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Let's presume you own a unusual travel trailer,
And the plain old propane bottle is parked in front like every other camper in the world.

What can be done to spruce up the look of your trailer?
The answer is simple, use some old Jerry Cans.

Step 1: Tools You'll Need

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This project is fairly basic just about any metal cutting tool will do, I used a jig saw and a grinder with a thin blade to do most of the work.
I attached them with blind rivets.

Safety:
Every year someone blows them self up by cutting or welding on gas tanks/cans, my cans had been dry for years you could not smell even a hint of fuel.
If yours do plan on an explosion if you don't rinse and clean all fuel from them.

Step 2: Basic Layout

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Before you cut up those rare and beautiful Jerry Cans, (they only made millions of them for decades)
You will want to see if they will fit.
To do this I placed the cans side by side and made a template of the foot print.

Step 3: Cut And Attach

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After seeing the cans will fit with a little spare room it's time to cut out out the centers,
Use what ever method you like best, remember to leave the edges a little long so you can over lap them for attaching.
Sorry for the blurry pic, you can see the left can has the lip the right does not.
Now you just need to sand and de-rust (if you want to)
rivet together, paint to your preference.
I cut out the bottoms so you just slide them over the top of the propane tank, being bottomless also lets propane vent if there is a leak.

Step 4: Finished Product

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It is possible to open the pour opening and turn off the gas.
To replace the cylinder, just loosen the strap pull the cans up and off, and replace as you normally would.
This will definitely up grade the look of your Rocket, or regular camper.
 
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Housedog4 months ago

I can't be the only person that immediately thought, "where's the instructable for the rocket trailer?"!!!

(Oh, and nice jerry can conversion)

Tachyon Housedog3 months ago
Count me on that list!

I imagine this cocoon under a hughe balloon, soaring on the jet stream & gettin' old... Awesome!!!

What a wonderous image you just painted!

Or at least a link to pictures! the trailer is awesome :-) I have been planing a nuclear bomb trailer, and would love to see more pics of your rocket ship!

longwinters (author)  thedustycelt4 months ago

check out rocket camper revealed, i'll update the interior shots.

longwinters (author)  Housedog4 months ago

2 years of long days no way I'm writing that book, there are quite a few pics under "Rocket Camper Revealed" I have since changed the name to Atomic.

thanks for the look and kind words

Broberg3 months ago

Nice cover and I would like to point out that you should NEVER smell fuel in Jerry Cans of that style because there were used for water, not fuel. I have a few cans like that myself and am waiting to get another Jeep to use them on...

I can't believe I have not seen this in my recents! Even though I am following you. This is brilliant (as usual from you) where are the after burners? The nearest earth like planet is only 16 light years away!