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Trooper Camping Companion (aka the "Shaggy Shack")

Postby shaggydoink » Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:16 pm

Let me say right up front that this thread is not designed to impress and amaze, but as the build will be a companion to my 1990 Trooper I thought I'd go ahead and document it. Said build is very simple, a slightly modified utility trailer which will serve as a camping platform that will increase my odds of having my daughter (and maybe even my wife!) join me on some outings. :mrgreen:

I initially thought that I might be able to avoid having to spend money on a trailer and build something for free using 2-liter plastic Coke bottle carriers:

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Although after several designs and a couple rough prototypes I realized that this would probably be more headache than it was worth and not really work all that well at that, so I went back to keeping my eye out for a cheap, sketchy trailer. After several weeks one that was a good size and price showed up on Craigslist, so I decided to pop on it:

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The plans for it are pretty simple, get the trailer itself refurbished then get the platform itself extended out to the 8' x 7' size I need to fit the Coleman 4-Person Instant Tent I've got picked out. The trailer is 3' x 6' so the platform "design" will be something like this:

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So thus begins the project. :)

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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby shaggydoink » Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:26 pm

Today I got started on tearing the trailer apart. First I tore off the nasty and mostly rotted wood:

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Then I separated the main frame from the hitch portion... which was done primarily so I could stand the trailer up vertically in my tiny garage:

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Next was tearing off all of the electrical (which was secured by string! LOL!):

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Then last but not least I got the tires removed and got the remaining rusted bolts all sprayed with PB Blaster so I can remove them all and replace them. Here's how the carcass sits now:

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The frame could really use a deep sand and repaint, although I need to have it ready for a short Uwharrie trip in a week so I'm thinking I'll just get it cleaned up for now and do another tear down over the winter... I guess I'll see how fast things go.

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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby IsuzuGeek » Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:43 pm

Sand blast and powder coat that sucker!!!

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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby shaggydoink » Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:48 pm

nfpgasmask wrote:Sand blast and powder coat that sucker!!!


Yeah, it's in good shape structurally but has a lot of surface rust so definitely something I'll do at some point!

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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby bradzuzu » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:12 pm

Good progress !! Your starting to feel that pressure of getting something, then trying to get it ready plus wanting to use it haha ... I feel your pain, it's not to bad of shape though... Since that's an offset axle you could consider flipping the axle for clearance and going with larger tires if need be.. Or is it a straight axle ??
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby Chitzu » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:25 pm

I don't know the plan but it would be nicer towing if the sides fold out for setting up, 7 or 8 foot wide on the road is no fun.
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby Bansil » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:52 am

fun...fun...I'm sure he was planning to fold down, or attach at camp

8 feet wide isn't to bad on the small back roads :mrgreen:
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby shaggydoink » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:27 am

Bansil wrote:fun...fun...I'm sure he was planning to fold down, or attach at camp


Yep, that's the plan! I intend to keep the trailer footprint as is for towing (3' x 6') then expand the platform when I reach my destination. Ultimately I'm hoping to fashion things so there is minimal effort to get it unpacked/packed, as I have limited time before I need to use it the first iteration will likely be a little more ghetto. :roll:

@ Brad - see, there you go again... asking questions like I'll actually know the answer! LOL!! Seriously, though, it's straight unless I'm mistaken:

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If I do end up wanting or needing more clearance it looks like it would be easy to whip up a smaller version of the "ChrisBilt" shackles... which actually might be nice, right now it rides pretty low and with the back tire on the Trooper I basically can't see it at all while in tow.
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby Chitzu » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:09 am

I love it, It will be like our OHV's, a never ending project.
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby Bansil » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:45 am

cut off the old nasty u-bolts and put blocks ontop of the axle and longer u-bolts...very easy
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby shaggydoink » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:57 am

Bansil wrote:cut off the old nasty u-bolts and put blocks ontop of the axle and longer u-bolts...very easy


Great idea, much easier than going the shackles route - thanks for the suggestion!

Bansil wrote:so you going to have AC like chris?


Yes, I'm going to pick up a cheap window AC unit and fabricate a gizmo to pipe the air into the tent... I figure popups and campers have them, so why not my ghetto setup? :)

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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby bsnafu1221 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:44 am

Just a thought but migh want to keep an eye out for a few scissor jacks or something along those lines to use to level it at the site. Just a thought.
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby shaggydoink » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:50 am

bsnafu1221 wrote:Just a thought but migh want to keep an eye out for a few scissor jacks or something along those lines to use to level it at the site. Just a thought.


