I’ve heard from a number of people wondering how-to build a multi-purpose camping trailer. A trailer with multiple personalities; something to use for camping adventures one weekend, and a run to your local building supplies store or the dump the next week.
This type of setup is the perfect way to maximize the benefits of driving a smaller vehicle with extra space only when needed. I started this thread as a place to share examples to help people figure out what type of configuration will work best for them.
The starting point is a utility trailer of some sort, then upgrading from sleeping in the dirt to the joys of Tent Topped Camping
. I refer to them as a Utilitarian or Utility Trailer Campers. There are many types, sizes and styles to choose from. Personally I like the smaller 4x6 ones.
The first one I did was a simple angle iron style utility trailer. I setup Yakima rain gutter racks to outfit the trailer with a roof top tent which could be quickly removed for general hauling.
** Update Nov 2017 **
I have rolled out a new DIY No Weld Rack System
which makes adding sturdy, budget friendly racks to trailers easy. Have a separate thread with tons of info and pictures about my DIY No Weld Rack System