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    DIY toy hauler camper build


    A few weeks ago I bought a brand new all aluminum 6x12 v-nose trailer. It is an ez-hauler manufactured in Winslow Maine.

    My master plan is vaguely like what this guy built here.



    Except I will not have any built in plumbing and I hope to keep things much more modular.

    My immediate plans are for it to support my 2015 LRRS racing season. In this capacity it must have:

    - Tie downs for one sport-bike
    - Tie downs, shelving, hooks etc for spare wheels, stands, tire warmers, leathers, street helmets, etc
    - 1 adult size bunk
    - Mini fridge
    - Electrical power
    - Lighting
    - Vent

    Long term, I'd like to cut windows, add flooring and about a dozen other things I haven't thought of yet.

    Oh, and I'm towing it with a FWD econobox for now. Weight is an issue. Trailer weighs 950 lbs per the sticker on the tongue. I figure loaded with bike, tools, and weekend supplies I'll be pushing the 2000 tow limit on my car. I am trying to be mindful of the crap I build into this thing.

    As it was. It seems I never took a photo of the inside before I went to work on it. But you get the point.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Job one was to get the tie-downs in. I'm using pro-hoist 6.5" removable wheel chocks. These are the same as the advrider guy. I think they are pretty clever because they are easily removable. I like his flooring and may go that route as well. Having the tie-downs flush mount would be nifty. Tie-downs are "airline logistics track" or l-track sourced form US Cargo.com. Nifty stuff. Available in any color you like. Naturally I got mine in orange.

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    Wheel chock is positioned such that any of my bikes will fit except the jumbo-mamma V-Strom. I bought tie-downs and a second wheel chock to add later. I will offset it further forward such that the 'strom would fit in that position.

    One thing I did not take into consideration is balancing the load. This is a single axle trailer so I expect to need to take care here. My plan is to balance everything else in the trailer to keep the tongue weight reasonable.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Any opinion of quality of the trailer as compared to the other aluminum jobbies out there?

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Next was gutting the trailer and cutting holes in it. Nothing like paying top dollar for a beautiful trailer with a seamless, heavy-gauge sheet aluminum roof and then slashing holes in it.

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    Roof vent with 12VDC fan and marine type 15A power hookup.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Any opinion of quality of the trailer as compared to the other aluminum jobbies out there?
    I am a far cry from an expert. But thus far I am impressed. When shopping around I found I was kind of disappointed at how poorly built some trailers are. This one has what look like a lot of very good quality welds to my untrained eye. Everything is weather caulked and sealed. The decking is some sort of 50-year warrantied wonder material. The walls are quality 1/8" ply, not some cheap pressed board. Walls are held up with fasteners every 8" or so and trimmed out with flat aluminum bar or L bar in the corners. Electrical is basic, but done reasonably right. Lots of those crimp on fittings. But the exposed stuff is all in split loom screwed in place every 16-20".

    Places they cheaped out are the axle. It is a pretty standard 4" drop on leaf springs. Not a fancy torsion bar. The hubs have standard zerk fittings, not bearing buddies or anything. The wheels are basic steelies.

    Overall I am quite happy with the value of this thing.

    I did not shop too many aluminum trailers. But I looked at a lot of steel ones that were, in my view, shit in comparison. There's this thing called z-studs used in a lot of the cheaper ones. Seems like a bad thing when you can open the back door, press against the wall and flex the entire ass-end of the trailer.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Insulated walls and ceiling. 1" foam everywhere. Aluminum faced closed cell in the ceiling ($$!). Cheaper polystyrene in the walls.. 'cause why not.
    Wires pulled. 2 110V AC circuits and 3 12V DC ones.

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    Notice the bang-up job I did measuring once and cutting twice with the power-inlet.

    I have a plan to use LED strip lighting around the perimeter.

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    This morning I ordered an RV style load center. Massive overkill for my needs. But everything will be properly protected with breakers for the 110 bits and fuses for the 12v stuff. I was going to hack something together with an old ATX power supply in a manner not appropriate for mention in public. While wiring it up it became apparent it was too hacky even for me.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    nice

    edit - you check for lateral wobble for tie down points?

    watched a street bike tip on a turn because there wasn't enough lateral security before

    also that advthread is awesome

    interesting shower setup



    heat water w' camp propane, drain into a 7 gallon tank, put it on top of the trailer, and don't drop the soap

    edit, nvm...saw this on page 6:



    edit - post #202 - on valentine's day he posts that he's obligated to spend time with the wife, then 42 mins later is back to working on the trailer, LOL

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Lateral wobble?! The pro hoist chocks are not nearly as stable as the HF ride-in chocks I have on the old open trailer. But they are removable and take up way, way less space. Lighter weight too. Compromises. They make several sizes of chocks. I bought the biggest (6"?!) as it was available on ebay with free shipping. Seems most versatile too. As you can see from the photo, it seems to hold the KTM 200 nicely. The tie down straps do most of the work anyway.

