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By bowgarguide
#1259189
Travel Trailer
I will do a short pictorial of the build and if anyone has question just holler

It all starts here

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Laid out a 78 1/2 by 8 ft floor

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laid out the walls ,added 2 ft to the side walls ,the trailer is 10 ft in length

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Stood the sidewalls and attached them to the floor.

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to be continued
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By bowgarguide
#1259207
Backwall and roof stringers installed

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door cut in

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back wall installed and braced for ac then the interer with a saturation coat on the inside walls

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windows and door framed on inside walls

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bracing for nose installed

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trailer skinned completely
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The outside was covered with saturation coat of resin seams taped and glassed

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By barditch
#1259214
:D Great! Don't forget where you left us...this is something I've wanted to see for several months!
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By bowgarguide
#1259223
Construction
skin 4mm laun 3/.4 lumbers bracing (1 inch )
3/4 foam insulation
inside walls 4 mm laun
floor 1/2 ply saturated inside seams glassed on outside and h skin is saturated

installing foam in walls
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inside completely skinned bed fram and storge being built
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A note here it is set up for a single bed when I go solo and a queen when the better half goes.

outside with screw holes filled and seams sanded

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windows and door installed

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startrd building cabinets in front of trailer

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Storage on each side and the center is cut out for a stove.

Later
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By bowgarguide
#1259229
Sanded and first coat of paint

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I went and picked up some steel and built the frame

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Painted axle installed

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box mounted on the frame and bolted down

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Later
Ron
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By gerald
#1259269
Ron, that is great! Man...this Boat Builder Forum is getting better and better. I think we're on to something here fellas...
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By bowgarguide
#1259331
Gerald
I know this was off subject ,but some of the guys were interested.
I ran 2 by 4 roof joist so if I want to I can mount two Kayak rack on top of the trailer.
I cut them so I had a 3/4 inch rise in the middle to shed water. There is an power vent ,12 volt, mounted on the roof.
When finished it will have a twelve volt light and fan system and also a 110 volt light ac system.
Ron
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By bowgarguide
#1259376
Friday morning before the bash I still ha d a ways to go.
install a jack

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weld on the trailer coupler chains and wire the trailer

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and of course I had a short in the trailer plug on the jeep I had to run down.
Mounted back lights and license plate oh yea had to go regester it so I could get a license plate

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Later Ron
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By bowgarguide
#1259396
I was hooked up and left Sat morning early ,first time to pull the trailer and have two yaks on top,the little four banger handled it with ease, and I averaged 17 miles to the gallon so I was happy with that. I was nearly 8 ft tall ,I wasn't sure how it would handle it.
Trailer pulled straight and true no bobbles.
You know the story of the storm at the bash,well I just dropped the trailer in the sight and went looking for the wood boats. I finally found them enjoyed seeing the boats and folks. by the I was wet cold and misrable,I am just opisite of Kim I like hot weather and hate being cold.
I went back to the camper plugged in the lights put a pot of coffe on ,in about two minutes I was opening a vent and window nice and cozy. I drank the coffe laid down and crashed for a couple hours ,dang bed sleeps good.
It has a real mattress
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I can sit up on the bed and still have plenty head room.

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Picture from the bed foreward

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This is not the stove I will use but it worked for this weekend.

My first trip with my rig was a success, no leaks ,open the door and go in,no tent cot sleeping bag to worry about, warm dry and comfortable, and It took all of five minutes to break camp :clap:

I am no where close to complete on this project but it is campable and I am very happy with the TEXAS TEPEE

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Later
Ron
By Strider
#1259478
So how much would you charge for one (assuming you would have time to build one to sell)? Not kidding :D You can pm me...

Kim
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By MarkCM28
#1259670
That's awesome, Ron. Great job! I know this is a Boat Builder Forum, and I enjoy watching you guys build boats, but I'd like to see more things like this. Sort of a All-Things-DIY Forum. Again, cool stuff, Ron. 8)
By Iamdamoder
#1260115
Damn cool

We did not get to see it Saturday. I am distracted by by fish chasing. Guess we were in a hurry to beat the front to the Guad.
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By bowgarguide
#1260722
Another thing I forgot to mention ,my rods,tackle box , yak paddles lifejackets were all stored under the bed in the storage,
I think I am going to get spoiled to this rig.
Ron
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By JAY P.
#1262826
You certainly have a lot of time on your hands. That was a great job. It looked like an entertainment center for a flat screen tv instead of for a camp stove. :clap: I think we need to start a project builder of the year award, and you certainely would get my vote. Kudos to you.

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