Ever wanted to have a camper trailer? How about one that is absolutely unique? One that doesn’t need any erection when you get to your favourite camping spot. Your solution, your own tiny house on wheels, is just a few weekends away! Make it a little larger and you might just want to get rid of your mortgage and live in your tiny home on wheels instead!
This project was built using as much recycled material as possible. While that kept the cost down, it made construction more time consuming. But if you are going to end up with a cute camper like this, wouldn’t it be worth it? :)
The first step was to get hold of a trailer home (caravan) that was ready for the dump, strip it, salvage anything worthwhile in addition to the chassis, and then get started. Read on to learn how this family built this cute home away from home!
- Old Trailer Frame
- 1/8″ Plywood – flooring
- 1/2″ Plywood – roofing
- 2×12, 1×6 Redwood Boards
- 1×3 Rafters
- 1/4″ thick Milled Cedar and Fir Boards
- 1×2, 2×2, 2×3 Wood Pieces for Wall Framing
- Metal Primer
- Metal Paint
- Recycled Blue Jeans – insulation
- Metal Roofing
- Screws of appropriate sizes – including 3″ star drive screws
- Angle Grinder
- Drill with Wire Wheel
- Wire Brushes
- Staple Gun
- Nailer Gun
- Band Saw
As we used an old trailer frame to build this on, we started by demolishing the trailer, separating out the aluminum to be recycled. The plywood floor was saved to be re-used as the sub-floor. Then we went at it with an angle grinder and drill with wire wheel and wire brushes for the hard to reach parts. We inspected the frame as we wire wheeled it clean, looking for any sign of serious rust or other damage.
Thankfully, we found none. So we moved right on to priming with a rust metal primer, and then a coat or two of quality metal paint.
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