Rack and Gutter Mount Kits
Getting the equipment you need to carry to fit in your camper trailer is always challenging with stop-start touring - unpacking and re-packing is always frustrating.
The Problem: Large, open dirty space for firewood, fuels, spares, tools, ladders, tables etc is really lacking in most designs - another problem is awnings. Manufacturers produce trailers with awnings that will sell at shows - rather than building an awning that is fast to set up and pack down. Trailer heights are not usually concurrent with fixed awning pitch heights either - which results in 'Lifting arms' to get the awnings up to height before putting them out.
The Solution: Add a rack for storage space and a mounting point for the awning. It is an ideal place to store firewood. Our "roof gutter converters" kit allows you to put a gutter on to a canopy or trailer top so that you can then fit roof racks.
The video shows the various combinations of modifications undertaken to make a cheap base trailer into a lightweight and well equipped long term off-road tourer. Our Rack kit is one of the modifications.
Touring Trailer Ramblings: The Real issue is Storage.
Long-term remote touring requires a lot of hard work and equipment. Water storage, Firewood Storage, fuel storage, refrigeration, Tools, Recovery equipment, tables, food, batteries, solar, spares, warm/cold clothing and bedding.
The goal is to keep it light. We will travel with 4 persons 3 weeks out with under 1.1 Tonne Tow weight. We budget 2 litres drinking water per day per person. Our search for additional water for cleaning/dishes/laundry and baths is non-stop.
In the author's opinion, 4 person touring in desert or mountain terrain for long periods (2 weeks +) without towing is almost impossible. If your vehicle can carry about 600kg of supplies and the 4 passengers. It can be done. The vehicles that can do it at a glance: Dodge Ram, Iveco Daily, Toyota Tundra, Troopcarrier 79 series Dual Cab, Various Commercial Trucks.
2 persons up its a different story, Most 4WD vehicles will provide adequate space for storage of equipment and accommodation. See Rooftop tents on the menu if you're interested in the best accommodation available at present in our opinion for the right combination of lightweight, comfort, ease of use and off-road capability and safety.
The Video below is a family trip - 4000 km across the centre of the Australian Continent. I've included it here as there are plenty of opportunities within it to get the idea of the amount of gear required to support a family. Everything is used and re-packed daily.