Stealth windsurfing trailer
Born from the need to somehow accommodate myself, plus a pile of gear,
in a box that would fit into my carport, and pull the whole thing behind a
truck, over the Grapevine no less, 2000ft straight up, this trailer ended up
fulfilling all the requirements gracefully, and is still going strong 20 years
later - though the gear has mutated over the years and multiplied, and does not
fit quite as gracefully any more as it once did...
Construction is from left-overs, miscellaneous bits left over
from boat building jobs, including sheets of Urethane and PVC foam, odd
fiberglass remnants, even some Kevlar on the bottom. Hatches are recycled from a
Swan 57, interior trim from a 40ft Newporter. The box weighed only about 60#
before I bolted it to the frame, yet is strong enough to walk on the roof, in
order to clean the solar array (and look for stray windsurfers).
With a solar panel providing power to a 12V gel cell,
with on-board water and sanitary facilities (porta-potty), and a comfy reading
corner with good light and music, I can be independent for weeks on end.
An interesting tidbit regarding fuel economy: the
2.5liter Jeep Cherokee I streamlined this trailer for, used to get 22.0mpg on an
average road trip, relatively empty. With windsurfing gear piled on top, this
dropped down to 19.8mpg. With the same gear following behind in this trailer,
gas mileage improved to 20.5mpg.
spares up front, storage all
built-in fin stash
slide-out stove; flammables
locker, lid becomes table