Unusual Designs Found on Internet

Design & Construction of anything that's not a teardrop e.g. Grasshoppers or Sunspots

Postal Dave's Trailer

Postby WizardOfOdds » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:21 am

I try to avoid posting campers that are covered elsewhere on this site, but I suspect many readers do not read all the various threads. So I think it fair to post LINKS to alert readers of this thread to any exceptional non-traditional designs they may not be aware of. Here is such a non-traditional design by Postal Dave. My understanding is that he is currently trying to rebuild his trailer using foam construction. Here is a key link

http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=70852#p1236390

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WizardOfOdds: Chalet shaped rag roof clam shell TIER drop for 4 cylinder tow
Tip Top Tier Drop thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=56232
Unusual Designs thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=64495
Tale of 2 Trailers thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=61451
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Re: Unusual Designs Found on Internet

Postby OP827 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:56 pm

This van has folding furniture .... a delivery van and a mobile home, two in one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKNmlovdkv8
My foldable foam trailer build: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=61344
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Re: Unusual Designs Found on Internet

Postby OP827 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:25 pm

Another expandable travel trailer from Europe. Good ideas and concepts there, but will not be cheap to build or buy...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=36&v=MymNDVJk9GU
My foldable foam trailer build: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=61344
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Slide in/on pop up

Postby WizardOfOdds » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:45 am

Here is a series of 5 high quality videos of a very interesting and well done pop up truck camper with potential to be a slide-on for a utility trailer. According to the 5th, it weighs just 370# (I assume empty except for battery pack etal). He used 3/4 inch plywood frame members with 5mm ply exterior covered with PMF. Inside is 1/8 inch paneling over 3/4 inch foam. Lots of good ideas in all 5 installments, but if you only watch one, I find the 3rd the one to view.

pt 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2eyfE0xfcg
pt 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9W5OU-wQwc
pt 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGjmPU1qAzA
pt 4 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRBU8dPtq3u8cu9U9bXwoxA
pt 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbdSJ1LO5wc
WizardOfOdds: Chalet shaped rag roof clam shell TIER drop for 4 cylinder tow
Tip Top Tier Drop thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=56232
Unusual Designs thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=64495
Tale of 2 Trailers thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=61451
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Ramblin Rogers trailers

Postby WizardOfOdds » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:15 pm

I am unable to summarize the Ramblin Rogers Folding Micro Camper in one sentence, but here are a few words to wet your appetite: bifold pop up with bowed roof, solar heater, solar power, foldout, kitchen galley, and a lot more. He also updated his build with a Vardo and a tent top design.Here is a link to the first of a series of videos to let you judge for yourself. Visit his page for the details.
WizardOfOdds: Chalet shaped rag roof clam shell TIER drop for 4 cylinder tow
Tip Top Tier Drop thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=56232
Unusual Designs thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=64495
Tale of 2 Trailers thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=61451
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updated DIY Tiny Campler

Postby WizardOfOdds » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:43 pm

Here is the latest DIYtinycomper.com folding camper video (check my earlier posts for parts 1 & 2). I find this the best video of the three.

The big attraction with this camper is the 2:1 open to closed footprint ratio with large standing area. But big footprints need big roofs stable against both wind and rain, and that is a challenge for any folding trailer, including this one. The latest configuration replaces the tarp roof with a folding panel of aluminum ribs with polycarbonate green house glazing (not cheap). But is that better? I'm not sure I like a full roof skylight, and although a simple tarp top is far from cool, I do like the flexibility & economy of an insulated/semi-reflective fabric top. If I were building his design, I would definitely consider a roof with a bend/ridge/peak to avoid center sag and puddles, perhaps by reducing the height of at least one of the (8 foot long) side walls (which might need moving the door to the back end to maintain entry height if the door wall height is reduced).

On the same note, it is not clear to me what prevents pooling in the closed configuration, perhaps he uses a travel cover. And what do you do with the mattress when you flip the bed upside down during closing? I plan to keep watching this one.
WizardOfOdds: Chalet shaped rag roof clam shell TIER drop for 4 cylinder tow
Tip Top Tier Drop thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=56232
Unusual Designs thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=64495
Tale of 2 Trailers thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=61451
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Bike campers

Postby WizardOfOdds » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:57 pm

An inspiring bike camper (trailer and biker)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBLLdWhcCqs


and a collection (some of which I noted earlier)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkodqB5CbWo
WizardOfOdds: Chalet shaped rag roof clam shell TIER drop for 4 cylinder tow
Tip Top Tier Drop thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=56232
Unusual Designs thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=64495
Tale of 2 Trailers thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=61451
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Re: Unusual Designs Found on Internet

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Re: Unusual Designs Found on Internet

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