Step 1: Kiddie Camper
We have a large yard and my kids love their PowerWheels jeeps. They are good little vehicles but have little to no storage capability. I first set out to make a little pull behind trailer. I quickly threw one together out of a plastic storage box, a crutch, some harbor freight wheels and a simple all thread axel. Before to long the kids were loving their little trailer. I decided to up to ante.
This my first instructable so please forgive me if we use more generalized steps.
Step 2: Materials
1-sheet of plywood (floor and sides)
1 sheet if 4x8 hardy board (roof)
4ft of 1x1 steel tubing (trailer tongue)
Scrapes of steel
2 fixed castor 10" pneumatic tires
2 pieces of acrylic (windows)
PVC trim outside corner 16f?
Step 3: Layout
I did a quick rough cut to get the approximate shape cutting diagonally through the sheet. I then stacked what will become the two side . I cut out the pattern with a jig saw.
Step 4: Floor
Step 5: Beginning Assembly
Step 6: Roof
Now move on to the roof. Lay the hardy board on the top shinty side up. It is flexible enough to follow the curve. Starting at the front, work slowly screwing in the roof to all your cross members ensuring that you keep everything square as you move front to back. I used metal self tapping screws here to proved a large head on the screw.
Step 7: Prep Floor
Now is a good time to bolt on the trailer tongue. I had the high school vo-Ag kids weld some tabs on my 1" square stock and drill some holes for mounting. Find the center and bolt on. I put about 18" under the trailer and 2" sticking out in front of the camper.
Reattach the floor.
Step 8: Doors and Windows
Figure out how you want to get in. I chose a simple door with a window. I placed some 2x2 scraps inside to create a stop and cut out the door attached trim and hinges. I glued the window into the frame ( probably not the best idea eventually fell out). I had to replace the window.
Step 9: Final Steps...
This step is critical. I used PVC plastic outside corner trim to wrap the edges of the camper. A lot of relief cuts were required to get the trim to follow the curve all the way around. Screwed and secured.
I then went a applied silicone to all joints and screw holes. Do not skimp here.
Next apply a good primer and several coats of paint. Remember hardy board is basically card board. It is good and strong, but need to be sealed! Pick a creative paint scheme. Classic stripes...polka dots...hand prints...turn the kids loose!
Step 10: Decorate
I also mounted a battery operated light.
Future plans may include exterior lights, working radio, tail lights, and porch light.
I will also be adding a small storage box.
Sky's the limit!