing... Looks the side winds COULD very well be an issue no matter what it weighs, too many rounded corners on the bottom half of the trailer. Lets see now.... where DID I leave my engineering certificate??
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I don't think you will have any problems . I would just follow normal trailering practices and it should be fine.
Others will jump in here with there ideas.
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Five hundred pounds is what small tent trailers and teardrops weigh, so that's not much problem. It might be more aerodynamic if backward (look at whale or nuc submarine).

PS Ches, you can take the boy out of BC, but you can't take BC out of the boy!
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