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Old 09-28-2017, 09:35 AM   #1
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Steve & Deb's 5X8 Hiker Trailer

Over the past couple of years, we've taken our daughter to college, taking six weeks to wander home the first year, and four weeks last fall, plus four weeks south last February. We'd often find ourselves deep in a national park or forest at dusk, and need to drive sometimes hours back to our motel. It sure would be nice if we could just stay somewhere local!

We went to the last two years of RV shows in Cleveland. We don't want a big trailer requiring a big truck to pull, nor do we want a big motor coach and need to pull our exploring vehicle. I had a Subaru Outback and now a Toyota 4Runner, and don't want to go larger than that. Roof top tents are all the rage on adventure vehicles. but we don't want to have to climb down a ladder in the middle of the night when nature calls, and you can't leave camp in the evening after they are set up. Tent camping has long ago lost its luster, and especially out west where y'all have nasty creepy-crawlers. That gets a resounding NO from Deb.

So, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, we ordered a 5X8 Deluxe from Hiker Trailer in Indiana. Wes and Megan have been a joy to work with, and we are eager to get started. We went this route, because we intend to use the trailer for hauling our kayaks (it is quite a bit shorter than the 4Runner), as a cargo trailer, moving van for our daughter's stuff, and camper. The square roof lends itself to our needs more than a true teardrop. I hope that doesn't relegate us to "those people" status.

We picked up our new Hiker Trailer on September 14, 2017 in Noblesville, Indiana.

2017 Hiker Trailer 5X8 Deluxe

Standard Features:
  • Black painted frame
  • Aluminum Fenders (not painted)
  • 2,000 lb trailer Axle
  • 4 Wire Trailer Harness
  • Trailer Jack
  • 2 safety chains
  • 2” Ball
  • 14” Tires Aluminum Wheels
  • Sleeping Area has 2aaa- battery powered lights
  • Galley 1 -120 volt Power Strip
  • 1aaa Battery power light in the rear galley
  • Manual Roof Vent
  • DOT Approved Side Markers Lights
  • Rear Brake and turn signals Lights
  • License Plate Holder and Light
  • Flooring is made of 3/4 plywood overlaid with vinyl flooring
  • Bottom is undercoated
  • Trailer sides are 3/4” plywood
  • Exposed Interior Components are Birch and Varnished Natural
  • Exterior or trailer is skinned with Aluminum
  • 1 Exterior Door with lock
  • 2 operable window 18x24 including screens
  • White Exterior
  • Rear galley cabinet
  • front cabinet
  • Standard rear galley door
  • Galley pass-through

Factory Installed Options:
  • Second Street Door
  • Roof Rack
  • Large Rear Door (side opening)
  • Fantastic Vent w/Ring Light
  • 12V Prep Package
  • Wall Color = Pewter
  • Doors = Black
  • Rear Door = Black
  • Black Trim
  • Diamond Black Fenders
  • 24" Front Rock Guard
  • Medium Tongue Box
  • Wiring to tongue box
  • A/C Prep Package
  • White Top
  • LED Trailer Frame Lights
  • Rear Receiver Hitch

Modifications, Accessories, And Additions

  • Renogy 100W 12V Microcrystalline Solar Starter Kit
  • Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station
  • Bestek 400W Power Inverter
  • 17" X 58" X 1/8" Rubber Shelf Liner
  • Milliard 6" Tri-Fold Memory Foam Mattress (Queen)
  • LED portable lights (freebies from Harbor Freight)
  • Attic Net (reused trunk net)
  • Tembo Tusk Skottle Kit
  • Coleman 2-Burner White Gas Stove (1970s era)
  • ALPS Camp Table
  • National Luna 12V 90Twin Fridge/Freezer (mounted on slide in tow vehicle)
  • ClimateRight 5000 BTU Air Conditioner/Heater
  • Luggable Loo
  • CVT Portable Shower/Changing Room
  • Road Shower 2 Portable Shower
  • Overland Bound Badge #0202
  • (2) Thule Hull-A-Port Pro Kayak Rack
Camp Site Stuff:
  • Rubber Wheel Chocks
  • Camco 1/2" X 25' Potable Water Hose
  • Camco 12" 15A to 30A Adaptor
  • (2) 12/3 X 25' Shore Power Extension Cord
  • 12/3 X 24" Shore Power "Y" Splitter
  • (4) Camco Aluminum Stabilizer Jack
  • (4) Camco Stabilizer Jack Pad
  • Reese Towpower Forged 3" Drop Ball Mount
  • Reese Towpower 2" Stainless Steel Ball
  • McGuard Locking Wheel Lug
  • Master Coupler Latch Lock
  • Master Coupler Lock
  • Master Stainless Steel Receiver Lock
  • Trimax Wheel Chock Lock

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Old 09-28-2017, 09:39 AM   #2
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Looks and sounds like you got the perfect trailer for your needs. Congrats !

Mike & Kelly
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