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Old 08-08-2020, 10:00 PM   #1
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Refurbished an old trailer a few years back four our hunting rig.
29.5’ tip to tip and 24’ bed bumper pull with tandem 7,500 lb axels. We use it to haul tons of feed out west to our Dryden lease all year and the hauls all our quads and gear to keep us supplied on our annual 6 days out there every December.

My 14 year old son and I just picked up another lease near Blanco, but it doesn’t have a camphouse so we decided that we would have a spike tent sewn and do some fabricating on our trailer so the tent mounts to the front.

Was hard to do, but burnt 6 holes in her steel floor last night and then we made 6” deep heavy wall pipe inserts to act as female points for the tent poles to mount into the bed. We welded 1/2” solid square bar stops across the pipe ends so water and mud could flow thru while using the trailer.
Took us about 3 hours to complete the welding aspect of the project and we painted her this morning.

Will be the width of the trailer minus about 3” and 10’6” long. Enough for 2 of us on cots.








We decided to go with Davis Tent out of Colorado. They had great reviews, a good price quote, and were willing to work on a “different” type project with a great attitude.


We completed the diagram of hole spacing and sent to them this AM and now it’s their turn to do what they do.

Still deciding whether we should go with tan or white material. Hmmmmmm...???


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Old 08-09-2020, 09:20 AM   #2
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Looks like a great project.

What "general area" are you around Blanco? We might need to plan an opening weekend lunch or something.
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Old 08-09-2020, 09:30 AM   #3
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Old 08-09-2020, 09:34 AM   #4
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Looks like a great project.

What "general area" are you around Blanco? We might need to plan an opening weekend lunch or something.

Few miles north of Blanco.


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Old 08-09-2020, 09:42 AM   #5
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I live in Blanco and am an Ag. teacher at the high school. Welcome to the area!
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Old 08-09-2020, 09:44 AM   #6
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I live in Blanco and am an Ag. teacher at the high school. Welcome to the area!

Thank you! Love it thus far....
Just moved to the Wimberley area and blessed to have found a great lease for an awesome price so fast. God is good.


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Old 08-25-2020, 12:44 PM   #7
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Nice!
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:39 PM   #8
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Finally got the call from Davis Tent that the tent was shipping. Was emailed the cut list today for the 1” EMT for poles so I stopped on the way home and picked up the joints of conduit and got them cut and the ends de-burred, sanded, and painted to color match for easy install. Getting excited to see her up.






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Old 10-14-2020, 09:42 PM   #9
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:59 PM   #10
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cool looking build!
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:34 PM   #11
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Tent showed up today! Won’t be able to open her until Saturday, but’s getting excited.



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Old 10-15-2020, 08:51 PM   #12
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:00 PM   #13
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Sounds like a great idea!
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Old 10-16-2020, 10:14 AM   #14
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Old 10-16-2020, 10:21 AM   #15
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Old 10-17-2020, 01:24 PM   #16
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Old 10-17-2020, 01:25 PM   #17
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Old 10-17-2020, 01:26 PM   #18
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Old 10-17-2020, 01:32 PM   #19
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Good idea. Will stay a lot drier off the ground.
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Old 10-17-2020, 01:40 PM   #20
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That’s awesome, great idea and very nicely done.
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Old 10-17-2020, 04:15 PM   #21
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I’m really happy with it!


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Old 10-17-2020, 05:33 PM   #22
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Way cool.


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Old 10-17-2020, 05:39 PM   #23
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Very cool idea. How are you going to deal with the cold/hot metal floor?


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Old 10-17-2020, 06:17 PM   #24
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Very cool idea. How are you going to deal with the cold/hot metal floor?


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I have a thick carpeted floor mat that will fit in the bottom. Will get pics at camp in a few weeks.


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Old 10-19-2020, 07:48 AM   #25
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You may need a slightly elevated floor in there condensation may build up and cause you some issues
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Old 10-19-2020, 07:53 AM   #26
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Very nice. Agree with 2-16s; an elevated floor, or a couple pieces of plywood my be a good thing for you.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:13 AM   #27
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That's a great idea! I need to make one.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:15 AM   #28
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Man that’s a cool setup
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:24 AM   #29
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Very nice and it will work out nicely I am sure. Some of the fun for me was prepping for the season ahead.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:30 AM   #30
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That's sweet! I really like this idea.
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:05 AM   #31
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You may need a slightly elevated floor in there condensation may build up and cause you some issues

I hope not. The tent is vented on both ends on top as well as the floor of the trailer. The carpet is rubber bottom so hopefully we can keep it dry inside. We shall see. Will definitely learn and tweak-it as we go.


