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Vigil Craig Vigil
Fountain Valley, Sunny Southern California, USA   USA

Does anyone know of anyone who has made a camper from a Van Box to tow behind a Morris Minor?

I have seen a few pictures of them in the past - some done better then others.

If my old van box for sale does not sell i may turn it into a trailer to tow behind my van.
Any pictures people have from different angles to see how people did there trailers would be great.
It would also be help to see what was done to the insides of there trailers for ideas.
Unfortunately i have not seen any pictures of the insides and how they were done.
I have a few ideas from having a camper on one of my trucks that may work.
It seems like it should be relatively a easy conversion.
I am wondering what is involved and if i am only fooling myself..

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Thanks for your time and help,

VIGIL




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0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
Am yer a dwarf Vigil?

Or do you plan to sleep with
your feet sticking out the doors confused smiley

Vigil Craig Vigil
Fountain Valley, Sunny Southern California, USA   USA
I am about 5'10" and have slept in my van before at a angle.

One van i saw in pictures at a UK meet had a snap on addition when the doors were open.
When it is hot in the summer i would have room to sleep outside which is perfect.
We go to Mexico and the weather runs in the 90-100 range so that would work there too.
I agree it is tight to sleep inside without open doors or the seats moved forward.
But i do not plan to live in it just stay over night at a few meets out of my area.
I go to some shows that are 500 miles each way so it would be nice to have a place to nap along the way.
I also thought a four door would make a great tear drop trailer,
The only ones i have seen were in to good of condition to be chopped up for a camper project.
I was hoping to find one that had been crashed in the front - no such luck..

Vigil



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0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
I've also slept in a Minor
van a time or three Vigil.

How about a rear slide out b/room
to give you a bit more leg room?

Vigil Craig Vigil
Fountain Valley, Sunny Southern California, USA   USA
That is one of the reasons i wanted pictures.
The side that attaches to the cab now could be extended out for as far as needed for extra room..
It would even help the aerodynamics if done like a bubble when extending the front.
I looked for an example but for some reason no pictures have been posted that i have found.
I would want it to look good as well as functional.

Vigil



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0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
If you tow a van body behind a van
aerodynamics aren't very important.

Especially if keep the gap
between van and trailer short.

Have you heard of Ed Big DaddyRoth?
His rods might give you some cool ideas.

Vigil Craig Vigil
Fountain Valley, Sunny Southern California, USA   USA
I am in California and went to his shop when he was still pen.
There is a new group in the building that still do some custom cars.
Not the quality of Roth or any of the others in my area.
Our area is known for custom cars and hot rods.
Foose and all the other big boys of customs are in my area.

One of my other project is a 1931 model a FORD panel truck.
I have a 350 motor and 700 trans to install after the suspension upgrade.

In reality have way to many projects going at this time.

vigil



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emjay Jim English
Marietta, PA, USA   USA
Like a pop up camper, the front could be expandable to use the length of the tongue when in use and collapsed when in tow. Or even open the doors of the tow van and insert a floor, a roof and screens for sides for maximum room. Reversing the cab back as shown gives minimal extra leg room but is a direct bolt on.

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0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
How about grafting the back half of this on the open end?.

I see it as being the same wifth and height as the body.



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0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
Or building an Airstream style on the open end?


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0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
Do you like Woodies smiling smiley



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Vigil Craig Vigil
Fountain Valley, Sunny Southern California, USA   USA
No wood cars are to much work.

You have keep the wood up every few years.

Vigil



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Vigil Craig Vigil
Fountain Valley, Sunny Southern California, USA   USA
Jim,

I thought about using something that would expand out.
All the camper units i saw using this after a short time have problems.
Most of them used netting and canvas for the expansion.
That is what made me think of canvas to cover between the two.
I could put the fasteners used on Tourer tops or tonneau covers.
That way the elements like wind would not be a issue with the twist lock.
Then raise the floor to over the wheel wells on both for storage.
That would also make it easier to make the floors the same height.
It still means something to fill the hole while driving.
I am not sure canvas would last long with the beating of weather going down the road.
Then i was thinking may be a hardcover that was hinged at the top.
Something like the toy boxes people use to carry motorcycles and dune buggies.
When stopped it could swing up for the top cover.
I was hoping someone had done a nice one to copy.
It seems none out of Van trailers that i have seen have much imagination.
The best camper unit from a van he removed the passenger seat for sleeping.
This gave him a full 7-8 feet for sleeping inside the van..
So he did not need to tow any thing behind his van.
Personally i like to have the passenger seat just in case i want company.
Most people just made a flat cover like the ones in the links.
I Had also thought about using a pick up cover like in the first link.
Then i thought there really not that easy to acquire in California.
The problem is there is no more room in the back the the van doing it this way..
I have lots of time to think about how to make it our better.
There is a long list of projects to do ahead of the van box trailer.
As you can see i have given it a little thought but still needs a lot more..

VIGIL



The Morris registry club USA.

It is $20 to join - http://morrisminor.intuitwebsites.com/

0123 Mike D
Biddulp, Staffs, UK   GBR
That's that one down the pan then Vigil smiling smiley

How about Minor meets Airstream, and or Minor meets hearse?

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