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Custom Toy Hauler

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 09:57 PM

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I've thought I would start s thread on my winters project here to share and also record my "adventure".

To set up the story. I have wanted a "toy hauler" for a while now. So when I started reviewing what people consider the best toy haulers, I found mostly a lot of posts on how poorly they were built, prone to water damage, not to mention expensive. So needing a winter project anyway I decided to buy a trailer and convert it into my perfect toy hauler. Starting last summer I bought a 2012 24' Featherlite race prepped trailer. It was in great condition. Fully insulated and sheeted, wired for 110, air conditioner on roof, 20' awning and tool boxes and cup boards up front - A perfectly great trailer as is. So I gutted it. Here is a view of the front part.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 10:49 PM

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:06 PM

So then this fall I bough a salvaged 2005 Keystone Outlander camper from Copart auctions in Des Moines. (Just a tip - Crashed toys is part of Copart USA. Way over priced. Copart has multiple auction sites in every state) So I needed a newer towable camper with most everything in tact. At crashed toys they were going for upwards or 2k. However in Des Moines I picked up the keystone for $650.00. Insurance claim is that a tree fell on it and pushed the air conditioner through the roof. So won the online auction, went down to pick it up. Everything wast is great shape, although the accident must have happened months before the auction photos, because things were pretty soggy in the camper. But hey - I didn't;t want the furniture anyways. So it was exactly what I was looking for. I towed it home - kinda illegally - no plates - insurance - salvage tow permit. Although along the way blowing a tire and not finding an easy replacement, but after 3 hours found one. Brought it home and gutted the whole thing . Windows, door, windows, awning, fridge, heater, water heater sinks, toilet, receptacles, transformers - you name it I took it. Then I sold was was left for $250. The the awning $150. Door $100. Lights $50. Shower $50 and so on. Pretty much even except for having a $1200 3-way fridge, $750 Heater, $450 water heater, windows.... you get the point. This is what was left.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:15 PM

So I started in the trailer. I sectioned off the back 8' to be the garage area. Pitbulls for bikes (or ATV's) hangers for suits, cabinets for helmets and gear, holder for fuel and such. The front area is for living quarters. Looking at many plans on line for current campers I adapted a layout that utilized the not only the space, but the running of the essential conduits - power - water - drain - gas. This is the top portion framed up and all the windows in. I had to take it down to the studs and weld in all the supporting frame structures then re insulate. What you can't see is the MANY days I spent under the trailer cutting out aluminum cross members and re enforcing the trailer to allow for the holding tanks....oh and the back door leads to the garage area.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:21 PM

Ok so now a bit of time has gone by. The kitchen is mostly done. Water and gas lines run up to this point.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:24 PM

This is the bed area that has the freshwater holding tank, partitioned battery area and all of the electronics. - Yeah I will probably get cancer.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:25 PM

Now a little more fun stuff. I want to incorporate the outside in - so this so brought in "live edge" cherry counter tops bark an all. For the end walls I'm going with reclaimed barn wood in a vertical pattern.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:31 PM

Had a bit of a set back today as I learned the importance of "electrical polarity". Not as much of an issue when you are only running 110. More so when you try to run reverse polarity in conjunction with a battery system ( some how I had Sam Ferris yelling in my ear when this happened ). Fortunately I only lost 2 outlets and 1 circuit breaker. Got it figured out.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:31 AM

More, more, more. Love this....👍
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Posted 01 March 2017 - 12:33 PM

This is fantastic! Love that you got the camper on the cheap. I would love another A/C unit to go totally overboard in our camper (already wired just need the thing).
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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:26 PM

Have you checked the rating on your axles and tires? You are adding a lot more weight than the trailer was probably designed for. Water is 8lbs per gallon for starters.
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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:36 PM

View Postcra_fizzer, on 01 March 2017 - 09:26 PM, said:

Have you checked the rating on your axles and tires? You are adding a lot more weight than the trailer was probably designed for. Water is 8lbs per gallon for starters.


Very good question. There is no weight rating listed of the axles, but the tires are rated at 2,000 lbs each x 4 is safely 8,000 lbs. Dry the trailer is listed at 3,500 lbs. So that give me 4,500 pounds I can add. The estimated weight for a conversion is roughly 1,000 lbs. I feel that I should be well with in the range of the trailer. However since it was a car hauler it is very low to the ground. I might have to flip the axles this summer to get some more ground clearance.
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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:46 PM

So this week in has been all about the bathroom in the front of the trailer. Everything is framed up , and I just finished the face frames. Discount Steel is bending up the shower, then it will be power coated before its installed. This is the bathroom area looking forward from the front.

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:01 PM

If it was the car hauler does it have 5,6 or 8 lug axles?
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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:07 PM

Holy crap thats cheap!!! wow! How does one start looking for such a deal? I don't have the time or the skill to completely re-do the interior but have always wanted a camper to travel with!
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