Re: Do you have a trailer?
Todd Norman Tingblad (tingbltn@UWEC.EDU)
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 13:57:13 CDT
Yes, for a very good reason. Our Chartered Partner does not have any
facilities. No building at all. A trailer is our only storage constant.
Without it, troop equipment would be all over the place. Getting lost faster
than it could be replaced.
We are currently on our second one. Our first was custom built as a High
School Welding class project. This very small trailer 4x6x5 weighed empty
over 2000 lb. Our second trailer has two compartments in the front to store
tents, tools, tarps, all water containers. The back is 10x5x5.5. It was
originally design to hold all patrol boxes and packs. There was a leadership
change and along came some remodeling. Now that we use propane, special
secure areas have been add for tanks and stove. This remodeling cut the
space for packs by 25%. This trailer was also a custom build job. It was a
cut flatbed trailer with tandum wheels. The trailer empty weights in at 2400
lb with twice the storage as the first. Filled for a campout, its up in the
2800 lb range. This much weight does require a large truck to pull it. This
is a problem at times.
Since everything the troop has for program is in this trailer, we are never
without the equipment we need for our camping program. It is also a real
Finding a parking spot for storage is a problem. Pulling it is also a big
problem. This trailer "tells you" where its going when you are pulling it.
Keeping it clean and organized is a constant battle.
However, this trailer has served as a emergency shelter for the troop at two
summer camps. The first was with 32 scouts and one adult all backed into it
in a 68 MPH winds, 1 1/2 inch hail, and 1 inch rain storm (I was not in the
trailer, but was inside holding a Wall Tent in all the wind). The hail was
just a little smaller than golf ball size...that hail did hurt a lot. The
second was this summer. Again it covered the troop scouts from a storm that
turned out to be a mini tornado. We found out about the tornado after the
fact. The camp never gave out a warming (a different problem). We had two
trees almost come down, one in one of the patrol sites and one by the latrine
(personal note: if only it had hit that latrine...it needs replacing bad).
So there are good and bad of a trailer. If and when the troop goes for a
third (replacement of the current) trailer, going for something like a
Wellscargo is the best bet. This custom built stuff is not the best
solution. It looks good on paper and at committee meetings, but the end
product is not the best that you could get with a "professionally built"
trailer. It took ten years to get the lighting to work on this one and it
only 13 years old.
An intereasting trailer item has started showing up in our district's Cub
Packs for Webelos camping. These groups are turning old pop-up camper
trailers into kitchens. They remove all the canvas and original seating.
They add a new counter and stove area. While traveling, all the packs,
tents, food, and equipment goes into the camper trailer. This 1400 lb
Webelos camping trailer makes Webelos Camping very easy.
Todd Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City