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Old 05-07-2014, 11:50 PM   #1
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Is this feasible?

I got to thinking about this idea and I'd like people's input about it.

Would it be better to spend probably 3-4 thousand dollars on a camper like a Scamp

or

Put my shed ( 8.5 ft x 12 ft)onto a carry on trailer?

I talked to my neighbor about it. He's willing to help me build the deck and do the electrical work.
So I would only be out of pocket very little.

This would make more room for my pets.

8.5 ft wide is the maximum width allowed. I don't want to be pulled over because an officer thought I was over. I would get the reflective white/red sticker to go across my trailer and mark the tape in case of this.

Thoughts?
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:16 AM   #2
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A shed on a trailer would be like a tiny house and people do do this but I believe most of them just take them to a location and leave them there. They would not be very good for going from campground to camp ground. I really considered doing that before I decided on converting a cargo trailerClick image for larger version

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Old 05-08-2014, 05:31 AM   #3
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Starting out with something already framed & skinned out ready to go down the road will save alot of work. Mentioned cargo trailer is one option. Horse trailer that already has a side door is another option.
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:21 AM   #4
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I think a shed on a trailer would be a disaster. Trailers, and whatever is on them get beat pretty hard because of the suspension. A shed isn't made for that or the wind, they're one of the first things you see disintegrate in high winds.
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Thanks everyone. I'm still in the gotta think of everything phase
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You have to ask yourself whether your shed would stand up to a hurricane. Traveling down the hwy is about the same wind speeds on it. Also sheds are not built to withstand the stresses or vibrations on the hwys. If you're planning to take it somewhere and leave it is one thing. Travelling with it is a bad idea.
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You have to look at what your labor and time is worth. A shed on a cheaper running platform would pound to death the stick built building only meant to be on solid ground.

By the time you buy a rolling platform, electrical work, water tanks, cabinets, propane, frig...It will cost more than just buying a older nice condition RV in the first place.
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Wouldn't the wheels have to stick out beyond the 8.5 feet? When I see flat bed trailers the wheels
are always on the outside of the square flat bed frame.
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Anything is possible, and it has been done, that is for sure. But I'm not sure many people start with a basic shed and try and build into a trailer. They usually build from scratch.

With that said, depending on what type of shed you have, many come pre-built and are trucked from the manufacturer to the dealers, then the dealers truck them to the end user. So they can be transported to some limit. Other lesser sheds come in a big box and are assembled on site.

Biggest concern to me would be the wind and moisture. The siding and roof of a shed will probably not be built to deal with 70mph winds, and rain on the siding could be the death of it pretty quick.

With that said, they will tow a little worse then a normal trailer due to the aerodynamics of a normal shed roof line. Not a big deal.

Now as you move ahead and build something like this you need to pay attention to the balance of the mass over the axle(s). I have built car trailers in the past, and this is about the only big trick. Heck, some major manufacturers screw this up!

I recently bought my little trailer for $3000 and am very happy with it. It needed a little love, but all the big ticket items were there and working. Restoring it has been a good bit of fun, and less work then building from scratch. With that said, building from scratch allows you the freedom to have something unique, and you can point at it and say "I built that". Of course your neighbors might point at it and say "That dude built that thang..."

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You can pick up an old aluminum jet, avion, airstream, or other old trailers cheap on craigslist. Gut what you don't like and build in what you want. They are lightweight and are accepted and appreciated everywhere. I redid a 1958 avion 21s. It was fun and I bought it for $600
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