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    My wife planned our vacation in January to go to Galveston TX and well two weeks before our time to leave the hurricane hit and needless to say that was ruined. We have been talking about building a little camper for a few years and decided what the hay lets go for it. So we worked non stop on it for a week or so. We finished it on a Wednesday night and left Thursfay morning and toured all of Michigan including the U.P. Beautiful neighboring state that neither of us have been to. Anyway the camper box was built and then we slid it onto a carry-on 5x8 trailer from lowes that we picked up on sale. The box is talk enough for the wife and i to stand in. The we used a left over interior house door and some storm windows from menards and a rv roof vent from amazon. The floor is 3/4" plywood and the walls are 3/8 and its framed with 2x4 and 2x4. Our bed on the floor is a queen size mattress topper thst we chopped off about 6 inches of. The bunk bed is 3 feet high and 5' long for the kids. Its high enough that we can all sit up under the bunk bed and play cards/watch videos etc. We framed in some little shelves by the door framing and put some coat hooks up. We put in a few cheap push button leds for lighting. The wife wanted to paint it happy so i let her paint the whole exterior of it however she wanted to. Anyway here

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    Oh and the bunk bed is removable just incase i a motorcycle finds its way inside?

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    Oh and for the anyone who is thinking about checking out Michigan. Grand haven has a really nice beach and lots of beautiful women and a nice little path from the beach to downtown. Ludington state park was prolly our favorite park overall. They have a nice beach, a few playgrounds, good easy hiking trails, kayak and bicycle rentals etc. In the U.P. our favorite place by far was Porcupine mountains state park. The forest there is exactly what i think of in my mind when i think of a forest. The western side of the park has never been logged and it has huge hemlock trees and the ground is covered in pine-ish looking needles. Best hiking in my opinion by far. Highly reccomend checking out big spring state park. The only attraction is the spring lake.It has a floating dock that goes across it and back. 45' deep and 100% clear water. You can seen everything in this pond including the huge school of trout and other fish and an iphone down at the bottom that somebody dropped while taking pics. Looks like something you would see in the Bahamas etc. Pictured rock boat tour was kinda cool. Kids hated it because it was boring for them. Browns fish restaurant in Paradise MI had the best fried fresh whitefish we could find. Great little hole in the wall restaurant. Tahquaminom falls had some pretty waterfalls to. Best motorcycle roads we cam across. 41 up towards Copper harbor was really nice. They have mountain bike trail in Copper Harbor that are rated in the top 10 in the country. upper part of the lower peninsula m22 was a decent road and m119 tunnel of the trees would have been great on a bike.

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    Love it. A really cool small trailer. It looks very versatile. Better than a tent by far and great family fun.
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    I love it and I WONT show this to my wife!
    So you built an enclosed MC trailer that you can convert into a camper, Wow, Smart ! ! !
    Dod you put and recessed tie down plates in the floor?
    GREAT JOB ! ! !
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    Awesome!! I've been looking at doing something pretty much exactly like this for some time. The trailer is the hard part. Used utility trailer are all apparently made from pure gold, and no HF up here....the equivalent chain, Princess Auto, has gobs of trailer parts but no kits. Cheapest I've been able to find a full 'cheap' trailer kit online ends up at about a grand after shipping.
    My camp (or cabin, as all the other countries in the world seem to call it..as in, "I'm going to the camp for the weekend".....is a slide-in truck camper on a timber frame with a nice roof built over it, complete with covered patio. The wife and I (and the little dog) is the biggest crowd that are even inside it, and if friends come up for a weekend they all tent. Don't need big.... If the weather's crap, you're likely not going camping....so really, you just need something big enough to go in and go to sleep.
    Awesome little rig!
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    Nicely done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GCFishguy View Post
    ...The trailer is the hard part. Used utility trailer are all apparently made from pure gold...
    In 2001, I bought a new Carson 5x8, single axle, 15" wheel utility trailer, which looks very much like the photo in post #1.
    Trailer was about $600. With taxes, title and lifetime Arizona registration, it was about $900.
    $600 then would be about $900, now.

    Same husband and wife still own the trailer place in Chino Valley, AZ.

    Used it to haul water (125 gallon tank) with my Jeep to our ranch.
    My youngest daughter took it with her to Georgia and then brought it back this year.
    Has a new(er) wood floor and on its 3rd set of tires, but still in frequent use.
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    I have a variety of 9 trailers. Heavy duty tandem axle dual wheeled 27000 lb, all the down to my motorcycle trailer. Some are flat bed to a couple of box trailers. I won't sell one of them, as long as I have a place to store them. If I did sell one, it would be the cost to replace it.
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    Hmmmmm...... I have a 5x9 trailer just like yours. Hmmmmm...... If I show this to my girlfriend, she will absolutely want one. My trailer was used, with worn wood floor. I bought it from a friend for two hundred bucks. Another friend who used to use it a lot, bought new two by's for it. I scored.
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