8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Converting Cargo Trailers into TTTs

8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:13 pm

Hi all, I am a new member but a longtime lurker.

I am re-purposing an old work trailer (it used to be an oven.) into a camper for my wife and I. It has worked hard and I think she deserves a good retirement! This trailer has about 350k miles on it and has held up remarkably well. Diamond Cargo is the manufacturer.
Our kids are older now and enjoy tent camping. There will be water in the sink only. I think I am just going to drain it out the floor into a honey wagon.... or bucket... whatever. Two or three 110 outlets, and some 12v Lighting. I am going for simple... and cheap! Hope those two can come together.

I have started the build and will use this as my build log. I would like to have this done by spring.
I want to thank everyone for their build threads on here, you guys have had some great ideas and I hope that someone can use mine for a small amount of inspiration! I hope it comes out half as nice as yall's.

Nick
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:40 pm

So here is my working plan. It has changed a little as I go.
Talent level for plan is slightly more than my talent level for do. :thinking:


156875
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:52 pm

I roughed in the cabinet frames, and the closet. At this point I have the MDF on top to set stuff on.
oh I dont have pictures of the insulation but I took off the top piece of Ply, cut the insulation to fit and slid it down between the frames. I hate removing those nail\screws...satan himself designed those. I had no idea that if you ask they will use actual screws.. and they didnt charge any more to do it!

156876
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:58 pm

I know you can never have enough storage or shelves, so I built some into the end of my closet. I will add another board or something to keep things in place but this is the general idea
156877
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby hankaye » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:23 pm

bignick, Howdy;

First of all WELCOME!!!

Ok, now a serious question, you got a brother / cousin named Saint???

You seem to do gettin'er done, looks good so far. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

hank
Striving for a less complicated life since 1949 ...
Every day I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive days I've stayed alive.
hankaye
2000 Club
2000 Club
 
Posts: 2126
Images: 1
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:35 pm
Location: S.W. New Mexico
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:39 pm

hankaye, Its coming along... Thank you for the compliment! The rain here in NC has slowed me up big time. I hope to get back on it tommorow. :NC
Its about to get serious here pretty quick. I picked up some windows from an RV that is being parted out, and I need to cut some holes in this thing!
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Sun May 05, 2019 1:35 pm

I got my windows in, that was fun.... I have one more but im not sure if its gonna make it in before summer.
i have also installed my tool box cabinet, mostly so I have some nice drawers, Harbor freight special.
I got my counters done and built my cabinet doors.
I also installed a couple of 12v lights158091158095158093158093158092
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Sun May 05, 2019 1:41 pm

The plan was to be able to pin the rear doors open while camping. I have a 12x12 canopy with side walls and screens I am going to put behind the camper for dining ect... well I was at Home Depot and they had these 32 in screen doors for 32$.
So this happened.158094

The bedside door will be pinned shut until I need to load something.
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby kirkupnorth » Sun May 05, 2019 2:35 pm

Hey, BigNick-

Welcome -- that trailer is looking good!

Keep posting the pics -- we all love watching a new build. :)
User avatar
kirkupnorth
Teardrop Master
 
Posts: 117
Images: 127
Joined: Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:27 pm
Location: Northern Minnesota
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby Grummy » Mon May 06, 2019 7:14 am

bignick wrote:... well I was at Home Depot and they had these 32 in screen doors for 32$.
So this happened.


Love those back doors..... Sure will beat the magnetic screen concept and will have a really nice look and feel from inside when getting up in the morning !

It looks like they might have changed a little bit of your rear floor plan though, based on your earlier post. That's how it goes though... you get some kind of plan, then let the things you find take course.

Amazing too if you built all those cabinet doors... I would have gone crazy by the 3rd one !
Grummy
Teardrop Advisor
 
Posts: 57
Images: 65
Joined: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:51 pm
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Mon May 06, 2019 8:45 pm

Thank you guys for the kind words. The cabinet doors were a pain, it was the first time I have ever done them. I had leftover oak flooring that I used for the frames. Left the groove and cut the tongue side off. It worked. I will post some more progress tomorrow I hope. I’m trying to get some of the electric buttoned up. I am going for simple.... if there is such a thing. It has definitely been an evolving plan!
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:02 pm

So my wife and I have been pretty busy painting. We got the paint on the walls and trim. I got carpet installed on the floor, and I also put it on the closet shelves. Here are a couple pics. I have more when the site will let me load some more.158582158583
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Top

Re: 8x16 V nose camper conversion.

Postby bignick » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:08 pm

I still need to wire my water pump, and a bit of paint on the window frames. Then its on to the outside. I need to make some extensions for my easy up awning legs. ( i need ideas folks) I am thinking pvc tube. I also have to install some strapping on my bag awning, I bought it used and the bag is in rough shape. There are also a few holes in the exterior sheet metal to take care of.
bignick
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 12
Images: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Top


Return to Cargo Trailer Conversions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: pirijodonny and 7 guests