So I really wanted to make a utility camper that fits my needs. So I did and this is what I came up with. This whole project took about four days to complete, not including the time I built the basic trailer.
Stuff I used:
- 4x8 Trailer
- Camper Shell
- Old Tent
- Lots of old jeans
- Shoe Goo
- Mostly 2x4s and 2x2s
- Tool Box from the fleamarket
Step 1: The Foundation
This is my original trailer I built the metal frame from a Harbor Freight Kit, and then added the wood rails later.
Step 2: The Free Section of Craigs List
The camper shell was free so some parts needed a little TLC. For the tear in the screen I used Shoe Goo and pants.
Step 3: Mounting the Shell
I built a 2x2 horse shoe frame that bolts and screws into the bottom of the camper shell then a another 2x4 frame joins the 2x2s. The back edge is attached with three door hinges. The legs that prop up the camper fit in to slotted grooves and can be folded up. The bottom of the trailer I lined with a denim jean leg mat that I sewed and shoe goo 'd together.
Step 4: Side Pannels
The sides I made from the left over tent pieces (after I took the door way section out) and a wood frame. On one edge I stapled down a foam strip to fill in, any open spaces around the edges.
Step 5: The Bigger Door
On one side you have that glass window door, well I use it as a door but the bigger door I cut from that tent and for now its screwed in and shoe goo 'd to the jeans so in the future I'll attach a big zipper through the jean portion of the door and make removable. In fact this whole set-up is removable, just in case I need to use the trailer.
The trailer is never going to be 100% in my eyes and I will always be adding to it, but for now it can be used to sleep in. In the near future I will add a battery box to power the light I added, the light on the inside top of the camper, and anything else that might need charging. Curtains will be a must as well as a bed frame. I intend to have a simple frame to support a bed while providing about a foot of storage space underneath you. The outside front has the holes already prepared for a rain/sun awning, and I also have the material to make it I just am soo burnt out on sewing.. Anyway thanks for checking out my summer project.