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Old 03-19-2014, 02:26 PM   #1
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I am in the process of developing a small(6'x4'x4') fiberglass multi-use trailers.

Our trailers will be marketed to several different demographics for various uses:

  • Travel/Luggage trailer for small cars, Corvettes, Street Rods, motorcycles
  • Sports gear/storage(soccer, baseball coachs, canoe, kayak, mountain bikes)
  • R/C Model Enthusiasts
  • Food vending/catering
  • Mobile business(Pool Maintenance, Computer Repair, Maids, Chimney Sweep)
  • Tailgating
  • Band gear transportation
  • Mobile Pet Grooming
  • Party Hosts(Avon, Pampered Chef, Candle reps)

One group that I'm excited about are folks who have smaller fuel efficient cars that want to take road trips, but don't want to sleep in a tent along side the road or in a parking lot. I am describing them as "Micro-Campers".

My trailers fit two adults(under 6') for those economical excursions. I plan to develop longer versions for taller folks and more storage, but we probably won't increase the height to keep wind resistance & cost down.

I will be posting some pictures of the prototype soon, ut if you have any questions please send me a PM.


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Old 03-19-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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The average height for a male in the US is about 5'10". Capping the interior at 6' means you're automatically eliminating just under half the population from considering this. Just saying...
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:28 PM   #3
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I'm throwing in with Mike; a finished inside dimension of 6 ft doesn't make market sense to me when you throw in pillows, blankets kicked off because one became too warm, etc.

I'd shoot for a finished inside dimension of 7 ft, based on using standard 8 ft material lengths for the construction panels. Also eliminates a lot of 2 ft cut off pieces unless you've a plan to use them somehow.

Leaves room for insulation, finish materials - you're going to need a little wall thickness if you plan on a window, too.

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Old 03-19-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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Hey guys, like I mentioned we plan to develop longer versions for taller folks and more storage, but we probably won't increase the height to keep wind resistance & cost down.*

Im 5'11" and ive slept in the prototype, but a 7' or 8' version will cover the masses.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:53 PM   #5
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Check out DYI Trailers on Facebook. A friend of mine took a white cargo trailer and converted it into a camper. The back part carries all his supplies for Dutch Oven cooking camping, hiking, biking and anything else he needs. The front part has a queen size bed, full stand up shower, sink and counter top. Loads of storage. The DYI site gives some info on how he converted it. I know it is heavy as the dickens, but shows that it can be done.
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Im 5'11" and ive slept in the prototype,

Diagonally, curled into a ball, or standing up?



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Old 03-19-2014, 06:37 PM   #7
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Tough house!

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I for one am not goin' out of my way to be hard on the O.P., Jack- I'm genuinely confused by the statement I quoted as it relates to the posted dimensions and the discussion that followed.

How can most adults lie down in a 4'x4' space? One would have to be a contortionist to do so. Maybe the O.P. made a mistake in the posting....unless the trailer is actually 6' long, and 4x4 refers to width and height.

Which seems unlikely since he so far has posted no correction to folks' presumption that 6' is the interior height.
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He mentioned towing behind Corvettes and motorcycles. If it were 72" high it would be like towing an outhouse.
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I didn't think the 6' referred to height, well not of the trailer anyway. I'm just thinking of what things would be like laying down.

Without any pics to the contrary, this is sounding like a slightly stubby version of a traditional, smaller-size teardrop trailer. They started off with basic 4x4x8 designs mainly because of the dimensions of standard sheets of plywood. I think most of the teardrop crowd has moved on to 5' wide trailers though.

Tough crowd? I wouldn't have said that. There is some criticism of the dimensions, but it's all been constructive and polite.
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Our vintage teardrop is 4' wide, 4' high and total body length of about 10' but that includes the rear galley area. Inside sleeping area is about 6'6" long. The two of us sleep just fine. Reading Rich's first post my impression was he's building a fiberglass teardrop or similar variant. Wishing him luck in this venture. We also own an early 80's Coleman Versa trailer that is basically a small cargo trailer but had a canvas enclosure option to use it as a camper. Unfortunately our trailer does not have the canvas but does have the fiberglass top. Neat little trailer but was only made for a few years.
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Most items being sold/advertised that give sizes are always listed as L, W, H or depth in that order. Inches, feet, cm or mm doesn't matter.
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Most items being sold/advertised that give sizes are always listed as L, W, H or depth in that order. Inches, feet, cm or mm doesn't matter.
Don't count on it. Or maybe you haven't heard that a piece of letter paper is 8.5x11 or a piece of wood as a 2x4
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HA... At least the piece of paper is usually as advertised, 2x4 is a description, not a dimension. Sorta like the Ultra-Lite stickys that weigh in at 6000 lbs.
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