trailercamper (23 images)

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I timed myself setting this thing up and taking it down, by myself. Setup took about 45 minutes, and takedown took about 20 with most of that being folding up the canvas and tarp. Having someone help you with setup and takedown makes it go MUCH more quickly.

Included in this trailer camper is the tarp (a standard tarp available from Lowes or HomeDepot), the 4 bases that attach to the trailer bed and the screws to hold the bases in place, the 12 PVC uprights, 6 PVC bows, the window-end canvas, the door-end canvas, a piece of indoor-outdoor carpet, and ropes to make it all work, and a large black canvas duffle to carry the door, window, carpet, clamps, screws and rope.

I have put some small single-chain-link tiedowns welded onto my trailer to help secure the rops holding the ends and tarp in place. This makes tieing everything down MUCH easier. You could do the same or use some screw-eyes into the bed of the trailer.

The camper will easily house two fullsize cots with room to spare, or a queensize air mattress. There is plenty of room to stand up, change clothes, or even setup a chair and a small table in case you have to cook/eat inside in bad weather.

Camper kit is for sale Price is $200, plus shipping. I prefer not to ship this since I think it would cost too much, but if you want to pay for shipping, I'll ship it. Email alabamatoy at gmail dot com if you're interested.



Here's how it starts out. The duffle holds all the canvas, tarp and carpet. The PVC uprights are tied together so they dont roll around, and the bows fit nicely underneath the truck when its on the trailer, fitted between the wheelwells.


First, the 4 metal bases are screwed down. I use a cordless drill for this.


After the bases are attached, place a PVC upright onto each post on the bases; there are 12 of them. The PVC uprights have screws at one end that prevent the bows from being inserted too far into the upright, so all the bows align to the same height.


The insert a bow into each pair of PVC uprights. There are 6 bows.


Now place the window end canvas ver the front bow as shown. It has a drawstring that allows the canvas to be drawn sungly over the bow. This is where a helper makes the process go much easier. Note the clamp in place at the op of the bow to hold the canvas in place temporarily during setup. A collection of these clamps is included. The third picture shows the window canvas in place from the inside, note the no-see-um screen and the drawstring holding the canvas to the bow.


Now do the same thing for the door end canvas. Same process.


Now lay out the tarp, and draw it over all six bows, including the front and rear bows that have canvas already on them. This is the part where it really helps to have another person assisting. Once the tarp is on and tied down, the camper is essentially done and weatherproof.


This shows the window storm flap from the outside.


This shows the door end, starting with the entire door rolled up so you can just walk in and out, followed by the storm flap rolled up but the screen door in place. Then you can see the door zippers, and a shot of the door from inside looking out.


Three shots of the window canvas, showing the storm flap down from the outside, followed by a shot from inside looking out, then outside with storm flap rolled up.


Inside, looking towards window, inside looking towards door, then outside looking at the door end. Note the indoor/outdoor bassboat type carpet which covers the entire interior, and extends about 2 feet beyond the door.


Everything all put away and ready to roll.