Another cool day today. Its been 0 to minus 20 F forever and I find myself dreaming of summer.
Last Fall I completed a replica teens / twenties camping trailer to tow behind our T. We were able to try it out on the last weekend before the mountain campsites closed for the season. It was all I had hoped for and more.
For those of you who are also longing for more amenable T touring weather I thought I would share a few photos.
Great Job! I just finished planing a bunch of rough sawn ash today, looks just like your floor boards. It warmed up to 12, maybe 15 degrees in the sun here today in Michigan. Come on spring!
That is sweet.
We started at -20 this morning and went up to 12 by this afternoon. I'm so glad it's finally warmed up.
Robb, That's a prize winner. Great job. Summer's ah commin.
Robb -- That's a WAY cool camper. I'm tempted to build one similar. Did you have plans, or design it yourself?
Wow Robb, Great job! the more I look at your photos the more awesome the camper looks!
Robb, very nice camper. See you next weekend!
Thank you everyone for your kind words.
Mike, I designed it myself after looking at a bunch of original trailers at the T Centennial and at the RV museum in Elkhart. I first built a prototype to work out the bugs, then built the one in the photos.
Jim, I just ordered a new set of planer knives, wore out the last set building this project.
We have camped many years in our T. As Peter Kable has mentioned here, once you set up a camping car you can't take it sightseeing. Hence the need for a trailer.
We wanted the trailer to be lightweight, read easy to pull, and quick to set up.
John, I spent part of the day getting ready for the swap meet next weekend. Plan to take a set of Buffalo and a set of Dayton wire wheels and some other junk. Bring you wallet, I have acquired a taste for US $.
Robb, What a lovely job! What does you towing hitch on your car look like? Have you added any extra brakes or peeped up the motor at all? I am hoping to buy a trailer to put behind my very stock standard 16' tourer and wondering how it will cope?
I have to confess that our trailer took its first trip last fall behind a Ford F150. I didn't have time to complete the hitch on the T before the parks closed. At this point I may not put a hitch on our tent camper T as I plan to offer it for sale next weekend. I have an idea for a closed cab 1927 T that will be the trailer hauler.
Our T camper truck is a strong runner with a ruckstell and a standard rear end gearing. We can cruise all day with all our camping gear at 45 -50 mph. Before someone cautions me that I drive too fast, I said we can cruise that fast not that we do cruise that fast.
The big worry is not how fast it will go but how will I ever stop when going down the mountain passes. The trailer has electric brakes and the new closed cab pickup I have started has 4 wheel hydraulic brakes.
In answer to your question, a stock T should pull the trailer ok except up steep hills. The worry is getting everything stopped in an emergency.
Man you ARE set!!!!!
Beautiful trailer and Hack is just as beautiful. I envy you. Great job.
John Steele check out the Dayton wire wheels 30 x 3 1/2 for me please
Did you make that canoe too? My grandson has asked me to make one like that with him, but I've hesitated because I don't think I have the skill needed.
Yes I did make the canoe. I bought raw cedar, planed it, cut it to strips with a bandsaw and cut the cove and bead with a router. If you have the tools and patience and determination the skill will follow. As I recall, laying out, sanding, and finishing the fiberglass took a lot longer that I anticipated.
Its interesting, when I travel with the canoe on the T or on one of my other old cars people either comment on the canoe or on the car but not both.
This photo was taken on a T camping trip last summer.
Robb, can you share some photos of the trailer build please?
I am in the process of transferring 100,000+ photos from one hard drive to another and it is not going well. I do have a bunch of photos of the project. I just can't get to them right now. At one point I had considered producing plans for the project but felt that there wouldn't be enough interest to make it worthwhile.
I will post some photos when I can retrieve them.
Here is a birds eye view of the lift mechanism.
Very cool, Robb. There are currently 20 items on my "Honey Do" list (and none of them T related ). Maybe when I get that whittled sown some I'll look into some canoe plans and see how it goes.
