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Old 01-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #61
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I can now give you some information on "the company"... the company name is Compact Camping Concepts (Welcome Compact Camping Trailers Home of the Explorer Box and More!), they cater to DIYers interested in building their own adventure trailers. Their product line includes trailer-top tents, trailer frames, and accessories for a trail camping lifestyle.

They plan on offering a range of trailer tub kits based on the designs you've seen in this thread and the first version they plan to offer they'll call the "Compact" tub kit, it's basically the same size as the proof-of-concept trailer you've watched me build in this thread.

Pricing is still being finalized, but the target total cost for building an entry level model (a tub kit plus your bolt-together frame kit and a few other bits and pieces) is $1095.00!

Product-specific information on the tub kits can be found at this page on their site: Dinoot Trailers Trailer Supported Adventuring, that's where you'll find the latest information and can sign up for email updates.

The timetable:

February: Build production molds and work out molding process details.

March/April: Produce a pre-production run of tub kits for pre-release testing and creating documentation. I believe they plan on offering a few kits to “customer testers” (more information on their website).

May: Production kits available.

I've gotten to know Scott Chaney, owner of the company, a bit during our discussions over the past few months, and I'm very pleased he's planning to market the kits and I'm confident he'll do a great job turning my prototypes into high quality production products.

I'll keep updates flowing in this thread as well, stay tuned to watch the build of the trailer-top tent mount...

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I can now give you some information on "the company"... the company name is Compact Camping Concepts (Welcome Compact Camping Trailers Home of the Explorer Box and More!), they cater to DIYers interested in building their own adventure trailers. Their product line includes trailer-top tents, trailer frames, and accessories for a trail camping lifestyle.

They plan on offering a range of trailer tub kits based on the designs you've seen in this thread and the first version they plan to offer they'll call the "Compact" tub kit, it's basically the same size as the proof-of-concept trailer you've watched me build in this thread.

Pricing is still being finalized, but the target total cost for building an entry level model (a tub kit plus your bolt-together frame kit and a few other bits and pieces) is $1095.00!

Product-specific information on the tub kits can be found at this page on their site: Dinoot Trailers Trailer Supported Adventuring, that's where you'll find the latest information and can sign up for email updates.

The timetable:

February: Build production molds and work out molding process details.

March/April: Produce a pre-production run of tub kits for pre-release testing and creating documentation. I believe they plan on offering a few kits to “customer testers” (more information on their website).

May: Production kits available.

I've gotten to know Scott Chaney, owner of the company, a bit during our discussions over the past few months, and I'm very pleased he's planning to market the kits and I'm confident he'll do a great job turning my prototypes into high quality production products.

I'll keep updates flowing in this thread as well, stay tuned to watch the build of the trailer-top tent mount...

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Shot them a email already about the preproduction models. Well see what they say.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:29 PM   #67
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This trailer kit is exactly what I've been wanting. The top idea is awesome as well. Just the other day I was saying what I really wanted was a modular hard top.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:02 AM   #68
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Early in this thread I showed a photo of a proof-of-concept version of a camper top for the trailer tub kit; the top is made from Safari Cab hardtop parts:



Here's a more complete view of what a Safari Overland Camper configuration could look like:

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I've been working on molding a set of parts to deliver to CompactCamping so they can make their production molds. This morning I popped the last part out of the mold.

Here's the 5' 11" side panel I popped out of the mold this morning, and for comparison, the 46" side panel; these make 6'6" and 4'5" tubs.



And here's a shot of everything - tailgate end panel, solid end panel, long side panel, short side panel, large inner fender, small inner fender, tailgate outer skin and tailgate inner skin.



I clamped together some parts for a quick mockup of the 6'6" tub. I only made one long side panel because that's all that's needed to make the mold, so the other side panel is the short one, which also illustrates the difference in size between the 4'5" tub and the 6'6" tub.





The 6'6" tub is a very nice size (and would also make a really nice "Budget Brute" pickup bed ).

All of these parts are just as they've come out of the mold, I've still got to wash the mold release off and do a preliminary trimming to remove the dangerous sharp edges.
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:52 AM   #72
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Looks good and I just picked up a used 4x8 trailer pretty cheap
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:29 AM   #73
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Here's a conceptual view of the trailer-top tent mount design. It's pretty straightforward - the main platform is made from 3/4" plywood. The plywood forms a ring about 15" wide around the top of the tub; the four pieces of plywood are edge-joined, using either tongue-and-groove plywood, a "glue joint" edge made with a router bit, or whatever your favorite plywood joining method is. A wooden edging runs around the entire platform - it's even with the top of the platform and protrudes below the plywood so it "caps" the angled top edge of the tub. Pickup truck "topper tape" is used to seal/cushion the mount-to-tub joint.



