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Title: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 10, 2022, 10:05:45 PM
OK Boys and girls. I'm going to be adding a few small items to the cargo trailer to make it a touch more versatile. The goal is to have something that we can use to haul the quads and be a bit of a home base for a overnight camp. I plan on grabbing another roof top tent as a "sleeping area" on the back of the truck like before, but the tent will be bigger this time.

Anyways, on the trailer this is the short game
- 12v powered lights
- 12v Roof Fan
- 110v powered outlets x2 via inveter
- 110v exterior connection for "shore power"
- RV door latch for the man door

Possibly a couple slider windows in the spring with a china diesel heater, but we'll see how it goes. No plans for water or anything like that, just a sheltered area to be able to cook and have some space if we need it for something else.

Here is the basic diagram I threw together to get my thoughts "on paper".

Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 10, 2022, 10:06:42 PM
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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 10, 2022, 10:09:15 PM
The walls are nailed and glued, so I doubt I'll be insulating them at this point, but I'll put some 1" foam in the ceiling and underneath to help a little bit.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 11, 2022, 02:19:00 PM
Iím not going to pretend to understand your diagram because I dont mess with wiring of any kind unless absolutely necessary.  And even then I have to know for certain where the wires go.  Like fool proof.  Haha

I look forward to this though.  I think the trailer needs some bling to go with this though.  Wheels and tires and a vinyl wrap that Carrieís the theme of the truck. 

Where is the second roof top tent going?  On the trailer? 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 11, 2022, 02:45:29 PM
I'm fine with wiring stuff, I'm just not looking forward to cutting holes in the trailer.

Nothing big at all on this project, still have big turbos and injectors to go into the truck and a few small things to wrap up on the Quad (and the ST is getting intake and full exhaust...)

I sold the other roof top tent I had, as it was too small for the 4 of us. I found a couple decent true four person tents that look like they will work out pretty well.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 11, 2022, 03:54:01 PM
I'm fine with wiring stuff, I'm just not looking forward to cutting holes in the trailer.

Nothing big at all on this project, still have big turbos and injectors to go into the truck and a few small things to wrap up on the Quad (and the ST is getting intake and full exhaust...)

I sold the other roof top tent I had, as it was too small for the 4 of us. I found a couple decent true four person tents that look like they will work out pretty well.
See, this is why no one believes you when you say youíre done with things. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 12, 2022, 02:01:16 AM
Well, the truck updates are sponsored and the wife likes the idea of the car having a little bark. Both are likely to happen in May, but gotta spend wisely these days, everything seems to be going up in price.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: sscully on January 12, 2022, 10:29:01 PM
I am guessing the blue item below the title ( trailer ) is a 12v battery ?
- It looks like a D cell battery.

If so; did you mean for it to bypass your 150A fuse, going to the fuse panel ?
- Also did you mean to have a 150A of 12 V power  :wow:

Keep in mind that the fuse needs to be as close to the source of the power that you can get it.

Going through the trailer wall, you either want greenfield flexible or thin wall pipe from the shore power to inside the trailer with the 110VAC line.
- Watching out for vibrations on the raw edge of the trailer and don't trust only poly grommets for repetitive movements like that.  Poly bushing with think wall or flex tube through it.  SuerGlue, lock tite, etc the poly bushing threats.

Just a few questions that stood out to me.

BTW : Before you get fuel smell in the trailer, you might want to epoxy the trailer flooring so spills don't soak into the plywood.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 13, 2022, 11:20:16 AM
I am guessing the blue item below the title ( trailer ) is a 12v battery ?
- It looks like a D cell battery.

If so; did you mean for it to bypass your 150A fuse, going to the fuse panel ?
- Also did you mean to have a 150A of 12 V power  :wow:

Keep in mind that the fuse needs to be as close to the source of the power that you can get it.

Going through the trailer wall, you either want greenfield flexible or thin wall pipe from the shore power to inside the trailer with the 110VAC line.
- Watching out for vibrations on the raw edge of the trailer and don't trust only poly grommets for repetitive movements like that.  Poly bushing with think wall or flex tube through it.  SuerGlue, lock tite, etc the poly bushing threats.

