OurLees-ure Lite Trailer is a 2007 model we bought used last year. It is made in
Osoyoos in the Okanogan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. They are available nationwide. Their
web page has a list of distributors.
Ours has several optional features. The awning and the pod on the tongue are both
factory options. The screen room can be bought from the factory but we made our
own for about 1/3 the cost, plus two days of both of us to measure, cut and sew. The
awning came with Velcro all around the edge. We just put Velcro along the top of
the screen panels and hung it inside. There is a zipper at each corner and a door
zipper in the front.
When we made the screen we had intended to do only that. Kathy decided to make nylon
panels to fit inside the screens to give more privacy and shelter. We have used
those panels for rain, wind and sun protection. We even use the panels without the
screen portion. We just stick them to the Velcro on the awning and let them hang
down as shown here.
In March of 2014 New Orleans was very cold and rainy and we used the panels a lot.
We also made a skirt to hide the underside from view. It is a red waterproof material
that we cut to fit. It has Velcro on the top edge to match the Velcro the factory
put on the bottom of the tent. You can just see it between the pod and the screen
room. We then can store stuff out of sight under the trailer.
These are both available from the factory but we felt we could beat the price and
have a usable product. And we did.
The tie-tapes are if we want to leave the screen room attached but to roll up one
The pod on the front holds our ice chest and some lightweight items.
The other factory option we have are a set of T-shaped steel jack stands that fit
into the rear frame so that the trailer can be stored in the garage sitting on its
rear end with the hitch up at the ceiling. I looked at those two square ends of
the frame members and bought a piece of square tube to fit inside it like the jack
stands do. I cut this tube to length and built the shelf out of steel perforated
angle. The kind with small holes all along the length. After bolting it all together
I cut plywood to fit inside the steel angle. I had to drill a hole through the frame
and the square tube about 3 inches in under the trailer to accept hitch pins. These
hitch pins are what holds it in place when traveling and make it easy to remove for
set up. I pull the pins, pull the shelf and set it underneath the rear of the trailer
just before dropping the support stands.
When we are on the road we have a couple of more additions that are not factory available.
We have a standard car-top carrier bag tied to the top rails of the trailer. This
holds our camping chairs, table, patio mat, foot stools, screen room and our rain
On the back is the shelf I designed and built. It has some heavy items in it to
help balance our tongue weight. But mostly it has items we might need to use alongside
the road. It has tire changing tools for the trailer and a gallon of gasoline. (We
have given the gallon to other bikers more often than we have used it ourselves but
we still carry one on long trips into unknown territories.) This avoids having to
open the trailer to get these tools. The factory sells a spare tire tongue mount
but I put mine on the frame right between the tires centered under the trailer bed. It
means lying down to reach it but it reduces the tongue weight. The support stands
mounted underneath can be used to jack the trailer up for tire changing.
When setting up, after the supports are lowered and adjusted, I lift the front of
the lid and lower it behind.
Then I go inside and start moving the boxes and inflating the bed while Kathy installs
the awning and gets the poles out. The awning just zips on along the edge of the
roof. It can go on either side. With doors on both sides it is very versatile. Then
I come out and help by putting the guy lines and tent stakes in while she holds the
poles. Set up the chairs and its time to relax and have a beer.
The 4 inch PVC pipe behind the wheels is not a sewer connection. (We do not have
any indoor plumbing!) It is to hold the poles for the awning. The factory builds
an aluminum box to go there but this was already on the trailer when we bought it
so we have continued to use it.
We carry our camping stuff in these plastic boxes. They are the same height as the
air mattress. They stack here when in camp and the air mattress is inflated. On
the road they lay on the deflated air mattress 2 by 2. They are labeled with kitchen,
stove, food, books/maps, mechanical and souvenirs. The mechanical has the small
heater, a fan, laundry stuff, plastic bags, seam sealer, bike wash, etc. We have
to leave room along the inside edge of the trailer for the tent support poles to
fit when it is closed but otherwise it does very well.
If we do need into one of these boxes while on the road we can partially open the
trailer and reach in through the doors to get into any box.
We are very happy with the trailer. It is not as big inside as the TimeOut we used
to have, but this one is very much easier and quicker to set up and take down. And
it can be done in the rain with everything inside staying dry. We like that the
lid becomes the floor and we are standing on a solid surface that is off the ground. The
bed in this model is a double size, not queen size like the TimeOut, but we manage
just fine. This trailer is about the same weight as the TimeOut the way we have
it loaded but it tows easier. It really fits our style of camping.
Lastly, Kathy found this sign in San Antonio and we had to have it. It is getting
a little travel worn but then it has been hanging outdoors on the front of the tent
in every campsite for over three months. It has been in sun, rain, wind and thunderstorms
but still keeps getting smiles from other campers.