My Wilderness Trailer Modification Thread





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    Default My Wilderness Trailer Modification Thread

    We bought a Campmaster Wilderness trailer (Challenger BunduBasher) in 2009 and camping with our normal ground tent, the trailer was mostly used to transport our camping goods to the campsite. Then unpack most of it into our tent and park the trailer out of sight till we need it again. This was fine, as it was what we needed at that stage.

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    I added a drawer rail for 3 ammo boxes with a fixed rack for 2 more ammo boxes.
    As the lid was easy to lift and keep open it was convenient to have the 2 ammo boxes in that location.

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    There was space in the roofrack ontop of the lid for a table and we stored our plastic ‘catering’ table there.
    Any extra stuff could easily be secured ontop of the roofrack.

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    After we fitted an Echo trailer-tent on top of our trailer, we did not open the trailer from the top anymore.
    We also could not use the top part of the roof-rack, so the only use for this section (±250mm high) was to store the plastic table.
    I started planning on removing the complete top door with roof-rack and to build a new frame that will have doors on the side of the trailer.
    After a few versions of this plan the final design was to have 3 doors on the one side (Kitchen area with microwave and all the crockery and cutlery) and 2 on the other side (Storage of 4 ammo boxes).

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    The door was removed as whole and no modifications were needed on the remaining body of the trailer.
    I made the frame from angle-iron and it fits on top of the trailer, secured with a few bolts & nuts. Rest of the frame is rectanglar tubing.
    The frame of the tent fits into the new frame by ±25mm

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    The doors are made from 0.8mm mildsteel plate and are bended so that it is 40mm deep.
    We use this space to store glasses, utensils & mugs. Normal T-Handles with ±70mm shafts are used for the locks.
    On the inside I used aluminium T-section as support of the ammo-boxes and kitchen.

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    The “kitchen cupboard” is made from 9mm pine-plywood and the microwave is fitted on drawer rails, so it can slide out.

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    I removed the ammobox drawer rail and fixed rack I made last year, moving the drawer rail with the 3 ammoboxes to the back of the trailer. A new drawer rail is now in the front for the NationalLuna 90l Fridge/freezer.

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    I got a few of the LED strip lights from Andrew Faber (AndyF) and that makes a huge improvement to the usability of the whole setup.
    Using 2 of the 30cm strips in the kitchen, one 60cm strip at the back of the trailer and another 60cm strip in the tent.

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    Very good idea to put some of that "dead" space to good use. Also nicely executed. Congratulations.
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    Congratulations,great ideas,very neat and well thought out.
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    nicely done.... thank you... It gave me a few ideas for my own mod!

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    baie mooi, geluk, geniet dit.
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    looks great !

    I would like to know what "foam" was used for the mug's storage and how you got the moulds cut out for the mugs.

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    Libdoo, I got the foam from Pro Auto Rubber in Boksburg.
    Not sure what the correct naming is but it is sold in sheets of 1m x 0.5m x 40mm.

    A hole-saw cuts the foam very nicely, but I needed a ±85mm hole for the cups and wasn't willing to pay R100+ for a hole-saw for an once-off use.

    I used a tin cup from which I cut off the rim with a 'blikskêr'.
    When cutting the hole just rotate the tin and it cuts nicely and smooth.

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    I then used a router to add the gaps for the handles.

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    I also used the router and old electric-carving knive to cut the slots for the utensils.

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    Thanks Guys. Looking good.

    I will be needing to do this very shortly in the Troopie.
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    Very nice, congratz, would like to know how the suspension on the "new" trailer is copeing with the added weight or doesn't this affect handling?

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    V10 jnr, the weight of the new frame (excluding tent, microwave and kitchen stuff) was about half the weight of the lid & roofrack. The axle is a 2500kg axle and the tow handling was not affected. Well, not what I have noticed. The weight of the tent will most likely have the biggest affect on handling.

    The new frame only increased the height of the trailer by ±25mm.

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    Very nice. One of the best conversions I have seen.
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    I forgot to mention in the above post that I also modified the SpareWheel swing arm.
    With the arm on the trailer it is always in the way and in the middle of the tent when the back door is open.
    So I removed the 2 bolts and replaced it with 2 pins fitted with quick-release safety pins

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    When we get to the camping spot I can remove the spare wheel arm in a few seconds and put it under the trailer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skymaster View Post
    V10 jnr, the weight of the new frame (excluding tent, microwave and kitchen stuff) was about half the weight of the lid & roofrack. The axle is a 2500kg axle and the tow handling was not affected. Well, not what I have noticed. The weight of the tent will most likely have the biggest affect on handling.

    The new frame only increased the height of the trailer by ±25mm.
    Hi Skymaster, i have a similar treiler and have also done a few modifications. Yours looks awesome. I alrready have a echo tent on, so if i modify to fit your design where the lis was should the tent still fir and reach the ground level when opended?
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    Hi Blou wa.

    As far as I know the Echo trailertents are designed to be 155cm from the ground (+/- 5cm).
    So if the final height of the trailer is in that ballpark, you should be okay.

    Ours still fits/reach the ground with a few cm's spare.
    (We're at Marakele this weekend and I will take some pics of the tent.)

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    Jitte, Lyk my my ou wa kan 'n bietjie doen met 'n "makeover". Baie oulike idees!
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    Hi Skymaster, is there a possibility to get the drawings from you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalahariec View Post
    Hi Skymaster, is there a possibility to get the drawings from you?
    What are you looking for?

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    Skymaster, jou snywerk by die koppies is baie mooi. Ons het verlede week gedoen met 'n gatsaag. Dit werk goed. Wil juis hierdie naweek so 'n modifikasie of twee op die bossewa se kombuis doen - wil glasbekers saamvat. Ek haat die melamine. Daai saamgeperste rubber is ietwat duur, so R200 per vel, maar dit werk fantasties. Het ook gekry by die ou in Boksburg.
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    Regarding the cutting of foam....

    I dont know if this high density foam can absorb water, but on foam that does absorb water do the following:

    Saturate the foam with water, then put it in the deepfreeze overnight. When it is frozen nice and solid, you can shape it with woodworking tools - jigsaw, file, rasp, saw etc. You can even shape and profile the sponge. When it thaws, you wring out the water, and have a nicely finished product.

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    Gert, is dit net vir hoe digtheid spons ? Die wat ons gebruik het was rubber - ek glo nie dit absorbeer enige water nie, maar die gatsaag het baie mooi gewerk - mooi afwerking en daarna het so hier en daar met 'n baie skerp mes gleufies ingesny. Dit is egter oulik dat hy 'n 'router" gebruik het, sal dit ook toets.
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