A Fun Mini Camper Creation (28 pics)

Posted in       2 Apr 2015       10475       3

With a little time and elbow grease, you can also make your own version of this micro camper to take on the road.

 

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Step 1: The Frame

"This trailer is built on a 4 foot by 8 foot Harbor Freight trailer frame.

I assembled the frame right out of the box. I did not install the lights or fenders at this time because I did not want them in my way while I was building the box on the frame."

"To make the trailer extremely sturdy I laid 3/4" inch plywood on the frame, then laid a 2x3 stud around the outside edge of the floor. I then drilled through the 2x3, plywood, and frame and bolted them all together. This really stiffens up the frame, and it also gives me a good anchor point for the walls to the frame."

Step 2: Camper Materials

"The micro camper is built with 2x3 studded walls with 1/2 inch exterior plywood on the outside and 1/8 inch underlayment on the inside walls."

"The roof system is 2x4 rafters with 1/2 inch OSB on the outside and 1/8 inch underlayment on the ceiling."

Step 3: Framing The Walls

"I framed up the walls in the shop. The walls are framed 16 inches on center and laid out to have a window on each side and a door in the back."

Step 4: Installing The Walls

"I installed the walls on the trailer. The walls are nailed to the 2x3 that is bolted to the frame. When I install the outside sheeting it will be fastened to the rafter system, the walls, and the 2x3 that is bolted to the frame, making it a very sturdy box. Notice the top plate that goes around the walls tying them all together."

Step 5: Installing The Roof

"To install the roof I first laid a piece of 1/8 inch underlayment on top of the walls."

"Then I framed the rafter system with 2x4 rafters 16 inches on center. I installed blocks in between the rafters to help tie everything together. The rafters are nailed into the top plate of the walls and into the blocks.

Finally I installed a 1/2 inch OSB piece to the top of the rafters. The camper is now framed up."

Step 6: Sheeting The Walls

"Next up I installed the exterior sheeting. This is pretty straight forward. The walls are attached with 1.5 inch deck screws.

To cut out the windows and door I used a roto-zip. That makes the job go quickly and easily."

Step 7: Installing Aluminum Trim and Roof

"After installing sheeting on the walls, the next step is to install aluminum trim and roofing. I used aluminum trim stock. It comes in a variety of sizes, and I used the 24 inch wide material. I installed aluminum on the corners to cover the exposed edges of the plywood sheeting. I also installed gutters over the windows and doors. Finally I installed aluminum sheeting on the roof with a double bend connection to make sure that it would be totally waterproof."

Step 8: Painting The Trailer

Step 9: Electrical

"Next I did all the final electrical work. I installed a 110 volt 15 amp inlet on the outside the powers an outlet and light on the inside."

Finishing Up..


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ArxFerrum 5 year s ago
This series is basically what one would have to pay for at the local building supply outlet for a step-by-step instruction booklet.
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oddbal 5 year s ago
You should replace the wheel bearings in that trailer. Every Harbor Freight trailer is known to have cheap Chinese bearings in it. Other then that they are great trailers.
       
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rikki_doxx 2 year s ago
The framework is too heavy as well as the siding. OTT it's pretty good.
       
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