More Trailer Mods

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by Jim C-G, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I know most of you aren't hauling tent trailers, but here's some of my most recent modifications in my quest for a hotel on wheels.
  2. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Looking good Jim. Couple of comments and questions (maybe will be answered in Episode 2?).

    You mentioned tongue weight with a full cooler. That much (95 lb?) would definitely be a concern to me with respect to handling as well as tire wear. I will be interested to see what you end out with when you finish playing with it. You don't want to have to put dead weight in the back. Shorten up the tongue and put the cooler inside behind the axle???
    Did you consider putting a swivel hitch on it?
    Did you make provision to charge the batteries off the bike's charging system or with a 110 VAC source? The bike might or might not have sufficient reserve capacity but likely has 100 W or more to spare unless you are running auxiliary lights and heated gear. The 110 VAC option should be easy to set up with a conventional battery charger. Useful if you need a quicker charge than the solar could provide and lots of campsites have power available.

    Regarding the batteries, I couldn't tell whether these were conventional AGM batteries or deep cycle batteries. If conventional, they don't tend to fare well with multiple deep discharges. Deep cycle batteries are more expensive but will work much better (and longer) under these conditions.

    (Can't wait to see where you are going to put the shower, toilet and kitchen!!)
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  3. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Even I think 95 lb. is too much. I did go with a smaller cooler and with the cooler full, a full tank of propane and better weight distribution I've got it down to about 65 lb. which handled very well on my camping trip to Barachois.
    I went to the longer tongue so I could get the extra storage for 4+ week trips. I'll see how I feel about that at the end of my fall trip.
    I do have heated gear, camera charging, auxiliary lights on the bike now so I don't want to add to that load. I have the solar panel hooked up while riding and on sunny days that is taking the batteries to capacity.
    I have 2 - 18 Ah SLA (sealed lead acid) batteries which are intended for emergency backup, medical, kids carts etc. and are a category of deep cycle batteries. They should last a while and were only $75 each. We'll see how they do over the next couple of years. I can plug in my battery tender to charge the system if I have 110 volts available. I'm actually going to try to stay in as many free (no amenities) campsites as I can.
    Reports will be coming on the shower and kitchen... the bears will be reporting on the toilet facilities.

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