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Looking for Feedback on my Off-Road design

Postby Onajourney » Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:42 am

Got the frame well under way and trying to firm up the camper design. You all have been very helpful so Thanks.
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Re: Looking for Feedback on my Off-Road design

Postby MickinOz » Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:15 am

Looks good.

My random thoughts:

I believe 6' 7" is one inch short of a standard US 80" queen bed length and 4 inches longer than a standard US 75" double. Can you design to take a standard mattress size or are you happy going for a custom made mattress?

Looks like you are only allowing around 10'' between top of mattress and bottom of interior cupboard.
A smidgeon cramped for foot room?

I estimate your trailer to be about 106-108 inches from end of drawbar to centre line of axle.
I met a lady who has an 8 x 5 teardrop built on a bolt together kit trailer.
The draw bar is about 3 feet 8 inches long.
The length for drawbar tip to axle centre is about 102 inches.
She said it is a PITA to reverse.
The lady owns a boat as well, and says she has absolutely no issues reversing the longer boat trailer.

The short-ish drawbar will probably have some advantages for off-road work, but may be a bit of a pain to reverse up your driveway.
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Re: Looking for Feedback on my Off-Road design

Postby KCStudly » Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:16 am

Some builders use a receiver hitch tube to create an adjustable length tongue. That way they can leave it long for stable towing on highway and easier backing; or they can shorten it up for better wind shadow (improved fuel mileage) and tighter trail work.

I didn't want that complication for my planned type of forest service road use, so looked for a happy medium.
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Re: Looking for Feedback on my Off-Road design

Postby tony.latham » Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:59 pm

Looks like you are only allowing around 10'' between top of mattress and bottom of interior cupboard.


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That's my wife's feet warming up to the Propex heater. The upper shelf is 22" above the floor –-with an 8" mattress.

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:thinking: Your wheels are cranking, eh?

I'm not sure how you are planning to seal the bottom of the hatch but I find butting it to the rear of the floor works well.

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Re: Looking for Feedback on my Off-Road design

Postby MickinOz » Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:49 pm

tony.latham wrote:
Looks like you are only allowing around 10'' between top of mattress and bottom of interior cupboard.


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That's my wife's feet warming up to the Propex heater. The upper shelf is 22" above the floor –-with an 8" mattress.

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Tony, based on that photo, I would call 14" between mattress and shelf the minimum number.
I may even re-design my own new build for just a little more tootsie space. (currently sitting at 14" above the 6 inch mattress.)
Do you find yourself stubbing your toes on the underside of the shelf when you roll over?
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Re: Looking for Feedback on my Off-Road design

Postby Onajourney » Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:41 am

Thanks MickinOz for the great feedback! Good catch on the interior size but I was aware of the mattress issue. I found a tri-fold memory foam mattress on Amazon that is 58"x 78"x 6". I am figuring I can squeeze the 58" into the 57". It's actually going to be 56 1/2". I agree with you guys on the foot space. I will raise up to 15". KCStudly is correct, I am planing on a 2" receiver on the tongue to have 2 different tongue lengths and have the ability to adjust if needed based on how it pulls with my Jeep.
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