Presentation on theme: "Squidget Pop Top (PT) Tiny Travel Trailer This low-profile design is my answer to the question asked numerous times, “ Can the Squidget be built or stored."— Presentation transcript:
Squidget Pop Top (PT) Tiny Travel Trailer This low-profile design is my answer to the question asked numerous times, “ Can the Squidget be built or stored inside a garage? ” While the answer could be “ yes ”, I think that the modifications to do that would not result in a Tiny Travel Trailer (TTT) that is as desirable as the Squidget PT if your need is building and/or storing your TTT inside a garage or carport. It is my intention to build the Squidget PT, then finalize the plans for sale, which will probably be in mid- to late-Spring of However, you know what they say about good intentions. This TTT has been designed to be built inside, removed from, and returned to a garage for storage during the winter if you live in a cold, snowy environment. I make that statement with some restrictions that are covered on the last page of this presentation. This design is very similar to the original Squidget regarding the profile and the interior layout. I have made some improvements over the design of the original Squidget TTT. I’ve expanded the galley cabinet to an “L” shape which gives the builder and user more countertop space for a cook top unit and a sink. A small closet is an option to consider. The AC unit, if used, will be placed in a mount built into one side wall when in use and put on the floor for travel. The mount has a cover on the outside that locks down to keep water out. Click your mouse to go to next slide General Overview At Current Design State
Squidget Pop Top (PT) Tiny Travel Trailer The plans for the Squidget PT, while not anymore difficult to follow and use than the plans for the original Squidget, are more varied. These plans will include instructions and diagrams for the construction of trailer cabins for three different chassis sizes. That was one limitation to the original Squidget plans, although the bolder could easliy, and many did, construct the cabin to fit a different sized chassis. The same is true for the PT. If you have a chassis of a size different from the three listed here, it is not difficult to alter your cabin dimensions to fit that chassis. I am including cabin designs in my plans for these chassis sizes 5 x 10’, 5’ x 8’ and 4’ x 8’. In this presentation, you will see my current designs for the 5’ x 10’ cabin, and one for the 4’ x 8’ cabin with the rear door. View the rest of this presentation, and if you wish to be put on my mailing list to be notified when the plans are ready to sell, me at Click your mouse to go to next slide
Squidget PT with the raised top up for camping. The profile is similar to the original Squidget. Squidget PT with top up for camping
With the raised top lowered for travel, the overall height is slightly less than 7 ’ to fit inside a garage for storage. Squidget PT with top down for travel
Squidget PT Interior Side View 1 Interior side view with couch for day use.
Squidget PT Interior Side View 2 Interior side view with bed platform extended for sleeping.
Galley design changed from original Squidget to “ L ” shape. Squidget PT Interior Top View
Squidget PT 8 ’ chassis with the raised top up for camping. The profile is similar to the 10 ’ chassis Squidget. PT Squidget PT on 8 ’ long chassis with top up for camping
Interior layout is very similar to the Squidget PT on a 10 ’ chassis. Squidget PT on 5 ’ x 8 ’ Chassis Interior Top View
With a narrower width, the galley cabinet only runs side to side. The small side galley cabinet can be added but will reduce floor space. Squidget PT on 4 ’ x 8 ’ Chassis Interior Top View
Rear door allows for only a small side galley cabinet Squidget PT on 4 ’ x 8 ’ Chassis with front couch, rear door
Fold up/down galley counter top extension gives more working counter top area during the day. It may not interfere with sleeping. Rear Door Squidget PT on 4 ’ x 8 ’ Chassis, Top View
The profile can be altered with rounded ends. The interior design remains the same. New side stripe with “ S ” (for Squidget, naturally). Squidget PT Alternate Rounded Profile
Squidget Pop Top (PT) Height Restriction Criteria Being able to move the PT in and out of a garage is based on a standard garage door that has a floor to sill clearance of 84 ”. My PT chassis uses 13 ” wheels with standard ST175/80D-13 ” trailer tires and a torsion axle. The torsion axle or a drop spring axle is almost a must have to achieve the low height needed to move under the 84 ” garage door sill. Straight spring axles makes the ground clearance several inches higher than the radius of the tire, which is about 13 ” -13 1/2 ” on the tires stated above. Building this TTT to fit inside a garage is a matter of compromises on the components that make up the overall height of the trailer. Below is a chart depicting the heights of the different components of the trailer. If any one of these heights is increased, the amount of the increase must be deducted from one or more other components. For example, if the ground clearance is increased from 12 ” to 15 ”, then 3 ” has to be deducted from the interior ceiling height, or, the 3 ” low profile vent must be left off of the top, but could be placed on the lower roof area. My measurements below include a 3 ” high chassis rail (2 ” x 3 ” tubular).. My torsion axle with 10 degrees down on the swing arm will probably give me only 11 ” of ground clearance, which reduces the overall height by another inch. Pop Top Down: Ground Clearance:12 ” Chassis Rail Height 3 ” Floor with floor covering 1 ” Interior Ceiling Height56 ” Roof Thickness w/Paneling 2 ” Pop Top Height 6 ” Low Profile Vent 3 ” Total Overall Height83 ” Pop Top up: Ground Clearance:12 ” Chassis Rail Height 3 ” Floor with floor covering 1 ” Interior Raised Top Height74 ” Top Thickness w/Paneling 2 ” Low Profile Vent 3 ” Total Overall Height95 ”
End of Presentation Created by Dale Summers All designs created and copyrighted by Dale Summers, November 1, 2010