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abermarc
 


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Roof Tent on Trailer height adjustment

Hi all,

Have looked at a few of the trailer builds on here but cant quite find what I am looking for. SWMBO and myself are both 6 footers and our Sankey conversion with tent on top and folded out stands at a little over 5 foot.

I dont want to raise centre of gravity whilst travelling so I need to design a system to raise the height by about 12 inches when it's setup. That'll allow us enough room to stand up straight underneath it.

I've seen a few designs from scissor systems to simple frame that you lift manually and prop underneath with axle stands to auto mated systems. I want to steer clear of the automated system for fear of adding too much weight. A nice simple system that a laymen (with poor welding skills) such as myself could build fairly quickly and easily would be the ideal.

Ideas and especially pictures would just perfect.

Thanks all.
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Something like these could raise the height and also allow you to level the trailer but, at 40kg a pair, they're not light!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-TON-HEAVY-DUT...Swo4pYXTjY

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Re: Roof Tent on Trailer height adjustment

abermarc wrote:
Hi all,

Have looked at a few of the trailer builds on here but cant quite find what I am looking for. SWMBO and myself are both 6 footers and our Sankey conversion with tent on top and folded out stands at a little over 5 foot.

I dont want to raise centre of gravity whilst travelling so I need to design a system to raise the height by about 12 inches when it's setup. That'll allow us enough room to stand up straight underneath it.

I've seen a few designs from scissor systems to simple frame that you lift manually and prop underneath with axle stands to auto mated systems. I want to steer clear of the automated system for fear of adding too much weight. A nice simple system that a laymen (with poor welding skills) such as myself could build fairly quickly and easily would be the ideal.

Ideas and especially pictures would just perfect.

Thanks all.


As a matter of curiosity, do you see it as a priority to be able to stand underneath your RTT?

I am in the process of having mine lowered (from around 6 foot) so that it is a better towed profile.
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Post #18969883rd Jan 2018 2:21 pm
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Interesting you should ask that question.

When we initially came up with the simple design we were a little limited by out materials. Basically ours is a tub on top of a tub! It works well but in terms of height it is what it is. It also happens to afford loads on inside space. In it's next iteration I plan on making a custom box to put on top of the chassis. Thus reducing it's height and width and making it more stable. That said though, it used to pull well behind the 90 and always felt absolutely solid, never put a boot out of place.

What alwasy worries me was taking it off road and hitting a side slope. There's somethig about the shape that just gives me a gut instinct that it's side slope angle probably isnt very great. I tried working that out accurately once but I'm no engineer and didn't really egt anywhere with that.

However, all that said, we do all the big LR shows up and down the country, some of which are without EHU and can be very cold. So ability to setup the annex under the tent and live in it comfortably is an absolute must for us I think, particualrly now as our latest addition will be 6 months old when the first show comes about in March.

You can get a feel for the height in these two pics...........




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Disco 3 - Daisy - Ultimate combo of beast mode and comfort!
Defender 90 - Ruby - RIP Sad
Disco 1 - Lilly - Tame!
Disco 1 - Truck with no name - Beast!
Disco 1 - Bertie - Beast!
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It's a nice set up.

I suppose it is all about where and for what purposes you use the trailer and how important to you that space is. Personally, my "living room" area is currently a tarp off the side of the vehicle that can be lowered/raised according to the weather conditions.

I am aiming at around 5 feet under the tent - to provide for an additional sitting area but not a living area as such. I am also, personally, seeking to separate my "living room" are from the sleeping area by having them on opposite sides.

Whilst not a trailer, this picture gives an idea of what I am hoping my trailer will eventually look like, with the awning on the side away from the tent entrance.

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Interestingly, I bought my sankey and rtt combination from alfamale above! Thumbs Up
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alfamale wrote:
Something like these could raise the height and also allow you to level the trailer but, at 40kg a pair, they're not light!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-TON-HEAVY-DUT...Swo4pYXTjY

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Thanks for the thought but as you say probably a little on the heavy side for what I'm after. Am happy with trailer height. It's tent height in relation to trailer I'm trying to improve.
 Cogito ergo sum!

