This project gives the user a flat, off the ground, dry platform for a 7x7 tent.
Tired of uneven ground, or a river running thru your tent? This project may work
Step 1: Getting Started
Start by making short 2x4 walls. These will give you a place to screw in your hinges later.
Also gives you plenty of support for even weight distribution.
Step 2: Sliding Trays
Since the trailer original flooring is expanded steel (open steel mesh) I made 2 sliding trays using 1/4 inch plywood and 1x2's. Once the doors are in place these trays allow for storage without road spray from getting stuff wet.
Step 3: Starting the Platform
I used 4x8 sheets od blandex board to make the inner platform. These are hinged in the center to allow the user access to gear from the sides. The original trailer size is 4' wide by 6' long.
Step 4: Outer Platform Build
The outer platform is 1 4x8 sheet of blandex ripped down the center and hinged to the interior platform. Disassembled an old walker to make the outer supports.These are screwed to 2x4's which are hinged to the underside of the outer platform boards.Since the walker legs are adjustable, this allows for some adjustment on uneven ground.
Step 5: Finishing the Outer Platform
Since our platform is limited to 6' in trailer length I cut the platform boards to 7 '. This will give a one foot overhang in front. Since the entrence will be located in the rear of the trailer weight in the front will be minimal.
The walker tops have been cut off and plastic caps put on the cut stubs.
Step 6: The Deck, Adding Carpet.
For comfort purposes, I bought some outdoor carpet. Installed snaps to the blandex and the carpet so it can be removed and rolled up for storage when not in use or winter storage.
Step 7: Paint and Back Doors
Paint the deck help stop water from being absorbed into wood. Hang doors on the rear.
Step 8: The Result
This is the end result. With some basic carpentry skills and very cheap material you can improve your camping experiance.
Step 9: After Thought
After the first use I added a cargo tray which does double duty, adds room to carry more gear and can be used as a place to put shoes overnight while sleeping in the tent. Also to have cooler close by for a midnight drink when the needed arises.
This also shows the unit folded and ready for transport. With plent of room under the deck for your tent, sleeping bags, pillows, etc.
This is my first project I've posted here, I will try to any questions. Thanks for viewing.