DIY homemade camper trailer


Alright so today what we’re going to do is…
you can hear him grinding in the back. We’re going to take this off here. I think it was
nine feet extra. We basically this is the trailer we built. Sorry we don’t have a build
on it. I’ll take you through a walk through in a little bit but we just took this old
boat trailer we got him off Craigslist for $200. Nice 21 foot bass trailer. Not quite
what we wanted we thought it was a little wider on the wheel base. So it ended up being
five and a half feet wide I guess. So were really looking for some thing that was at
least six on the interior so when we got done. But basically we took one and half inch 14
gauge tubing and made a whole frame so this is exactly twelve feet long. So we could just
use full sheets of tin. We used the what is it? Maxi-rib or what ever from Metal-Mart
or where ever. Just trimmed him out like a shed pretty much. Braced in some windows and
stuff. I’ll take you inside so you can see the frame since we don’t have anything in
there anyway. Anyway when we hook it up to the truck we’ve got all this extra space right
here. We originally had thought about you know putting the batteries and the propane
tank and stuff up here. Maybe even a little wood box for some firewood and stuff but it
is still to long. So we are basically going to chop this all off all this extra angle
and get rid of some of this weight anyway cause we did not move the wheels forward to
give us that 60/40 ratio or whatever. So we are kind of heavy on the tongue weight but
its fine makes it pull nice. We’ve used it a few times already. Anyway we’re going to
bring it out four feet so the ball should be about right here. Which still gives us
plenty of room to put some little thing. Were going to have to chop these off too to make
it a single tongue. Picked us up some 3 by 3 quarter inch maybe 3/16th I don’t remember.
We are going to make it a composite frame just to be sure. Found some spreadsheet from
a guy that does all that and the 3 by 3 and 3/16 ths is supposed to be enough for the
weight of this trailer and everything by itself but we’re going to give us a little extra.
Anyway that’s what we are going to do this weekend. Is get rid of all this and fix that
up so it pulls better. Cause it will get a little closer to the truck too so we don’t
have so much wind draw. This is basically just 12 volt here were not real outlet. We
have our batteries here we just hooked up get a little cable and plug that in and that
gives us 12 volt inside for everything that we run off it. Like I said we trimmed him
out painted him black did all of that. Put a light on the outside right there. This is
a mobile home door. We just picked it up and mobile home window. That way you just get
everything done frame it out and then you just screw it down with that butyl tape and
he is good to go. Inside like I said wired up everything in 12 volt. Got a nice little
light in there don’t have him on right now. That’s a little LED light $15. Bright and
lights this whole thing up. There’s a little 12 volt power sources and got a little inverter
in there for little bit of a fan or electric or something at night if you want too. What
else? The frame one and a half inch tube like I said and that’s about it. The floor we did
put that R-Max underneath the floor so it’s nice and insulated. Then we got the trailer…
we got this from the mobile home place too. It’s that same stuff that goes underneath
mobile homes so it is you know rodent… radiant…whatever all kinds of barrier. It’s better than like
Tyvek or something but that goes underneath everything on the bottom up underneath. That’s
really about it the rest of it you know eventually we’re going to add a hitch on the back here.
Yep talked about the light too. The little porch light that was what he was saying. Wanted
to make sure to tell you about that but yeah it’s one switch here… porch light and this
is interior. But like I said batteries as you can see on the front wasn’t hooked up.
Then we just built this bed out of an old… it actually was a king size frame that we
had used and we just took the metal frame off of it and made a wooden frame. And then
we just welded him up in here for a queen size. So the two boys sleep on there. We just
cut him down and now he just rests on that. Eventually we are going to get rid of the
air mattresses and put a real just like one of those memory foam mattresses or something
in here. They make a pretty good one for… what is it a 4 and a half inch sofa mat I
think is what it is and it comes in a queen size. That will fit perfectly up here. We
reused the brackets off of the bed frame as well. Made the little ladder just to kind
hide probably put a piece of board in here to hide all the electrical.We got us a little
voltage meter here. Got a little voltage meter, got the inverter, and then right in here is
our… we put our what’s it called… the 12 volt plugs the standard little… these
things. It fits through that hole. You can plug in. What we do is the air mattress inflater
thing the pump for this. It keeps these nice and tight for us. That’s pretty much it. What
we would do different a little bit bigger window in the front. One that goes down to
the bottom because the top people are great. There’s a good air flow through here with
the mobile home door and when you raise that the air flow is good. The person on the bottom
doesn’t get any air flow so a little bit bigger window next time. Made it just so we could
put full sheets of plywood. Not plywood full sheets of the metal and everything else. It’s
six and a half feet tall so I can stand up fully in here. Pulls real good and will pull
a lot better after we get that cut down some. Anyway if you have any questions let me know
and I’ll tell you what we did. Like I said we framed it up. I do have some pictures I
will probably include those in here as like a little slide show because I did take pictures
as I was building it so you can see it. So I will probably put that in here as well.
We just leave all our camping stuff in here that’s what all that is. Then we just hook
up and go. All we have to do is pack clothes and food and we are ready. Anyway, next thing
is we’ll start on that tongue he was grinding it all down the big piece we bought and getting
it ready to tack up and stuff so be back shortly.

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