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Corporate America escapee now doing more meaningful things like building tiny houses and helping others build them as well. Beyond that, I also coach people on plotting their own escape from the drudgery of 9-5 and commuting. Reach out and say hi. I love to hear from people and what their dreams are for the next act in their lives. Let me be your sherpa on that path... - @tinyindustrial on Instagram...please follow me - tinyindustrial - Etsy Store (copper and quirky accent pieces) - www.c... Read More »

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  • Build a Custom Camper Gypsy Wagon!

    Water is self-contained on the inside. There is a 2 gallon tank I installed. You could go much bigger if needed. The sink has a pump faucet and drains to the outside. You could capture that if need be. In regard to power, 110 come into the wagon via a simply connector and the use of an extension cord. The cord plug into the outside and routes into the camper via this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009ANV81SIt's a pretty simple set up. When not connected to electricity the lights work off of battery. That also powers USB and 12 volt plug. Hope that answers your questions.

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    Yes, there is a battery. Solar would only really be needed if you were to take it off grid for more than a few days. I've had no need to do that but, subsequent owners may want to go that route of putting in a solar system.

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    Thanks. A small space heater is completely sufficient to heat this. A wood stove...even a small one...would likely be overkill in this size space. If you intend to go fully off grid though, it's likely your best option though. One of those wall mounted sailboat ones...stainless.

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    Completely agree with you. I would have loved to keep the ramp but, I opted to put in the AC unit, so the ramp can't really fold up properly anymore in the back because the AC will get in the way.

    Nice idea on the longer 2x4s. Could have extended at least another foot and still had proper overlap in the roofing material. As I responded back to someone else, the ramp was not really usable anymore once the AC went in the back wall. Without the AC unit back there, it would be a good idea to do as you suggest.

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    It was an honor to have you visit and thanks for the kind words. I'm glad that you got to see it in person. Nice to hear that I might be 'inspiring' people to move forward with their own plans to build one of these for themselves...

    This is a great entry level tiny house project! You will learn so much in building one of these. It's a pretty low level of commitment as well and if/when you do make mistakes, they won't be as costly or irreversible as they might be with a much bigger structure. Just know that there is a lot of support out there and the when you run into a problem there are folks like myself that are happy to lend assistance. I don't have a construction background...I would consider myself 'handy' but, it's even surprising to me that I was able to make something like this... Thanks for your comment.

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    They really make things sturdy and prevent bad things from happening on the highway.

    A basic shell starts at $5900. That includes a - quality trailer (like the one I used...5x8')- four framed and closed walls- a roof- a cutout for the doorThis provides starting point for what you want this to be. Create your own vision. Other things can be added on by me at your request but, they will naturally add to the overall cost. Doing what you suggest with the bed would likely not work unless you are a really small person. The bed can however be folded up though (front lifted to sit vertically) and you can create a seating area in it's place that is much larger than the live edge seating area I have in the build you see above. You could also simply build on a slightly larger trailer for more space (ie. 5x10')

    Thank you.

    The roofing material is 4x8' sheets of aluminum (3x) from a local instance of "Metal Supermarkets" (over 80 US locations). The thickness is listed as 0.040 on my invoice which for aluminum appears to translate into '18 gauge.' The three panels are very light and don't weigh much more than 50lbs combined. The trailer is a 5x8' Sure Trac utility trailer with 15" wheels, so the actual flooring in the camper is 40 square feet. But...with the extensions over the wheels you are gaining an additional 2' in width on the interior. That makes the overall interior space feel bigger and creates something more like 7x8'. Interior feels more like a square shape than a rectangle. There are no brakes on the trailer. No, no moisture gets in. If you wrapped it, you would need to side it or...

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    The roofing material is 4x8' sheets of aluminum (3x) from a local instance of "Metal Supermarkets" (over 80 US locations). The thickness is listed as 0.040 on my invoice which for aluminum appears to translate into '18 gauge.' The three panels are very light and don't weigh much more than 50lbs combined. The trailer is a 5x8' Sure Trac utility trailer with 15" wheels, so the actual flooring in the camper is 40 square feet. But...with the extensions over the wheels you are gaining an additional 2' in width on the interior. That makes the overall interior space feel bigger and creates something more like 7x8'. Interior feels more like a square shape than a rectangle. There are no brakes on the trailer. No, no moisture gets in. If you wrapped it, you would need to side it or similar. That would add a lot of weight. Goal was to seal everything as good as is humanly possible to prevent moisture (especially while driving in the rain) from getting places where it shouldn't get to.

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    Thanks for your suggestions. Invariably there would be a few things that I might do a bit differently next time. All in all it came together really nicely though. I'm not a big fan of the deck over wheel trailers for you reason you state. You are also creating more wind resistance with a higher build.

    Thanks!

    This is a really great way to get into building something bigger. Many of the same principals apply and you learn so much by doing a smaller build like this. That was part of the reason I wanted to do this as an instructable...it's a great way to hone your skills for your second or 20 foot tiny house build.

    I tend to err on the side of safety and that trade off always makes things heavier. Yes, there is some overkill involved here in the build I outline but it's better than having an issue on the highway or similar. Trailer is rated to 3000lbs and I'm nowhere near that. This weighs under 2000...right around 1750 in fact.

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    It tows well. Had it up to 70MPH on the highway with no problems, shimmy, or sway. It's built sturdy and essentially hurricane hurricane ready. Thanks!

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