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Off road Camper Trailer Racks

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 Pictures on this page show Tough Touring racks being fitted to various off road trailers to provide additional dirty storage space underneath, as well as to give the trailer a bit more height so that you can run pole less wing awnings for a speedier set up and pack up Trailer Our Tough Touring Camper trailer rack   (listed on our site as a 'Patriot Rack') converts a 'camping' trailer into a 'Touring traier - Making adding a rack to your trailer top  possible

Touring Trailer Ramblings: The BIG issue is Storage.

Long-term remote touring requires a lot of hard work and equipment. Water, firewood, 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, Chev Silverado, various Commercial Trucks. 

If the Plan is to accommodate 2 in RTT and  2 or 3 persons on the ground - (swags, stretchers, tents) - Runing a large Pole Less awning will keep the dew and water off the swags - (managing and packing water logged gear really sucks). We like the Supa Peg Sheild 6 and the Bush Company XT Max for Trailer applications - as they fold 270 rear and 180 front, giving enormous coverage over barbies, rear of trailer. The Supa Peg Sheild 6 wins for us by a whisker here as it has excellent wall kit options, as well as poles available to guy it down for longer stays in bad weather. 

"On Most camper trailers - A rack needs to be added to achieve suitalble mounting height required for pole less awnings". Minimum Heights of 1950mm are required.

Patriot with Tough Touring Rack and Checquerplate.jpg
Patriot with King Bundutop on Patriot with Tough Touring Rack 3.jpg

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.

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