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The Bicycle Camping Trailer Thread
« on: April 16, 2019, 07:14:13 PM »
Believe it or not, this is a serious thread.

A few months ago, I was talking to CWolf about camping trailers for bicycles, and while I had looked into the subject in the past, it has really been heavy on my brain since then.  I am considering building one. I have built a cargo trailer for my bike in the past, and it would be nice to take a trip on my bike, and if the trip takes more than one day, it wuld be nice to be able to pull off the road at a parking lot, park, campground, or farmer's field and have a nice comfortable place to sleep out of the weather.

The purpose of this thread is to discuss potential bicycle camping trailer designs.  It is also to discuss potential building techniques, and candidate materials for use in the project.  Give me whatever ideas you've got.

Important considerations:

  • Cost:  Expensive = bad.  Cheap = good.  'Nuff said.

  • Size when in shelter mode: When deployed as a shelter, the trailer should fold out into something decently large.  A lot of designs I have seen simply extend out to form 2 or 3 foot x 6 foot boxes. That's no good for me. I'm getting old.  I want to avoid spending time in a coffin as long as possible.  Also, I am not the svelt 150 pound guy I was when I was 25.  Something that small would be too cramped for me.

  • Size when in travel mode:  When folded down into travel mode, trailer needs to be fairly small, easy to manuvre, and narrow enough to not cause issues with traffic. Larger designs are much more difficult and hazardous around traffic.  My old cargo trailer I made was roughly 2 feet wide by 4 feet long.  That's a pretty good target size.

  • Weight: Lighter = better.  Remember that I have to pull it, so it must be as light as possible. It is not just a problem when trying to go up a hill.  It is also a problem when going downhill too.  Too much weight = extreme difficulty in stopping, and the possibility of jackknifing, which can be very dangerous in traffic.

  • Strength:  It can't be flimsy.  It has to be reasonably strong.  I hate to say it, but I am not the sleek long distance runner I used to be.  Over the last several years, I hate ballooned up to a scale crushing 250 pounds.  I need something that can hold all that extraneous flab and survive.  It is very hard to sleep when crunching sounds of your trailer collapsing under the strain of your mighty girth keeps waking you up.  The trailer also needs to be able to hold up to the rigors of the road, so let's make it strong.

  • Insulation:  I live in Canada.

  • Ventilation:  Suffocation = bad.  Dying of heat exhaustion = also bad.

  • Cargo capacity:  Food.  Water.  A change of underwear.  These are the kinds of things a person on a multi day bike trip thinks about.  Even when folded up, ther trailer needs to have room for the vital necessities one needs to bring along.  Also, something you can pack groceries in to when you go to the store is going to be a benefit.

  • Durability and weather resistance:  If it falls apart in the rain, I don't want it.  If it leaks, I don't want it.

I already have a few ideas of my own, but I want to see what you come up with first.

Feel free to post any ideas, including pictures and videos, and let's see what designs we can come up with.

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The Bicycle Camping Trailer Thread
« on: April 16, 2019, 07:14:13 PM »


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