Originally Posted by arlon
I'd have to go with one that had a dealer most willing to work with my needs for a SOLO rig. I would NOT want a queen bed taking up a lot of space. I want a full time bed that fit ME. I'd want as much kitchen space as possible. Storage, Stretched frame to hold a rear platform and plenty of room on the front of the frame
(enough room in front for a small motorcycle rack). Snaps around the bottom for a full skirt (assume some cold weather spots). Fully protected plumbing, awning
that could handle some wind, one decent chair for reading. I'd want it big enough to fit me but not so big it encumbered me. I'd have it up on a frame tall enough to handle 16" wheels and 225/75/16 E rated all terrain tires
. Prefer a torsion axle that give me as much clearance as possible.
A good solar
system with at least twoo batteries and maybe 4 if I was planning on a lot of boondocking
. At least 40 gallon water tank and the biggest black tank that could fit the extended frame.. Frame beefy enough for semi serious off road duty. Tandem axles would work but I think I'd try for the strongest single axle
system I could get.
As I said before, I'm perfectly happy with my Trillium
, which is plenty big/versatile for our camping uses, often including the Grandchildren and whoever else wants to tag along.
Your post (especially where highlighted) reminded me of some idle thoughts I've had about an even "smaller" version of my existing setup, tailored specifically for my own selfish strictly-solo-camping trips.
I'm much attached to my tow vehicle- a first-gen Kia Sportage- and wouldn't want anything that would require me to move to a pickup. Trouble is, I also have a little Kawasaki 100 dual-sport motorcycle that I'd love to be able to bring along. Not possible with my present setup, and there's no room for expansion of the frame length in either direction. This especially given the constraints imposed by existing clearance, not to mention weight
Here's my fantasy setup for that solocamping purpose: A Trillium
1300 on a 4500 frame! (Or comparable).
All I need for "living space" could easily fit into the smallest trailer shell out there, and in my fantasy that would leave the rest of the frame with room/weight capacity available for the bike. Haven't gone very far with this fantasy- I know axle
placement might be problematic given balance/wheel well considerations...
Which brings me to the second highlight above:
I've never really had any trouble with ground clearance- my rig is so narrow I usually deal with "high hump" FS roads by riding the shoulder/hump. But this is not a good approach for someone that may care about the "Sierra Pinstripes" that are the inevitable result of drivin' halfway in the bushes.
So if I was designing something with the best possible ground clearance, I'd put the Timbren axleless
suspension on and get rid of the center shaft all together. Timbren link
As I said, this is strictly idle fantasizing...but now that I finally found the perfect boat for atop the Kia, it sure would be cool to complete-the-solo-camp with my on/off road motorcycle!