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Old 05-27-2020, 08:23 AM   #1
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What to do with Pop Up Trailer


So my friend has a pop up trailer. It is in great shape except for all the canvas. or sides, Everything works as is should, roof is solid no leaks. We were wondering has anyone taken the pop up platform and built a hard sided camper. Not to be towed down the road. But possibly could be!!!. Out of the good pop up trailer framing, the roof is there and in good condition. If you have, could you post pictures of what you did. I assume weight would be a concern. But i believe the axle is rated 3500 pound. Is it a project worth taking on. Or just make a utility trailer out of it.
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I have seen so many different things done with a PU. First off you can re-canvas them.

I have seen them turned into hardsided campers for regular summer camping, ice houses for winter, and hunting shacks, also utility trailers. My favorite conversion was a cook shed, used primarily for a family reunion.

For the cook shed, they pretty much gutted it, removed the canvas and bunks. Added stainless steel counters (over wood frame), locking cabinets underneath to keep larger critters out. Huge diameter PVC pipe mounter over the rear bumper, for a grey water tank. Had a nice sink, multiple stoves, big girdle, etc. It was a late 60's early 70's PU, they pulled it with a very new large expensive class A diesel pusher.
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Last I remember new canvas from Bear Creek is about $1,000 if you are considering that. They have patterns for most pups.
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So my friend has a pop up trailer. It is in great shape except for all the canvas. or sides, Everything works as is should, roof is solid no leaks. We were wondering has anyone taken the pop up platform and built a hard sided camper. Not to be towed down the road. But possibly could be!!!. Out of the good pop up trailer framing, the roof is there and in good condition. If you have, could you post pictures of what you did. I assume weight would be a concern. But i believe the axle is rated 3500 pound. Is it a project worth taking on. Or just make a utility trailer out of it.
The utility trailer idea tends to be a PITA because the tires are actually cut through the floor so you don’t actually have a flat bottom trailer.

You haven’t mentioned what you plan to do with the PU? If you’re planning on using it then re-canvassing is your easiest bet, X2 if you wanna sell it. A PU with new canvas and a solid foundation should bring top dollar.
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