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Old 01-26-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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Building a sidecar camper

I thought it best to start a thread on this since I already hijacked my own adventure sidecar mods thread a couple of times....

I am very interested in building my own lightweight, but strong, sidecar camper. When on the road in my van, I am able to pull into a Walmart or other big box store parking lot or a Flying J or Pilot truck stop and sleep the night....In Mexico I have often pulled into a Pemex truck-stop and done the same.

If I had a easy to set up, hard sided camper...even a clamshell type lift up top, I could do the same while traveling on my sidecar rig.

I did see one at the Griffith Park sidecar rally in LA some years ago. It was mounted on a GL1100 standard bike if I remember right and was a clamshell, opening from the rear and became a solo bunk. I would like mine to accommodate me sitting up in the rear portion to make tea, etc, in a rainstorm.

So far I have pretty much decided to use a resin impregnated cardboard as a material and since I had planned to build a cardboard full scale model before I build the final cabin, I may just build it with the rightsize and quality cardboard and use it as a final go.

Additionally I need it to be a ride for my little cowdog sidekick and I think I have that part figured out.

If anyone has done anything like this, I would sure like to see your results or any other thoughts and tidbits.....

I am just starting to flesh out the idea and see this as a project with no real time limit...

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Old 01-26-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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I like the idea of strip plank cedar like they build canoes and kayaks out of... it would be a pretty sweet woody!
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:38 PM   #3
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I've often thought about doing that to my cargo hack but never got around to it. Keep us posted with pictures I'm sure there will be many interested parties
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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I have often thought that a Tear Drop side car would look good and function for what you want. To that end try exploring this site

http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/index.php

I also thinka cedar strip Tear Drop build would look pretty good.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:47 AM   #5
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I like the cedar strip idea too guys. It does seem a bit more ambitious than I feel, tho...lol A friend of mine tells me about a cedar strip sidecar he saw in a little town in west Texas and one day he and I will ride over to look at the gent's stable of rigs...I believe the guy also runs an automotive garage and my friends was having him do some emergency van repair when he saw the rigs....

Thanks for the link to the teardrop site...I had gotten that from my other thread too and bookmarked it for study..


The ural cargo tub may be a good base for a cabin like I want. I would be curious of your ideas for it if you are willing to share them.

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Old 01-27-2012, 07:07 AM   #6
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Brian,

Here's an older thread on this topic. Maybe some good ideas in here for you too:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=324824

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Old 01-27-2012, 11:52 PM   #7
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I dont own a hack, but I so enjoy reading this forum. Maybe someday I'll have one!

I ran across this thread on a expandable motorcycle camper trailer, it instantly occured to me that the design could be adapted into really neat sidecar camper:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=753766

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=730618

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Old 01-28-2012, 08:50 AM   #8
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Thanks Scott and Jeff....

I do have the folding hack thread bookmarked and now the little trailer thread....I think the little expandable trailer would be a cool build and might be good as a sidecar build....
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:11 PM   #9
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Inflated Idea

I have thought about this before. When I see those damn inflatable lawn decorations.

But... What a wonderful structure. No poles. Wads up into a tiny box. Uses energy though.

But consider pulling up to your camp site and BLAM! instant shelter. Other people are making garden tents. Time to adapt the concept for a hack! Could it run off a battery. If you search inflatable shelter,
Imagine a giant kids tent that includes your sidecar inside Nice and dry (Until it deflates and you suffocate)
OK maybe this was too far.

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Old 01-30-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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I thought about building a box to go on my sidecar frame and have it open up to be a 6'x8' flat platform to put my tent on.That way I would always have a nice flat spot for my tent.BUT now I have found the wonders of a REI folding cot so I'm not sleeping on the ground anymore.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:40 PM   #11
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I have thought about this before. When I see those damn inflatable lawn decorations.

But... What a wonderful structure. No poles. Wads up into a tiny box. Uses energy though.

But consider pulling up to your camp site and BLAM! instant shelter. Other people are making garden tents. Time to adapt the concept for a hack! Could it run off a battery. If you search inflatable shelter,
Imagine a giant kids tent that includes your sidecar inside Nice and dry (Until it deflates and you suffocate)
OK maybe this was too far.

a couple of optima yellow or blue tops and a 120amp alt from a mitsu running off a belt on the hack's extra wheel and you have portable power AND a charging system totaly seperated from the bike
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:44 PM   #12
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Here is mine--a Kompact Kamp turned into a sidecar.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:05 PM   #13
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Inflated Idea
I have thought about this before. When I see those damn inflatable lawn decorations.

But... What a wonderful structure. No poles. Wads up into a tiny box. Uses energy though.

But consider pulling up to your camp site and BLAM! instant shelter. Other people are making garden tents. Time to adapt the concept for a hack! Could it run off a battery. If you search inflatable shelter,
Imagine a giant kids tent that includes your sidecar inside Nice and dry (Until it deflates and you suffocate)
OK maybe this was too far.
Never TOO far Feedback cycle never too far, not my cuppa tea but keep the ideas coming....
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:10 PM   #14
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Egads1, I have been really attracted to your build and if I could find one cheap enough I would copy you shamelessly

I am sure with a couple alterations my little dog buddy could ride in it brilliantly.

I might even go with one as a trailer if I could afford it but all that stuff is usually way out of my SSI income level....That is why I always camp and am thinking along the lines of a resin and cardboard build....el cheep turista stuff...

Nice, really nice....thanks for showing it again...

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Old 01-30-2012, 09:19 PM   #15
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NWR, cool idea....you know I bought a Kampright tent cot..the new model that folds up to 8"x 8"x40" but it is a bit of a challenge to pack on my rig....I like what little I can see of this hack that someone of our Aussie buddy posted on another thread....It almost looks like he has a way to just fold his cot out of the hack and is set up...kinda hard to see though...
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