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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 06-13-2016 01:07 AM 1092 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest pipe dream. I was given an old damaged camper trailer.
The le

ft side has damage in front corner. Right side good. Removing all windows in front and left side. MAkinga40” wide door in back.
I have been looking for used utility trailers or used cargo trailer. This one was gutted to be used as ice fishin shack. Mice got in between walls and into insulation. IT STUNK.
I brought it home. Gutted it to outside skin. Wall frame is rotted, ceiling frame is rotted. With a few 1×6 i can all be repaired. So now I am at stage put down plywood on floor and make new frame for walls. My goal is to insulate this 8×14 camper and use it for painting and staining my small projects. Perhaps heat it a bit. I thought i would use bubble wrap insulation, it is rot proof and takes moisture. Line the inside with plywood thick enough to attach hooks etc.
I am hoping to have a somewhat mobile shop !
I have 2 cargo trailer for tools. (One is a 16 ft haulmark cargo, second is a 12 ft. advantage, tandem.)
I have 2 flat decks to carry lumber and large items.
Perhaps Im NUTS….......but Im busy.
Chime in if you have ideas ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 06-13-2016 01:40 AM

I would start by finding and sealing all the holes where the varmints were getting in. Failure to do so means you’ll be back to square one in no time. It seems that they smell that there brethren have been inside and they will visit looking for shelter and food.

I’d start by looking beneath, especially around the frame. Pack all openings with steel wool and then spray foam. Great Stuff has a can especially to seal openings from varmints. They won’t chew through the expanded foam. We have seen great success with our trailers at work by using this process. We used to have a terrible problem with rats and now we don’t! It works!

As far as insulation, I would not use bubble wrap. You would need to ensure the trailer was absolutely sealed airtight for bubble wrap to work. Instead, I’d think about using solid foam sheets and then – again – Great Stuff to seal any gaps.

Just my thoughts and recommendations. Best of luck!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 06-13-2016 02:03 AM

Sounds like a project for sure. Lining the inside with material you can screw things to is definitely a plus. It will also add some stability to the walls- not much lumber in there. Might be nice to use 2×4s’ for the framing.

I’d spray the bottom with something to resist varmints and maybe use mothballs all around the bottom. I know they keep out spiders and mice might not like them either.You would not want the chewing power cords.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-13-2016 02:11 AM

Thanks Dave abd Jim. I really didnt think of the undercarriage. Also a spray to remove smell sounds like good idea. We have product here in Canada called “Spray 9”. Kills virus’s. Moth balls another good idea.
I was reading about the bubble insulation. MAybe not so good idea, its says there should be airspace on warm side for this to work effective. I just thought it was more waterproof than what was in there. They used yellow batt insulation. When it got wet it stunk.Spray foam is more money BUT perhaps the way to go.
Once again …..Thanks guys !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 06-13-2016 05:56 PM

You’re as brave man!!! that is certainly some undertaking. Spray foam, might appear more costly when you price it per can, but if used right, it goes a long way. I look forward to following this ‘project’ ha! ha! it will be interesting, for you, and us! :D

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 06-13-2016 10:50 PM

Phil. Ive been so much lately. I thought a small dedicated shop just for staining and painting. I am making coffee tables, night tables, picture frames from reclaimed barn board. This should stay dust free and warm. Its all repurposed material that local people have donated. How kind is that ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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