The tent I've got came with mounting rails which are designed to attach to a rooftop rack, but in this design I'll use them under the plywood to strengthen everything. The tent mounting bolts go through the tent platform, the plywood and the mounting rails, tying everything together. Topper tape is used once again to seal the joint between the mount and the bottom of the tent base.

A tailgate jamb is added to the underside of the plywood for the top of the tailgate to seal against; this piece gets weatherstripped to form a good seal for the tailgate. One important detail - the tailgate used will need to have an external latch, because once the tent mount is on, you won't be able to reach inside to latch the gate. I'll post more on external latching soon.

The plywood mount is secured to the tub using j-bolts; these hook under the top rail of the tub and the threaded portion sticks up out of the plywood and a nylock nuts snugs them down.
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I'm now beginning the building of the tent platform for the proof-of-concept trailer. Here's a photo/drawing showing how it will look:



There will be a 48" square "riser" of maybe 2x2 lumber around the opening, this is because the tent I have needs to be slightly raised from the platform in order to zip the travel cover onto it when it's folded. This riser isn't shown in the drawing/mockup above.

Also not shown are the bolt head/nuts of the j-hooks that will secure the platform to the tub. They'll hook under the top rail of the tub, and the threads will stick up through the platform and be secured with washers/nuts.

BTW, this same construction method could be used to make a nice budget hard tonneau cover:



Building a hard tonneau this way, you could probably come in at about $50 plus hinges and whatever paint or finish.

I'll post construction photos of the tent platform along the way.
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Tent platform build in progress. I've got the main platform together, and the corners on to verify the platform fits exactly the way I want it. Now that the fit has been verified I'll add the side trim and the details for mounting the tent.





Here's a few shots showing how the corners and side trim go together, these shots are test parts on the workbench:





The angle on the inside of the trim and corners matches the angle on the top of the tub, so once weatherstripped, the platform will seal perfectly around the top of the tub.
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I got the tent mounted on the tent platform this morning. The tent fits great on the platform, and the platform supports the weight just fine. The tent platform is still unfinished wood; I plan to seal it and then shoot it with black bedliner.

Here are some photos of the setup ready to roll with the travel cover on.









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The design of the tent platform allows the tent to be mounted so it opens any direction - front, back or either side. This set of photos shows the tent opening to the front. The entire thing could be self-contained this way, a ladder could be made to rest on the tongue of the trailer. Unless the tongue were very long, though, you probably wouldn't be able to open the tailgate of the Jeep when the ladder was in place. In this configuration, you could also step on the tailgate to get into the tent from the other end, although perhaps you'd have your stove and cooking gear set up on the tailgate - wouldn't want to step in the scrambled eggs!









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And here's a set of photos with the tent mounted to open off the driver's side. Could open to the passenger side as well, which I am told might be better for some campgrounds.









I haven't decided whether I like the front opening setup or the side opening setup better.
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I got these photos from the company - this is the first set of parts from their production molds!





The inner fenders are also molded but not shown in these photos.

You can see from the photos how beautiful the fit and finish is.

They say they're on track for May availability of the kits.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:39 AM   #82
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I'm so ready for one! This is so cool.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:45 PM   #83
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The company tells me they've started shipping kits to the people who volunteered to be test builders, and they say they're still on track for May general release.

Here's a few photos of one of the test kit builds:





I've also designed and prototyped up a possible accessory for the trailers (and for Wranglers). I call it the StoreGate, it screws to the tailgate and provides secure and weatherproof storage.



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Another thing I've been working on is a DIY 3-axis off-road coupler that can be made for less than $50 in parts from Tractor Supply (or most other farm-type stores).



Here's a twist test... the coupler can twist 360 degrees but the test had to stop here because the jack was becoming precarious:



I can post plans if anyone's interested.
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Def interested in this hitch coupler, as I plan on purchasing one of these kits when they come out and also will be tackling the Rubicon trail later this summer so it would be beneficial.
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Def interested in this hitch coupler, as I plan on purchasing one of these kits when they come out and also will be tackling the Rubicon trail later this summer so it would be beneficial.
The latest word I have from the company is that the trailer tub kits will be available for purchase later this month (May 2012).

Here's the plan for the three-axis coupler, if you need any further clarification of the plans or some fabrication photos of specific parts of it, just let me know:

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Just sent an email to the company. I am very interested in the tub as well
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The company has announced pricing, and plans to begin shipping trailer tub kits to purchasers the week of May 21!

Details here: Dinoot Trailer Pricing
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Details here: Dinoot Trailer Pricing
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So according to the site the "Compact Tailgate kit" doesn't come with the tail gate?
Note – Tailgate model tub kit do not include a tailgate. These are purchased under Build Components or customer supplied.
Compact Base
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Extended Base
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Extended Tailgate
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Seems a bit pricey if its not complete and ready for your floor and trailer?

Price it correctly to the current economy and you could sell a ton of these but at these prices and not "complete" maybe a few. Just my .02

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