Inside our ToughTail

Why do you need a trailer if you already have such a big car…

Do you carry THAT much stuff?

We meet a lot of people that really like our expedition trailer. Here in Europe not that many people have a travel trailer behind their car like ours. However in Autralia and the USA this is totally normal. However, we also meet a lot of people that find our travel combination a bit too large and ask us the qustion if we take that much stuff with us that we needed to expand with a trailer. Well… Yes, our car is quite big, but the interior is not that big nor practical. The back of our car is mainly all doggo paradise! And I mean paradise!! I have an Auping bed, different levels I can rest on and a platform to watch from while driving. Also my pawrents clothes are stored in the back of our car. We also have an additional diesel tank for 80 L in the back (hence my different levels). And that makes the back of the car, except for some tools and spare parts, almost full. And with the arrival of Finley we need even more space (extra doggo butt, extra kibble storage, more water etc.) So the ToughTail was not really a tough decision. We demanded our pawrents to go through our stuff carefully and take everything out we could buy or replace anywhere else on the world. Then with only the essentials we designed the ToughTail. On this page we will show you what the exterior and interior of the trailer looks like, starting with the front of the trailer:

Front of the ToughTail

At the front of the ToughTail we have our spare trailer rim including tires. As said before, we have one tire size for all tires but the trailer has three own rims. On the tire we mounted a bag which carries our dirty stuff, being; our litter, our waterhose and our watershoes. Especially the litterbag is nice. We can carry it with us, without having the bad smell in the car or trailer, in Summer. It’s off ground and tugged away against animals. Perfect solution for us!!

On the right you see a black filling hole for a water hose. This enables us to fill the build in watertank with 40Liter of grey water. We are sooo happy with the tank, because we now are sure we have enough drinking water for us doggos and tea water for Mom.The glack cap is lockable so we are sure nobody steals or poisons our water 😜.

Underneath the spare tire we always bring a hi-lift jack and a pole to check the depth of a river bed before driving through it (blind). On the top we store our shovel that we use to dig a hole when pooping. We also use it when we need to dig our way out at the beach or anywhere else needed. All clamps are chosen based on the knowledge it will shake and bump while driving off road and we don’t want to loose it. The jack is locked again.

To the chassis Dad added an extra leg to support the trailer when standing alone. This sometimes happens when we leave the ToughTail behind on the campsite and the tent is set up. Then we are sure it will not tip over. Also a leveler was added for our humans so they can park the trailer somewhat level to prevent we end up rolling on top of Mom in our sleep… we don’t donit on purpose 🙈

The secret white door has all kinds of buttons and screens behind it. We can’t touch it says Mom, no pawz… only human hands 🤷🏽‍♀️.

In the secret cabinet we have the wall connection for electricity. Easy charging at the campsite. Left from the connector is the main battery switch to kill all power. Handy for winter storage or with an accident, as it kills all power. Above it are the switches for our water pump and LED lights in the kitchen and storage area of the trailer. Other we see some fuses and an e-meter for Dad to check the battery status and the charging status from our solar panels.

The Back of the ToughTail

The Back of the trailer is more simple. At the top we look against the cover of the tent. As you can see it is protecting the tent from dirt with a strong zipper and velcro ties. Then at the top right we have a hose bracket where we hang the water hose gun when camping. The doors give us access to a large space for groceries, laundry bag, waterjug to manually fill the water tank, solar panels, camping gas tanks, hikingshoes, blankets and most import our extra kibble. Because when you travel with us, priority #1: Do we have enough kibble. Again the door can be locked so steeetdogz can’t steal our golden kibble!

The two black support legs are again to support our weight when camping and sleeping in the tent. This is to make sure the trailer is not trying to tip to the front or back and pulling on the connection to the car.A

At the bottom of the trailer edge you see the waterhose quick connection and a pulling eye. Sometimes (like in Morocco) we bump upon people that parked their car in a ditch. We then hook a pulling strap to this eye to give them a small tow. The trailer and car both don’t seem to mind this at all, as long as the towed obstacle is just a small car.

