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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2016, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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MrsRojhan and I are done with tent camping. Setup time (try setting up when it's pouring down rain...), amenities, etc. are... a bit lacking, and they aren't very secure (see pics ) There really isn't enough room in the KL for even one person to sleep, never mind two. No matter how much stuff goes on the roof.

We've had a couple of 25' trailers setup for when we had 5 dogs, but they've all retired and have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. Just us and possibly 2 cats to harass, now.

Teardrop campers just seem way too expensive for what you get. The same for "off-road" campers. They also don't really have enough room to just kick back and relax. A full travel trailer is more than we want/need. Roof-top tents have been considered as well, but we do want the sink, etc. amenities.

We're currently looking at A-Frame style trailers and they seem to have become more feature-ful and useful over time. I've got a slight bias against pop-up campers from the horrible reliability in the 70s. There's still moving parts on the new A-Frames, but they may be our answer. We'll be hitting dealers sometime in the near future, but are currently considering this (or similar design): http://www.forestriverinc.com/produc...elID=2145#Main
2,650lbs dry weight, 84" width and 68" height (when closed) makes it sound like it would be an ideal toad for the KL. The general plan is to base-camp somewhere (either an established camp or boondocking) and then day-trip to do stuff; exploring/photography/tourism, 4x4, whatever.

We may also be able to store the trailer in the garage, with room for the Jeep. I'll need to measure and then confirm with the reality (test drive, Mr Dealer? )

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I too am losing my desire to tent camp. After 35 years of tents....I still like them but I agree to all the con's you mention above.

We are looking at an RV in the near future for dog shows but that won't do for 'jeep-trail' camping that I like to do.

I'm looking at this:

http://hikertrailer.net/our-models/5...rs/5x8-deluxe/

The price is right and I can handle it by myself. It's small enough to be dragged up forest 2-tracks : - )

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still gotta rig a tarp over the picnic table :-)

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Our dogs weren't spoiled, BTW... :P

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I too am losing my desire to tent camp. After 35 years of tents....I still like them but I agree to all the con's you mention above.

We are looking at an RV in the near future for dog shows but that won't do for 'jeep-trail' camping that I like to do.

I'm looking at this:

http://hikertrailer.net/our-models/5...rs/5x8-deluxe/

The price is right and I can handle it by myself. It's small enough to be dragged up forest 2-tracks : - )

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Those prices are a lot more reasonable than what I've seen for similar trailers. You still have to go out in the rain if you want to make dinnner, though. :P We also want some "just hanging out" room. We intend to base-camp while doing whatever else, rather than taking it on the trails.

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Gobi Stealth roof rack with ladder. Mopar rock sliders. BFG KO2 245/70R17.
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I too am losing my desire to tent camp. After 35 years of tents....I still like them but I agree to all the con's you mention above.

We are looking at an RV in the near future for dog shows but that won't do for 'jeep-trail' camping that I like to do.

I'm looking at this:

http://hikertrailer.net/our-models/5...rs/5x8-deluxe/

The price is right and I can handle it by myself. It's small enough to be dragged up forest 2-tracks : - )

Will
Wow I like those trailers a lot and prices are pretty good! Plus the smaller ones are under my 2000 lb limit. Saving the link for sure thanks
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Hey @Rojhan, both @Pondhopper and myself have the jayco jay flight 195rb. Very reasonably priced, easy to tow and lots of room. It's only 19' and at its heaviest would be 3500lbs.






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I got mine on sale during a big RV show for just over 11,000$ down from a little over 17,000$


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