GBMUD Posted July 30, 2007 Share Posted July 30, 2007 Since I have just about had the best from my £100 caravan it is going to have to go and I would like to replace it with some alternative "comfortable camping" facility. I have had, for some years, a Sankey 3/4(?)ton trailer. I have been thinking about converting that into a camping trailer with cooking facilities, fridge, large water tank, etc. and a rooftop tent on top of the trailer. The idea being that I can tow it on green lanes if I want to, go to other parts of Europe and ultimately beyond. I have not gone beyond thinking about it yet but with the demise of the caravan it is time to start considering how best to execute such a scheme. The first thing I have been considering is the suitability of the Sankey trailer. In it's favour Sankeys are bullet proof, tow OK and take Landrover wheels. The one thing that concerns me is that my trailer has a narrower track than a Landrover. This means that when towing in soft mud or in ruts, the trailer will be dragging through fresh mud and making its own ruts which will increase drag and may cause the whole thing to get stuck. A bad thing. I know that there are larger Sankey/NATO type trailers in circulation, do any of these share the same track as a (coil sprung) Landrover? I have a set of 8 255/85 16s to use on the tow vehicle and the trailer so commonality of spare wheels is covered. I am not sure what the overall weight of my trailer might be. If it is less than 750kg gross then I could consider making my own without the need for brakes and accompanying regulations. Wondering what to put in the trailer, I have concluded that a large water tank over the axle is important - if I do ever get as far as Africa then having a good supply of water is important. I also want to include a fridge. I have thought about breaking the caravan up and using the absorption type fridge fitted in there but due to the way it opens, all the cold (not to mention the beer) falls right out as soon as you open the door. I have seen similar type fridges in a top opening format which might work better but there is still the problem of what to do with the exhaust and heat generated from refridgeration when the trailer is all closed up for travel/overnight. I guess that running on 12volts while on the move is reasonable. Also potentially from the (or another) caravan is the cooker/sink unit. I would propose that this be made such that it pulled out from the rear of the trailer on rails for use. Might a separate cooker and a separate sink be a better option? I started wondering this when I started considering the availability of fuels in different parts of the world. Is there a Calor agent in Paris or on the fringes of the Sahara? Does this make reliance on gas daft? If so, what options are there for powering fridges and cookers? The car will run on diesel and I guess that petrol will be available most places, although I would prefer not to have to carry petrol if I could avoid it. Can one get liquid fuel powered fridges or are compressor powered electric ones the only option? Looking at the fridge specs, the one linked to above will only manage a 30 degree temperature differential - that will struggle even in the UK some times. Rooftop tents. I like the Maggiolina type roof tents as they look easy to erect (wind-up) and come in a hard case which I imagine will reduce damage from vegetation/trees etc, especially if I were ever to use it on the roof of the car. I like that fact that they do not rely on the ladder etc. to support them and that you can leave bedding etc. in them when you close them down. Are there any other points to consider when choosing tents - are some more suitable for different climates etc. Some sort of integrated awning would be nice too. Being able to get out of the tent in a state of undress and then get dressed while not lying down is important to me, as is being able to get up in the night to answer a call without undue inconvenience. I know that there are users of this forum who have done overland travel - some who have used trailers and some who have not and I know that some people have fitted Landrovers of various types as campers. What I want is to be able to be independent for days at a time, for example in the desert, and to be able to camp entirely independently of the car. Being able to set up camp in a campsite and then drive the car away without needing to completely dismantle the tent, put things away etc. is an important consideration and the whole reason for doing this on a trailer. I would value input from anyone who has experience of doing this type of thing, or who knows about the type of kit that is available. I am keen to do this on a budget so, while I need decent kit to do the job, I do not want to go wild spending money! Finally, who makes these things already and where can I go to copy look for ideas? Thanks Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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