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    Re: Slip Stream camper

    The 210 pound weight listed if I remember right is just for the Slipstream without the camping insert. The camping insert on my older Slipstream was made of chipboard which is rather heavy. Then you have to add the weight of the mattress and canvas. Mine had to old cotton duck material which is much heavier than the nylon. It looks like they have lightened the camping unit up by using plywood and new style canvas. I just found a link with the weight with the camping insert. It was 260 pounds. Mine had the air dam in front of the cooler rack. I would imagine with the cooler and air dam it was pushing 300 pounds. It pulled very nicely and I only dropped 3 to 4 mpg pulling the trailer at highway speeds. I was getting about 42 mpg running well above the posted speed limits out west. The trailer saw triple digits on a regular basis out west. I was just flowing with the traffic with the BMW R1150RT.

    It set up in less than a minute. More than once during rainstorms I pulled over and "popped the top" after lowering the jacks. I would just leave the bike and trailer coupled unless I was setup in a campground. It you are over 6' you could sleep "kiddy corner". I don't have that problem. The 6' long bed was adequate for me. What I didn't like about it was I could barely sit up in it. To get dressed I either jumped outside or laid on my back in the camper. I really liked the camper except for lack of headroom and having to crawl into it. You could store a ton of stuff under the bed and on top of the bed if needed. If that isn't enough cargo space they make a roof rack for it also.

    I got much better mileage pulling the Slipstream than I do with the MiniMate. The MiniMate is basically a box, the Slipstream was very aerodynamic.
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    Re: Slip Stream camper

    Quote Originally Posted by BeemMeUp View Post
    The 210 pound weight listed if I remember right is just for the Slipstream without the camping insert.
    I didn't realize that and it's good information to be aware of. Seems as though the Timeout Trailers website has somewhat misleading information on their specifications page. The webpage also fails to mention the cargo capacity with the camping insert installed.
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    Re: Slip Stream camper

    Quote Originally Posted by BeemMeUp View Post
    The 210 pound weight listed if I remember right is just for the Slipstream without the camping insert. The camping insert on my older Slipstream was made of chipboard which is rather heavy. Then you have to add the weight of the mattress and canvas. Mine had to old cotton duck material which is much heavier than the nylon. It looks like they have lightened the camping unit up by using plywood and new style canvas. I just found a link with the weight with the camping insert. It was 260 pounds. Mine had the air dam in front of the cooler rack. I would imagine with the cooler and air dam it was pushing 300 pounds. It pulled very nicely and I only dropped 3 to 4 mpg pulling the trailer at highway speeds. I was getting about 42 mpg running well above the posted speed limits out west. The trailer saw triple digits on a regular basis out west. I was just flowing with the traffic with the BMW R1150RT.

    It set up in less than a minute. More than once during rainstorms I pulled over and "popped the top" after lowering the jacks. I would just leave the bike and trailer coupled unless I was setup in a campground. It you are over 6' you could sleep "kiddy corner". I don't have that problem. The 6' long bed was adequate for me. What I didn't like about it was I could barely sit up in it. To get dressed I either jumped outside or laid on my back in the camper. I really liked the camper except for lack of headroom and having to crawl into it. You could store a ton of stuff under the bed and on top of the bed if needed. If that isn't enough cargo space they make a roof rack for it also.

    I got much better mileage pulling the Slipstream than I do with the MiniMate. The MiniMate is basically a box, the Slipstream was very aerodynamic.
    I don't mind the limited room. My main concern is the weight. Really wishing there was a lighter model out there of something for a smaller bike. About 200 and a little over is where I think a trailer should be in perfect world. If I could find a place to do some of the canvas work I would consider trying to build one. I did aviation body work for many years so aluminum is an old friend. Still lookimg for info. I have to admit to really liking the looks of the Slipstream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacktruck View Post
    If I could find a place to do some of the canvas work I would consider trying to build one.
    Any marine canvas shop should be able to build one for you. Or try an RV canvas specialist like Bear Creek Canvas.
    http://bearcreekcanvas.com/index.cfm

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    Re: Slip Stream camper

    Quote Originally Posted by lqqk_out View Post
    Any marine canvas shop should be able to build one for you. Or try an RV canvas specialist like Bear Creek Canvas.
    http://bearcreekcanvas.com/index.cfm
    The canvas on the Slipstream would be fairly easy to duplicate as long as you had the original to use as a pattern. The canvas is attached to the camper with Velcro and can be easily removed. There are 3 pieces. The back and two sides.

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    Re: Slip Stream camper

    Quote Originally Posted by blacktruck View Post
    I don't mind the limited room. My main concern is the weight. Really wishing there was a lighter model out there of something for a smaller bike. About 200 and a little over is where I think a trailer should be in perfect world. If I could find a place to do some of the canvas work I would consider trying to build one. I did aviation body work for many years so aluminum is an old friend. Still lookimg for info. I have to admit to really liking the looks of the Slipstream.
    How big of a bike are you looking to pull with? The biggest factor isn't not being able to pull it because of lack of power but being able to stop it because of lack of brakes. In all honesty I didn't know the Slipstream was behind my BMW unless I looked in the mirrors or I had to brake hard.

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    Re: Slip Stream camper

    Quote Originally Posted by lqqk_out View Post
    I didn't realize that and it's good information to be aware of. Seems as though the Timeout Trailers website has somewhat misleading information on their specifications page. The webpage also fails to mention the cargo capacity with the camping insert installed.
    The camping insert actually facilitates loading and takes up very little of the cargo space. Take a look at the insert on one of the sites that sell them and you will see they divide up the bottom into compartments. You have one very large section in the middle and several smaller sections on the sides and back. You can also load stuff on top of the mattress if you want. I would say you have at least 20 cubic below the mattress. It's not lack of storage area, it's they have too much and that seems to encourage people to carry much more than they need for a trip. Two smaller people can sleep in them as long as they are friendly, lol.

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    Re: Slip Stream camper

    Quote Originally Posted by BeemMeUp View Post
    I would say you have at least 20 cubic below the mattress.
    According to the below link, you are 100% correct!

    http://www.cyclematetrailers.com/slipstreamcamper.html

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    Re: Slip Stream camper

    Quote Originally Posted by BeemMeUp View Post
    How big of a bike are you looking to pull with? The biggest factor isn't not being able to pull it because of lack of power but being able to stop it because of lack of brakes. In all honesty I didn't know the Slipstream was behind my BMW unless I looked in the mirrors or I had to brake hard.
    One of the reasons I am looking at something like that is exactly what you are saying. I plan to use my Burgman 650. I think the power to pull won't be an issue but as you mentioned, stopping it kinda concerns me. I wouldn't feel too bad with about a mid 200 lb trailer but get gun shy above much over that.

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