We just got back from our weeklong trip to Colorado. A month or so back I was asking around about how to carry 4 bikes along with our 13ft. Scamp
and Toyota van. Well, we ditched on all four bikes and decided on only two, for the kids. We opted to use our existing bumper hitch mount bike rack, which saved us a considerable amount of money. To do this we reinforced the back bumper on the scamp
and welded a 2" hitch receiver onto it. We noticed right away that this shifted a considerable amount of weight
to the back of the scamp
and lifted up on the ball hitch when we hit any bumps or unevenness on the road, scary
! To compensate we moved most of our heavier gear to the front bunks and storage compartments, and stored the microwave
on the floor instead of under the bed. We also emptied out all of the water in the holding tank which sits towards the rear of the trailer.
It took a lot of time and consideration but our solution worked for us. It makes sense to add some extra weight
to the tongue of the scamp so we may add another storage rack of sorts to the front so we will have more open space inside the trailer.
I also found some other creative solutions to storing things that hang around for a whole week. I remember a discussion on this board about using suction cups as fasteners on the exterior. We like to extend the awning
of our screenroom up over the trailer so that there is no dripping when we go in and out. We found some clear plastic suction cups with hooks that work great in keeping the tie downs secure on the opposite side of the trailer. I suggest finding cups with metal hooks next time since we had more than one hook break when I got the tension a little too tight.
The same suction cups with hooks worked great as a place to hang our towels in the sun without having to put up a clothesline, which some campgrounds do not allow to be hung. They are easy to take down when you need to pack up and leave. I also moved them around when I needed to hang something up inside, like hats. Very versatile tool and doesn't permanently alter anything.
My husband also made a cover for the stove that also serves as a box/tray to store the microwave
in while we travel.
I haven't downloaded our pictures yet but will post them as soon as I do.