Building the ultimate toyhauler!

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  1. pvangel

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    With gas being such a big expense in racing the small trailer is the way to go. Featherlite is a great trailer and that is a great price for a used one!

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    My old Fifth wheel toyhauler had something like Rhino lining on the floor and now that I think about it that trailer always smelled and would make your eyes water if it had been closed up for awhile.
    I ordered the floor tile in Gray


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    So.... I ordered flooring, windows, Fantatic fan, regular roof vent, folding aluminum table like this,

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    It's removable so can be moved outside, pretty cool!

    Just got an email that something that weighed 16 pounds was delivered today...like friggen Christmas again! Can't wait to get home
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    Table showed up, actually looks well made.

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    Fantastic fan and 1 of the 2 porthole windows.

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    Sent this non-cad (pencil) plan to a guy who builds diamond plate boxes,

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    Which will hold this,

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    And be mounted on the front of the trailer by the propane tank.
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    Snowing and cold out so I measured out all the insulation left to go in and cut it in the comfort of the garage, even cut out the roof vents and lights so all I have to do is stick it up in place and I will have a template ready to cut out the vents in the roof.

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    Even made some "custom" corner insulation for the nose of the trailer.

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    I'd thought about having mine insulated with spray foam, but I like the way the 1" board is working.

    I used Herculiner on my floor. http://www.herculiner.com/product_info.htm

    I hit the floor with a belt sander, then cleaned it up with acetone before I applied the product and it has stuck really well and provided a good floor. The only thing I should've done is kept the product better suspended with a drill stirrer. There are some places that done have as much texture as others. Get some good knee pads. I damn near couldn't walk the next day.
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    The insulation is working out great, I work for a company that has a division that does spray foam so I could have had it done for free but was worried that it would fall apart from all the vibration and bouncing around.

    My first choice for flooring was the Herculiner but did not want black and even though there website said it was available in colors none of there distributors seemed to know it?
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    My enclosed trailer has bed liner sprayed on the floor and up the walls 2 inches, works great and has no smell at all and wears like "no slip iron" , water proof would do again with out question. If there is any problem it is rough on bare feet..........but that's really not a problem, rough is also good as things stay put. Center stands leave no marks.

    Sleeping in a toy hauler bed liner smell is not a concern, but the smallest amount of gas and oil does smell, no matter what's on the floor.
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    The gas is always an issue especially with the vintage bikes, I am always overly careful to turn the gas off and even tip the bikes a little to drain the bowl so nothing comes out of the overflow tubes. I even have my sixteen year old son brainwashed to check the petcocks.

    One time I did not shut off my 1980 RM 125 and it spilled 1/2 a tank of gas all over the floor, I had thrown all the dirty gear on the floor so it ruined my new Thor gear and all the glue down tiles peeled up. makes me check twice now...
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    Not surprised.
    Ordered a couple for work and specified 5k tie downs over the frame rails. They put nice 5k tie downs over the frame rails, bolted only to the plywood floor.
    Next order we specified the 5k tie downs attached to the frame rails. Now we won't be pulling the floors out of the trailer cinching down pallets, so long as they rember to put the nuts on the bolts holding the tie downs in place. You get only what is specified, not what you were expecting.
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    Looking at that picture I am amazed that someone cut that and looked at it and said that's good! Then the guy who painted the floor(and the wire and the steel said that's good! So I assume there quality control person said, yep...that's good!

    When installing the insulation in the nose the lateral tubing is at 21" and then 27" and the 24" with the middle one about 1-1/2" out of "level" I guess 24" on center is tough to do? And again someone said...looks good!

    Then installing the insulation in the ceiling not one beam is the same dimension from the next one and were up to 1-1/2" out of "square" but then some were correct? And the welder said LOOKS GOOD TO ME!
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    MOST............Trailer construction is marginal at best...........my wiring junction connections were made in unsealed home construction metal box, the industry has the market cornered on scotch lock connectors......poor choice when connections are exposed to weather.

    I redid the cargo hold downs as well.
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    Have you thought about an undercoat? I wondered about going to all the trouble of insulating the body and freezing or cooking because the floor isn't insulated. Would foam break down?
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    You mean they stepped up to scotchlocks? I have seen household wire nuts used in trailer wiring.
    Unsealed household eletrical box, that sounds about on par.

    You did go and check all the welds in the frame to make sure they are all there, right? Quality control is generally most of the parts are installed when it leaves the factory and it is impressive enough that someone will buy it. I have seen some nice high quality factory built trailers, but they are proud of their work and the price reflects it. The discount trailer business is all about putting the cheapest product on the road possible while looking good enough to the buyer.
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    For now I'm going to skip insulating the bottom, I really don't even plan on heating it and defiantly am not doing AC. If I heat it would be with a Buddy heater and am going to rely on fans for cooling but when and where we camp it has always been fine with neither so am figuring it will be that much better with the insulation I am doing now.

    If I decide to later I can do the bottom with 2 pound(closed cell) and would do it after all my penetrations are done any way.
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    I have always viewed Haulmark as a higher end trailer (I was wrong), not like Featherlite or ATC,Mission but I higher quality than the ebay specials.

    I will check the welds now that you mention it though, I did see that there are only a couple screws holding the back floor plywood down....
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    I have a CamOcot setup, I used them in my Motovan and they worked great. Takes a few minutes to set up but very well made and not bad to sleep in.

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    I was going to use them for fold out beds like this,

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    Still might, thinking about what to do...
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    Pretty cool the way they can be made into a couch.

    How are they made into a couch?