winter musing

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winter musing

Postby hugh » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:36 pm

I had a few years ago built a custom off road capable trailer to tow behind my Jeep, it was small about 8' long and I found the info on this site invaluable. All good things must come to an end and the Jeep was sold and I sold the trailer for $1800 a few years ago and then promptly went out and bought a mid seventies travel trailer. It's a 18 foot by fleetwood and we are still using it. The water system works and the electric/propane fridge works but not the hot water system or the furnace. Also the stove/oven works but we rarely use it preferring to cook outside. It has a dual axle setup which is nice and on the way to one of our provincial parks 2 summers ago one tire blew and put a hole in the blackwater tank. Instead of spending the over $1500 quoted me to replace the tank we purchased a porta potty. That turned out to be a good move, it's super easy to clean and also as the name implies portable. Now I know it's not a tiny travel trailer, being 18 feet long and it is fairly heavy being mid a mid seventies unit but the wife really likes it due to the increased room versus the 8' homemade.
Anyway if it,s ok with the folks on this site I would like to stay a member of this site and document the re condition of the trailer. The plan is to remove the hot water heater, stove and oven and the furnace. That should lighten it up maybe a couple hundred pounds. It has 2 sinks on the kitchen counter, 1 should suffice. The guy we bought it from had installed a window shaker A/C unit where the rear bathroom window had been and also removed the shower pieces. Going down gravel roads really gets the back of the trailer dirty so the rear A/C is to be scrapped as well either a window goes back in it or it gets filled in, the window is the best option I believe. The roof is good, no water damage at all, I switched the interior lights over to LED's so battery life is good. I'm thinking where the furnace was I can put a small air conditioner that way re using the louvered furnace vent panel on the outside. Should keep the unit a lot cleaner plus it won't be hanging out of a wall. The stove has a range hood with a light and outside vent that will be retained because I plan to install a new counter with a couple green propane bottle sized holes in place of the stove. using my camping burner heads I take on canoe trips, they should work for those few times an interior stove is needed. I have a generator so instead of the furnace a small ceramic heater integrated into the cupboard area where the hot water tank was will work great. When staying in campgrounds we usually take an electrical site and the generator works when we are off grid camping. Any thats the main plan.
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Re: winter musing

Postby steve cowan » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:18 pm

We have enjoyed the teardrop camper we built but now wish for more room.Now we think a small standup suits our needs better.Our plan is similar to yours
[as in simple].No water/sewer tanks. Porta Potty. No gas appliances.Small sink, electric hot plate , dorm fridge,mini electric water heater.To be built on 12 foot
popup frame.I've bought nearly all the parts cheap off CL and amazon.Post your pics and rebuild,The build journal section would be a good place to post.Good luck!
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