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10 Jun 2019 06:21 #209792 by Lambert
Whatcha. It is all Ronny Dahl's fault. Him and Mr Pierre-White.

I have been looking at the options for a camp trailer. Thing is that the readymade ones are about twenty 11 times bigger than the Jimny or the ones that are about the right size are unbraked and way too heavy once loading. Ok so I make a small one myself with brakes but under UK law I am effectively no longer allowed to home brew or indeed significantly alter a trailer.

Is there an option out there that I have missed, a light ish, braked, approved, off road capable, Jimny scale camp trailer?

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10 Jun 2019 14:18 - 10 Jun 2019 14:21 #209800 by Scimike
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You can ( I believe) just purchase an approved trailer frame and put whatever you like on the top so long as you stay within its rated limits. That's how the chap who made our camping pod operated, he purchased the frame and put his own top on it.
Or buy an old caravan frame and chop it up, "it was done years ago office" in the very unlikely event that you get stopped.
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10 Jun 2019 14:47 #209803 by Lambert
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I'm always wary of the statement "it was like that when I got it". It makes anything sound suspicious.

Time was I had a sankey for the defender and really I should have kept it as it was perfect for a rtt but to get it behind Dreadnaught would have been a good lot of work. I have considered something like a halfords type trailer but somehow even the heavy duty ones seem fragile.

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10 Jun 2019 16:43 - 10 Jun 2019 16:44 #209806 by Scimike
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The Halfords (Erde ?) Trailers are made of tin but they are fairly strong when bolted together. I had one (122) a few years back as a "haul it all" camping trailer. I made a custom top out of plywood that made it deeper and held 3 adult bikes, they sell similar made out of weak plastic. To be fair it worked well and looked the part. I did think a roof tent on the top of the trailer would be ideal for me for get away weekends, but wife wanted something warmer so I sold it and got a teardrop caravan. Jimny tows it ok, but it's bang on the unbraked limit.
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10 Jun 2019 16:54 #209807 by Caelite
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Or you can just homebrew one and stamp a date prior to 2012 on it. :side:

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10 Jun 2019 17:38 #209814 by Riccy
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This is interesting. I had been looking into building a sort of camping trailer idea as the next project after ulysses.

I would want it to at least have the same wheels/tyres as the car (for clearance and the look of it). This means a tricky PCD to find in a trailer axle. The rest is pretty straightforward stuff. Especially if it was pre 2012 :whistle:

Current thoughts are around sourcing an old 'sankey' trailer to start from, though they are pretty heavy.

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10 Jun 2019 19:05 #209824 by raLLe
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10 Jun 2019 19:13 #209825 by raLLe
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10 Jun 2019 19:46 #209827 by Lambert
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Yeah, nah. I don't want a caravan as such. Something with a little more versatility. I did think about a bolt on roof structure for a rtt on an ifor williams gd64 with a double height drawer system instead of a tailgate . The only problem being my design is way more complex than my budget! I think you can get the defender stud pattern axle on the gd64 which would allow for 7.50 tyres, bit of a bind to need a dissimilar spare but not insurmountable.

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10 Jun 2019 20:16 #209830 by S200KYS
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M old mate Richie had a trailer to match his Vitara -


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10 Jun 2019 22:17 #209833 by cailean
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Venter UK, one version (Savuti) even has a 'roof' tent.
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11 Jun 2019 04:10 #209835 by Lambert
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I think I have seen the venter one, it wasn't braked though and therefore is too heavy for the Jimny.

The matching back half trailer has always been cool they even occasionally turn up on Ebay though I have yet to see a Jimny one there.

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