Building the ultimate toyhauler!

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  1. pvangel

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    I was going to get a 10 gallon tank to save space but this 16 fits perfect, still space in the front and top for storage.

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    I will mount the pump to the floor right in front of the tank so there should always be water primed on the pump even though most say no priming needed.

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  2. pvangel

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    Mounted up the folding work table tonight, have to say it looks great!

    Mount 4 "buttons " first which makes it removable, they supply 4 additional ones so I can move it outside as well.

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    In the up position,

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    And the down, folded position.

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    And within minutes of it's install it is being used for it's intended purpose...

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  3. pvangel

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    Diamond Plate!!!!!

    Shiny stuff in the garage means I'm getting close!

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  4. pvangel

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    3 sheets of bling!

    I started the layout on the back of the sheets so I measure twice and cut once.

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    To cold out so I made up my vented battery box as well.

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    My wall vent,

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    (Photo op in front of the diamond plate)

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  5. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Been lurking here awhile. NICE BUILD! I applaud your efforts! Your build has had me dreaming of my own trailer for awhile.

    I'd really love to pick your brains about your inspiration, ideas, resources, etc... Basically, I'm considering buying a "semi" built toyhauler / camper. It is all aluminum (frame and all), has a tip out bed, and the cabinetry to include a room where a bathroom would be. It also has a counter top with a sink (pump faucet from a filled water jug under the sink, not sure where it empties out to...)

    What it DOESN'T have is a bathroom (toilet, shower & sink) or any plumbing to go along with them, or fresh, grey & black tanks. It also DOESN'T have a microwave, stove, furnace, propane or a sofa / bed.

    To buy the toyhauler with all these options it is a difference of $6500. Sooooooo, what to do? Open the wallet wider and just buy one with everything or get the stripped down one and build it? The difference in weight is 1750 lbs compared to 2400 lbs.

    If I were to buy the stripped down model I would want to go with an all electric, solar type system. For the bathroom, maybe a porta-potty? Installing a shower is also appealing. Can I find an electric water heater? How about electric heater? Can I get away with mostly 12V or will a converter / transformer be neccesary? A fridge, would be nice as well. Arrrrgggghh, I don't know. Too many questions and not enough research.

    I wouldn't mind spending the time (when I could). It would be a fun build and I would be able to do it SOLAR. Which I think is the way they all should be. It just sounds like the way they all should be. It's next to impossible to find anything out there with a true "boondock" usage. When I'm at a campground, no worries. However, at the track or in the woods... it would be nice to have the capability of solar. Yes, portable generators are an option... but...

    Anyway, lots of questions, I'd love any insight (from anyone reading) on what they would do. And no, I can not say that money is no object... not yet, I do have a power ticket for tomorrow. :evil
  6. pvangel

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    Stay tuned! I have been researching this for months and have used www.tnttt.com as a wealth of information, check it out.
  7. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Thanks for the link.

    I'm going to start sinking my first bolts into my build this weekend. :clap

    I'm thinking along the same lines. Generator, outside shower, small & portable appliances and leave the whiskey brownies in the bush.

    I've decided to use a wood stove for heat. Hopefully that works reasonably well.
  8. pvangel

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    The only issue with a wood stove is to much heat, a lot of people use them but that seems to be the only complaint. I will post a pic of the heater I will use soon....

    Got a lot done today!

    Cut up all my diamond plate as per plan so everything is ready to install, cabinet fronts.

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    Got the right (easy) side all done.

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    And the nose as well.

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    I have supercross to watch in the morning and superbowl in the evening but other than that I have clearance for an all day assault on the trailer!
  9. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    I am so digging this thread.
  10. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I've heard that.
    Looking forward to seeing what your heat solution is.
    I made a small improvement to my Hino today. :)
    One of the next steps will be tearing down the panels on the walls in order to insulate. :puke1. I hate insulation.
  11. pvangel

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    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Cool. I've seen similar units. I take it you have plans to vent it?
  13. pvangel

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    The heaters have a automatic shutdown when it senses a lack of oxygen, probably would leave in front of a vent or open window. Also will have a CO alarm.

    Got started on the other side early today,

    Made a cardboard template for the backsplash.

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    Laid it out on the diamond plate and transferred the layout.

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    Fit perfect! (with a little trimming)

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    Used a FRP trim piece for the exposed joint, cabinets will cover everything else.

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    Looks factory! just have to glue it all together now.

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  14. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Remember that sufficient 02 does not mean there isn't an excess of CO. You can get CO poisoning with 21% oxygen. Your trusting only the CO alarm.
    I'm not saying that using this will kill you in the event your CO monitor fails, but you may wake up with massive headaches and mild retardation. :eek1

    Edit to add: CO is slightly lighter than air. Keep that in mind.

    If you're only using it for a short time and shutting it down while sleeping, go for it. I wouldn't trust an unvented hydrocarbon burning heater in an enclosed box while asleep though. Do they have a vented version of that heater? I'd be interested in that.
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    I really haven't planned on heat as I really haven't needed it in the past, maybe something to take the chill off at times? I know I am not spending $500 on a furnace.

    Got the FRP up on the drivers side, uses a lot of glue. I used a whole gallon in the trailer.

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    I got the backsplash installed.

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    Trim ring and all!

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  16. pvangel

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    I got a lot done today! I'm exhausted...

    FRP and diamond plate base are in.

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    And........ CABINETS!!!!

    Uppers are INNNNNN!!!

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    Pushed the base into place just so I could see...

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    I am loving the portholes!

    Time for Super bowl now....
  17. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    Great work! It looks awesome.

    I'm curious as to how many bikes you think will fit, and how they are going to be arranged? That deep base cabinet has me a little concerned for how I have envisioned my own trailer in the future.

    But she is a fabulous build!
  18. pvangel

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    Thanks!
    The plan was to get 5 bikes in there but it won't work, I wanted a 18" deep base cabinet but for financial reasons I went with a stock 24" deep cabinet. I thought about cutting it down but ...ain't gonna do it.

    So I should be able to get 4 bikes in there, one up front and 3 wide across the back. I already put the bikes in there to try it and it seems to work, I will be doing the mounts and wheel chocks soon so we'll see.
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    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I think I squeezed out a bit more room by putting in the chocks facing the walls, each one on the opposite side. Lay it out, it may work for you too.
    My box is 8' across though; wide enough by about 12".
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    Mine is a 6' wide so about 12" short...my life story:hmmmmm
    I did not want to go wider for ease of towing and MPG but 8' wide sure does make it easier to fit bikes in. In general we bring 4 bikes to the track but I still can fit 2 more in the back of the truck so I'm good for now...