Home Made RV Trailer

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Project by Bricofleur posted 10-05-2010 04:44 PM 15861 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here I want to share with you a project I built several years ago. Recently, when I saw these pictures, I spontaniously said that I should share them with my LJ’s friends.

I made it from scratch, meaning that I started by purchasing 20’ long 1-1/2’’ X 1-1/2’’ angle irons and 2’’ square tubings, as well as a used axel and two wheel hubs and a brand new spring kit. Since I had a welding machine (not being a welder though) I thought it would be fun and much more economical to build one myself. The walls and the roof are is made out 3/4’’ X 1-1/2’’ strips of plywood, filled and stiffened with 1-1/2’’ rigid foam. The inside walls are covered with 1/8’’-thick wall paneling sheets as well as the ceiling.

The floor is 6-1/2’ X 8’ while the steel frame is 11’ long (from coupler to bumper). The door, the windows and the aluminum siding were purchased from a RV dealer, as well as several small parts. While I built the trailer, my wife made all curtains and upholstery. The table, lowered to the bench height, became a 48’’ bed and above you can see a roll-out fabric bed for our two daughters.

Finally, the weight was close to 1000 lbs and it was hauled by my 4 cylinders Mercury Lynx (manual).

It took about a year of my spare time to build but it was well worth it.

I hope you will enjoy seeing it and be inspired by the fact that almost anything can be home made.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 10-05-2010 04:50 PM

Cool project Serge, but I have a couple questions.

How old is it now, do you still have it, and if so how is it standing the test of time?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 10-05-2010 04:55 PM

Hi Serge,
You never cease to amaze me. Great project, thanks for posting.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#3 posted 10-05-2010 04:58 PM

Definitely not a weekend project. I can imagine the frustration with working in such a small area added to the time it took to build. Great job…...but do you use it?

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#4 posted 10-05-2010 05:40 PM

Very cool- It is always nice to be able to say “I made that.” :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 10-05-2010 05:48 PM

Fantastic job,amazing work.


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#6 posted 10-05-2010 07:54 PM

Very nice, and very cool.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#7 posted 10-05-2010 09:32 PM

Thanks you guys for the comments.

RexMcKinnon – It is 23 years old. When I divorced I left it to my wife and my daughters (as everything else!! – LOL).

SawdustJunley – We used it intensively for five years and we really liked it. She sold it few years later after the divorce. If I had known I would have put an option on it.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#8 posted 10-05-2010 10:57 PM

Very cool.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#9 posted 10-06-2010 02:06 AM

Great Lookin RV

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 10-06-2010 03:02 AM

What a COOL, FUN project, and—of course—what a fantastic job you did with it !

When I had my Airstream motorhome, I hadn’t yet figured out what woodworking was, BUT … I wanted to gut it and remodel the interior.

My brother tried to explain to me HOW you had to approach a project like that—one where there WERE NOT right angles—that trademark Airstream rounded look.

BLECCH ! Couldn’t do it. Never did do it.

But I’m really glad to see when others have.

Nicely done :-)

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 10-06-2010 04:05 AM

That is an awesome job my friend, it just goes to show you that you can do anything you put your mind to.

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#12 posted 10-06-2010 04:47 AM

Great job and I bet it is very useful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 10-06-2010 01:13 PM

Serge, you are amazing no doubt.
That’s fantstic, what a challange.
I dream of building a teardrop trailer one day, but I have no place to put it while and once build…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 10-06-2010 02:42 PM

Go ahead and build it Mads- you can store it at my place on the river. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#15 posted 10-06-2010 09:05 PM

great little camper well done
yaaah :-) I like it


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