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Old 03-16-2017, 05:58 AM   #15
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I'm not planning on doing a lot if camping in it. I don't want to travel with something bigger. This trailer has a 5x8 floor, which is perfect for a queen size bed. It's a bedroom on wheels...
Hey Cherry! I like the idea of keeping this smaller one if you are just doing a bedroom on wheels!!! Before we bought our FGRV we used a 1999 Tahoe 2 door as our camper/bedroom on wheels.

I got to my spot, slid the front bucket seats forward, folded down the back seat (it folded almost flush into the floor), took out the cooler, ezup, chairs, and spare tire, then blew up an air mattress and put it in the back! The air mattress was completely side to side, and front to back! People that looked in there couldn't believe how comfy it looked (and was) with the full bed and lots of comforters/pillows. I even ran a cube heater and camped in some pretty cold weather!

I still miss that EZ, weatherproof, take anywhere setup! Enjoy your adventures in that little trailer!!!
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:18 AM   #16
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Hi, I am Cherry

I'm still unclear as to the intended use of the trailer. You say it will be a "sleeper" but you're "not planning on doing a lot of camping in it." Where will you be parking and using it? How often? How much will you be towing it?

Issues like how much space you really need and what kind of door would work best depend on how you will use it. Access, security, safety, ventilation all have to be considered.

The Miti-Lite trailer, subject of a couple of current threads, has a flip-up door that can be opened and secured from the inside, so I'm guessing it's possible to make the little trailer work. 5x8 isn't much room, but a futon/jackknife bed would allow you to have a place to sit/eat a meal as well as sleep. With a little work, I think you could have something quite usable, and it sure is cute!

It's the sort of set-up I'd have been all over when I was single. Now that "I" is "we"- wife and 2 kids- we have a really big trailer: a Scamp 13!
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Old 03-17-2017, 02:01 PM   #17
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I agree. I've had various rvs and have always wanted to build a sleeper. Opening the rear hatch would be an inconvenience. If I have a side door and rear door, I can put up a wall in the rear and have a little storage closet. It would be a great place to store chairs and such. I have pop up screen tents and privacy tents if needed.
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:57 AM   #18
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I'm still unclear as to the intended use of the trailer. You say it will be a "sleeper" but you're "not planning on doing a lot of camping in it." Where will you be parking and using it? How often? How much will you be towing it?

Issues like how much space you really need and what kind of door would work best depend on how you will use it. Access, security, safety, ventilation all have to be considered.

The Miti-Lite trailer, subject of a couple of current threads, has a flip-up door that can be opened and secured from the inside, so I'm guessing it's possible to make the little trailer work. 5x8 isn't much room, but a futon/jackknife bed would allow you to have a place to sit/eat a meal as well as sleep. With a little work, I think you could have something quite usable, and it sure is cute!

It's the sort of set-up I'd have been all over when I was single. Now that "I" is "we"- wife and 2 kids- we have a really big trailer: a Scamp 13!
I like to take my own bed along on road trips. It makes things much easier with my little dogs. The bed would always be setup for sleeping and not be put away. I'll try to get a layout posted.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:05 AM   #19
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Hey Cherry! I like the idea of keeping this smaller one if you are just doing a bedroom on wheels!!! Before we bought our FGRV we used a 1999 Tahoe 2 door as our camper/bedroom on wheels.

I got to my spot, slid the front bucket seats forward, folded down the back seat (it folded almost flush into the floor), took out the cooler, ezup, chairs, and spare tire, then blew up an air mattress and put it in the back! The air mattress was completely side to side, and front to back! People that looked in there couldn't believe how comfy it looked (and was) with the full bed and lots of comforters/pillows. I even ran a cube heater and camped in some pretty cold weather!

I still miss that EZ, weatherproof, take anywhere setup! Enjoy your adventures in that little trailer!!!
Sounds cozy. I like being able to pull over anytime/anywhere and get some sleep. I think I like the 5x12 cargo trailer the best. It's only 4ft longer and I can have a rear storage closet (accessible from the outside rear door). The side door will make it very convenient. It's nice to be able to fit in small spaces, too.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:36 AM   #20
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Here's what a friend did on his cargo trailer conversion; just inside the rear swinging doors he built a wall with a small door to one side, looks just like a miniature house door. That little door is his access into the trailer. He made a couple of curved bows to go across the top of the swinging doors to connect them and hold them at a right angle to the trailer (swung open 90 degrees ) He puts a tarp over the top and secures it to the doors to make a sheltered entryway. I don't remember if his trailer has a side door, I think not. He did put in a couple side windows
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:22 AM   #21
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I'm going to insert a counterpoint...