One thing you can’t really see is the camping table. It is tucked away between the top of the trailer body and the tent. The tent is installed on top of a frame. That space is just high enough to store the table in. Dad made a sliding mechanism to make sure it doesn’t become an acoustic instrument when driving 🙊

• Inside the back •

In the front of the trailer (from here in the back) is the battery and converter. These are heavy and therefor stored as far as possible towards the front of the trailer. At the top left of this picture we see a pipe that offers storage to some poles we previou used to setup our solar panels with. Now most of the time we don’t realy use them anymore.

Against the ceiling of the trailer we added a net that holds some easy accessible stuff like badminton rackets, picnic blanket/camping ‘carpet’ for Nesto to protect his fragile old bones against stones (Mom: Finley, be nice to your brother! ✌🏼)

On the top right we have a toilet role holder. Easily accessible when you need to pee at the side of the road: ready to go! 🤭

Left you see our solar panels tied up. Just as the rest of the stuff. Everything should be strapped into place to prevent it flying around while driving off road. because it will fly and it will break or damage. Only things like shoes are not steapped down, but just squeezed into a tight space underneath the kitchen.

We added some extra features to the backdoor because we more and more like things to have its own identified spot. This is not only because Mom and Dad are a bit autistic about it 😼, but also because it makes packing before a trip easier. Instead of working through a long checklist we just make sure that everything is in its place before putting the trailer in storage. If a spot is empty, we know we have to collect it before we go. Hence the specified spot for a fire extinguisher, kitchen towels and some other small stuff. A good reminder is that this door is more difficult to access once the tent is in use. The tent folds out to the back so the cover will hang in front of the backdoor, making it more difficult to open it. Not impossible, but less convenient when a lot of dust is on the cover from driving.

To the LEFT, to the LEFT…

At the top of the body and underneath the tent frame we tucked the sand plates (sandblechen) away. This is a nice and fixed space for it.

At the right bottom Dad made space for things we want to keep outside. Like the levelblocks (4x) to park our setup level for sleeping. We chose four separate blocks (in scandinavia) as it can variate quite a bit whether the car or trailer should be lifted on one or both sides. This gives us all flexibility we require when camping in the not always flat ‘wild’.

• Inside the LEFT •

At the left we see all electricity etc. Which is connected to the back of the panel inside the secret white box. Next to it we made three slots where our storage bins fit with in total 5 of them. We have a bin with dog kibble (small bins with kibble for a few days), a first aid box for the humans and us, a box with household stuff, a box for groceries, a box for hobby articles to keep up with moms creativity (fabric to make bowties, yarn to crochet and yarn for macramé creations). The last box is full of other things like a hammock, hot water bottle for Mom, cooling jackets and blankets for us doggos and shoes to protect our paws from extreme heat, snow, ice, ruff terrain or paw injuries (yes, stepped in glass).

On the right we store our camping seats. We fell in love with the front runner seats that last super long, are comfortable and fold super tiny and neat. Just a three step process to fold and unfold. And a chair that lasts this long with our Dad is almost magic. He can ruin and break a chair within a week using it fulltime.

In this space we also store the extension cord for camping electricity and the solar panel extension cables.

The right side

The right side of the trailer is our kitchen and also the side where we added an awning just before our Morocco trip. This way we have options for shade, cook and sit in not so nice weather outside. Although Mom made a good deal with Dad during our Big European continent trip. The deal was: ‘When it rains we don’t cook but eat out!’. Would that deal still count with the added awning?

• Inside right side •

In the left upper corner we added a storage option for our water kettle. We have boiling water faster when using a camping kettle.

The grey plate against the left side wall (inside trailer) is our wind screen. It helps to keep our gass usage as low as possible. Additionally we have a flexible/ foldable windscreen in case the wind does not discriminate any direction 🌪️ which seems to happen quite often in the mountains.

The blue box is our double burner gass stove. Mom had enough of the cooking in one pot or in batches, so Dad gave in and bought this ine. Mom couldn’t be any happier! On top we mounted our camping cooking pot set and underneath we store a non stick frying pan and a foldable bucket for doing the dishes, cleaning and washing clothing. Or as a huge drinking bucket for our senior Nest

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