That is one of the best looking pop-up campers I have ever seen.....If I had the plans I don't think I could fabricate one that nice.....Great Job....It just amazes me the quality and craftsmanship.....I sure would like to give it a try....Chet
I would be interested in the plans, if you ever wanted to make them. Very cool trailer. Almost a work of art rather than a utilitarian piece.
very impressive, nice work !
I am trying to sell some early camping equipment for a wife that lost her husband. Her husband collected early brass era cars along with early camping equipment. Will have it all at the Big 3 swap meet in San Diego or at Bakersfield. Can take pictures if anyone is interested. Please contact me off line. The items would look great with an early camper/trailer.
THERE'S INTEREST IN PLANS I'LL BUY!!!!!!!
I love your trailer and would be interested in getting more information or a set of plans. I have my axle about finished and am about ready to a trailer frame.
I'd say there's at least three people interested in plans. Did you have any drawn up or did you just kind of wing it? Either way, it's beautiful.
Include me and count that as four interested in the plans.
Make that 5 interested in a set of plans.
Wow! Wish I had this for my trip. Wasn't much fun sleeping on the front bench seat of a T.
Wow that is Great! It reminds me of the camper my Dad made so that the whole family (6 of us) could go camping from Iowa to Colorado in the early 60s!! Include me in the plans list! I think I could make it with the Proper Direction? John
After seeing Constantine's comment I tried lying down on the front seat of my touring. No way. I definitely need to make a trailer.
For some reason it never occurred to me "Where did Constantine sleep?" and good gravy that just adds a whole other dimension to his trip! 0_0
LOL Steve, I'm 5'8 and absolutely do not fit on the front seat of a touring car. What Constantine needed was a sleeper car! There was a '13 or '14 touring on eBay some time last year - it had these super cool front seats that folded down and combined with the rear seats to make a bed. Here's a thread with the same thing: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/345488.html?1362510344
If I remember correctly in Constantine's photos I saw a folding cot set up beside the car. He made a comment about how hot the days were but how cold it got at night.
I too like all the campers pictured above. Nice job.
It is nice to see there is interest in the plans. I haven't been on the forum for a while but came back for a look after receiving several PMs indicating interest.
The plans will be in the form of an ebook in order to keep the price down. Here are a couple of images that will end up in the book.
I've been considering a trailer for my 1926 TuDor for some time. I've been concerned about the weight of the trailer. Do you know how heavy your trailer is?
I don't know the weight. My objective was to keep it under 500 lbs. The axle with electric brake hubs weighs 100 lbs. and the wood carcass and floor probably add another 100.. I'm guessing that the mattresses and mattress frames must weigh about 100 lbs.
The Auto-Kamp trailer from back in the day weighted 700 lbs.
500# would be good, I'm assuming that the axle is not Model T. Looks like there are leaf springs and steel frame. I like the look of the Model T wheels. Do the wheels use front wheel hubs or rear? I'd be interested in your plan, should you depend some.
The axle is a commercial trailer axle with electric brakes. The springs are Model T.
The idea of having the axle on top of the springs hadn't occurred to me. Any comments pro or con?
I would be interested in a set of plans too, when they are available.
I will set aside a couple of hours a day to complete the plans.
Axle on the top of springs is the normal way to mount them, unless you are going for high clearance.
That's the normal arrangement these days, but seeing these Model T trailers I'm thinking maybe I want to put the springs on top so the trailer clearance will come closer to matching the car.
I think this trailer sits higher than Dean's, but both of them have the springs above the axles.
Anyone wanting to build a camping trailer should google "Zagelmeyer camping trailer." This trailer was patented in 1921 and weighed 550 lbs. Their brochure states, " easily handled by a Ford over mountains and backwoods trails as fast as car can travel." This trailer is 6 feet & three inches long and has a slide in kitchenette which slides in and can be used either outside or inside the trailer. It had two beds which were each 48" wide. They advertise that it can be set up in less than a minute. Ed
My wife just fell in love with your trailer, I will be looking forward to your plans being available! Suburb job, it's a true work of art.
I really envy you guys that have the talent and patience to build these things. I can do most anything in steel, but with wood, I'm lost. Great job! Dave