SOLD Custom Expedition Trailer-RTT & Everything Included! SF, CA


Jun 16, 2006
Georgetown, TX
United States

will buy a lot of adventure travel. Everything you need to go is included except for food, water, and beer – maybe you would want to add a pillow and blanket too.

"Bistro" is our custom built expedition trailer. It got its name because of the café below/ apartment above layout. It has been a loyal companion for the last 4 years, but our kids have grown and recreation plans have changed. This trailer was a great project and has been very reliable.

This trailer will go almost anywhere your 4x4 can go and will hold its own in any campground (actually it draws crowds of admirers). It is light enough to easily maneuver; short enough to turn tightly; easy to back; low and narrow enough to avoid trees and other obstructions. We have had it behind us in the Sierras; the Nevada deserts; Death Valley; the Pony Express Trail and throughout the western states.

Build thread is here: M716 into a Camp Trailer

· M716 military flat bed ¼ Ton trailer w/pintle hitch (includes receiver mounted pintle hook)

· Aluminum panels wrapped around boxed steel frame construction

· Extended tongue for easier turning and additional storage

· Electric actuators to raise/lower sleeping and cargo platform

· LED brake/tail/turn signals

· 3 crank adjusted leveling stabilizers

· Leveling block kit

· Newer CJ-5 leaf springs, shocks and wheel bearings

· Wheel spacers with like new 215/85R16 LT tires and spare

· Tongue mounted storage box

· Tepui Autana roof top tent with annex – sleeps two adults and a kid up top and two adults, a kid and the dogs below

· Upgraded mattress approximately queen size with pad and sheets

· ARB Awning with screen room for bug free cooking

· 15 gal fresh water tank with flo-jet water pump and sprayer

· Camp Chef 5L hot water heater with trailer connections for water and propane

· LED kitchen and tent lighting

· 63 qt. Edgestar refrigerator on custom slide with significant sticker collection

· Deep Cycle battery with onboard AC charger (also wired to charge from vehicle while towing) and volt meter – battery can charge from tow vehicle, solar panel and/or 120v AC

· 100W Solar Panel with controller for extended camping ability

· 12v accessory outlets

· Internal storage area with separate access door

· Tie downs for deck storage

· Two mounted pelican storage boxes

· Coleman propane stove and integrated slide out kitchen

· Weber propane BBQ

· Custom kitchen/storage drawers/work surfaces

· Included aluminum folding table

· Onboard propane tank plumbed with 3 quick disconnect fittings for stove, bbq and hot water heater

· Portable propane space heater


Total Trailer dry weight is estimated at 1000 pounds.

Fully loaded with water, food, propane, etc. at 1300-1400 pounds

Easily towed behind our 1995 FZJ-80 Land Cruiser

Easy to maneuver by hand if needed. We have had to disconnect and swing it around on no-go trails where we couldn’t turn around and didn’t want to back up for 5 miles.

Trailer is 21” off ground; 45” at top of deck; 80” to top of tent when closed (lowered) and 79” to top of sleeping platform (raised). Trailer is 11’ long from pintle to spare tire

Known issues:

Small dent on left fender and scrapes on awning from minor roll over on trail

Annex extension pole is bent and splinted

Normal wear and tear
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Jun 16, 2006
Georgetown, TX
Solar panel controller
Internal storage (water tank, tent annex and awning bug room shown)
Kitchen with 63 qt. refrigerator, all kitchen supplies and unique slide out kitchen





Oct 21, 2009
Can the rtt platform be lowered to the top of trailer after removing the storage cases? Also, how old is the trailer and tent? What kind of brakes are on the trailer?


Jun 16, 2006
Georgetown, TX
The platform has stops at approximately 12" off the deck. They could be removed to lower an additional 3 or 4 " but would still be about 8-9" off the deck. The trailer chassis is from around 1972 The trailer body, wiring, wheel bearings, tires, shocks and springs are all four years old. The tent was purchased at the Tepui distributor in Santa Cruz in 2013.
The trailer does not have brakes. Fully loaded it weighs approximately 1300-1400 pounds and we've never needed brakes.
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