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I got an old travel trailer, and I got ideas. What I don't have is much money. I started stripping it, slowly- very slowly.
Here's what I started with.


I took the junk out. Sprayed it with bleach inside and out. Old mice urine and poop can cause illness. I've removed the inside doors and drawers and burned them in fire-pit. Sprayed again with bleach. Also spraying for carpenter ants, 3 gallons of bleach and 2 cans of ant spray.
Then I took out the screws and started removing windows and siding. Spraying with bleach and wearing a mask, bagged old insulation.
Today it looked like this.

I kept Taz

My idea is to finish stripping and check frame. Then I'd like to make an enclosed camper on the front and a deck on the back for hauling TW and kayaks. Any suggestions?
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ambitious project! Should turn out as a cool custom rig for hauling toys.
 

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I really like where your going with this project. Cant wait to follow progress.
 

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Bear in mind that the structure spreads the load on the frame, so if you take the rear part off, you will probably need to reinforce the frame to be able to carry much load. You might be able to leave the rear roof and sides in place and install a back wall that folds down as a ramp for loading. In that case, you might need to reinforce the rear corner walls and install some diagonal bracing in the side walls. Interesting project. Good luck. Bob
 

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There isn't anything left of the rear- or most of all of it. The deck rotted and the whole camper settled down about 2 inches. If you look at the back of trailer you can see it's settled. The left side most of the siding was bowed out. The walls rotted. The front owner redid - poorly ! Never fixed what was causing leaks and rot. The floor rotted under entry door. PO placed a board and jack under it. Door is only held on by screws(?) and sealant, at the top.
It was a bunk house back part of frame doesn't have steel cross members it has 2x4's that fit into frame.
I've scraped over 25 trailers and a mobile home. I always say I'm keeping frames but end up getting rid of them. Except for a pop up frame I made into my utility trailers. I had it until this spring when I sold it to my friend. The frame was rotting and I was over using it. I worried I'd break the frame- my friend always wanted it so now he's abusing it.
This frame is about 70"x16'.
 

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bway is correct, you will need to restore some torsional rigidity once oem walls gone at rear. His drop down rear wall/ramp idea is good and mirrors other commercial toy haulers. However you deck idea might weigh alot less and be simpler to build and use ( no wall/ ramp to raise, lower, and seal up).
I would try to build a bulkhead separating sleep area at front from cargo deck somewhere around axles using a somewhat strong steel perimeter frame preferably welded to trailer frame to re-establish rigidity to then tie walls and roof to this bulkhead framing.Then bulkhead can then be filled in with lightweight wall construction. Connections between elements are the weak links as they are stress concentrators. Common construction adhesive on all joints as well as screws might distribute stress and resist vibration.
And of course save and re-use Tasmanian Devil:p

Siding can re-used. I have used simple scotch tape on the outside of a hole, then use white latex caulk to fill hole from inside. Once caulk is dry remove tape and the hole is smoothly and neatly filled. May be painted afterwards. Prep holes a bit first to flatten any burs or puckering so caulked patch lies flat.

Oops, just saw your last post Paliden. You have more problems but a lot more experience that I assumed. Good luck. I had a buddy who converted his pop-top camper to a bike hauler, it worked.
 

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Siding is going to scrap for cash. To many windows and other cut outs. If I build a camper it is only going to be 6' or so, about to the axles. When I first got it the plan was to reuse. But I only want 2 or 3 windows.
I'd still prefer a 6x12 single axle cargo. But haven't sold my Intruder and chipper.
 

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No problem. I asked for ideas - any and all. I didn't want to be the one to scrap this one. But all the people that beg me for a frame don't want to tear one down. I'm already done working on it today. Hands just can't do it.
 

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This is going to be a real enjoyable thread. Thanks Padilen for taking us along with you on this build. Thumbs up and a +1 :icon_thumright::icon_thumright:
 

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Thanks
I forgot to mention I had help today to pull the roof off. I had it all loose, cut around all the vents. With all the caulk and sealer it's easier. Then just roll it off, like opening a sardine can.
Frame is pretty bad there in back, it's were the water tank (left) water heater (right) leaked. This part of floor was also replaced by PO.
 

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That looks good so far. I can imagine a rear door, a weather-proof deck with roll-on/ roll-off ramps, bumper mounted lights and license plate. Can you improve frame at rear, remove some sag or overhang?
 

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That looks good so far. I can imagine a rear door, a weather-proof deck with roll-on/ roll-off ramps, bumper mounted lights and license plate. Can you improve frame at rear, remove some sag or overhang?
I thought ( no sleep last night)rear door and side door !
Need to get it all down to the frame to see condition of it all. Judging by the rear off the frame I'm thinking it's going to be bad.
The other thing I was thinking of was the changing the hubs. To a common 5 on 4.5 or the like. Again frame condition will be most important part.
 

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Make a flat bed on the back and leave the front half of the camper with the backside open. Would make a nice breezy ride for your passengers. You could point it towards the sun in the evening to catch the beautiful sunset. If the sun bothers you then just turn the trailer around. You have to leave some of the redneck class to it. Now I have to go dig up a photo of the yacht my grandpa made back in the day. You hillbillies would be proud.
 

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You might pick up some ideas here: Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers ? View forum - Cargo Trailer Conversions

The link is to the cargo trailer section which has many similarities to your size trailer. Most of those conversions, in addition to the ground or frame up builds, are for dual purpose toy hauler and camping trailers.

If you go to the index there are also excellent technical sections for chassis, electrical, doors and windows, etc.

I find the design phase easier if, after you get down to the bare frame, you throw down a couple of sheets of plywood, load the bike, a cot and a cooler to see how it fits then all else is just filling in the available space.

A lot of builders have the bed/beds fold up to the wall to make room for more toys.
 

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love the progress. I just hope your not working in there alone. Someone's gotta dial 911 if it collapses on you
 

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Im just pulling it apart from the ground. I haven't used anything other than a pry bar, cordless screw driver. And the grinder on the roof.
But I might have to start sawing.
 
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