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backcountry camping with a trailer

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Offline xaocfrau

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backcountry camping with a trailer
« on: September 30, 2019, 12:21:57 PM »
I'm new to this chat so I apologize if this topic has already been addressed.  In early September we drove from hot springs on Glenn Springs Rd back to the highway to Panther Junction.  We have a 4WD suv so it wasn't a problem.  We thought we'd like to come back next year and camp at Glenn Springs but we want to pull a small teardrop-style camper.  Is that do-able or just completely inadvisable?

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Offline presidio

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Re: backcountry camping with a trailer
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2019, 01:03:10 PM »
I'm new to this chat so I apologize if this topic has already been addressed.  In early September we drove from hot springs on Glenn Springs Rd back to the highway to Panther Junction.  We have a 4WD suv so it wasn't a problem.  We thought we'd like to come back next year and camp at Glenn Springs but we want to pull a small teardrop-style camper.  Is that do-able or just completely inadvisable?

As long as your teardrop track is no wider than your vehicle (and the road track), with care (and slow driving) you can get it there.

The traverse likely will test your storage/packing arrangements inside the unit.

Unless you just have to go to that location, there are other backcountry campsites more easily accessed with a towed unit.
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Offline Mesquito

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Re: backcountry camping with a trailer
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2019, 02:58:56 PM »
We took my brotherís sturdy popup there a few years ago. Rather slow getting it in there but it was nice to have for 2 nights. Youíll want site 2.  Site 1 would be awkward to get into plus site 2 is better in most ways.

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Offline xaocfrau

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Re: backcountry camping with a trailer
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2019, 03:20:52 PM »
Thank you very much.  We just want to go somewhere that might be a little more remote and private, if that's even possible.  Glenn springs sounded interesting but I welcome all suggestions.  I lived in a tent in the military for 18 months so that's the extent of my "camping" experience.  We're very inexperienced.

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: backcountry camping with a trailer
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2019, 11:26:29 AM »
Is it an "Offroad" style teardrop?  Higher clearance, suspension, etc?  If so, then you are good to go.
If not, then previous advice should be heeded. Drive slow, etc.
I would also bring at least 2 spare tires or purchase beefier ones for the teardrop.
Hope you keep us informed of how your trip goes, as my future goals is to get an offroad trailer or teardrop for camping.
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Offline Imre

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Re: backcountry camping with a trailer
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2019, 12:23:34 PM »
For many years (albeit many years ago) I camped at K-bar. It's close enough to Panther junction that if you must have access to a rest room with running water in the middle of the night it's not too far away. (However you might want to confirm that the NPS doesn't lock the doors overnight.)
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Offline Buck

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Re: backcountry camping with a trailer
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2019, 12:59:45 PM »
Rule #1 applies to your trailer (photo).
"Hey, how 'bout a Fandango..?"

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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: backcountry camping with a trailer
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2019, 10:32:16 PM »
Go for it! Iíve taken my home built teardrop as far as the Fresno primitive site.   I wouldnít go further than that though. Just go slow and take your time.

Look close and youíll see Mariscal Mine in the background.


K-bar


River Road East

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Offline Buck

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Re: backcountry camping with a trailer
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2019, 01:10:39 PM »
Here's Mrs. Buck with ours in the Basin last November...

"Hey, how 'bout a Fandango..?"

 


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