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Cargo trailer conversion project
« on: May 24, 2017, 01:53:37 AM »
In case some people are interested. I started my cargo van conversion project a few weeks ago. I'm a software engineer, bored and always wanted to do this. The trailer is a 14x7x7 with a V-nose so an extra 2' up front. Amazon has been making deliveries to my house for a month now and usually 2 to 3 items a day. I had no idea that inverter was that big! I have 4 marine batteries that will be connected in parallel using a 1" solid copper bus bar.

I've watched 100's of videos and I haven't seen anyone pull down the 3/8'ths inch board inside. These trailers are NOT waterproof. The need to be caulked and I sprayed Flex Seal also. The white paint on the floor is epoxy type paint to waterproof as I go. Been insulating as I go and the floor also with another 3/4" on top. Bed frame is made with storage underneath and gas pistons to raise it up.

I'll post more pics maybe this weekend. I cut a hole in the back under the bed and put a 22"x22" cargo door. There is a tray that slides out with the generator. Testing out my 15,000 BTU AC this weekend.

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2017, 10:31:15 AM »
Sounds like you are on the road (so to speak) to having a great little trailer. I've always wanted to do something like this, but time got away from me. Good luck with your project, and don't be afraid to ask lots of questions on the forum. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience among the members here. Welcome to the forum!!
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2017, 01:44:23 PM »
My bed is the size of a twin XL. I used 3/4" pressboard and it's heavy. I put 2 200 pound gas pistons to lift it up. It's on a piano hinge. Big mistake. 400 pounds of lift would launch a small girl. I ordered 100 pound lifts.

I almost made a big mistake thinking a trailer needed all its weight in the rear. Saw some posts on here then started to investigate. Was able to change my plans and increase my propane tanks on the front and move the 50 gallon water tank.

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 01:53:50 AM »
Any recommendations on a propane furnace make/model/size?

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 06:14:31 AM »
Just curious, the 2nd picture you posted isn't a "V" noise trailer....is that yours or someone else's?
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 06:21:23 AM »
Just curious, the 2nd picture you posted isn't a "V" noise trailer....is that yours or someone else's?

No, it's a V nose and that is mine.

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2017, 06:27:09 AM »
Check out the unit numbers on the tongue, same trailer as the 4th pic. The V just isn't as pronounced as it is on some other trailers.
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2017, 06:31:06 AM »
Long weekend plus vacation day tomorrow so I'll be stocking up on Ibuprofen on the way home

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017, 09:30:47 AM »
No, it's a V nose and that is mine.

My mistake.  The fourth picture definitely shows it more clearly
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2017, 01:49:14 PM »
My mistake.  The fourth picture definitely shows it more clearly

Some V nose trailers are really V nose. This is slight.

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2017, 10:48:38 PM »
This is the remote for my Champion generator. Had it modified at work with some transistors and wires so I can hook it up to a microprocessor I'm going to program. A little more electronics to monitor the voltage of my battery bank and it will automatically start and stop the generator when the batteries need charging.

Inside I'll have 3 LED's. Red, Green and Yellow and 3 buttons.

Red    - Stop and no monitoring
Green - Manual start
Yellow - Battery monitor mode

Also a combination of LED's and blinking will show all the failure modes

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2017, 05:19:01 PM »
Few more pics

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2017, 03:08:49 AM »
I guess no recommendations so I ordered this one

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2017, 09:06:43 PM »
Installed inverter today. 4 hours!!

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2017, 09:31:53 PM »
Looks nice. Are they all 12 volt DC batteries?
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2017, 09:35:08 PM »
Looks nice. Are they all 12 volt DC batteries?

Yup. The smallest thing can set up back. The switch and fuse holder have recessed holes for the screws. I had to go to Tractor Supply just for the right washers. Then that AC wire!!!! You can't use your fingers it's so tough to bend. A set of pliers in each hand.

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2017, 02:15:55 PM »
 :o

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2017, 02:27:44 PM »
Yup. The smallest thing can set up back. The switch and fuse holder have recessed holes for the screws. I had to go to Tractor Supply just for the right washers. Then that AC wire!!!! You can't use your fingers it's so tough to bend. A set of pliers in each hand.

I think you meant DC wiring.  :o ::) ;)
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2017, 02:28:29 PM »
:o

They didn't tell you it was shredded.  :'( :-[
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2017, 02:46:35 PM »
I think you meant DC wiring.  :o ::) ;)

No, the orange wire. 120 AC in and 120 AC out

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2017, 02:47:00 PM »
They didn't tell you it was shredded.  :'( :-[

Lol

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2017, 02:51:40 PM »
No, the orange wire. 120 AC in and 120 AC out

Oh I see. It's 10 gauge.
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2017, 10:29:25 PM »
WOW!!  You must have a HUGE mailbox!!
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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2017, 01:31:41 AM »
WOW!!  You must have a HUGE mailbox!!

Ha ha ha. I ordered one tube of caulking from Amazon. It came in a box 2' long, 18" wide and 4" thick.

It took 12' of 6" poplar board just to make 2 drawers yesterday. Brad nailers make short work of that.

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2017, 11:42:35 AM »
Some progress

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2017, 12:27:01 PM »
Coming along nicely.

What is the travel intention with trailer?

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2017, 01:11:53 PM »
It's for when the commies invade I can bug out.

Not really.

I'm bored and always wanted to do this and having tons and tons of fun with it. I hope to have enough done so I can bring it to work this summer a few times and spend the night then the winter time the same thing so I can work out any bugs.

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2017, 01:20:15 PM »
It's for when the commies invade I can bug out.

I think you missed the boat on that one. ;D

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2017, 01:22:12 PM »
I think you missed the boat on that one. ;D

Lol

Made the mistake of ordering my furnace from rvpartsnation. It's listed as waiting to ship for 2 weeks now. I looked them up online and tons of complaints.

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Re: Cargo trailer conversion project
« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2017, 02:00:28 PM »
Wow this is really awesome. I love how unassuming it is. Do you have plans for windows?

Obviously this is near and dear to you bc you made it but I bet you could also sell it pretty easily if you ever wanted to. You hit every hipster buzzword; "repurposed", "van", "amazon", "commie invasion"  ;)

Also lmao at the mistake with the 400 pound piston situation.
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