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    Default Sleeper sled....Camper sled...Slding "A"-frame

    I am thinking of building a fold-up cabin/sled thing. Anyone done this. I am looking for Ideas. But thinking start with the Otter II Large Tub 44" X 84" X 16" deep and build a fold up sleeper/cabin.

    Thinking 1" Blue board glued to plywood. Maybe have two Otter's hitched together in Tandem so cabin does not get fuel spilled on it.

    One could wander'about the end March into April. Maybe a combination Blueboard/plywood deck and tent.

    The idea would be to "NOT" race'around, but camp and move every few days to a new vista. Hunt/spot from camp...save fuel. With new four stroke's and if you only move 40 miles stay two days, etc. fuel should not be a problem.

    Not fully thought out......but a seed......

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    Interesting thought. I'll be watching for progression on this idea!
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    I am selling a pull sled on craigslist that i use to camp in.
    8ft long 32inch wide 16inch high.

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    I'd love to see pictures of these contraptions! Great idea.

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    Someone, had a all aluminum pull behind Sled/camper on CL, they had it custom made, and used for a trip across Canada. It had windows, sleeping berths, isolated fuel storage area.

    It just seems we spend all out S/M time going as fast as possible, racing from point "A" to point "B".

    I am really looking for ideas. I am leaning toward something like the Coleman campers that tip-up to a hard "A"-frame, with cloth end walls.

    Also www.otteroutdoors has ice fishing shelters that fold-up, and are part of the Otter sled.

    I really want feed back good and bad on this concept......





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    I'd love to see pictures of these contraptions! Great idea.

    Tim

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    Mike from Mike's Welding built one of his Alaska Bush Sleds long enough to sleep in. If I remember correctly he pulled it to Nome. I think it used a conistoga top that he could set up at night or put away for traveling. There used to be pictures on his website but I can't even find a site anymore.

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    I have no idea how one would go about it BUT have you considered an Arctic Oven type pop-up tent camper? My guess is it would be lighter and easier to erect but would require some high-end sewing (expensive) to build.

    The AOs are double walled and super warm. When I was a kid my step-dad bought an older coleman canvas topped pop up, of course that was a single wall. This is where the idea (and this post) came from BTW.

    Of course you could just buy and haul an AO and set it up wherever dusk found you. (but I do sympathize with the urge to tinker)

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    Web address:

    http://www.otteroutdoors.com/default2.html


    Sounds like a good idea. For me, I usually rent cabins and trail ride with the family; I wouldn't have a need for a sno-go , trailer pulled shelter. I love the idea though. In what capacity will you use the shelter? If you are traveling with two other folks, are you expecting to sleep two-three people in the trailer?

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    I see using it for spring bear hunt, maybe off the Denali Hwy. You would get 50 miles off hwy. camp and spot for two days, maybe move late the second day. Not high speed, more slow spotting crawl to the next look-out over a bear filled valley, spend two days, then move again.

    The Ice House that Otter offers takes 30 seconds to set-up, 30 seconds to take down, is 7' long X 8' wide X 6 1/2 feet high. And might be hard to top.

    I just like the idea if you saw something interesting through the spotting scope.......that you could be on the move in 30 seconds, towing your camp. If it did not pan out, when you got closer, in 30 seconds the camp is up. 30 more seconds you are in your bag.





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    Sounds like a good idea. For me, I usually rent cabins and trail ride with the family; I wouldn't have a need for a sno-go , trailer pulled shelter. I love the idea though. In what capacity will you use the shelter? If you are traveling with two other folks, are you expecting to sleep two-three people in the trailer?

    Tim

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    Default This might work.........

    http://www.barrenlands.org/GalleryOt...age029_jpg.htm

    http://www.barrenlands.org/GalleryOt...e037_2_jpg.htm

    http://www.barrenlands.org/GalleryOt...age006_jpg.htm

    This is a modified Siglin sled (Northern Sled Works in Fairbanks) with a (I believe) home-made shelter on top. Looks pretty skookum to me.

