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Old 05-22-2019, 11:43 PM   #1
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Anybody boondock with their dutchmen?

Hello everybody new here..


I'm considering a 2010 19' dutchmen because its only 7' wide and I feel that will help with maneuvering up narrow gravel forest service roads in colorado.

But I'm wondering if the dutchmen will survive washed board and rough rocky roads..

Has anybody boondocked with their dutchmen? Or should I continue to search for the 7x16 narrow track enclosed trailer to convert into my toyhauler?

Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:25 PM   #2
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I think you meant the first choice??? I never did understand where the second got started haha



1. Boon Docking. As it relates to going off road. Like a 4X4 going mudding.



2. Boon Docking. As it relates to camping in an RV with no facilities. Like in remote and primitive camping. Some even consider WalMart boon docking.


I have a feeling taking a standard Trailer BOONDOCKING (the real deal) will rattle the C**P out of it without some serious suspension mods. I would also be interested in what the experts say.


Have fun and good luck!
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Anybody ever see the Top Gear episode where they pick RVs to go “caravaning” ( towing a trailer) with? Of course they are none too gentle doing their towing and go off road quite a bit so by the end of the episode, at least one of the trailers is pretty much just a frame. An exaggeration to be sure but still pretty funny.

Yeah, we go to lots of campgrounds where there are no electrical or water hookups, what most here likely think of as “boondocking”. Sure it can be a bit of a hassle but no big deal.

Taking a rig up onto heavily washed out and rutted forest service roads? No thanks.
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Anybody ever see the Top Gear episode where they pick RVs to go “caravaning” ( towing a trailer) with? Of course they are none too gentle doing their towing and go off road quite a bit so by the end of the episode, at least one of the trailers is pretty much just a frame. An exaggeration to be sure but still pretty funny.

Yeah, we go to lots of campgrounds where there are no electrical or water hookups, what most here likely think of as “boondocking”. Sure it can be a bit of a hassle but no big deal.

Taking a rig up onto heavily washed out and rutted forest service roads? No thanks.



Yes, That show is hilarious. British humor! I am awed by the amount of money spent to produce that show!


As an aside. I have done a lot of 4X4 boon docking. Before the advent of GPS and cell phone apps. I can remember on many occasion taking a road in the hills and running out of road. No U-Turns and only backing up for hundreds of feet. Try that with a trailer. No matter what size............YIKES!
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Yes, That show is hilarious. British humor! I am awed by the amount of money spent to produce that show!


As an aside. I have done a lot of 4X4 boon docking. Before the advent of GPS and cell phone apps. I can remember on many occasion taking a road in the hills and running out of road. No U-Turns and only backing up for hundreds of feet. Try that with a trailer. No matter what size............YIKES!
LOL... what they spend on tires alone probably exceeds the annual budget for some small countries - at least when Clarkson is test driving a car.
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Better undercarriage for rough roads

For short distances at very low speeds and with relatively level road surfaces it would work. For instance, a gravel road leading from paved road to camp site. It will also work for longer stretches of well maintained gravel roads.

Unpaved or even some paved mountain roads are a different story. You need more ground clearance. Bigger wheels help a lot. You need excellent backing and maneuvering skills. The rough roads will shake everything to pieces sooner or latter.
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Just remember that regardless of any tire or suspension upgrades you do, everything sitting above the frame is no stronger than moderately damp cardboard.
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Just remember that regardless of any tire or suspension upgrades you do, everything sitting above the frame is no stronger than moderately damp cardboard.
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Just remember that regardless of any tire or suspension upgrades you do, everything sitting above the frame is no stronger than moderately damp cardboard.

Yeah, something about stapled MDF and serious off road that don't mix.



Thanks guys. It's just that I'm really stuck on this no wider than 7' thing. Would the Jayco feather 7 be any stronger?


I like the no-bo 19.1 toyhauler which I'm told is 7' wide, but its longer than I want.



I guess I better keep looking for a narrow track enclosed trailer..
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any "commercial" rv will be built about the same. not really made for off road conditions. you may want to look at one of these instead

https://earthroamer.com/
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