Tiny Dumpster House Trailer

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Intro: Tiny Dumpster House Trailer

This is the tiny Dumpster house trailer i built for my son, The trailer was originally my dads old tent trailer that was repurposed into a utility trailer and then into this.

Step 1: The Base Trailer Rebuild

The trailer was in bad shape so i reinforced it with new 2" x 3" rectangular tube and angle iron. I welded it all together and welded it to the base of the trailer.

Step 2: The Frame and Walls

This is the frame Build and insulating the walls

Step 3:

I skinned the outside of the trailer in green aluminum and added some pickup fork points for the authentic dumpster look. I also added a outside access point for getting power into the unit.

Step 4: Pop Up Windows

I added windows Dumpster style with screen and drop down plastic for those cold nights. The mechanism is very effective in that one person can open it or close it

Step 5: Tight Squeeze

This is me measuring twice and cutting once lol

Step 6: Inside Amenities

Inside i built a fold down table\bed, side fold down tables and upper storage on one side of the trailer. As well i added a power source inside with a inverter and a solar panel that is removable. I have 3D printed some side lights and some other pc for the fold down table. I bought a mesh for the door to keep the bugs out.

Step 7: Finished Project

here are some finished and all set up pictures of the unit

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    jsadler1

    18 days ago on Introduction

    I had an acquaintance that was a bit of a rebel and he was tired of working so much. He kidnapped a large dumpster, got it into the woods and turned it in such a way that the dumpster lids were now an awning. He cleaned it with great care. He got one of those canvas bucket showers and lived in that thing. He had about zero creature comforts but did well living in that dumpster.

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    wrsexton

    6 weeks ago

    Gotta love those Harbor Freight lights! Great idea, lots of nice details (storage even in the step!) and good sense of humor! All you need is a roll of toilet paper and a fan and you're all set!

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    Debiec68

    7 weeks ago on Step 6

    I about fell on the floor laughing. Not at..... But for your creative idea to design the dumpster house. Absolutely great! Wish Ida thought of that! You cld say it's quite a DIVE! lol. I thanks for sharing this.
    fyi to anyone who thinks this is criticism! It's KUDOS. I love this instructable!

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    turtlefix

    8 weeks ago

    I loved it, very creative.

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    LilacLisa

    2 months ago

    Love it & your fun attitude! :)

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    maxhirez

    2 months ago

    LOL-what a hilarious idea for a build! I hope you don't have any other campers get frustrated trying to use it as a real dumpster and tear the windows out trying to shove broken tent-poles into it or anything! Looks very cozy and comfortable.

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    Kink Jarfold

    2 months ago on Step 7

    Great Instuctable! Especially the lift-up window.

    KJ

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    RonZ3

    2 months ago

    Yup... I was wondering if Max came with it?? ;)

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    bgreen3

    2 months ago

    Really cool dude!

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    nealalan

    2 months ago on Step 7

    This should definitely be in the “creative misuse” contest!!!

    Well done!

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    StevenS343

    2 months ago

    terrific project. do you ever worry about bears dumpster diving

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    corystal

    2 months ago

    What's the total weight?

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    digitaltripper

    2 months ago

    Way cool....Reminds me of an episode of Two Broke Girls where Max was dating a guy that lived in a dumpster....I digress. Very Cool

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    SusanS337digitaltripper

    Reply 2 months ago

    LOL! I remember that episode too...I thought this was a riff off of that, which would have been very cool.

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    scooters2

    Tip 2 months ago

    check out the stabelizer jacks I made for the tear drop they may work for you. I didn't want to buy them or carry car jack's around.

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    blkhawk

    Tip 2 months ago

    Maybe in the future, you could also add windows to let fresh air and natural light in. Single pane windows could do if you don't plan to camp in winter. Instead of the contraption that you made with the mesh, I would have simply added a low profile wind extractor.

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    scooters2blkhawk

    Reply 2 months ago

    I have never seen a dumpster with window's in it. Would kind of defeat the whole concept.