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Message posted by HazCamper on 04/10/2017 at 11:59am
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I am an A level graphics student and I am doing a project on a new and unique camping trailer, does anyone have any suggestions for features to be added to it to make it different/improve from existing trailers? Thanks!

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you show us yours and i`ll show you mine...

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Nice project! :-)
Not to teach you how to do your project, but i would suggest looking at other trailers from various counties as well as the UK. Because of different legislation they can have different layouts & functions...might give you some more ideas.

It's hard to know how to improve my trailer so I can't think of anything without giving it more thought... it depends if your project is purely from a design perspective (blue sky thinking) or if it needs to fit certain guidelines and parameters which the UK models do.....??

Not sure that really helps, but sounds a fun project. x

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Have a look at some of the Australian 'outback' campers, they are awesome!!

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And be clear as to whether you mean a Trailer Tent ... or ... a Folding Camper.

Different beasts ... or you could come up with a hybrid combo of the two?

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i'm thinking of doing a mixture of the two, the idea is for it to be as lightweight and maneuverable as possible

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okay will do, thanks!

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Well, for your project you could always look at improving the base engineering concepts used by folding campers & trailer tents.
Much of the technology used in the chassis of a trailer, other than alterations due to cosmetic changes in the superstructure, hasn't really improved from the 70's.

As such, you could try blending compatible engineering concepts from other industries with the idea of a trailer tent to create something truly new and unique.

Here's a few ideas:
1)replace the solid aluminium/steel chassis and plywood/grp superstructure with a magnesium alloy partial monocoque - this will be both lighter to tow than a traditional al-ko chassis based design, and more resistant to damage/wear and tear. Upper bodywork could be replaced by Aramid/resin castings (lighter and more resilient than GRP) or carbon fibre & poly-carbonate panels, as budget allows.    

2)Most campers have solid steel/aluminium frames or poles holding up the canvass, usually arranged in squared off "n" shaped hoops. Try replacing these with inflated geodesic beams filled with air. Whilst the increased amount of fabric required to form the air poles will make the canvas heavier, the removal of the metal poles will cut the overall weight of the camper.

3)Most campers and trailer tents require quite some physical exertion to manually erect, via unfolding or unwinding, which can be beyond the capabilities of older users. As such, this could be replaced, in conjunction with #2 above, with pneumatic air rams to unfold/slide out the beds, powered by a small compressed air bottle. This would allow the tent to be erected in a similar manner to an inflatable life raft, at the push of a button. Again, replacing the steel/aluminium hinges & slides used in a manual system with nylatron low friction bearings, rollers and skid pads would be a weight saving.

4)The weight of the fabric could be reduced by replacing the cotton canvas with a metalised thin film polyester, (somthing similar to mylar).


     

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I think M64LNF has got it spot on I can only agree with his suggestions .Something that could be erected by one person,plus maybe that could be put away wet,and made with fireproof material would be a winner for me

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Caravans are big and bulky to store and a box full of air has a very large wind resistance meaning the car uses lots of extra fuel when towing.

Problem is they all like their home comforts and the convenience of a caravan meaning they accept the storage and towing inconvenience.

This means something small and compact for storage and towing would be good but only if it gives them their home comforts etc and is quick to erect.

Folding campers and trailer tents do offer this but you are still sat in a tent.

Back in the 60s 70s 80s etc, there were various folding contraptions, caravans, campers, the dandy etc but they are not as popular as proper caravans and are very expensive. They have their followers but nothing like the numbers that have caravans.

So something which is small and light to store and tow but can grow very quickly and easily to a full sized caravan.

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This sounds like a fabulous project and I do hope you will share your results. Iíd be very intrigued to learn what you discover.
M64LNF has given you some great ideas and I canít better that, but you might also want to look at the safety aspects too and see if you can improve on anything.
Good luck.

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