Cargo trailer to Camp trailer conversion.

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  1. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    Why not just get a cube van or box truck? Eliminate the scrapped trailer aspect...???
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  2. AtlantaViking

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    Question for HighTechCoonAss but any other FF'er with a clue is welcome...

    I like the idea of the cargo trailer conversion - using it as a bike hauler and then pseudo camper. Here's what I want and why: I really want a rolltop (like HTCA's Haulmark) so that I can cut the entire roof off where the bend begins and build a poptop mechanism that raises and lowers the whole shooting match maybe 1-2 feet with a screen and canvas surround like any other poptop. I really don't want it for headroom - I want it for a sleeping platform so that I don't have to sleep in the cargo box with all the gas and oil that will end up on the floor from dragging around bikes and other dirty crap. My intention is to completely isolate the sleeping platform from the box save an access hatch from the interior.

    So here's the question for those that have owned cargo trailers: Do you think that the uprights can be cut like I'm thinking about? Anyone ever seen or attempted such a task??

    I've gone through all of the sites I could think of and nothing like what I've described...
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  3. theWolfTamer

    theWolfTamer Lupie on a Mission

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    I think I know what you mean. the only thing I could find that may look kind of like what you meant is this unfinished made from a flat utility trailer thing:
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    Found that on http://www.tnttt.com/.

    Or you could get one of these:
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    http://www.autohomeus.com/rooftop/maggiolina.php
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  4. AtlantaViking

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    You are sort of on the right track WolfTamer. But the starting point wouldn't be a flat trailer but ideally a 5x10 or 6x12 enclosed trailer. Then where the sidewalls begin their bend to the roof - I want to cut it, put in scissor lifts with electric actuators and raise the roof (like the maggiolina's roof tent you posted). Then basically have a flat platform where the bend began that would go side to side and front to back to act as the bed platform - thus making it sealed off from the inside of the cargo hold (with an access port of some kind from the inside).

    I love the roof tents, but reality is its either an enclosed trailer to haul the bike or a van. Obviously the trailer is ALOT cheaper and could have some potential to act as a base camp too.

    Thanks for putting some brain time to it!
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  5. theWolfTamer

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    I knew that's what you were talking about and after reading through that forum I think you could do what you envision. Only problem was I couldn't find a pic of anyone that had done it other than from scratch builds. My guess is with some sort of frame below where you want the sleeping quarters, you should be able to do what you describe.
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  6. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    look for and older timber wolf they used 1X2 box tube.
    wells cargo uses a heavier channel in like a 1X3 for side walls.

    The problem with what you want is you will lose what the roof gives the trailer in stability.

    find a flat top and renforce the roof and just build what you want off that..
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  7. AkBrian

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    It really sounds like it might be easier to build from scratch, even if you farm out the welding of the superstructure. What are you going to end up unaltered from a trailer anyway?
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  8. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    my haulmark trailer is z-channel. I was afraid when I was cutting out supports it would buckle... but it didnt. With my narrow trailer i cant sleep from side wall to side wall - If I could it would give me lots more room.... I am getting ready to cut the wall a make a tip out for my feet. Or if I could buy a tip out bed this would be great. I cant find anyone who sells them....

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  9. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    That would work.... make two metal rings to encircle the entire inside walls.... bolt them to the inside wall... cut between the rings... I was thinking of also chopping the top on mine to give me less wind resistance (crank down and pop up)

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  10. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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  11. theWolfTamer

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    This:
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    But it's not a conversion.
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  12. AtlantaViking

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    Awesome you and HTCA are giving me hope on this ..Thanks and keep them comi
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    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    http://parts.mirageinc.com/products/325-fold-out-tent-kit.aspx
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    Annual bump :D

    I recently put up for sale thinking about upgrading to a 7x14....but I love this trailer!
    110volt outlet, solar vent, crank out windows x2, camper door (wish it had a rear ramp door instead of barn doors) and Rotopax

    Nothing special inside, I just use the Camo-Cot bunk beds when camping. It's warm and dry.

    If I wind up keeping it, I'm thinking of insulating and finishing the interior.

    Happy Camping.
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  16. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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  18. machinebuilder

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    I saw this thread and had to jump in.

    I just picked this baby up, its a 1999 Cargo Master with a torsion axle w/brakes, ramp door, 3 windows, Cabinets across the front, 30A RV hookup, 13500 BTU AC, and Tie Down points in the floor

    My plans are to use it as is with a walmart cot and eventually in no particular order
    1. Condor wheel chock
    2. LED Lights
    3. group 27 marine battery for the lights.
    4. maybe some Etrack or similar.

    and that's about it, throw in the rest of my camping gear and I'm set for a road trip west.
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  19. DirtyOlLady

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    I will try to get pics of my Carson trailer up. They are from out west and are a great starting point. RV style side door, white finished walls and supposedly a walkable roof.
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  20. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    just looking into this again.... the bed is 48" wide requires a 64" wall stud...I am 4" too short(60" for me)... again I cant measure up...
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