I hadn't even thought about stabilizing and leveling it while at camp... oh how I dive into things so recklessly! LOL!! Great suggestion, thanks!!
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby bsnafu1221 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:08 pm

No problem. Figure your local junkyard should have a few and you should be able to bolt them to the frame and use the coke crates as bases as they can take weight pretty good.
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby bradzuzu » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:20 pm

Don't call it ghetto call it disco !! :) I like Bansil 's idea of using blocks , it's all good and legal isn't it ??
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby Bansil » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:46 pm

bradzuzu wrote:Don't call it ghetto call it disco !! :) I like Bansil 's idea of using blocks , it's all good and legal isn't it ??

on the east coast it is :mrgreen:
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby DSUZU » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:24 pm

At least have a peek at those wheel bearings while it's stood up like that. The "Shaggy Shack". That's what I'm going to call it. Could you hinge the side extensions so they fold over into the center? Maybe make one side longer, just enough to fold over the other side. For more ideas check into "A-liners". There should be a video or so showing an A-liner popping up. Dennis
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby Bansil » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:26 pm

DSUZU wrote:At least have a peek at those wheel bearings while it's stood up like that. The "Shaggy Shack". That's what I'm going to call it. Could you hinge the side extensions so they fold over into the center? Maybe make one side longer, just enough to fold over the other side. For more ideas check into "A-liners". There should be a video or so showing an A-liner popping up. Dennis

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Re: Trooper Camping Companion

Postby shaggydoink » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:27 pm

LOL!! Shaggy Shack! I love it!!

Thanks for the direction on the hinges, yes - my first choice would be to have them hinged so they fold open/closed, although I wasn't sure how to do it so that everyone would end up being flat. I'll spend some time looking at A-liners.
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion (aka the "Shaggy Shack")

Postby shaggydoink » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:30 pm

Thread name officially updated! :thumbup:

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Re: Trooper Camping Companion (aka the "Shaggy Shack")

Postby shaggydoink » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:38 pm

More deconstruction this afternoon, despite the fact that I had soaked everything with PB Blaster it took forever to break through all the rust bolts... I have a feeling I'll be making a trip to the farm supply store so I can buy replacement hardware by the pound, almost everything I took off will need to be replaced:

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The whole front end, leaves and axle are off and washed, with the exception of the fenders the main frame is stripped and ready to wash as well - it's going to be hard to resist the temptation to sand and paint!!

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@ Dennis - yes, I watched a couple videos this morning and plan to do an overhaul of the bearings while everything is disassembled:

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One side spins really smooth, the other is sort of gritty so guess I'll see what's inside and replace things if necessary.

The tent is ordered and on the way, thanks to an Amazon Prime trial it should be here tomorrow. :thumbup:

Off to check Craigslist for cheap AC units!

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Re: Trooper Camping Companion (aka the "Shaggy Shack")

Postby Bansil » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:34 pm

Amazon prime is pimp as purple and green velvet are ...on a pimp :mrgreen:

Imagine aclam shell....okay?...ugh forget that

Now since you have a flat bottom tent(guessing) you need to fold out and then in for all 4 pcs to be flat.
The inner part needs more support because that's were the butts...ooopppsss hips are and more wt in 1 spot
So...maybe fold out the "ends and then set a pc of plywood with a "wall" attatched to the bottom,into the trailers original dimensions (kinda like a "t")

Dunno....
Just ideas....a couple pcs of emt would support the fold out pcs to the frame at an angle
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Are you done yet? :lol:
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion (aka the "Shaggy Shack")

Postby Bansil » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:38 pm

:shock:
Cheap ac,crap becareful what you get I got 2 different 5k units same price new.
Night and day difference....one rocks and the other is a pos...even after replacing...I will try to get a few pics of "venting" and model numbers in morning....pleaes pm me so I remember...esp. on ac unit
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Re: Trooper Camping Companion (aka the "Shaggy Shack")

Postby bsnafu1221 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:07 pm

Depending on the dimensions of the pieces of the add on panels you might be able to put the side ones upright and the two on the front as the front and back panel. Be able to use it to haul most of the camping gear and throw a cargo net over the top or make a way to make a custom cargo cover. Way to many ideas already rattling in my brain :( May have to sketch them and post them if you don't mind. Got a couple of days off now but looks like its gonna rain tomorrow.
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