Overland Trailer. 5x10x5.5 or 6x8x5.5.

LexusAllTerrain

Expedition Leader
I am placing an order for an Overland trailer and would like to hear your comments on the above sizes. Sleeping sifeways or sleeping from back to front?
 

calicamper

Expedition Leader
Kinda depends on what your towing with width of the tow rig. And how technical you'r thinking of going on the dirt.

I really like the narrow width of my 4x6. 5x8 would seem like a fantastic size. 6ft wide starts to suck. My boat was max 8.5 which had lots of very tense driving in narrow lanes and heavy traffic. I had to watch for people crowding the line. Taking a mirror off someones car was a real posibility. 6ft wide can also be tight parking during road trips.

For me 5ft wide would be the ideal max width. And 8ft would really offer lots of options, dirt bike easy, 6 ft bunks easy, small shelving up front..
 

LexusAllTerrain

Expedition Leader
Kinda depends on what your towing with width of the tow rig. And how technical you'r thinking of going on the dirt.

I really like the narrow width of my 4x6. 5x8 would seem like a fantastic size. 6ft wide starts to suck. My boat was max 8.5 which had lots of very tense driving in narrow lanes and heavy traffic. I had to watch for people crowding the line. Taking a mirror off someones car was a real posibility. 6ft wide can also be tight parking during road trips.

For me 5ft wide would be the ideal max width. And 8ft would really offer lots of options, dirt bike easy, 6 ft bunks easy, small shelving up front..


Thanks for the info, I just need it to be sure, mild trails in Sedona, Grand Canyon, The White Rim Trail at Utah. nothing too crazy. Oh! I will be towing with Lexus LX-450.:wings:
 

mep1811

Gentleman Adventurer
Nice . I would think sleeping sideways would be more efficient in using the space.
 

LexusAllTerrain

Expedition Leader
Nice . I would think sleeping sideways would be more efficient in using the space.

Well that was my point, however I think the max size on with for the type of trails I do would be 5 ft. maybe I should extend one foot and make it a 5x9x5.5 or I wonder if a 5x10x5.5 would be better with a slider plate on bottom to protect the rear!


Or just get the 5x8x5.5 and go on with life, I need to make a decision soon since I am running out of time for the EXPO.
 

AdventureHare

Outfitting for Adv
The way that most campers allow transverse sleeping is by extending over the wheel wells. In the examples you've shown, the stated width is between the wheels and not full width of outside to outside. Also, even 6' wide isn't 6' inside the trailer.

With either width trailer, you could install a weather-proof box above the fender, seal it to the trailer, and cut out the back giving your feet some place to go. Inside, the sleeping platform would have to be elevated but I'm sure this wouldn't be an issue as it would be storage, which you want low anyway. This might require rotating the window to gain enough vertical space. Talk to the manufacturer. Maybe they would know better about the impact to their structure.
 

LexusAllTerrain

Expedition Leader
The way that most campers allow transverse sleeping is by extending over the wheel wells. In the examples you've shown, the stated width is between the wheels and not full width of outside to outside. Also, even 6' wide isn't 6' inside the trailer.

With either width trailer, you could install a weather-proof box above the fender, seal it to the trailer, and cut out the back giving your feet some place to go. Inside, the sleeping platform would have to be elevated but I'm sure this wouldn't be an issue as it would be storage, which you want low anyway. This might require rotating the window to gain enough vertical space. Talk to the manufacturer. Maybe they would know better about the impact to their structure.


Thank you, food for thought!
 
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