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Old 01-23-2012, 09:34 PM
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I was thinking of making a camper out of a 5 x 8 trailer that I hardly ever use anymore. Has anyone here ever tried to do anything like this? Is it feasible?
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A long time ago I designed one. Had a tip out table on the side with a dining fly to snap on to that side. On the tongue a brigs powered compressor for the freezer box and an alternator for the batt/lights with a hot water jacket on the exhaust. It also carried extra gas and fresh water in tanks. Plus I could sleep in it as well as haul extra camp junk. The goal was portable game processing. Now I just in my neighborhood.
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This one is pretty sweet.
http://makeprojects.com/Project/Tear...-Trailer/480/1

Free plans here.
http://www.teardrops.net/plans01.html

More free plans.
http://www.oldwoodies.com/shoptalk-trailer.htm

This is all assuming you could live with a teardrop or similar.
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Your best bet would be to buy a truck camper, just bolt it on and go. if you ever needed you could pull it off and still have a usable trailer.

This looks like a photoshopped but you get the idea.


An old pop up Alaskan would be sweet if you can find one.
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http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/index.php

try this site also.
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Those are good ideas...thanks for the info!
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Check out:
http://cheaprvliving.com/StealthCargoTrailer.html
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Here is my fater inlaws camper he put togeather.
He used a regular dual axle trailer and mounted on top of it
a drop in camper (A camper that fits in the bed of a pickup), and then placed sheet metal around it to
make a neat job. Sorry I don't have a close up.

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I was thinking of making a camper out of a 5 x 8 trailer that I hardly ever use anymore. Has anyone here ever tried to do anything like this? Is it feasible?
I used a fully enclosed 5x8, an old rental company trailer.
I made a metal box for the tongue that contains various tools and hardware, and a wooden box along one side for storage and sleeping space, it's the same width as a camp cot. I put a small table on hinges on the other side so I can sit on the bed and use the table, it's big enough to cook on and eat on. I also made a large shelf toward the front for additional storage. I raised it a bit for good ground clearance, I use it for hunting trips in the back country. It has a water tank with hand pump from an old RV. When I get the bucks, I want to put on some solar PV panels and a battery and inverter.
At a Hood's Woods Hoodlums campout, the good folks christened it the mobile man cave. It don't look like much, but works fine.
So, yeah, it's feasible.
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I haven't done it but it's pretty common around here. Actually I like the tear drop concept best I really like the idea of the outdoor kitchen better than cooking in my bedroom, just seems more practical and safer to me.
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I live in a 16' enclosed trailer. That's my home on the road. It has a galley across the front, heavy duty shelves down onw side, a work bench down the other, a fullsized bunk, and a heater. I can carry six months supplies, tools, and my dredging equiptment. Very low visibility. The cops never bother me if I sleep in it in town. Total cost was $1600 for the trailer, and $400 to insulate and but a new liner in it. The shelves were about $300.
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Go to books.google.com Browse the magazines. You are looking for Popular Mechanics, March 1940 and popular science, March 1946. I think the bolt on campers mentioned above would be a lot easier. Good luck.
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Thanks again for all the comments and suggestions
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This may be over the top but look for Houses to Go
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I did the truck camper bolted to the trailer idea posted above.

I bought a 4x8' flatbed trailer for $200, and an Alaskan Camper for $300. With the Alaskan collapsed, the whole set-up is the same height as my truck with a canopy shell on it. With the Alaskan up, I have 6'6" headroom.
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Check out the camper this guy built on an old Army trailer. It's for sale on San Antonio Craigslist. Unique to say the least.

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/rvs/2791304439.html
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I have been thinking about getting a truck slide in camper to connect to my 5X12 foot trailer as well to be used as a bug out trailer.

That way I don't have to make room for another trailer and pay registration on an a pop up trailer.
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Look at the Fleetwood Scorpion. It's a pop-up but many have been installed on utility trailers so that they can haul their 4 wheelers also.
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Check your local goodwill, I've seen campers in GOOD shape go for less than $200 and these are very usable, just saying.
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Your best bet would be to buy a truck camper, just bolt it on and go. if you ever needed you could pull it off and still have a usable trailer.

This looks like a photoshopped but you get the idea.
It does look photos-hopped. But I've seen more than one rigged up like that.

One was on a trailer long enough to create a back porch, and a storage area in front the camper.
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