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#7089742 - 02/22/18 10:59 PM Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper
LuckyVictim Offline
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Registered: 03/19/12
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Has anyone done this? I picked up a craigslist cargo trailer two years ago, didn't want an RV problems like pipes that can freeze and roofs leaking at the slightest bit of neglect. Just threw the two standard cots, insulation with portable AC unit, and run it off a Generator.
Anywho, its been the best to pull around the property and camp with it, but now its time for a rebuild. Wanna make it a bit nicer and some protection to the floor from wet boots... So, anyone have suggestions on layout for a 6x12 trailer, or things that are a must add to a camping rig?
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#7089758 - 02/22/18 11:27 PM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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They have a section on cargo trailer conversions on this forum. It along with other info is well worth the read.
http://www.tnttt.com/viewforum.php?f=42
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#7089776 - 02/22/18 11:58 PM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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Be sure you don't use a propane heater without sufficient ventilation, including making sure someone cannot unknowingly close a window that must remain open for that reason as others are sleeping.
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#7089823 - 02/23/18 06:11 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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One of the guys I hunt with converted his cargo trailer but didn't take away from it's use. He put hinged plywood on the wall that can fold down when in use as beds or shelves and put up when hauling items.

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#7089922 - 02/23/18 07:56 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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Must have CARBON MONOXIDE & SMOKE detector. Look forward to conversion pics

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#7089969 - 02/23/18 08:33 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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Been thinking about doing this myself.
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#7090089 - 02/23/18 10:05 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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I'm a contractor that does mostly remodels for clients, and I've been asked by several about building tiny homes and converting shipping containers into cabins. Never a cargo trailer. In every case, when I run the numbers, the materials alone cost more then buying a fairly new, but used RV Trailer.

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#7090118 - 02/23/18 10:37 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: Texas Dan]
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Oil heaters are very safe.

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#7090263 - 02/23/18 12:53 PM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: Sidebuster]
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Several friends who are big into dirt biking have done these. One guy used galvanized pipe, fittings, and floor flanges to make 4 permanent bunks on one side in his, for him and his 3 boys. Once all the bikes are out it is actually pretty roomy. The other guy uses his for his construction business, so he put folding plywood beds on each side wall suspended by chains. Then he can use the entire trailer for equipment when he works, and unload it when they go play.

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#7090976 - 02/24/18 01:10 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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We have an incredible 20 ft shipping container cabin. Pm me and I will send pics. It is unbelievable what you can do with one. We have 2 full beds, 2 twin beds, shower, toilet, washer/dryer hook up, storage, microwave, water heater, etc. 2 electric heaters and AC. 1000s cheaper than a new camper and bullet proof to mice.

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#7091002 - 02/24/18 03:29 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: EddieWalker]
LuckyVictim Offline
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Originally Posted By: EddieWalker
I'm a contractor that does mostly remodels for clients, and I've been asked by several about building tiny homes and converting shipping containers into cabins. Never a cargo trailer. In every case, when I run the numbers, the materials alone cost more then buying a fairly new, but used RV Trailer.


Thanks for the advice. When I added up dollar signs, for the basics you just cant beat doing a simple setup in a cargo trailer. I've owned a 30ft Travel Trailer in the past, and now a 34ft newer motorhome. The quality of build on both wouldn't last a year parked out at my property in east Texas without having major issues.

Anyone thinking about doing this I would highly encourage. Getting into some AC and away from the bugs in the summer is a great feeling, as is being able to sleep and wake up in a warm space while out deer hunting. My plan is to outfit mine and pull it with me to Wyoming and Nebraska this year for hunting. Be able to skip the hotel/motel fee's and save the drive waking right were we plan to hunt.
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#7091157 - 02/24/18 08:51 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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Having travel trailers on the deer lease wore me out. Flat tires, leaky roof, rats, titles, tags, tail lights.....I don't need anything other than a warm in the winter, cool in the summer, dry place to sleep and change clothes. I do all my cooking outside and any other business. Since I have all the tools to build anything I've built a few very small buildings that will slide on a utility trailer. Run a heavy extension cord through the wall into a 4 way box, small AC and a nice mattress. A little over 6' wide by 12' works great for me. I've never insulated, and stay very warm. Sleeping cool isn't a problem with the AC at the foot of the bed, actually get cold at night. On a budget, $6-700.00 is not a problem. If I have to, I can take it with me, or sell cheap after a few years of use. Hit me up if you want some details, I'd be glad to share what I've learned from building a few.

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#7091175 - 02/24/18 09:09 AM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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We converted one a few years ago. Itís great. R-13 insulation in the walls and roof. Electrical ran through the walls and roof with switches for lights. The generator powers everything including the 1300 watt heater. We did the first year with propane, didnít care for it so itís now used for back up. We bought a 8x16 with the 2 foot V nose, which is where we built the shelves for storage. A large cot goes across he back, folding table along the left wall for cooking on, and then a queen air mattress up front. Plenty of room for 3 adults, and when needed the table folds up and 2 more adults can sleep.

Best part is, ITS MOUSE AND WASP FREE after 3 years of West Texas abuse.
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#7091704 - 02/24/18 05:33 PM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: Txduckman]
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Would you mind sending pics to 9404654483 thanks Bill

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#7091761 - 02/24/18 06:09 PM Re: Cargo trailer converted into hunting camper [Re: LuckyVictim]
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Tons of DIY videos available. Simply search "cargo trailer conversion"

Here's but one example: https://imgur.com/a/WDk86
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