After a year of on and off thinking, researching, and debating I have finally made up my mind on my second build. At first I was playing with the idea of a foam or a foam hybrid build but here in CA the type of foam that I want to use has become almost impossible to find and when found it is priced way to high. I then began to play with a minimalist design involving a stick frame and 5mm ply, but I just can't convince myself that that is what I truly want. All the while I have been going back to my original plan (½'' ply walls) and with some modifications based on my above ideas I have finally decided to commit to a plan. My reasons for choosing ½'' ply over 5mm ply and sticks is that my trailer is 56'' wide between the fenders and I would like to keep the build between the wheels. If I do ½'' ply I will only be shy 5'' of 5'. If I do the stick build I would end up having to build over the wheels.
I plan on building this without insulation at first and allowing for the possibility of adding it if I decide it is needed here in CA.
Here is the plan:
-Walls: ½'' ply with painted canvas on the outside. If insulated I will use foam backed carpet.
-Roof and bulkheads: Sparred with 2x2 redwood, then one sheet of 5mm ply will be placed over the top. If insulted I will place insulation between the spars and add 5mm ply to the inside.
-Floor: Framed with 2x2 redwood with ½'' ply on top, and then sealed with asphalt emulsion. I doubt I will insulate the floor but if I had to I would do it the same as the roof.
-Doors will be large framed RV windows.
-Electric: I will do a simple electric hookup for powered camping. Sticking with the minimalist idea I plan on using a solar powered vent, solar powered outside lights, and battery powered puck lights. I found a small solar aa/aaa battery charger to use for the lights. The outside lights and vent have their own build in solar panels so I wont have to use a deep cycle battery and a solar panel kit. I estimate all my electrical components costing around $150
-The trailer I am using is an old jet ski trailer I found on craigslist for $180. I plan on removing the single tongue and replacing it with a longer A frame tongue. The suspension will be completely overhauled and the frame and wheels will be repainted black.
The design is very similar to the Northern Lite build by Alaska Teardrops. I modified the design using my own radius and by adding a bunk to the inside.
I am hoping to keep the build between 700-800 pounds and less than $1500.
My progress so far has been limited to the trailer modifications and I should be finished with that soon.
I would like to thank KCStudly, Woodbutcher, and Alaska Teardrops for all the help you provided, thanks!!!
- The Design
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- The Trailer Before Purchase
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- Work begins
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Last edited by andreuther
on Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:18 pm, edited 3 times in total.