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prattdevelopment

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Posted: 11/15/06 08:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK , So here is my thought. I have a 20 foot flat bed trailer and am thinking about mounting a pop up to the front of it and useing the rear as a deck/ atv/ golf cart transportation area. Anybody done this, any ideas?

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Actually, I believe Starcraft has beaten you to it. They make some interesting camper-toyhauler combinations, which we saw at a dealer a couple years ago. So it probably would work. Remember to keep weight distribution in mind and decide on the camper location accordingly.

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One major consideration is the pop up box length. since even a 10 footer would have to be mounted lengthwise rather than crosswise you have to mount the PU far enough back so the bunk end will clear the cab unless its a very low cab and even then the support rods com into play. With king size bunks that means leaving about 6 foor from the cab to the back of the PU. That can take up a lot of room on the bed, but you could use it for storage.
MY ex FIL mounted a truck camper on a flat bed to use as a toy hauler.


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Posted: 11/15/06 09:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have been thinking of doing the same thing. Some things I have thought about.....

Make the PUp easily removable to do maintenance on the lift system or leave that part of the trailer open with no decking.

Mount a grey water holding tank under the flatbed.

My Coleman has a step that is actually the door and it drops down below the floorline so I will have to come-up with something there.
I have also done a cost comparison for the conversion using a new flatbed vs. a pre-made set-up and doing myself will save me thousands.

Please post pictures if you do it.





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Check out the Fleetwood Scorpion - pretty much what you describe.

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my SIL does this with their pup and their Harleys to go to sturgis. works great for them.just straps the pup down with come alongs and binders.

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Actualy I beat them all to it. I did this with a small coleman about 10 years ago. I was also one of the first to stretch the frame and build a deck on the front of our PUP to haul a quad on.


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I seriously considered doing the same thing, when we wanted to get a golf cart to take along. About that time we discovered the Starcraft 36RT, which filled the bill. Might want to check it out. The only downside is the tongue weight on the RT is limited to 1500 lbs. An electric golf cart weighs close to 1000 lbs, so we ended up getting a go-cart that weighs about 450 lbs. My tongue weight is still about 1200 # with all the other "stuff".

I don't see why the flatbed idea wouldn't work, especially if you already have the PUP. You would have the option of going with a larger capacity flatbed to haul more weight. Like Mike posted above, my uncle mounted a truck camper backwards on a flatbed, and then loaded 2 ATV's under the overhanging bunk at the rear. He towed it from South Florida to Alaska and back.





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Last year I replaced my Venture(starcraft)axle with something beefier, with involved welding in new spring supports. We just got back from Florida with 9 people, and now I'm thinking of the flatbed idea too! It occurs to me that I could take an axle off and mount pup to flatbed suing axle mounts.

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The only thing you may want to consider is tongue weight. If you haul the rig unloaded on the back end, you're talking about nearly the entire weight of the popup on the tongue of the trailer. That's a lot of weight!





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