If all I wanted was a place to sleep, and it were just one person and a small dog, I don't know if I'd want the trouble of a trailer. It limits how fast you can drive on interstates (55-65 versus 65-80, depending on locale). It limits where you can park. It limits the kinds of places you can go- back roads and urban core locations are cumbersome with a trailer. It requires extra time and maintenance. A pick-up with a cap, a minivan, and some SUVs can make into a nice bed.

I've done it both ways. When I was single I traveled and slept in a pick-up with a cap, a van, even the back of a Subaru wagon. For quick overnights wherever (rest area, forest road turn off, friend's driveway, gas station parking lot) it was fine, and I felt light on my feet. The van was the best because if I ever woke up and felt uncomfortable with the surroundings, I could get into the seat and drive off without getting outside the vehicle.

On the other hand, in a campground or someplace I can spread out outside the vehicle, the extra space and comfort of a trailer is worth the trouble. I had a small tent trailer that I sometimes took with me for that kind of trip, usually several days in one place. Now that I'm married with kids, that's all I do- no more sleeping in the back of the car in a parking lot. My wife vetoed that idea! I will observe that a 5x12 is a pretty big trailer. For that size, you might as well get a real travel trailer.

Having said all that, I totally understand we're all different. I have done some unconventional things that others advised against, made great memories, and learned from every experience. I moved to Arizona from Maryland 33 years ago in the middle of winter, straight out of college, with everything I owned in a VW Beetle. I rigged up a bed on the passenger side that sat on top of the seat backs from the windshield all the way to the back and slept my way across the country. Every morning I had to scrape ice from the inside of the glass as well as the outside. Do I regret doing it? No. Would I do it again? No.

Best wishes, whatever you decide!
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Old 03-19-2017, 02:55 PM   #22
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I've seen people do that. I like to search the Internet for options.
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:15 PM   #23
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I'm going to insert a counterpoint...

If all I wanted was a place to sleep, and it were just one person and a small dog, I don't know if I'd want the trouble of a trailer. It limits how fast you can drive on interstates (55-65 versus 65-80, depending on locale). It limits where you can park. It limits the kinds of places you can go- back roads and urban core locations are cumbersome with a trailer. It requires extra time and maintenance. A pick-up with a cap, a minivan, and some SUVs can make into a nice bed.

I've done it both ways. When I was single I traveled and slept in a pick-up with a cap, a van, even the back of a Subaru wagon. For quick overnights wherever (rest area, forest road turn off, friend's driveway, gas station parking lot) it was fine, and I felt light on my feet. The van was the best because if I ever woke up and felt uncomfortable with the surroundings, I could get into the seat and drive off without getting outside the vehicle.

On the other hand, in a campground or someplace I can spread out outside the vehicle, the extra space and comfort of a trailer is worth the trouble. I had a small tent trailer that I sometimes took with me for that kind of trip, usually several days in one place. Now that I'm married with kids, that's all I do- no more sleeping in the back of the car in a parking lot. My wife vetoed that idea! I will observe that a 5x12 is a pretty big trailer. For that size, you might as well get a real travel trailer.

Having said all that, I totally understand we're all different. I have done some unconventional things that others advised against, made great memories, and learned from every experience. I moved to Arizona from Maryland 33 years ago in the middle of winter, straight out of college, with everything I owned in a VW Beetle. I rigged up a bed on the passenger side that sat on top of the seat backs from the windshield all the way to the back and slept my way across the country. Every morning I had to scrape ice from the inside of the glass as well as the outside. Do I regret doing it? No. Would I do it again? No.

Best wishes, whatever you decide!
I haven't found a trailer layout I like. It's either too much bedroom or not enough. The cabinets just add tons of unwanted weight. The advantage of using the cargo trailer is the ability to have a queen size bed and the basic interior that I want. The occupants would be up to 2 adults and several chihuahuas. We prefer slow, meandering road trips and sometimes, just need a bed away from home. It's nice to have options and I guess it comes down to how you like to travel or camp.
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Didn't know there was a second person involved. That does change things. Sounds like you know what you want, so I'm done with advice! Enjoy creating the perfect layout... for you.
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I seen that on CL. That's cool you got that. You will definitely want a roof vent installed. Other then that I would just design it to be a removable camper set up so you can always use it as a utility trailer when needed too. Hope it brings you many blessings.
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Didn't know there was a second person involved. That does change things. Sounds like you know what you want, so I'm done with advice! Enjoy creating the perfect layout... for you.
I really like the class b vans, but I don't want another vehicle to maintain. They are very expensive to purchase, too.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:46 PM   #27
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I seen that on CL. That's cool you got that. You will definitely want a roof vent installed. Other then that I would just design it to be a removable camper set up so you can always use it as a utility trailer when needed too. Hope it brings you many blessings.
I actually put it back on CL to sell. I've decided to go with a cargo trailer. If it doesn't sell, I can do the camper conversion and then sell it. It’s a great trailer though.
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