Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Converting Cargo Trailers into TTTs

Re: Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Postby Modstock » Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:56 pm

That should fix it. You get your ground through the box at the campground.
Here's a good video.
https://youtu.be/Q2zctGoAR60

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Re: Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Postby VegasBell » Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:02 pm

Happy Holidays everyone.

Installed flooring and the last cabinet. The flooring is vinyl planks. Hopefully this works. I left plenty of room around the edges, so maybe it won't buckle when the summer heat gets here. It's floating, so not a huge problem if I have to rip it up and try something else. Guess I'll know in June, LOL!

Cabinet is a tall wardrobe cabinet in the back passenger side corner. There's room to hang a few things, a little mini-cabinet that holds the porta-potty in the bottom, and a little cubby for whatever up top.

All of the cabinets are frame and panel, with 3/4" pine for the frame and 1/4" plywood for the sides. The doors and drawer faces are made with 1/2" plywood. That helps keeping the weight down, but a lot more construction work.

So I just have a few finishing items and it's ready for it's first trip next week.

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Re: Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Postby VegasBell » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:42 am

Well it's more or less finished.... as much as these things are ever finished. LOL!

The pendant light was a cool find on eBay.

Took it out for its first outing last weekend to a local state park. Everything worked pretty well, no real changes to consider for now. (My wife loves it! So bonus!)

Temps were a bit chilly, but not too bad, highs in 50's, lows in the upper 30's. Stayed nice and comfortable inside. Used a Little Buddy heater that brought the inside temperature up to 65 in about 20 minutes. It took an hour for the temperature to drop only 5 degrees, so maybe all that work insulating paid off. I got a little USB fan and placed it behind the heater to help spread the heat around. (Yes, I cracked a window and the top vent for fresh air, although the heater says it's safe for indoors.)

I don't the final weight, yet. Need to investigate on how to get it weighed. I do know that the tongue weight is appx. 300lbs. Tacoma towed it pretty easy, although it really kills my MPGs, (around 15mpg.) I can see adding electric brakes just to take some of the pressure off of the TV. And once I start taking longer trips, I'll add solar and a bigger battery. For now, my 35Ah battery did fine for a 3 night trip.

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Re: Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Postby BigDave_185 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:55 pm

That last photo is what makes this whole adventure worth every penny! Ever smashed finger and the late nights in a trailer.

Looks amazing


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Re: Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Postby VegasBell » Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:08 pm

Thanks Dave.

It took about twice as long as I planned and cost about twice as much as I hoped. But that's all a faded memory now.

Just happy trails and good times ahead.

Fred
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Re: Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Postby Modstock » Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:49 pm

Looks great inside. How did the electrical work out for ya?

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Re: Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Postby featherliteCT1 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:58 pm

I REALLY like what you have done with your trailer .... looks great! :thumbsup: :applause:
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Re: Just A Noob's 6X12 Conversion

Postby VegasBell » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:58 pm

These conversion projects are never really finished,.... RIGHT??? LOL. I've had a few good trips, and everything has worked out pretty well. So far no regrets. My coldest temps so far was about 26F one morning. Trailer temp inside was about 46F. After burning a Lil Buddy heater for about 20 minutes, I got the cabin up to about 65F, and it stayed comfortable for about an hour. So I guess all that work insulating paid off.

The only slight disappointment is that it seems a little heavier towing than I had hoped. But keep in mind that I'm used to towing a 13' Scamp. My Tacoma handles fine, but towing really kills my MPGs. I haven't weighed it yet, but I did measure the tongue weight which is about 300lbs.

Anyway, I used some of my stimulus money to install a solar system. I just started with a single 100W panel, and I'll see how that works for me. It'll be simple to add another panel if I feel the need for it. My power demand is pretty low, and there's plenty of sun here in the desert. The biggest challenge was routing the cables inside. Wished I had thought ahead more last fall before I closed the ceiling. But it worked out fine. Here's a couple of pics.

Stay safe.

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