Things Are Really Beginning to Take Shape!!!

Wow... I don't even know where to begin this post.  So much has happened since getting the walls up, and a lot of design decisions have been made on the fly.  As such, I think I'll just let the photos do the talking for me and include a brief comment re: the build process.

The first two photos show the addition of the front wall, roof spars, and skirting boards on the sides.  You can also see work has begun on the rear galley.  I also purchased both a 4" thick queen mattress and a 3" thick twin mattress for $107.00 at Lens Mill (best price in town).

The next photos show how the galley kitchen has progressed.  The lower cupboards and counter top are installed and a bank of upper cupboards have been roughed into place. 

The following are a couple shots of the interior.

I decided to take a few photos from inside the trailer to give a sense of the size.  They really don't do it justice.  My wife and daughter and I all fit inside with plenty of room to spare.  (Just keep in mind, the interior shelf / bed have not been installed yet.)

Sitting at the back, looking forward:

Sitting at the front, looking backward:

Laying down to test the leg room (perfect!!!!):

Total build cost to date: $1586.05

To Do List:

1.  Complete galley kitchen
2.  Paint trailer (fill, sand, prime, paint interior / exterior)
3.  Install windows & side doors
4.  Install galley doors & hatch
5.  Install trailer running / brake lights
6.  Add screen & vinyl roof w/ weather stripping
8.  Build a tongue box to hold water (~150lbs of extra weight)
9.  Add any additional required trim
10.  Waterproof bottom of trailer
11.  Install 120v electrical system w/ lights and outlets
12.  Plumb water to kitchen


  1. This is champion stuff!:) We have just started doing the same ( camping pod on old trailer tent chassis ) what thickness of ply on the sides and floor have you used and what would you have done differently? We have decided , for the time being that is, to do 2 back doors which will also hold the galley. Have the front windows been a problem , leaks stones flying up of the road etc as they look great and might copy that for our design but may use Twin Wall. Many thanks and ill keep up with your blog. Jack (of Cornwall UK)

    1. Thanks very much!
      I hope all is well on your side of the pond! :)

      All of the plywood is 5/8" thick. I had considered using thicker, but felt it would not be needed and wanted to reduce weight where ever possible. I had also considered insulating the walls (in which case, the plywood can be even thinner), but figured most heat loss would be through the vinyl roof, so decided against it. However, insulated walls would also have the added benefit of hiding any wiring.

      The side windows have actually worked out very well. I've not had any issues with stones or rain while driving, and they're really quite simple to make. (It took me weeks to plan them out, but only about a day to complete all four of them.) They also let in ample fresh air.

      I think the biggest change I would recommend making, is slightly sloping the roof downwards towards the rear galley. It's not a big thing, but it would definitely help with water drainage after a good rain.

      Best of luck on your build. It's great fun, and well worth it. Feel free to use any of the design elements from my blog, and drop me a note if you get stuck. I'd be happy to share my 2 cents.



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