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Old 08-29-2015, 12:42 PM   #29
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I'm with Dave here. I think you should use it as is. Just for the charm of it. Just because you can. Yes it would be inconvenient in every way… utilities on the wrong… err, right side… picnic table and fire grate behind the trailer… lookers unable to find their way out...

But I wouldn't stop there, nope. You absolutely must locate a vintage right-hand-drive Jaguar to pull it with. Think how much fun you could have at toll booths!
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Of course, the Jaguar would solve all the problems about campground hook-ups. You'd probably never get there.
Jon, this is the most sensible suggestion I've seen all day. Why NOT have the picnic table and fire grate on the *wrong* side of the trailer? Who says it's *wrong*? Who are the wrong *police*?

And how did you know I was Jonesing for a vintage Jaguar? It might not get there, but OMG the STYLE factor would more than make up for it. I would have to add an alligator purse and white gloves to my camping kit, just for standing alongside the road waiting for a tow.

(Or, could just do a Claudette...)


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Old 08-29-2015, 12:57 PM   #30
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Old 08-29-2015, 12:58 PM   #31
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Ellpea and if a belt goes you can use the stocking to fix LOL.
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Pull into a drive through camping space in the opposite direction and the door will be on the right side.
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I'm certainly not part of the "wrong police," but if you step outside your trailer right on the "stinky slinky," you may regret having the door on the wrong side.

So.... boondock! Perfect solution....
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:40 PM   #34
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"Wrong" side

Donna, the slinky is on the opposite side of the door. Reversing the body would also reverse the slinky.

Aliner has the door hinged on the front:

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The Chalet has the door hinged at the rear:

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Whilst looking at them I remember the front hinged door bumped the roof which sticks out from the side. As long as you have a good latch, the hinging shouldn't make a difference.

Some cars had doors hinged at the rear. We called those "suicide doors."

Actually, the 'step' in the floor is to keep the body aligned with the frame. Underneath you would see that the step encloses the axle on two sides, top and front. It might be easier to leave the body on the frame and cut a new door. Australian trailers would have the same wrong door problem. The Outback seemed to also. I see they redid their website. They used to have a curbside shot of their trailer reversed so it looked like the door was on the street side.

I remember riding in the front passenger seat of an English Audi with right hand drive in Portugal. It was a strange feeling to be in the driver's seat and not driving.

BTW If you are thinking of buying a Canadian made trailer, now is the time. The Outback listed at $14,900 CAD is only $11,286 US.
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I loved the Inspector Morse series, and was sad when there were no more. Loved his Jaguar too -- interesting how some Brits use their private vehicles for work!
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Ellpea and if a belt goes you can use the stocking to fix LOL.
Marijke, good plan!
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Donna, the slinky is on the opposite side of the door. Reversing the body would also reverse the slinky.
I should have mentioned in my post, I was commenting on Jon in AZs post:

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I'm with Dave here. I think you should use it as is. Just for the charm of it. Just because you can. Yes it would be inconvenient in every way… utilities on the wrong… err, right side…
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Why not lift the body from the frame and weld a new tongue to that end of the trailer and replace the old tongue with a bumper? Clearance issues aside, it should work.
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I'm certainly not part of the "wrong police," but if you step outside your trailer right on the "stinky slinky," you may regret having the door on the wrong side.

So.... boondock! Perfect solution....
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I should have mentioned in my post, I was commenting on Jon in AZs post:
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I'm with Dave here. I think you should use it as is. Just for the charm of it. Just because you can. Yes, it would be inconvenient in every way… utilities on the wrong… err, right side… picnic table and fire grate behind the trailer… lookers unable to find their way out...

But I wouldn't stop there, nope. You absolutely must locate a vintage right-hand-drive Jaguar to pull it with. Think how much fun you could have at toll booths!… Of course, the Jaguar would solve all the problems about campground hook-ups. You'd probably never get there.
LOL… if anyone takes my tongue-in-cheek advice seriously- all of it, that is- they will be doing a lot of boondocking- on the side of the highway!

I'm not sure how to take this thread, since the original question is a pure flight of fancy, but as some seem inclined to take it seriously, here is my serious answer: use a UK trailer as it was built. Yes, it will involve some inconveniences in NA, and the stinky slinky is one (my solution there would be to leave it unconnected until you need to dump, unless you can do as Darwin suggests). Flipping it on the frame, cutting off the tongue and attaching it to the other end, cutting a new door on the other side,…??? Anything is possible, and you can find it all on the internet… generally with the word "redneck" in there somewhere.

Who would buy a vintage right-hand Jaguar and hack it up to move the steering wheel to the other side for convenience' sake?
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"Who would buy a vintage right-hand Jaguar and hack it up to move the steering wheel to the other side for convenience' sake? "


It would give a vintage Jaguar owner yet another excuse for why their vintage Jaguar is in the shop again. LOL
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Why not lift the body from the frame and weld a new tongue to that end of the trailer and replace the old tongue with a bumper? Clearance issues aside, it should work.
Al, don't be ridiculous! Obviously the answer is to leave the body where it is, keep the old tongue AND weld on a new one. That way you can tow in either direction, in any country you please.

I'm really glad we had this discussion; it's only with many heads doing a lot of brainstorming that we can come up with a perfect solution like this one!
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I am envisioning a swing-tongue frame, which actually attaches to the axle on the OUTSIDE of the wheels. That way, the A-frame can be flipped over the roof, from one end to the other, depending on need. It would, of course, require a swivel coupler. This way, you could PULL into the campsite, putting the door on the desired side. Then, flip the A-frame the other way, hitch up, and PULL away.

I'm not actually an engineer, but I met one, once.
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