New build, a standrop....Update 11-28-17

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New build, a standrop....Update 11-28-17

Postby Woodbutcher » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:14 pm

Well I started a new build last week.This one will make it easier for an old fat man to use. Getting dressed laying on the bed has become a struggle. This new trailer will be a stand drop. It's built on a very modified Northern Tool trailer. I have length end it 18" and extended the tongue so I can have a tongue box. Next week my new axle should be in. The axle will have electric brakes and take 14" wheels. The over all size will be 5X 10.5 ft. It will be a conventional materials build. Painted aluminum skins. I want to keep it 5ft wide and have the bed go crosswise. So that means the bed has to be longer. There will be a drop down on the curb side and a tent like a popup has will cover the extension for my feet. This allows me to step into the trailer and stand in a drop floor. I picked up an RV door at a salvage place that will work perfectly. When I step in, the double bed will be directly on the left. Straight ahead will be a vertical cabinet with an AC on the bottom. A Microwave And a storage cabinet above the counter top. I will use a portable induction cook top, A drawer below the counter . Next to this another base cabinet turning the corner and against the front wall. The counter top will then be L-shaped and I will leave just enough room to sit at the counter/table with my back against the curb all on the rt side of the entry door. A porta potti will be disguised under the seat for the table. Galley will be a fairly traditional one. I expect to do most of my cooking and living outside. I'm just looking for some extra comfort on the inside.

Here is where I am so far. Waiting for the new axle so the frame is just sitting here waiting for wheels.

Here is the underside of the floor with the drop floor.
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This is the floor sitting on the frame.
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Here is the profile. This is the drivers side. There will be 3 15 X 18 tilt out windows. The 2 on the right are over the headboard and the one on the left up front is over the countertop and right of the inside cabinet. The large opening in the middle will be finished when the Baggage door arrives. It will allow the AC to exhaust.

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Front profile.

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Rear profile, with a whale tail.

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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby seabee74 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:28 pm

looks great Steve! Can't wait to see the finished gem. You are going to enjoy putting your pants on standing up.
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby Kim Armstrong » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:06 pm

Will be watching this one :applause:
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby bdosborn » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:02 pm

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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby MIB66 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:25 pm

Looking forward to seeing this one take shape.
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby S. Heisley » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:31 pm

...Interesting shape!
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby noseoil » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:39 am

Oh boy, looking good already! Should be a nice one when it's done. Waiting to see more....
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby QueticoBill » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:09 am

I envy the shop space to work in. Very cool.

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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby KCStudly » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:09 am

Great start. You always make it look so easy! :thumbsup:
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby Woodbutcher » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:08 pm

A little more progress today. Got both sides framed up with the exception of the AC framing. The baggage door has not arrived yet. The AC unit will slide out when in use.

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The roadside wall . A cabinet will go over the AC with a drawer and then a counter top. I decided to add water to the project and that will go in the front corner next to the AC.

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The curb side. The door was cut down 3" to make it work. I got it at Johnson Supply in White Pigeon MI. Huge salvage place that has lots of new stuff also. The rectangle behind the door is where the drop down goes to allow the bed to extend out.

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Got a call today my new axle is in. It's a Dexter torsion Axle with 10" hubs and electric brakes. I'll pick it up in the morning.
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby Alwaysaviking » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:58 pm

Absolutely genius. Can't wait to follow your progress.


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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby Kim Armstrong » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:01 am

Looking good. What is the body height and what mods did you do to the frame?
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby Woodbutcher » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:46 am

From the top of the frame to to the roof is 68". The new torsion axle when mounted should make the overall height 83" using 14" wheels.

The frame is "WAY" modified. To lengthen it, I took 2 cross members out and bolted them into the side channel and put the rear cross piece back on. This also gives me 2 thicknesses of steel to bolt the axle back on. The steel mart place did not have a channel that would work so I replaced the 2 moved cross pieces with stock steel. Then I added a piece of 2.25 X 2.25 X 3/16th steel Square tube as a tongue extension. I want to get a tongue box up there if possible.
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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby tony.latham » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:55 am

Keeping my eyeballs on this one. :shock:

Looks like there's been some thinking going on this winter. :frightened: :applause:

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Re: New build, a standrop....

Postby sagebrush » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:22 am

You have been a busy feller! :thumbsup: Hope to see it in person in July. :D
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