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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:55 am

We also have a range of tents






Ooops can't find shot of mesh tent


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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:05 am

We have a couple of other tents too but nothing flash. The one I used to use quite a bit in my old job when we were doing shows was my Swag - don't have any photos but is this one here

I always sleep well in it as it's so comfy and have had a few nights in torrential rain with only minor leakage (bearing in mind it's canvas and you can't help but touch the canvas in places when you are in it.

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:01 am

Think I have still got a home made Goretex bivvy bag somewhere. Shove a karrimat i, slip your pit in and away you go.


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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:04 pm

Just out of interest Brendan, other than the Foxwing, which I believe is sold by Rhino? and the Supawing awning, do you know of any other brands of this type of awning.

I am interested in buying one....the Supawing is supposed to be better than the Foxwing (personal opinions of those that have seen both) but is probably $300 dearer.
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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:07 pm

Roof tents far too pricey and overated, why not go for the cheap option?

Even comes with it's own genny for the electric blanket. Snug as a bug in a rug! geek


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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:09 pm

i was looking for that picture Laughing
i got some funny looks doing that with pinky and the trailer at the soutwest show driving though the entry gate Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:11 pm

Have known about the Foxwing for some time Vixen, but never heard of the Supawing. Just Googled it - blimey, ain't cheap! affraid

www.extremelimitsoffroad.com.au/prod45.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:17 pm

First time I have heard of the Supawing,

Have heard of the Batwing.

Odd, first we have the Foxwing, then the Batwing and now the Supawing?????

I have heard of various differences of opinions etc, but they as far as I am aware are rumours, I would rather stick to facts that I know.

Have seen a video of the Batwing and on just the video I was not as impressed as the Foxwing.

The Supawing as said first time I have heard of it. Reading that ad the poles, ropes are made in Australia. The fabric is Australian made UV poly cotton. No mention where it is sewn/assembled. Might be me being a cynic but these days I read ads with a pinch of salt.

12.3 m2 is large. I think the Foxwing is 10m2 and opens just short of 270 degrees. What angle does the Supawing open to???


I had reservations when I first saw the Foxwing (Barbara loved it) had more reservations when I turned it into a kite operator error on my part have used it in wet and windy conditions 55mph and can say I am impressed with it.

Despite all the bumf about ease of opening etc. No matter how still it is peg it down ASAP. Deployed correctly it is a great bit of kit.

Current prices for Foxwings in UK is £565 for LH and RH models


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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:30 am

Been running events on a wing and a prayer for years, does that count? Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:56 am

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Roof tents far too pricey and overated, why not go for the cheap option?

Even comes with it's own genny for the electric blanket. Snug as a bug in a rug! geek


now THAT is my style of roof tent! Brilliant!

Reading these forums makes me see that I possibly have the most basic of eveything - navigation, sleeping facilities, cooking, car, etc!

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:14 am

but if it suits your needs, and you are happy with it, add would you think will beifit you clinking teacups

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:16 am

yes i am with that cheers1
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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:57 am

My problem is that I have to start from scratch again with all this gear (ex kept most of the camping/expedition gear). Not sure that I want to get all the same stuff I had before.

My wish list includes a foxwing or such like, but I need a tent and all cooking & sleeping & lighting & navigation gear all over again Crying or Very sad At least have a vehicle, but it needs setting up.
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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:23 am

Hi are your wheels steel and could you let me know tyre size please. We have D1 with alloys at the moment.

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:42 am

Those wheels on the trailer are D1 Steels, if that is what you mean?

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:59 am

I love the trailers but find them impractical for my needs.
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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:23 am

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Those wheels on the trailer are D1 Steels, if that is what you mean?
I thought thay were, was wondering about tyre size, on my sanky the size is 750 16. So was thinging if i fit 235/70/16 will that reduce hight of trailor. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:35 am

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Those wheels on the trailer are D1 Steels, if that is what you mean?
I thought thay were, was wondering about tyre size, on my sanky the size is 750 16. So was thinging if i fit 235/70/16 will that reduce hight of trailor. Smile

A 7.50 R16 tyre has a nominal diameter of 31" whereas a 235/70/16 has a nominal diameter of 29". Therefore it will lower the height by about 1"

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:15 am

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rustyrhinos wrote:
Those wheels on the trailer are D1 Steels, if that is what you mean?
I thought thay were, was wondering about tyre size, on my sanky the size is 750 16. So was thinging if i fit 235/70/16 will that reduce hight of trailor. Smile

A 7.50 R16 tyre has a nominal diameter of 31" whereas a 235/70/16 has a nominal diameter of 29". Therefore it will lower the height by about 1"

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:30 am



More Questions: stupid

Is it a good idea to build a trailer the same ground clerarance as your 4x4 or taller?

Is there the danger of the trailer tipping over on uneven terrain or if top heavy or too tall in wind?

Ive towed caravans and normal trailers alot but im curious to now if a short top heavy "Tall" trailer is a "bugger" to handel on the road or even off it?

And is the trailer wheel track importaint? Does it not matter or is it best if it follows the track of your vehicle?


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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:03 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:15 pm

Steel rims from the D1 are cheap as chips, you can pick 'em up anywhere. Loads of 4x4 breakers and independent Land Rover specialists in Aberdeenshire, any one of them are bound to have a stack around the back just going begging.

Have a look at www.macks4x4info.com - click on SEARCH DIRECTORY - type Aberdeen in the search box - job's a good 'un! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Off-road expedition trailers - good idea or bad?   Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:24 pm

only have 5 is that enough, just for trailor Very Happy clinking teacups

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