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Old 05-25-2019, 03:49 PM   #41
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A friend had a similar motorcycle rv made by Time Out. It opened into a queen size bed and when he put up all the canvas, it was like a Bedouin village inside! Time Out still makes trailers https://www.timeouttrailers.org/.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:07 PM   #42
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The bed in my 'Cycle Camp' is 6' x 6', but as the roof slopes right to the bed surface (no side walls), the edges aren't really usable, especially if it rains.
My 'Home-built' uses a 9' x 12' outside-frame tent for cover, can be set up by 1, has stand-up walking room on 3 sides of the lower 1/2 of the 4' x 6' bed, and can sleep 1-2 extras on the ground inside. Also weighs about 1/2 what the Cycle Camp does.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:50 PM   #43
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Probably a steel shell 'Coleman'. Looks about right size.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:52 PM   #44
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Lloyd: you've DONE some camping with your then-set-up! I agree the little platform seemed made for a cooler designed to fit that spot.


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Probably a steel shell 'Coleman' Looks about right size.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:01 PM   #45
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Probably a steel shell 'Coleman'. Looks about right size.
The shell on this is fiberglass.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:31 PM   #46
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Shell is obviously FG. Not much Vac-molded ABS yet.
I was talking about the cooler to fit the rack. Would have been popular type about same era.
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Shell is obviously FG. Not much Vac-molded ABS yet.
I was talking about the cooler to fit the rack. Would have been popular type about same era.
Ah....I gotcha. Thatís the only unoriginal piece on it.
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Old 05-26-2019, 07:52 AM   #48
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So are you going to use the photos to help design and fabricate a replacement tent for this?

I really like the Lees-ure Lite design: stand-up headroom for dressing, storage under the bed for clothes, and a floor off the ground. If we ever decide we want to travel with a small vehicle, that'd be my choice.
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:48 AM   #49
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Ah....I gotcha. Thatís the only unoriginal piece on it.
Curious about suspension: 1/4 elliptic single leaf with shock, or trailing arm with air/spring shocks?
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:54 AM   #50
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So are you going to use the photos to help design and fabricate a replacement tent for this?

I really like the Lees-ure Lite design: stand-up headroom for dressing, storage under the bed for clothes, and a floor off the ground. If we ever decide we want to travel with a small vehicle, that'd be my choice.
Stand up headroom, weight, and ease of solo set-up were reasons for coming up with my own design, which is only marginally wider than my Gold Wing.
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Old 05-26-2019, 11:07 AM   #51
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Congrats on those pictures of the proper shell...now you need a good fabricator (or do-it-yourself) if you intend to make it whole and use it...super cool.


Kind of a teardrop "lite."

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Old 05-26-2019, 03:30 PM   #52
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So are you going to use the photos to help design and fabricate a replacement tent for this?

I really like the Lees-ure Lite design: stand-up headroom for dressing, storage under the bed for clothes, and a floor off the ground. If we ever decide we want to travel with a small vehicle, that'd be my choice.
Iíve located a replacement tent/canopy and hope to have it soon.
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Old 05-26-2019, 03:33 PM   #53
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Curious about suspension: 1/4 elliptic single leaf with shock, or trailing arm with air/spring shocks?
Itís really more of a half leaf/ flat steel connected to the axle. The axle is then connected to the mini shock.
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I kind of suspected 1/4 elliptical (!/2 normal 'Semi elliptical') from the pics. I had considered that for my 'Home-built', but was unable to source locally. I elected to go with main leaves salvaged from standard light-duty 3-leaf units instead. All rubber torsion units I found were far too stiff for the weight too.
Really great you were able to source replacement canopy!
What do you plan to tow it with?
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Old 05-26-2019, 04:26 PM   #55
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As I said, my 'Home-Built' is formed, welded .065" Aluminum Checker-plate, with a 2" x 2" aluminum square tube frame. Only steel is running gear, springs, and hitch. My son, who is an Exotic Metals Specialist Aero-space Welder, did the assembly. He's the only person I know that can Tig-weld 2 empty beer cans, butt-to-butt, and not blow holes in them.
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Chips Mahoy: congrats on finding a replacement canvas! Good shopping! May it be all you hope and more!

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What do you plan to tow it with?
Donít laugh, but probably my short bed F150. I have a truck tent but also haul my sonís dirtbike to his races. Now, with this Ďlil camper, no one has to sleep in the cab.
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When we pulled Shelly with our Dodge Caravan, it bounced like a kangaroo--so lightweight. We actually felt Shelly back there more than we feel Peanut!

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When we pulled Shelly with our Dodge Caravan, it bounced like a kangaroo--so lightweight. We actually felt Shelly back there more than we feel Peanut!

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Iíve thought about that. Debating on strapping my generator to the tongue for some extra weight and packing the inside with dry gear and goods to help.
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Chips Mahoy:

We never could find info on the suggested load weight for Shelly...I try to be careful but, it towed a lot better full than empty. Unless you load it with lead, gold, or maybe bags of cement, ordinary stuff should be fine. Tongue-heavy sounds okay to me.

Unlikely to stress your F-150's tow capacity!

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