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Angle Iron style Camping Trailer


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Here is an overview of a multi-purpose utility camping trailer I recently setup for a customer.  For Compact setups, I would normally use a 3.5'x5' or 4'x6' trailer, both under $500.  They went a little bigger with the 5'x8' Lowes Carry-on Utility Trailer as a starting point.

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The key feature for converting this one into a Camping Trailer was adding a rack. The rack is for taking their camping up a notch out of the dirt with a roof top tent. Racks can also be configured for hauling equipment; kayaks, bikes, paddle boards, canoes, ???

The rack for this trailer was built tall enough, a tad over 4', for hauling bikes or dirt bikes underneath.  I built the rack using DIY No Weld corner brackets.

The rack started as a pile of cut up 1.5" .120" wall square tubing and brackets
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Then I laid the pieces out on the floor the way they go together.  In the first picture, you'll see Base Plates which didn't get used on this rack.

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Then one section at a time; I marked the corners with reference numbers, position the brackets, square the joints up and mark the bracket holes.

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Then with all the holes marked, it was time to start drilling.

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Then it was just a matter of assembling and painting.  Some of the bracket / tube holes needed to be clearance drill for the bolts to fit.  Here is a shoot of the brackets and the recessed holes made with a 1" hole saw for attaching the uprights.

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Here are some shoots of the completed rack, it will be getting a roof top tent installed shortly. For tent topped trailers another important feature you will notice I added to this one are stabilizer / leveling jacks at all four corners. For angle iron style trailers like these, racks provide an additional benefit. They notably stiffen up the frame. Before the rack was installed, jumping in one corner could easily flex the frame 3"+

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Scott Chaney - Owner of Compact Camping Concepts
Home of the DIY Explorer Box and Dinoot trailers, also Tent Topped camping

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I would like to do something similar to this with a few modifications. The main one would be to make the rack collapsible so I can remove it and fold it for storage. Has anybody done this? I figure the vertical beam would need to be chamfered and the bottom bolt would need to be replaced with a pin. The idea would be that the vertical beams would fold to the inside of the rack. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

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(05-26-2017, 05:59 AM) cpfiles Wrote: I would like to do something similar to this with a few modifications. The main one would be to make the rack collapsible so I can remove it and fold it for storage. Has anybody done this? I figure the vertical beam would need to be chamfered and the bottom bolt would need to be replaced with a pin. The idea would be that the vertical beams would fold to the inside of the rack. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

Hmm, the bracket system was designed to have all the joints bolted together for a solid structure.  My initial though would be to bolt the rack where it attaches to the frame and pin the joints on the top of the upright.  My concern is this will add some flex to the rack.
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Here is another similar example on a more Compact scale. This one started as a 4x6 angle-iron utility trailer that was modified.

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Using the No Weld trailer rack brackets I made a rack for it. Here it is being test fitted before shipping to the customer.

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Here is Eric's modified 4'x6' camping utility trailer ready for some Trailer Supporting Adventuring action behind his Subaru.

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Here is the 5x8 utility camping trailer I showed in the beginning with its roof tent tent installed. Notice the whole setup is light enough to be towed with a Subaru.

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If your utility trailer camper is setup like this and you want extra clearance under your tent unit, my new No Weld Trailer Rack Towers are your answer. They add 9" of additional clearance. The thread No Weld Trailer Rack System has info about them and No Weld rack brackets.
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Here is another similar angle-iron trailer I recently converted into a camper for Jim. It started life as a 5x8 utility trailer. Then with the addition of a No Weld Trailer Rack and Ruggedized Autana model roof top tent unit, it was transformed into a multi-purpose camping trailer. He drove up from southern California for me to install it, then camped his way down the coast back home.

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