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Anyone ever make a pop up into a small flatbed trailer?  There is a "gutted" pop up on Craigslist for $75.00/obo, so I think I'm gonna pick it up. I wanted to see what you guys thought. Any suggestions, tips, etc......   I don't know who the camper is made by. It is small. He said there is no lift system, canvas, etc.....  I'd like to rebuild it to it's original form, but that will probably be way too costly for this rolling shell. I'll probably get it for $50-$60.

What do you guys think???????????

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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009, 03:05:27 PM »
I see them all the time around here. Some take off the lid and use it as a 'utility trailer' while some will strip it down to the floor. It depends on what you want to put on it. If you wanted to use it for a mower or ATV I'm sure you would be fine. Much more than that you would watch the weight just like you do in a regular pup. Yes getting rid of everything means you will have a floor on a frame - but most pups are not rated for 3000 lbs like utility trailer - they are rated for 1500-2500lbs depending on manufacturer. I don't think you would have any problems with it and it sounds like a fun project!
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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 03:25:27 PM »
Thanks for the reply. It does sound like a good project. I think I'm gonna pick it up when the wife gets home from work.

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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2009, 03:58:14 PM »
Once you have it stripped it'd be pretty easy to weld/bolt in some frame support.  Have a look at the axle, as much as the pup and tires aren't rated for 3000 lbs, sometimes they have the 3500 pound axles.  Even if it doesn't 1500 to 2000 lbs is a lot of "stuff" that you could throw into a utility trailer.
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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2009, 05:13:07 PM »
If I pick the trailer up for $60.00 and buy some wood and bolts, I shouldn't be in too deep. Then I'll have a decent utility trailer. Still waiting for the wife to get home. It's on Craigslist Omaha under pop up campers if anyone wants to check it out!!! Let me know what you think. The ad says gutted!

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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2009, 07:26:45 PM »
I just sold one like that (wearing Camaro tail lights no less!) for $100.

I was kinda interested in the '77 Starcraft swinger in this ad: http://omaha.craigslist.org/rvs/1351458561.html

I also found myslef wishing I was closer to this Starcraft being parted out. $100 for a canvas or $25 for a 2/3way fridge that is CHEAP(even if the electric element is burnt out)! :
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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009, 10:50:48 PM »
^ That swinger is sharp!  Good price too!

Well, I bought the pup...  Only it's not a true pop up. It appears to have been a "tent trailer."  I guess it's a pup.... I don't know. Gonna get started tomorrow night on the tear down. I feel bad doing it, but I think it's going to be far too costly to go back to original form. The sides and the lid on this thing are in great shape. The floor is solid, and it even has a storage bin on the front just like my Fleetwood Utah. I'm going to find out it's make and do a little research on it. See what it might take to make it the camper it once was, but more than likely, it's going to be a flatbed trailer.....  It's kind of sad.

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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2009, 01:44:10 PM »
I did this last spring.  I grabbed a popup that someone dropped off at the local city cleanup day and "removed" the entire camper portion before I hooked it to my truck:



Here is the pile 'o camper stuff:



I didn't want such a wide trailer so I cut some of it off and it looked like this:



Then a little welding and it became this:



And added some wood and it became this:



It is almost 10' long and inside the walls is about 49".  I still have to add some fenders and some lights - but I have used the heck out of it already over the summer and it works great. 
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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2009, 01:49:32 PM »
Hey, that looks great! Hubby built one out of an old jetski trailer. We used it when we tent camped to haul the stuff. When we got the pup, we sold the trailer on Craigslist  for $400.00.
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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2009, 09:29:44 PM »
Wow, that is a great looking trailer. I am working on removing the box from the frame right now. It probably has 200 little wood screws in it. I'm going to put the box on Craigslist for free. Someone could use it for a small storage container....  I'll post pics when I'm a little further along.

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Re: Thinking about modifying small pop up camper to flatbed trailer!
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2009, 11:19:29 AM »
I couldn't get any of the screws out - they were rusted into the frame and/or stripped out so I just grabbed my sledge hammer and removed the decking by force!  Then I just took the grinder to the remaining screws and caller her good. 
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