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Northforker
post Aug 31 2015, 03:23 PM
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We are currently full time 5th wheelers and while that is a big downsize from our sticks and bricks, the truck camper is a much smaller unit.

We are going to buy a truck camper for 4-8 week trips from our base to adventure/fishing/hunting/hiking spots that the 5th wheel would not be ideal for.

We are trying to decide whether we need a cargo trailer for bicycles, small gas grill, kayak, fishing gear, portable black water tank, extra clothes, backpacking gear, extra cookware, extra canned goods, small chest freezer, etc.

I like the idea of being a minimalist and being able to go wherever the 4x4 truck will take us, however, I also realize that getting there without any of the toys/tools necessary to enjoy the destination really defeats the purpose.

I'm thinking a 7' x 12' as the MAXIMUM size, it would be even better with a 6' x 9'.

Two axles ride better on rough ground?


So, how about some advice???
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Spanky
post Aug 31 2015, 08:47 PM
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I think the trailer is a great idea. I pull one sometimes with my bike on it. Also some of the things you discribe. Even firewood. As far as size, just have to figure out what all you want to take with you. I like a single axle trailer because unhooking it and moveing it around is much easier.


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post Jul 31 2016, 07:30 AM
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I also vote yes on that idea. You won't need anything more than a single axle for that size trailer. Most company's will offer options allowing you to upgrade your trailer. My yard trailer is around 6x12 and has a custom ordered 5K axle with brakes. I also had them strengthen the front of the trailer by increasing the size of steel and running it under the trailer all the way back to the axle. When I ordered it I inquired about paint since all CA built utility trailers are unprimed and basically fog coated. Big Tex also builds in Texas and suggested the trailer be built there where they can prime and fully paint with an automotive quality paint. I went that route and ordered a few spray cans for touch up. The trailer is a beast and after 10 years of abuse it's holding up well. For your needs I would go enclosed, having the ability to keep your stuff dry and secure would more than justify the added expense.
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Jknight611
post Dec 15 2017, 03:41 AM
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We pull a 7x12 tandem axle enclosed trailer, it has become the MOST convenient “accessory” for us. We have 2 inflatable kayaks, usually have a motorcycle, our Honda 2000 generator, grill..... you get the idea! I actually built cabinets and a closet to carry motorcycle clothes and cold weather clothes. No way we could carry all of those toys and camp without our in our Northstar. It really adds to the experience, we use the motorcycle to explore, really open up the area. I chose a 2 axle trailer with brakes on both axles. I thought it would be more stable under tow. The disadvantage, It is practically impossible to move it around the yard without using a vehicle, just too stable! For us, this is the perfect setup and after 2 years we would do it all again!
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post Dec 16 2017, 10:50 AM
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Be careful with transporting firewood over state lines, especially in the north east and midwest. States have enacted strict rules for transportation and burning of firewood in areas with Emerald Ash Borer.
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post Dec 24 2021, 01:24 AM
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Cargo trailer is a good one. I would recommend Black Series travel trailers. They are built for outdoor adventures and come loaded with all the features you need to enjoy camping in comfort – from beds to spacious living areas and kitchen appliances that make cooking easy. Their products patented suspension system and rugged construction will make you feel confident about taking them anywhere. Their products are of different specification and function depending on your budget and preference.
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