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Title: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: Bbbriggs on August 28, 2017, 05:31:53 PM
In about two weeks I am picking up a Haulmark 7x14 twin axle aluminum trailer that I am going to convert to a travel trailer. After stripping the inside I am going to insulate it, install a Murphy bed, an awning and a pioneer heat pump/ac. Will be picking it up in the Salt Lake City area on my way to New Mexico where my brother and I will finish the rest of the work. I am into it about $7500 so far.
Title: Re: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: kdbgoat on August 28, 2017, 06:20:18 PM
I wish you all the best on your project and will help where I can, but for $7500, you could have bought a small camper and remodel/repair a lot cheaper and easier.
Title: Re: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: Bbbriggs on September 22, 2017, 09:27:47 AM
Have gotten started on the conversion. So far painted floor with epoxy, installed insulation in ceiling and floors, installed awning. Getting ready to finish inside walls with nice plywood and put in a/c.
Title: Re: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: Memtb on September 22, 2017, 09:52:52 AM
In about two weeks I am picking up a Haulmark 7x14 twin axle aluminum trailer that I am going to convert to a travel trailer. After stripping the inside I am going to insulate it, install a Murphy bed, an awning and a pioneer heat pump/ac. Will be picking it up in the Salt Lake City area on my way to New Mexico where my brother and I will finish the rest of the work. I am into it about $7500 so far.


     Keep us apprised of your mission!  I know of a couple of folks that may be interested in how and what you do to make the "transition"!
Title: Re: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: grashley on September 22, 2017, 07:07:07 PM
This thread from earlier this year documents a similar project.

http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,105349.msg948985.html#msg948985

Good Luck, and post lots of pics!!
Title: Re: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: Bbbriggs on September 24, 2017, 02:17:19 PM
Putting roof coating on the roof. Out in the sun the aluminum roof got very hot.
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Post by: Bbbriggs on September 25, 2017, 04:57:31 PM
Mounting outer unit of ac unit.
Title: Re: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: Bbbriggs on October 02, 2017, 12:39:18 PM
Finished with the ac install. IT IS ALIVE.
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Post by: QZ on October 02, 2017, 02:23:41 PM
Nice ac set up. What kind of power does it take to run it?
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Post by: Bbbriggs on October 02, 2017, 02:53:31 PM
Just set up the ac to run on the generator with propane. Think the ac uses about 800 watts. This is a 4000 watt generator and isnít bogged down at all. This ac unit super cools the trailer and removes lots of water out of the air. Very pleased
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Post by: QZ on October 02, 2017, 03:04:32 PM
I'm looking at Pioneer products. How many BTU is it?

I like that aluminum trailer, it should retain value pretty well as it can always be used for something if you decide to sell some day.
Title: Re: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: Bbbriggs on October 02, 2017, 03:31:41 PM
This is their 9000 btu model (the smallest one they make).
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Post by: QZ on October 02, 2017, 03:36:57 PM
Nice, that's easy for a 2000 inverter generator.
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Post by: Bbbriggs on October 07, 2017, 07:01:30 AM
Just picked up a couple of final items. A good fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide/smoke detector. Will be heading back to Seattle from New Mexico next week.
Title: Re: Starting my cargo trailer conversion soon.
Post by: Bbbriggs on October 16, 2017, 05:37:57 PM
Just got back from New Mexico to Washington State. Towed trailer about 1600 miles. Got a whopping 8.7 miles per gallon with the Toyota Tundra. I could literally watch the needle moving. Towed great even in some pretty high winds. Stayed one night at a Cracker Barrel parking lot (will need to look at a small propane heater for no hook-up situations). The other two nights were at rv parks. Cheap walmart electric heater worked great in these places where it got down to 32F at night. Found out that aluminum trailer is very effective at blocking wi-fi signals and am looking at a booster and repeater to help with that. Also I will put in some kind of vent fan to help circulate fresh air. All the new materials are outgassing a bit, especially the vinyl strip door on the back of the trailer. All in All I am very pleased with the conversion.
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Post by: QZ on October 16, 2017, 07:26:19 PM
Good to hear that. we have a fantastic vent in the bedroom that we leave cracked open just a little for fresh air. 8.7 isn't all bad and Walmart and Cracker barrel make up for it. :)
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Post by: Bbbriggs on October 19, 2017, 10:22:03 PM
Now the finishing touch. All in including paying sales tax and registration in WA. State. $11,288.25
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Post by: grashley on October 20, 2017, 04:57:51 PM
Pictures, we want finished product pictures!!  Sounds great!