    On that subject, I am in love with the heavier duty cam-buckle straps I bought from us cargo. Way better than the cheap shit hf ratchet straps I've been using forever. It is obscenely easy to quickly secure the bike with these straps.

    Last night I:
    - wired up the 110 sockets
    - installed some closetmaid wire shelving
    - installed the pit-pose folding shelf
    - installed hooks for tie downs to hold my tool cart in place in transit

    No photos to share as it was quite dark when finished.

    Foam mattress is en-route, will not get installed by this weekend. We'll spend the weekend in a sleeping bad on a camping mat.
    RV power converter is en-route, likely be my focus and get installed asap.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Can't wait to see this in person. I think I'm just as excited for all the trailer builds as the racing. Well, almost.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Solar showers are not a bad way to go. In the summer months it's pretty warm. We used to fill a 50gal drum, painted black, insert a sump pump to a shower head and instant shower and hot water.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    I've been doing a lot of research on a shower setup. In the not to distant future I'll be installing some custom stainless water tanks that fit inbetween the frame rails of the westy. The propane instant hot water setup is what I am leaning too, the solar showers just dont get hot when it is 15 degree outside and cloudy...

    If I was going to install a solar setup id go with one of these Road Shower (Rack Mounted Solar Shower) - GoWesty Camper Products - parts supplier for VW Vanagon, Eurovan, and Bus

    Until then warmed water from the stove and this will do, and they are a local company too!!!
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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post
    the solar showers just dont get hot when it is 15 degree outside and cloudy...
    I agree.... solar is only a cheap summer option, not a bad one BUT...

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Fortunately I have access to a shower at NHMS. We'll cross that bridge when we get there for everywhere else in life.

    When I was a kid we used one of these on grand-dad's boat.



    I showered in a bathing suit on the bow right out in the open. No one seemed that offended.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    The great thing about the Nemo shower is the pump.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    I have a friend with a Zodi, works awesome and we use it for dishes as well as showers.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    When I was a kid we used one of these on grand-dad's boat.


    I showered in a bathing suit on the bow right out in the open. No one seemed that offended.
    I bought one of these on Amazon for Thompson last year. Used it once, worked like a charm...then left it sitting outside the garage at NHMS after tossing it there to get it out of the way in my trailer.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Ain't much, but it's mine.

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    Rain wheels, stands and fuel jug have not found real homes yet.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    at first i thought that was a TV and I was going to say you need to get your trailer's priorities straight. LOL

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post
    The great thing about the Nemo shower is the pump.
    Very clever products. Those guys are very bright - local company.


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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    at first i thought that was a TV and I was going to say you need to get your trailer's priorities straight. LOL
    Pffttt...I never did ANY of the shit I'm seeing people like Steph and Colin balling out with now...but you bet your ass I hung a TV on the wall. I can use two blankets(fuck insulation!), but I can't watch Avengers on my iPhone without going blind.

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    I honestly don't watch TV much anymore. Porn gets watched on the laptop nowadays.

    If you look carefully you can see some wires hanging from the ceiling near the front. That's power for the bitchin' Kenwood head unit I intend to install in the ceiling of the V. Been holding onto that gem for like 10 years. Finally know why!

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    Honestly, I hung the TV because I had one I wasn't using. Turned out to be much less useful than I expected, as even with the extra days I spend at the race weekends, there isn't much down time to watch TV

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    RV power center is in and actually seems to work. I did a piss poor job of laying out where the electrical sockets are and will be moving at least one. But it's in and works. Up to 3 AC circuits and 4 DC. All properly grounded and fused. Nifty.

    I really wish I'd gotten to the lights. Maybe I'll take a swing at that tomorrow.

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    Re: DIY toy hauler camper build

    How big of a fridge are you looking for?

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    I just realized this big white bit of absurdity isn't registered. Temp plates expire tomorrow. Details.

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