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Offline Strangersolz

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Teardrop trailers
« on: May 03, 2009, 01:19:06 PM »
Just curios if anyone else has considered a teardrop trailer or equivalent as part of their bug out options.

I've often thought it might be a good option to have a trailer set up for bugging out. There are several different options and can be made yourself for a custom fit or bought outright.

Any thoughts?


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Re: Teardrop trailers
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 01:33:09 PM »
I think they are an excellent idea.

I have a small garage which I am restoring a car in at the moment.  When the car is complete and can be parked elsewhere, my next project is a teardrop trailer which will be kitted out to use for holidays and double up as a bug-out option.

I'm not getting in to debt to fund a bug out retreat.  For not much money, I can create a movable home with all the essentials loaded in.  IF the SHTF, I hitch it up to my car and go to the countryside.

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Re: Teardrop trailers
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 06:18:55 PM »
I have seen a few guys make a tear drop style trailer, very functional.  just make sure they have the suspension and tires to support the load.  In typical prepper fashion you should have more then the average "camper" and those little trailers get overloaded fast.

If you want some ideas for a different kind of trailer set up, designed around offroad use and often used with a roof top tent, check out www.adventuretrailers.com  A little expensive for my blood, but consider by most, the best overland trailer you can get.  I like a lot of the ideas they have.  They are just coming out with a tear drop and a clam shell design.  Lots of good ideas.



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Re: Teardrop trailers
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 09:26:45 PM »
Here is a commercial teardrop tailer. I've been inside them at a Makers Faire, rather nice.

http://www.tab-rv.com/

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Re: Teardrop trailers
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2009, 10:22:43 AM »
Here's the one I've been looking at building.

http://www.mikenchell.com/weekender/bugout.html

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Re: Teardrop trailers
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2009, 11:08:00 AM »

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Re: Teardrop trailers
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2009, 08:31:55 AM »
The mikeenchells site  http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/   as advised above, is a great forum. I almost built one but went with the more discreet "sleeper" for the back of my Tacoma. It just looks like a topper on a truck, but has a sleeping area, great storage, 110, 12 volt, propane, inverters, Optima blue top as "house" battery and  other battery options. TV/DVD, coffee pot, laptop with Verizon wireless card, and even a 110 portable air conditioner. Spent 192 nights in it last year (during my away from home at work locations time), just because I like the challenge. I was actually qiute comfortable. Now it is staged at my home as BOV#2 for one of my teens to drive should we need to move out. I'm looking for the right Toyota LC or 4Runner to outfit even more extensively

Here are some Teardrop sites from my research in the past few years:

http://www.outbackteardrop.com/

http://www.teardrops.net/links01.html

http://www.forum.teardrops.net/simpleforum_pro.cgi

http://hawcreekoutdoors.com/tear_drop.htm

http://www.kuffelcreek.com/remote_ducted.htm

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=42

http://www.expeditioncampers.com/

If you choose to just do up a truck, sans trailer, check out these people:

http://www.cheaprvliving.com/BuildYourOwnCamper.html

http://www.earthroamer.com/

http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net/4x4/toytaco.html

http://www.bajataco.com/Camper1.html

http://bajataco.com/dualbatts/dualbatteries01.html

http://capricamper.com/index.html

https://www.allterraincampers.com/Home_Page.php

http://www.glen-l.com/campers/importer.html

http://www.cheaprvliving.com/

http://www.flippac.com/THE_FLIP_PAC/

http://www.wildernestcamper.com/

http://www.cargobody.com/camper.htm

http://www.woodalls.com/cforum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15804110.cfm

http://www.lightweightcamper.blogspot.com/

http://www.callencamper.com/Index.htm

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/13168653/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/13819027.cfm

Converting a Van?

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/VanDwellers/


Anyway, hope these help someone out there. Because my BOV might need to get me 350 - 500 miles to reach my family, I took it seriously. YMMV

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Re: Teardrop trailers
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2009, 06:18:44 PM »
WOW! Lots of great links. I joined the forum, but right now just getting ideas.

I have a couple of places where I can bug out to and the furthest away is about 20 miles away. I'm not looking to use a trailer as a primary bugout vehicle, as much as a little camper that if needed can be used for prolonged periods.

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Re: Teardrop trailers
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009, 02:17:39 PM »
I have been following a build over on Expedition Portal.