Cargo trailer to Camp trailer conversion.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by HighTechCoonass, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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  2. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    I don't see any motorcycles :nah
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  3. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Shiny things
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  4. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    Tell me about this one. What's the compartment with the black door?

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    And this really does belong in "Shiney Things"
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  5. Rainier_Rider

    Rainier_Rider Gone

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    Well done.
    I've been contemplating this for a few years, with a gooseneck or 5W type.
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  6. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    This is for access to under the bed..this is the storage for the folding chairs. I have another on the other side. Both were boat hatches bought off of ebay.:evil
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  7. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    what's the cleat for? :dunno


    and how bout these jack stands? retract enough to never drag?

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  8. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    That's the way to do it, beats the hell out of a tent.
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  9. DeeG

    DeeG Huh?

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  10. UPSam

    UPSam All jacked up on Dew

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    I should build one of those.......oh thats right I have a 25ft TT that has been sitting in my driveway for 3 years collecting bird shit
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  11. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Cleat is for a tieing a garbage bag. (and loop for hanging stuff)..The jacks are spring loaded locking (factory) and fold under the trailer- no dragging issue..there is "drag pads" that are hard to see to stop you from tearing up the ass end.
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  12. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I pull it with a v6 Nissan. For me the smaller the better (within reason - and the more likely I will pull it instead of just grabbing a tent). We pulled it this summer about 4500 miles to Utah.

    New Mexico this past Summer..

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    Cost....
    2200 for the trailer
    sail boat hatch windows $250 Ebay
    back camper window $65 Ebay
    wood $75
    small boat hatch $35 big one $65 Ebay
    Awning $50 Ebay...poles Walmart $10
    electrical $30
    tables and boxes are old Tool boxes I had lieing around
    Built the whole rig with my sons...priceless!
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  13. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    Nice!
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  14. saddlsor

    saddlsor my butt hurts

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    what size trailer is that? weight? how did it affect your gas mileage?
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  15. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    I've seen some conversions before, most are not all that impressive - this one looks really nice. I like your old-skool kitchen box too - my In laws still have a nice older factory made one - I'd like one but my teardrop HAS a kitchen built in.

    JOOC, do you have any electrical power? Looks like with that roof it'd be a cinch to put on a couple of panels and a nice big deep-cycle to give you lights at least.

    Also, what was the original inside dimensions of the trailer?

    Great that you have a couple of boys to build and use it with.
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  16. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    The trailer is a standard Haulmark 5 X 8 with a 6' 6" ceiling height.
    Fuel mileage.....
    My fuel mileage goes from 20mpg to about 12 pulling the trailer....a V-nose would tow a little better.
    Power...
    I have a 120 VAC cord that whips out of the small stainless steel J-box behind the rear wheel.

    I have a nice solar-panel and inverter in the work shop I will rig up next weekend for DC power for remote camping.

    It came with dc light prewired that is tied into the running lights on the truck.

    Tear trailer.......
    I really like the idea of the tear drop trailers but they are expensive and my carpentry skills (and patience) are lacking for a build.

    The trailer is light enough to roll around the drive for storage....

    The best benefits is that we keep it loaded with our gear year round and when we get back from a trip we don't have to spend a hour unloading the truck.:D

    This was my first revision before i went with the camp kitchen idea....
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    It was a little to clutered....I removed the upper bunks and mini kitchen setup....
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  17. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    Yours is better than mine.

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    My chuck box clamps on the outside.

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    I need 2 trailers so I can do what you do. This one is work & play.
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  18. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Mine was store bought, but every time I look at the idea of building one, it would be like my building a swiss watch. They are great for lightweight travel and all, but three could not sleep in it.

    The kitchen seems to be the item that most often goes outside - I've met RV'ers with nice built in kitchen who only cook inside when it's really lousy weather - and I can understand that. Odor control and all of that.

    One of the thinks WE like about our teardrop is exactly what you mention, you can leave it packed and ready to roll - we need only to add clothes, food and water to leave. We even leave the bed made.
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  19. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    We need some pics of your rig!!!!
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  20. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    [My chuck box clamps on the outside.

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    I need 2 trailers so I can do what you do. This one is work & play.[/quote]

    Nice Chuck box! Thanks for the trailer pics! Lots of room with that rig!
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