    Good luck and let us know what you end up with.

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    http://www.farnorthfiberglass.com/sled.html

    One of these fiberglass sleds would be a good size for extended camping trips, probably enough room to sleep in too. If I were building a shelter over a sled like this I would get some conduit pipe and a pipe bender and design a frame and mounting system which can be mounted on the sled. Then I would design the covering, measurements, tiedowns, etc. add in a transparent panel in the roof area to allow for outdoor light, a heavy duty zipper on the door. And I would make sure I had a small zippered vent to allow for air circulation, just in case I wanted to heat it up with a campstove and do a little cooking inside. Then I would take the covering design over to Alaska Tent and Tarp if I chose to go with canvas or Weatherport Tents if I chose to go with something more durable and have them sew it up for me. Another option is to just put a tarp over it, I have made make shift tents out of tarps and slept comfortably and was dry on my hunting trips before. Maybe getting a grommet kit and adding more where you need them for lacing the tarp down would help secure it better just in case the wind picked up.

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    Default add a rain skirt

    Needed to add that you need a rain skirt on your tent covering that lays on the outside of your sled to keep the rain out if the weather turns on you during the middle of the night. Don't wanna wake up in a puddle of water in the morning. Good luck.

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    Dave, Thank you that was very informative. Where was that expedition....? That is the general idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by standdup View Post
    http://www.barrenlands.org/GalleryOt...age029_jpg.htm

    http://www.barrenlands.org/GalleryOt...e037_2_jpg.htm

    http://www.barrenlands.org/GalleryOt...age006_jpg.htm

    This is a modified Siglin sled (Northern Sled Works in Fairbanks) with a (I believe) home-made shelter on top. Looks pretty skookum to me.

    Good luck and let us know what you end up with.

    Dave
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    looks like it was a scientific mission - there is a little info here

    http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_repo...c/snowstar.jsp

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    Default That's the one....

    The main website for the trip is:

    http://www.barrenlands.org/MainPage.html

    There are quite a few interesting photos there. Enjoy!

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    Am I the only person who thinks this would be fun....to slowly wander around.....??? Seems everyone just wants to go 78 MPH from bar, to bar, to bar.....yes, I enjoyed that also 40 years ago....

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    I doubt if you're the only one. My guess is that there's probably more than a few that do enjoy it- I imagine though that they almost all use arctic ovens tents

    I love winter camping and hopefully someday I'll have the time and equipment to be able to go on some mini expeditions to camp, shoot birds, etc...I think it would be a blast.

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    Default mini trailers

    you might take a look at motorcycle travel trailers for some ideas/inspiration. I have seen several small travel trailers pulled by motorcycles.

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    Thumbs up hopeak

    I think it's a great Idea, I have friends that are self employed/retired and did that up the Yukon to stop at all the village schools for seminars, they used the portable ice house fold up shelter (not sure which one but can find out if needed) they both slept in it down to -40 with only a small propane heater to get it warm and then crawl into very good bags, I'm not sure if they had any heat while sleeping but from what they said it was quite comfortable, with 2 people pulling sleds, 1 with gear and fuel and one with the shelter you could have a very nice outing and see places and things like never before.

    Good luck I hope you follow through with this,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeak View Post
    Am I the only person who thinks this would be fun....to slowly wander around.....??? Seems everyone just wants to go 78 MPH from bar, to bar, to bar.....yes, I enjoyed that also 40 years ago....
    That sounds like great fun. I wish I had the time! Also, finding wide open country with good snow conditions for towing a wide load, and game to pursue for several day's trekking might be hard to find.

    I used to see people hauling their families in large trailer-sleds between Dillingham and the villages. They didn't fold, but they did have seats and windows.

    I have a fold out ice tent sled that would be fit for camping with a good hitch and decent runners on it

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