Introduction: Build Your Own Pop-Up Trailer
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This is our Pop Up trailer We call it the Tortuga.
Step 1: The Frame
We used a harbour frieght utility trailer frame. We just followed the instructions and built the frame like it suggested the only difference was that we did not put in the folding option,
We built the frame of the trailer out of a mixture of materials and wood products. The trailer bed is exactly 4' x8' and we used a full sheet of 3/4 pressure treated plywood and then painted the underside with black penetrating paint. we built the side with 2x2 spruce for the railing and the corners are made from 2x6 pressure treated spruce. the beefer corners is to help with it lasting over time and to give the corner less flex.
At the rear of the trailer this is where the door was added. It is an actual popup trailer door i purchase in indiana at a salvage dealer but you can find them online on ebay.
The side walls are made from 1/2 plywood pressure treated. The height of the side walls are 2' tall to match the popup door.
the holes for all lighting was added now so to hide all the wires in the walls.
We added sheet aluminum that we bought at home depot. This is any easy way to cover the unit and it looks great when it is finished.
This photo shows the folding of the bed unit. The hinges are a long aluminum hinge that is like a piano hinge.
the bed fold out to rest on an A frame metal bracket that attaches to the trailer on the side at the top and bottom of the trailer bed.
I added car scissor jacks to the front and rear for stability. Now the tent is just a normal 8 x 12 tent that i purchase at walmart and removed the floor.
also needed to put in a new zipper for the door.
here is the trailer going up
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