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Old 10-19-2020, 09:07 AM   #32
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I have this to fit the entire floor.




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Old 10-19-2020, 01:24 PM   #33
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Just keep your ridge pole openings open and you will not have a moisture issue.
Davis Tent is great to deal with, you should enjoy your new set up. Looks like it will work well for you.
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Old 10-19-2020, 01:28 PM   #34
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that is a great idea to get off the ground and not lose cargo space. U may need to put supports on the 4 corners of the trailer for stability when set up
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Old 10-19-2020, 01:35 PM   #35
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that is a great idea to get off the ground and not lose cargo space. U may need to put supports on the 4 corners of the trailer for stability when set up

It ties down to the trailer side rails in multiple spots for stability. We didn’t do this during initial set-up as we were just checking for fit.


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Old 10-19-2020, 01:44 PM   #36
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that is a great idea to get off the ground and not lose cargo space. U may need to put supports on the 4 corners of the trailer for stability when set up

I see what you are saying. This trailer is a TANK. weights 3,500 lbs empty and with two 7,500 lb axels it is rock solid. I will keep it hooked up to truck and probably put the front jack down, but a grown man can jump up and down on it and it stays still.


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Old 10-19-2020, 01:58 PM   #37
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I see what you are saying. This trailer is a TANK. weights 3,500 lbs empty and with two 7,500 lb axels it is rock solid. I will keep it hooked up to truck and probably put the front jack down, but a grown man can jump up and down on it and it stays still.


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It doesn't matter how heavy it is. A trailer will sway and rock becuase it's sitting on wheels. That is why travel trailers have the stabilizer jacks on all 4 corners. You could probably get away with chocking the wheels, or use an X-Chock between the tandem wheels, and it works pretty good. You may even have to disconnect from the truck to get it level.

I like your build! Keep us updated.

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Old 10-20-2020, 12:18 PM   #38
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Blocks at the corners.
Make sure your sod cloth is under the legs for real set up.
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:19 PM   #39
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Blocks at the corners.
Make sure your sod cloth is under the legs for real set up.

I will have to cut the sod cloth at the legs for proper installation per the manufacturer’s recommendation due to the legs fitting inside the female inserts on the trailer.


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Old 10-20-2020, 12:48 PM   #40
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Great ,, very nice set-up..
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:52 PM   #41
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Very cool!
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:26 PM   #42
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great build TXbrass
I really like the simplicity of this so you can haul a big utv and gear up the mt.
One of my biggest problems has always been finding a good flat camp spot on public lands for a tent.
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:01 PM   #43
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great build TXbrass
I really like the simplicity of this so you can haul a big utv and gear up the mt.
One of my biggest problems has always been finding a good flat camp spot on public lands for a tent.

Yep...that was the concept. 100% trailer when hauling and then 100% deer camp. Even have the skinning rack.


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Old 10-21-2020, 10:05 AM   #44
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That is a really awesome setup. Glad you found a tent company interested in your project.
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Old 10-21-2020, 10:30 AM   #45
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Wow I’ve never considered a spike camp tent setup on a trailer. Very cool idea and very practical to be able to use the trailer with or without the tent. Can’t wait to see pictures of it all set up in action. Good luck this season.
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Old 10-21-2020, 04:04 PM   #46
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Old 10-21-2020, 10:46 PM   #47
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So cool! Where at in Blanco county are you hunting? I am one of the Ag teachers at the high school in Blanco. If you ever need anything stop by!
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Old 10-21-2020, 11:27 PM   #48
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So cool! Where at in Blanco county are you hunting? I am one of the Ag teachers at the high school in Blanco. If you ever need anything stop by!

Thank you. We hunt just north of town a couple miles.


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Old 10-21-2020, 11:32 PM   #49
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Built a 10’ light pole for the trailer/camp tonight. Had another female pipe insert welded near the skinning rack on the side of the trailer so decided to make a light pole to mount a LED flood light to help with skinning after dark and porch light in front of the tent.








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Old 10-22-2020, 07:41 AM   #50
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Dang !!!!! That is awesome !
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