Disco 3 - Daisy - Ultimate combo of beast mode and comfort!
Defender 90 - Ruby - RIP Sad
Disco 1 - Lilly - Tame!
Disco 1 - Truck with no name - Beast!
Disco 1 - Bertie - Beast!
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South African Multii-Trail Custom Overland Trailer 
 
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What about the Thule one displayed in that picture?

I believe it may be this?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/THULE-Xsporter-P...SwTuJYq1Le
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professorpool wrote:
It's a nice set up.

I am aiming at around 5 feet under the tent - to provide for an additional sitting area but not a living area as such. I am also, personally, seeking to separate my "living room" are from the sleeping area by having them on opposite sides.



We had cosnidered a similar setup so we could have living area, sleeping area and kitchen at the rear all seperated from each other but then we thought that we won't always use it at shows and it is likely it will see some pitch time on 'proper' camp sites and that either side setup would make it too wide for most standard pitches. As you say though, it very much depends on personal use and we are all going to be different in that respect.

Another thing I'm considering is making a removeable bracket for our awning because when we are travelling with it outside the UK of course all European pitches are backwards so our awning pretty much just opens up onto someone elses front door!! Being able to switch the awning to the other side for European adventures wold make setting up ever so slightly easier.

I think I've settled on a system now. I have ordered an electric scissor jack which will sit in middle of roof and tent. Then four folding legs will sit at each corner. The electric jack will lift the tent and then it's just a matter of going to each corner and locking the supporting legs in place. the jack I've seen has a SWL of 1.5 ton and a max extension fo 40cm which should be ample. Total weight of all the extra bits will be around 6kg, on top of a tent that already weighs 65kg I thought that was an acceptable weight gain.

Watch this space I guess!!!
 Cogito ergo sum!

Disco 3 - Daisy - Ultimate combo of beast mode and comfort!
Defender 90 - Ruby - RIP Sad
Disco 1 - Lilly - Tame!
Disco 1 - Truck with no name - Beast!
Disco 1 - Bertie - Beast!
Sankey 'twintub' DIY Camper Conversion
South African Multii-Trail Custom Overland Trailer 
 
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Yes 100% interested in links and photos! Thumbs Up
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They will be forthcoming, just as soon as I'm happy with it. Everyone keeps telling me I should do a build thread.............maybe I will one day Smile
 Cogito ergo sum!

Disco 3 - Daisy - Ultimate combo of beast mode and comfort!
Defender 90 - Ruby - RIP Sad
Disco 1 - Lilly - Tame!
Disco 1 - Truck with no name - Beast!
Disco 1 - Bertie - Beast!
Sankey 'twintub' DIY Camper Conversion
South African Multii-Trail Custom Overland Trailer 
 
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Mine with the tent low down


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abermarc
 


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Looks smart Tony686.

I think I may have convinced myself of a new design now. Take a look at this. I see more strength and stability in this that my original 4-leg idea. It'll obviously be made from steel instead of wood..............or maybe even aluminium to keep weight down, would alu be strong enough?????? Plus I'll keep the electric jack idea in place of the manual screw mech.

https://woodworkjunkie.com/how-to-make-you...with-plans
 Cogito ergo sum!

Disco 3 - Daisy - Ultimate combo of beast mode and comfort!
Defender 90 - Ruby - RIP Sad
Disco 1 - Lilly - Tame!
Disco 1 - Truck with no name - Beast!
Disco 1 - Bertie - Beast!
Sankey 'twintub' DIY Camper Conversion
South African Multii-Trail Custom Overland Trailer 
 
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Brembo 4pot front brakes 
 
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biskit wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpT7Qh9yUa8


I like this one. Pretty much exactly what I have in mind. For once it's great to actually see my idea isn't unique, it has actually already been attempted and to see it in action is a massive bonus.

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Disco 3 - Daisy - Ultimate combo of beast mode and comfort!
Defender 90 - Ruby - RIP Sad
Disco 1 - Lilly - Tame!
Disco 1 - Truck with no name - Beast!
Disco 1 - Bertie - Beast!
Sankey 'twintub' DIY Camper Conversion
South African Multii-Trail Custom Overland Trailer 
 
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