You would not need to do that. All you would need is a bar of electrical conduit, say about six feet long, and four u-bolt type claps for the conduit.
Cut the conduit in half, inside the tent mount two u-bolts on each side of the tent, one on each side of the mid-line or folding point. Then slide the bar in on each side. It would take up very minimal space and would prevent you from being able to close the tent without removing the bar. Basically it would make a simple slide lock for you. I bet you could do that for ten bucks. Paint it up so it is hard to see and you are done.
"Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war." -Allan Massie
All I can say is WoW, that is one of the best HF trailer upgrades I've came across. Any Idea what it weights or when you will do the weight in?
With the weather having been around 100 for the last whoever knows how many days, not much work has progressed. I did order these up yesterday though-
With another trip coming up soon, I plan on working on a few things before then, but at least I will have a water supply to haul there and can mount up the Hi Lift without it rattling around. For those who have never ordered from Sierra Expeditions, I can't express how great their customer service is.
It's never fun to work in 103 degree heat, but progress needs to get done before my next camping trip on Thursday.
The water jug worked great once strapped down and filled with some water. I did have to add a bump stop pad on the cage to make of for the offset of the lower tube, but it lines up perfect and snugs up real tight once strapped down.
A late night visit to Walmart last night was done after reading some good reviews on this propane grill.
I was able to test it out by cooking up some brats in the front table. Eventually I will have the 20 lb tank secured on the inside of the trailer, but for now the little bottles will do.
The Hi Lift jack mounted and secured with matching padlocks.
I'm still laying out how I want to do the inverter and air compressor, but I did figure on having it mounted on the inside of the box and having the wires ran out the side through a grommet for easy access to the battery. For now the lid will be removed when being used, but plans are to find some sort of smaller vents to cut into the side with the intent of keeping it protected from water the best it can be. I also have a retractable extension cord that will be mounting and ran out the side for quick electrical access. Exactly where I want to put it is still being thought out.
Tomorrow a run to Surplus Center is planned to pick up a few more ammo boxes. The compressor fits perfectly inside of one now, and the accessories can be stored in it too without risking misplacing them.
Any new add ons or trips in it
Just a few accessories and stickers. The only other trip planned for sure is the one you should be going on too. Haha. I was thinking of throwing something together for anyone in the Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota area that wanted to get together at Lake McConaughy later this year. Hitting some other parks in the region over a 3-4 day period would be cool to do too. Any interest?
I'm curious, if I were to have this design manufactured by a local steel fabrication company, would there be any interest in a DIY type kit? I've looked into it some already and have been told that I could easily have everything prebent, lasered, and keyed to fit in the exact position. I'd be sure to have the frame and tongue my own design too so that it is beefier then the HF design. Axle and suspension options could be buyers choice if wanted too. Best of all I could become a vendor on here too. I'd even think that there could be an option to have them premade and powdercoated too since the same company has their own welding and powder coating plant. Regardless though, I would love to have the design on file so that it could be made up at any time in a way shorter period of time.
A few more trips from this year.
Lake McConaughy for our final camping trip of the year. There is nothing like waking up to 28 degree temps and flurries.
The new trailer setup worked great to haul both for long trips
44 hours earlier it was 91 and sunny. This picture it was 36 and sleeting on us.
Kansas farm pond fishing/camping
Burwell, NE camping. Not really roughing it though.