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Hello everyone. After several years of being unable to ride the country due to multiple spine surgeries, I finally can get back out on the road. Due to the surgeries, I am not able to sleep on the ground. So, I am looking for suggestions on small campers that can be pulled by a motorcycle. I would like the pros and cons of several different brands and styles that you may have experienced. I'm planning a three-week trip this July and cannot afford a motel every night. I ride a 2012 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited so I know I have the power to pull one. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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I don't have one but I have considered one. A specific built model is very pricey. Many have made their own starting with a base small folding utility trailer from Harbor Freight. If I ever did do one, that's what i would do. You can get as fancy or as simple with them as you wish. There's plenty of build videos on you tube, a quick search will get you tons of them to checkout.
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For the price of a motorcycle trailer tent you could spend many days in a hotel. Even at camp sites there is a charge at most places, then you have to worry about backing up the trailer in tight spaces etc. I looked at ideas for one, get a cheap Harbor Freight trailer as "cattzap" mentioned and put one of those "tent cot" on it.
Yes, hotels are convenient, and can also be a plus for bad weather nights. However, picture this. A ride out to West Texas, Marfa Texas to be specific. Then on out to the visitors center, where you can sit out and watch the Marfa lights. Stay out there all night and enjoy them. You can't do that with a hotel. Right now I just have a tent to pack on setup. My plans to take a trip got rained out and there hasn't been a time yet I can redo it, but it's coming soon.


Or a campsite by river road down in Big Bend park

Imagine stopping and just camping here (this is the pic of the above bookmarked site)

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Yes, hotels are convenient, and can also be a plus for bad weather nights. However, picture this. A ride out to West Texas, Marfa Texas to be specific. Then on out to the visitors center, where you can sit out and watch the Marfa lights. Stay out there all night and enjoy them. You can't do that with a hotel. Right now I just have a tent to pack on setup. My plans to take a trip got rained out and there hasn't been a time yet I can redo it, but it's coming soon.


Or a campsite by river road down in Big Bend park

I understand the argument about a motel, however, a two to three-week trip every year, and the camper has paid for itself in three years or less.

I checked out the link you attached and this looks like a very kewl place to add to my trip route.
I鈥檓 63 and my wife is 65, and although we tent camp but we are NOT on the ground. We carry a queen sized air mattress that we blow up using the bikes power outlet and also use to deflate it.
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I understand the argument about a motel, however, a two to three-week trip every year, and the camper has paid for itself in three years or less.

I checked out the link you attached and this looks like a very kewl place to add to my trip route.
Welcome HIRAM to a great Forum!;)


Typing in: Motorcycle tent campers in Google brings up lots of info.

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I built my own motorcycle camper six or 7 years ago. Made it just big enough for one person to sleep in. I had a Tractor Supply axle, pair of 12 inch wheels and two leaf springs. With quarter inch plywood top and sides I was off the ground and out of the weather. I should have never loaned it out. Its garbage now, but it worked good for me.
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For the price of a motorcycle trailer tent you could spend many days in a hotel. Even at camp sites there is a charge at most places, then you have to worry about backing up the trailer in tight spaces etc. I looked at ideas for one, get a cheap Harbor Freight trailer as "cattzap" mentioned and put one of those "tent cot" on it.
I don't camp but i'd look here 15 Best Motorcycle Camper Trailers - Survival Tech Shop
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Once upon a time, when we used to go to the beach often, and camp in a tent. The ground was too wet, and hard, so we used a fold up hammock / cot. Had a wood frame about 1 inch square, criss cross legs sideways, 3 or 4, I forgot, and canvas held by the side and end rails. A tent and a hammock, and warm sleeping gear would fit in a tow behind trailer.
I suggest a tow behind rather than a sidecar. I have a sidecar.
Quick search found an army camping cot, about $75. I have also used a pad for sleeping on the ground. Off the ground is better IMO.
I have a matching trailer for my Aspencade. I would get a nice tent and air mattress and camp in that. We may do just that.
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