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Old 07-20-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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I have this heavy-duty utility trailer that I would like to construct my travel trailer on. The frame is 4' by 14'. I have never done anything like this before, but this looks like a great site and I look forward to hearing ideas and suggestions from all. I am not in a hurry to get it built, but I am putting my design thoughts on paper and I worked out a "basic" excel sheet on the "rough" cost. I am currently trying to find a place where I can store it while spending the next year building it, as my wife and I live in an apartment, and I cannot do the work here.

I am currently thinking of 7' x 20'
Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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First, I think you need to know just how "heavy duty" your trailer really is. What is the single-axle's capability.

Even my small-ish trailer has dual axles. Something to consider.

Then, what will you use as a tow vehicle?

A start....

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Old 07-20-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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I'd suggest an 8' x 20' to use materials more effectively. A 7' width will require you to "waste" 1 foot of a lot of your material.
Just a thought...
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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Have you heard of SIP's?
Structurally Insulated Panels, I have always thought that might be a really good material to build one of these with.
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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First, I think you need to know just how "heavy duty" your trailer really is. What is the single-axle's capability.

Even my small-ish trailer has dual axles. Something to consider.

Then, what will you use as a tow vehicle?

A start....

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X2, and after contrating my own home and finding out the hard way about " cost over-runs" and slight "miss-calculations" JMHO. you would be better off to find a factory unit in your price range and do some up grades.A ton of units out there at a good price.
Would your state laws allow you to do your own wiring, plumbing or propane system work ??Would you be able to license / insure it when you finish ? Do you already own all the tools your going to need, did you figure the cost of tools into construction cost ?
At 4' across the deck the widest, stable unit you could build is 6' , if you look at any TT structure is limited to the outside of the tires for stability, only tent trailers tuck the tires under and they don't tow that well.
Sorry to be a wet blanket, but this is my 2c worth , a lot of questions to ask before you spend a $
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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Look at singcore.com, it might fit your bill for being lightweight, strong.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:13 AM   #7
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You might want to look at tinyhouseblog.com, there are some really good ideas there.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:18 AM   #8
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Two other forums that may be useful are about teardrops trailers since many build their teardrop from the frame on up. You might be able to glean some info on building materials.
http://http://www.forum.teardrops.ne...eforum_pro.cgi

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Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers • Index page
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