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Old Today, 02:55 AM   #1
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Using an old van body on a trailer?

I'm torn between all the awesome van builds in shiny things and the toy haulers and trailers. Could you split the difference?
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How feasible would it be to get an old transit or sprinter wreck, cut out the front cabin and engine, and use the remaining body as a box and mount it on a car trailer as a chassis?

Enclosed trailers of a comparable size cost over $10,000 new($AU), finding a half decent body for around a $1,000 should be achievable, a car trailer can be built for around $3,000. The benefits would be the functional doors and windows, roof racks, etc,

Challenges off the top of my head would include getting the tow ball weight right and having to modify the bodywork to accommodate a double wheel arch closer to the middle of the body, mating the cut away cabin space up to some sort of alloy toolbox on the front of the trailer / A frame.

As a rough idea, something like this -


Any trailer builders or mechanics got some pearls of wisdom?

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Old Today, 05:07 AM   #2
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Take lots of pics and keep us posted. Looks like that could be a fun build.

In the US, enclosed trailers are cheap and it is not really worth the trouble. For a trailer that size would cost about $2000-2500 new.

Auto recyclers are plentiful here also, even a wrecked van would fetch more than that $1000. You would have to start with your own wrecked van or find a deal.
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That's the thing, small market and anything remotely close to what I want comes with a price tag I can't justify. 30 to 50k
My brother's friend is a mechanic who can build trailers, but I want to bring a feasible project to the table.
I have a rough budget of 20k for the total project, but I don't want to spend more then half on the basic box trailer.
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That's the thing, small market and anything remotely close to what I want comes with a price tag I can't justify. 30 to 50k
My brother's friend is a mechanic who can build trailers, but I want to bring a feasible project to the table.
I have a rough budget of 20k for the total project, but I don't want to spend more then half on the basic box trailer.

Are you on drugs ?

This is what about half your budget will get you, here in QLD, new.




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Not a builder, but I've seen a few of these at shows. Every one, the van's existing chassis remains in place and the tow V attachment is welded on to the stock vans chassis. Which looks the same in your pic.

Shouldn't be a very large undertaking at all for a competent welder.

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I'm torn between all the awesome van builds in shiny things and the toy haulers and trailers. Could you split the difference?
(mods please feel free to merge this into an appropriate thread, I couldn't pick one?)

How feasible would it be to get an old transit or sprinter wreck, cut out the front cabin and engine, and use the remaining body as a box and mount it on a car trailer as a chassis?

Enclosed trailers of a comparable size cost over $10,000 new($AU), finding a half decent body for around a $1,000 should be achievable, a car trailer can be built for around $3,000. The benefits would be the functional doors and windows, roof racks, etc,

Challenges off the top of my head would include getting the tow ball weight right and having to modify the bodywork to accommodate a double wheel arch closer to the middle of the body, mating the cut away cabin space up to some sort of alloy toolbox on the front of the trailer / A frame.

As a rough idea, something like this -


Any trailer builders or mechanics got some pearls of wisdom?
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Old Today, 01:11 PM   #6
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The 30 to 50 k is referring to things like the jayco toy hauler and other caravans from what I can see on here

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This is what about half your budget will get you, here in QLD, new.
Got a link for that? Looks decent.
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