Howdy everyone. Been lurking on the site for a while reading threads here and there trying to get educated on RZRs. I do not own one yet, but am planning on buying one probably in about a month. I've been riding ATVs for years and have got the RZR bug and wanting to get my wife and my 4.5 year old girl out into camping.
So about 2 months ago I started looking at toy haulers and decided they were too much money. I enjoy fabricating stuff so I thought I'd just make my own. I like the idea of having a flatbed trailer in front and a popup camper in back. I wanted to make it big enough to carry a RZR and an ATV up front.
I found a 28' trailer frame off a travel trailer with dual brake axles and got it for $700. Steel, axles, and brakes would have been double this price if I would have built it myself.
Then I found a 2004 Viking popup camper, in excellent shape. Paid $4000 for this.
Got it home and did a spring over axle on the trailer which game me some ground clearance.
The next step was to get the popup on the trailer. I used a little redneck engineering here along w/ my other toy, a 1970 FJ40 that I restored, to winch it up onto the trailer. Worked like a champ!
I then removed the alxe off and the tongue of the popup and slowly lowered it down on the trailer.
Welded in a bunch of crossmembers and supports and the decked the front which measures about 102" wide by 120" long. I also left a small, recessed area in the back (about 3' deep) for extra stuff, coolers, propane, ect.
Wired it up and got it painted last weekend. Looks like a brand new trailer.
I also installed some e-tracks to have a good range of tie down positions.
I bought new wheels and tires for it last week and just need to get them mounted. I plan on buying a 4'x8' sheet of aluminum diamond plate and facing the sides of the camper which will delete the wheel well and balance the look out. Need to finish my wiring and get my brakes wired up as well as the battery wired up. Also need to plumb my propane bottles which will reside on the back of the trailer.
Now I just to finish this so I can go and buy a RZR. Trying to decide on either a 2011 or 2010 RZR S.
I really enjoy the site and look forward to making some camping and RZR trips!