My Explorer Pod Tent Trailer

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Project by schaney posted 08-23-2009 03:50 PM 8371 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve come up with a new design for a Tent Topped Camping Trailer. Similarly to my Explorer Box, it’s compact and tailored to smaller vehicles. For this one, the front galley area has been removed and replaced with a nose box.

As with the Explorer Box; it uses a glue and screw construction method with corner blocks. The screws are used as clamps during gluing and left in place for added strength. I use trim head screws to minimize the hole size and avoid the extra step of counter sinking the holes. For durability I used a roll-on bed liner material to coat the exterior.

On my web-site you’ll find a complete build story at

-- Scott, Camping the "Compact Way",

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 04:12 PM

Okay, so what do you do for a kitchen / galley?

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#2 posted 08-23-2009 04:22 PM

Sweet! I like it.

I’m gonna have to build one of these for a mother-in-law suite!

I hope she doesn’t have trouble with the ladder.

She only has one leg you know.

-- Kirk H. --

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 05:01 PM

Very cool. For a while I thought I’d have to build one of these to live in. LOL. It’s still not a bad idea. Nice work, and thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 05:04 PM

Very Cool

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#5 posted 08-23-2009 05:28 PM

Thanks …

dbhost, use a folding picnic table and Arko-Mils storage containers to organize stuff.

Actually my trailers see regular service as a spare bedroom for guests. Kids especially like “camping” out in the pasture. kjwoodworker, if shes a good hopper, just build a ramp :)

-- Scott, Camping the "Compact Way",

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 06:51 PM

Very Cool. What is the hitch weight?

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 06:52 PM

That’s sweet! Great idea, great job, cool seeing that.
I like that you sleep off the ground. You also get a view.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 08-23-2009 08:24 PM

that’s awesome!

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#9 posted 08-23-2009 09:40 PM

All in all a good idea – nice and compact, easy to move and easy to manuever into those small camping spots. But what about a stiff wind? I think I might be afraid to stay in it if the weather suddenly turned bad. I’ll have to check out your website. Thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 08-23-2009 11:08 PM

Pretty slick, don’t tell my wife or I will have to have you build me one!

-- Ken, Florida,

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#11 posted 08-23-2009 11:49 PM

The Explorer Pod dry in about 435 lbs, with a GVW of 1000 lbs and tongue weight is 90 – 110 depending on how you pack it.

Sleeping off the ground has better views, tent stays much clean, no water trying to run in side when it rains and gets you out of the critter zone.

The tan tent unit has held out to 50 mph+ winds down in Baja with no problems.

Ken, building you one is no problem, it’s the drive from Oregon to Florida :) Better yet, build our own and do a build story on your web-site.

-- Scott, Camping the "Compact Way",

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#12 posted 08-24-2009 11:18 PM

Looks like fun. ——————-Where’s the bathroom?
Nice job


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#13 posted 08-25-2009 02:56 AM

Nice looking unit. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 08-25-2009 04:09 PM

Thanks … I use a PETT toilet setup away from the trailer sometimes.

-- Scott, Camping the "Compact Way",

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#15 posted 08-26-2009 08:04 PM

thats awesome

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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