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    Reality of cargo trailers off road?

    Not that any of these photos are of truly tough terrain, but having had a cargo trailer camper for 3 years and having put it through a good bit of the Colorado Rockies, I would say it’s very doable. We outfitted ours with Jeep CJ-7 leaf springs and lift and 33s and that makes a world of...
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    My offroad 5x8 Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion

    I have some recent awesome news, the wife and I are expecting our first child! Along with that news is the realization that the camping trailer will need to go. It’ll likely be a while before we go camping as a family (babies can’t go to ultra high altitude) and I’d rather it not just sit, as...
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    My offroad 5x8 Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion

    Thanks, yeah some people (my wife included) just don’t enjoy it. My opinion on the vehicle camping vs trailer is pretty simple. You already own the vehicle, if you find it to be an adequate space and setup, then why would you invest more to achieve the same thing? Try it for a while and see...
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    Best way to secure a Max Coupler hitch when leaving the trailer in camp for the day

    This. You do what you can, you don’t stress about it excessively, enjoy the trip and if the worst happens, you have insurance or are self insured and it’ll be ok in the long run.
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    Cargo Trailer 5x8 Overland Conversion - Cherokee XJ Content

    If you’re not living out of the camper and aren’t running crazy amounts of things, I think the smaller aH battery and a cheaper Walmart one would probably serve you well enough. Plus, Walmart is pretty good about their warranty. Use it, abuse it and if it doesn’t work great, I bet they’d work...
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    Cargo Trailer 5x8 Overland Conversion - Cherokee XJ Content

    Went spring under simply based on height. Spring over was going to be 5-6” taller (if I recall correct) than spring under. Eventually we added the 2” shackle lift and got it kinda in the middle of the two, which works for us well. For suspension, I basically pieced together this suspension...
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    Cargo Trailer 5x8 Overland Conversion - Cherokee XJ Content

    Loving the build man! It’s coming together very nice, I’m looking forward to following along! That kitchen setup was a nice find too. On the axle debate, I’ll share my experience in hope it helps confirm/deny your choice to change to a regular leaf sprung axle with shocks. We have a 5x8 cargo...
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    RTT off-road trailer vs. enclosed camper

    We’d have to agree with all the opinions here. Starting with a RTT trailer and moving to a solid teardrop style...we’d never go back to RTT unless we didn’t want to haul the trailer somewhere and needed to simply put a RTT on the rig. That said, there’s definitely different levels of RTTs and...
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    Best way to secure a Max Coupler hitch when leaving the trailer in camp for the day

    I have a Lock-n-Roll hitch and I pull the trailer side out, put lock pin back into the tongue (though I do leave the chains attached to the tongue). Then I run a hefty chain lock through the wheel and around the leaf spring. Chain I use, pretty beef and has a protector sleeve on it not to mar...
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    My offroad 5x8 Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion

    Took some time to knock out two modifications on the trailer. First, back up lighting. I went with two white 12V LED pods that I tied into the trailer wiring harness (it's a 7-pin, so it has a 12V reverse circuit). Put one on each side, mounted high and angled slightly down to help illuminate...
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    My offroad 5x8 Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion

    Haha thanks and yes, go for it! Sleeping space is 74.5” from headboard to toeboard and 56.5” side wall to sidewall. It does fit a full size bed, though snugly in the length, if that’s a helpful gauge. I’m 6’1” and thus have about 1.5” of extra length. I don’t sleep 100% sprawled out, I’m a...
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    My offroad 5x8 Cargo Trailer Camper Conversion

    Took a long weekend with the wife and explored southwest Colorado a bit. Oprah, Silverton, Telluride....all epic Colorado. Our quick sleep over in Gunnison after driving 4 hours after work Friday. Cinnamon Pass, which we took from Lake City to Silverton Saturday morning. We got to town...
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    Collection of Trailer Builds

    I've got two: 5x8 enclosed https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/my-offroad-5x8-cargo-trailer-camper-conversion.190937/ 4x6 trailer with RTT https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/sasquatch-the-driveway-built-camping-trailer.172766/
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    #CampNCrawlTrailer

    Been a minute since I've checked in on EP but dude, build is coming along very nicely! I like it and the improvements. Specifically the non-white lights is something we're playing with here. Bugs in the spring/fall are bad so we went with amber of a few lights. That and it doesn't kill your...
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    Leaf spring vs Coil Independent suspension vs IS with airbags for mid sized offroad camper?

    If money isn't much of an issue, then I hear lots of good things about the independent trailer suspensions. That said, the wife and I do very well financially and part of that is not being silly with the money. I say that to say, I hear so many folks comment that "this is the best", which can be...
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