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Old 12-03-10, 09:57 AM   #1
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Car Free - House Free

Now you can do it all on bicycle.

Carry your home with you, the Kamp-rite bicycle trailer

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Old 12-03-10, 10:04 AM   #2
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Wow is all i have to say not bad for 45lbs i wonder how much off road that could handle, thanks alot artkansas you may have just spent my tax return. Seriously though that is not bad for its weight would make camping wayyy easier.
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Old 12-03-10, 10:30 AM   #3
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Warning! That link is NSFW. Not Safe For Wallet.

I wonder about the quality of the tent, though. Can it be replaced when it wears out?
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Old 12-03-10, 10:43 AM   #4
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After further digging on their site, it turns out that the tent on top is actually a modular piece. Interesting design. Although 56 pounds of trailer and tent before adding on the rest of the camping gear makes for one weighty load.
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I dont have much experience with trailers, how much different does 50pounds or so feel on a trailer opposed to being on the bike its self? Im really interested in this i doubt ill buy it, i kinda don't think it would last long on the Idaho forestry roads and thats where i generally go for long rides/camping. I know last year i did a 120 mile ride/camp and i started out with about 75lbs of stuff i just wonder how different it would be if i had most of that on the trailer and some on the bike, i guess that would equate to about 125lbs total for cargo and trailer. Well now that i put it into reality like that i don't know if i could climb the passes with that much weight i probably wouldn't even be able to push it up some of them on foot. Either way it is super cool.
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how much different does 50pounds or so feel on a trailer opposed to being on the bike its self?
In my experience, it really depends on the trailer, and the factors are legion.

If the trailer was properly loaded 60/40 front/rear, it might be just as good as anything else. And if the additional gear could be limited to 25 pounds, then I can see this as being no BFD. But my camera equipment alone comes out to an additional 5 pounds.

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Either way it is super cool.
Agreed! Despite all the potential shortcomings I am seeing, I really want one if only to try it out!
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Old 12-03-10, 05:04 PM   #7
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Buddy of mine just bought one like that, when he sends me his ride report I will share. IIRC he is towing it with a recumbent, Trek R200.

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Old 12-03-10, 09:41 PM   #8
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Here's my version of house-free living.



Costs me $80 on ebay, easily fits in one pannier and great for the odd weekend trip, but I'd hesitate to try it this time of the year.
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There's a fellow who travels up and down the west coast on a bike that looks like it has its own coffin. The "coffin" is foil-coated rigid insulation. He says it stays comfy warm in sub-zero temps and he just leaves the ends open when it is warm out. I first saw him in Davis, CA in the mid-'80s and have seen him in Eugene, OR many times over the past few years; he was once the cover story on the now-defunct Auto Free Times. The trailer in the op looks like a poor man's version of the coffin-bike.
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B.O.B. Yak trailer ~ $320
2 person, 4-season tent ~ $300
All-weather panniers ~ $180
Pannier rack ~ $30
Total = $830 + superior mobility, greater load capacity, and greater loading versatility.

It is a neat idea, but the price needs to come down a lot. It is cute, though.
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B.O.B. Yak trailer ~ $320
2 person, 4-season tent ~ $300
All-weather panniers ~ $180
Pannier rack ~ $30
Total = $830 + superior mobility, greater load capacity, and greater loading versatility.

It is a neat idea, but the price needs to come down a lot. It is cute, though.
Amazon had it for $615 recently.

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Old 12-04-10, 07:31 PM   #12
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If I ever get a bunch of money with nowhere to go I would buy one of these.
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Old 12-04-10, 09:32 PM   #13
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B.O.B. Yak trailer ~ $320
2 person, 4-season tent ~ $300
All-weather panniers ~ $180
Pannier rack ~ $30
Total = $830 + superior mobility, greater load capacity, and greater loading versatility.

It is a neat idea, but the price needs to come down a lot. It is cute, though.
+1

Not even just for price, but overal versatility. Sometimes it would be nice to setup camp without having to unload the trailer completely (more for the Nomad trailer in reply #12). Or maybe I setup camp but wanted to ride somewhere with the trailer to pick something up. Or just use the trailer for around town duties when not camping.

It is cute though.

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A really great idea! I got 'red-tagged' out of my condo earlier this year due to the complex building being unsafe. But I still have use of the separate garage, so I left my 2 recumbent trikes there and moved a mile away. That leaves plenty of room for a trailer! Hmmm .... has AC power too. Shame it is such a Black Widow spider haven. I just saw a complete gourmet kitchen on a small trailer this morning. Put that on the other side of the garage!!!
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