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Old 07-20-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Converting utility trailer into travel trailer

My new project is to convert this heavy-duty utility trailer into a travel trailer with a one year time frame. I want to be able to use it to travel the country when my wife and I retire, so I want to make sure its going to be ready for continual use.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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Cool project, going to add a second axle to keep it stable while towing
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This is JUST an opinion from trying to do a DIY Class "B" and from some contact with others that tried a DIY a travel trailer...

I would submit that most DIY projects will be heavier and more costly than buying a used production rig. My downfall was carpentry...but you also need to know electronics, plumbing, and design.

Example: Sidewalls and roof - Mfgt's use multi-layer insulated walls and many are vacuum formed = low weight/high strength.
DIY maybe stud/foam/siding = heavier/less stiff.

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I'm subscribed, good luck on your build!
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:57 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm looking forward to learning how to do this from all the experience here.
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This is JUST an opinion from trying to do a DIY Class "B" and from some contact with others that tried a DIY a travel trailer...

I would submit that most DIY projects will be heavier and more costly than buying a used production rig. My downfall was carpentry...but you also need to know electronics, plumbing, and design.

Example: Sidewalls and roof - Mfgt's use multi-layer insulated walls and many are vacuum formed = low weight/high strength.
DIY maybe stud/foam/siding = heavier/less stiff.

Knowledge is power,
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I wish you the best of luck.
I don't want to be negative as a matter of fact I hate negative people. But I think he might be right
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I would strip the frame of the utility trailer add the second axle make sure all 4 wheels has electric brakes figure where the tanks will go then add framing for them when done with all the fab work on the frame weight it to get a starting weight of frame only
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I also wish you the best of luck, I enjoy most DIY's bust this would be way too much for me. I also think you should consider selling the utility trailer. You could get a older travel trailer in exchange and at least have something to start with. Just an idea.
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Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm looking forward to learning how to do this from all the experience here.
Check out this website: http://glen-l.com/campers/glenlrv.html

There's plans you can buy for building your travel trailer. There's also pictures of other people's builds.

A good investment may be a set a scales to keep track of overall weight & tongue weight.
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I would strip the frame of the utility trailer add the second axle make sure all 4 wheels has electric brakes figure where the tanks will go then add framing for them when done with all the fab work on the frame weight it to get a starting weight of frame only
Yes, Thanks. All sides and side frame will come off to accommodate the new 8ft wide flooring. Will add a second axle. I did not consider brakes on all four, but sounds safe... Thanx
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I also wish you the best of luck, I enjoy most DIY's bust this would be way too much for me. I also think you should consider selling the utility trailer. You could get a older travel trailer in exchange and at least have something to start with. Just an idea.
Thanx. Appreciate the comments. You are absolutely right. Once physically started, this will be an overwhelming project. But it will keep me busy, give me something to do, and I am in no hurry.

I estimate about one year (from physical start) for completion. I "plan" on doing all the plumbing and most of the electrical myself. But I will not rule out having it done professionally.
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I also wish you the best of luck, I enjoy most DIY's bust this would be way too much for me. I also think you should consider selling the utility trailer. You could get a older travel trailer in exchange and at least have something to start with. Just an idea.
I am one to DIY it also, but on this project I am with DBeauchamp, some older travel trailers can be picked for next nothing, then gut it and make it what you want. Either way I wish you the best luck and enjoyment in your project.
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I too would NEVER consider this and I've done some huge diy projects in the past...

Unless you are a structural engineer, I would be very concerned that the frame would support a functioning "RV" without major modification... which will add a lot of weight, wouldn't it ?

And then there's getting it licensed by a governmental agency -
how many would not consider licensing it .... but good luck !

I'm too suggest sell the trailer, save $200 per month, and have $4000 or so dollars to buy a working one or put down on a better one IMHO - good luck !
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