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About midnight Friday last I finally placed my order for a Cyclerack - opted for the flat back model. It was on my front porch Monday by noon. No pics but easy install and well pleased. That motivated me to complete of a couple of others I've been putting off.

The first was to install a cigarette lighter outlet. I already had this double outlet model with watertight caps and it fit well below the instrument panel:
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I attached the leads direct to the battery terminals and ran the 12 gauge wiring through a length of clear vinyl tubing then sealed the connection to the outlet with heat shrink tubing:
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The first accessory was my Garmin Nuvi GPS in the clear case of the QuadBoss tank bag, also a new purchase and simple install:
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I converted the terminals on my battery charger to a male cigarette plug for recharging. For now I am carrying the mini air compressor in the left tank bag, trusty pistolero in the right of course:
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I've mentioned before I generally trailer the TW to my preferred riding places as I like to camp out for a few days. I've added a few convenience items to my trailer: Ready to roll, gas and water go in tongue rack:
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to be continued
 

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part 2

I have a bikini top on the teardrop shaped frame for now. Am debating making a full canvas cover for later or possibly something solid like frp or alum. In either case the top lifts for loading. It provides some traveling protection but more importantly, shade when I arrive. The vinyl truck boxes carry all my camping gear:
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The two rear boxes swing up and away for loading the TW. On the left floor is my tent base, on the right a folding ramp:
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The rear boxes contain cooking gear, non perishable food and utensils:
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At the campsite:
Campsite 3547.jpg

The tent base attaches to either side of the trailer and can be used with several different tents or just as a bed:
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Very nice, well thought out rig.
 

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Very nicely done!

Since everything else has been so well thought out, I am guessing that you have also devised a clever way to secure your bike to the trailer. Any details you can share?
 

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Since everything else has been so well thought out, I am guessing that you have also devised a clever way to secure your bike to the trailer. Any details you can share?
Thanks -

Before I took delivery of my TW in January I already had the trailer, but the side rails had been cut away by the previous owner and the floor was rotted.

I had just stripped everything to the frame, re-wired and painted. I also added a fold-up jack and permanently attached the titling tongue:
paint and wire 1759.jpg

To haul the TW home I threw down a sheet of 1/2" plywood and made a simple wood chock:
new TW 1762.jpg

After I added new side rails and a tailgate I made a few trips:
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Then I purchased this motorcycle chock from Harbor Freight: I replaced the cheesy eye and attachment bolts, drilled out the holes, and ran a 1/2" eyebolt through the floor and steel frame. I use ratchet tie downs with soft loops on the lower front forks. I have snap links on both ends of the tie downs:
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Not seen in the photo but I have a pair of blocks on the floor on both sides of the rear tire to center when loading and to keep it from hopping and a pair of tie downs from the lower frame to the stake pockets of the trailer. The trailer axle is rated at 3500# so I run the trailer tires at 20-25# to compensate.

With the HF chock I can stand at the very rear of the trailer after walking the TW up the ramp and engage or disengage the TW to/from the chock with one hand and it is held securely while I attend to the tie downs. I had initially planned to make the ramp and tent platform dual purpose but changed to this smaller one (6' x 24") which folds in half and stores on the floor to the right of the TW.
ramp 3500.jpg

All the rest was just trial and error in selecting and arranging the boxes and other camping gear. I had initially planned to have a weather and bug proof sleeping area within the trailer itself, but that was either too complicated or required too much set-up time. The tent platform is entirely optional but I prefer to be off the ground and my old knees thank me.

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I have a bikini top on the teardrop shaped frame for now. Am debating making a full canvas cover for later or possibly something solid like frp or alum. In either case the top lifts for loading. It provides some traveling protection but more importantly, shade when I arrive. The vinyl truck boxes carry all my camping gear:
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The two rear boxes swing up and away for loading the TW. On the left floor is my tent base, on the right a folding ramp:
View attachment 8228 The rear boxes contain cooking gear, non perishable food and utensils:
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At the campsite:
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The tent base attaches to either side of the trailer and can be used with several different tents or just as a bed:
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If you don't mind how much$ do you have in the setup? very nice and cool love it.
 

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If you don't mind how much$ do you have in the setup? very nice and cool love it.
No problem. Just off the top of my head:

200 for the trailer (as you might see in the background I have several around that I trade, sell or build on - this was one of the best so a keeper)
60 for the chock (Harbor Freight)
120 for the 4 heavy duty truck boxes (Wal-Mart)
10 for the "bikini" top - actually a 4 x 12 vinyl coated painters' drop cloth (Harbor Freight)
20 for EMT in various sizes - I bent the EMT and made the fittings and connectors for the teardrop top frame
40 for 2 x lumber, plywood and OSB
20 for miscellaneous hardware
20 for paint, stain, spar varnish and thinner

so roughly $ 500 + free labor (my own) + some material laying about left over from other builds

The TW and accessories pretty much what everyone pays

Thanks to all for the interest and compliments

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I have three other completed trailers designed and built for specific purposes and a restoration of an original 1947 KIT Teardrop in the works. My intent with this TW / camp trailer was to be relatively simple and light compared to the others, and match my Jeep in track width, height, and off road clearance. All are kept fully stocked and road ready except for loading last-minute perishables.

This is my favorite and I can carry the TW cross mounted on the long tongue using a modified HF hitch motorcycle carrier:
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Here I am camped at a spring claimed by my ggg grandfather in 1842 in the Republic of Texas
For more info (probably TMI) there is a link embedded in the photo or just go here:http://dallastrinitytrails.blogspot.com/2014_04_01_archive.html

The Trinity Trails Blog is the work of a good friend - not a TW'er but an avid bicyclist and outstanding photographer and story teller
 

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Well done! Where's Mrgizmo and his award. This definitely warrents that award. My goodness gracious, how inventive you are. Now you got me thinking what I can do with my trailer!



 

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Well done! Where's Mrgizmo and his award. This definitely warrents that award. My goodness gracious, how inventive you are. Now you got me thinking what I can do with my trailer!
Thank you. Don't be surprised to see it bobbing through the Sawtooth or at least Shoshone later this summer.
 

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Can I have one too?
 
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