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Old 08-10-2018, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default Hay from Iowa! Will a 1971-R survive overlanding? Narrow axle track?

Hello people.

Iv been searching for a narrow track enclosed cargo trailer to do a overland camper conversion on. Narrow tracks are enclosed trailers that are 7' wide and have the wheels under them in wheel wells, instead of on the outside in fenders. Wheels on the outside in fenders turns a 7' wide trailer basically into a 8' wide trailer because the wheel track width's are close to the same. I don't want a trailer wider than my full size 3/4 ton truck because I want to drive roads like this. .. But maybe a narrow axle track width is more important when you have a cliff off one side of the road?

I found a 1971 or 1971R hi-lo for sale and see its width is 94" or 7'9" which is barely narrower than outside of my truck mirrors. I think it's 7'9" width would be acceptable for me mostly because of the narrow track axle. But I would then maybe have to upgrade to a heavier axle and suspension after I extended the tongue and rear bumper so I can haul a yamaha DRZ400s on back and a water tank and more storage on front.

My question is, are the old 1971 hi-lo's built well enough to withstand wash board roads since they are steel tube construction? And does anyone know how wide the wheel track is?
My only other reservation about a hi-lo is that it doesn't have a ramp door like my old toyhauler. But I think being able to raise and lower the roof (better mpg and drive under low branch's) may trump or outweigh the ramp door patio deck advantage, maybe.


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Old Today, 12:29 PM   #2
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No opinions? Tough crowd..

The owner said the outside to outside distance of the tires is "just shy of 6'" which is narrower than my 7' requirement. But 6' is very narrow compared to the 7'9" trailer width giving it 11" of overhang..

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You're on your own, man!

Good luck!
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