Just a few questions that stood out to me.

BTW : Before you get fuel smell in the trailer, you might want to epoxy the trailer flooring so spills don't soak into the plywood.

Thanks for reading and asking the questions. I'm sure there is going to be something that I'm missing.

As you can tell, I didn't use any "standards" in that diagram. Just threw it together to get the lay out on paper, lol.
The symbol is just to signify the battery. I have one 100ah Lithium Iron battery (self heating) on the way. It will probably do just fine, for my needs, however I may add a second.

The 150amp fuse is sized appropriately based on a 2000w inverter, it's really just being a fail safe in case of a short. All the components are individually fused. It may go in front of the power switch, but we are talking a few inches here or there, so shouldn't have too much impact.

Since I'm not planning on hooking up at RV lots, I've opted to grab a 15amp/110v molded plug which is basically an extension cord that mounts on the outside. The walls are so thin, that it will poke inside the trailer a touch. I may end up putting sheeting in the trailer, but that can be a final step.

You make a excellent point on the floor. I have been trying to figure that one out and struggling to decide on what's best to do. I found some bulk rolls of Gym mating (8mm) that I'm leaning towards, but won't be very friendly if I ever drive a sled in it. but you're right, I should at least get a coating on it, before it's too late.

Still slowly ordering and piecing together parts to do more once it warms up.


Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 13, 2022, 12:11:47 PM
They make garage floor epoxy that works well if you use a special wood primer for it.  Thatís my plan eventually when I overhaul my enclosed trailer.  Easy to sweep out and even pressure wash.  Especially if you take it up the sides partially.  Might be a nightmare if you need to remove the floor for any reason but thatís another issue. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 13, 2022, 04:05:47 PM
Do you know the brand? I was looking at some stuff from Kiln that looked pretty good


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 13, 2022, 06:54:19 PM
Do you know the brand? I was looking at some stuff from Kiln that looked pretty good


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This is the email response to my question to what they recommended for my trailer.  I explained I was looking for something very durable, applied to wood, that would stand up to power sliding/throttling four wheelers in to a sideways position. 



Hi

We would recommend our www.armorcladepoxy.com garage system for your trailer. It can be applied to wood. Since the smallest kit we offer is 300 sq ft we would recommend that you mix up smaller quantities which is easily done and put down 2 coats plus use the Military grade topcoat option.

 

Thank you very much.

 

Customer Service

Armorpoxy, Inc.

805 Lehigh Ave.

Union, NJ 07083

908-810-9613

Fax 908-810-9612


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 13, 2022, 06:57:01 PM
That looks perfect. I need something pretty durable and could do the ramp too.


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Title: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 13, 2022, 07:03:38 PM
That looks perfect. I need something pretty durable and could do the ramp too.


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I donít remember how I ultimately decided on them.  Or if that was my final decision.  Iíd still recommend researching them.  I think I remember being pretty impressed or I wouldnít have emailed them. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on January 14, 2022, 06:43:31 AM
I explained I was looking for something very durable, applied to wood, that would stand up to power sliding/throttling four wheelers in to a sideways position.

And here I was thinking KY Jelly or something. Silly me.   :funny:
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 14, 2022, 06:57:59 AM
I explained I was looking for something very durable, applied to wood, that would stand up to power sliding/throttling four wheelers in to a sideways position.

And here I was thinking KY Jelly or something. Silly me.   :funny:
Damn, Iím slipping.  I didnít even catch that one.  Iím ashamed.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2022, 11:46:57 PM
Well dang, that went right over my head too  :funny:
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: sscully on January 17, 2022, 11:38:40 PM
I explained I was looking for something very durable, applied to wood, that would stand up to power sliding/throttling four wheelers in to a sideways position.

And here I was thinking KY Jelly or something. Silly me.   :funny:

Leave it to the newly wed to think this way..    :wow:
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 18, 2022, 07:06:11 AM
I explained I was looking for something very durable, applied to wood, that would stand up to power sliding/throttling four wheelers in to a sideways position.

And here I was thinking KY Jelly or something. Silly me.   :funny:

Leave it to the newly wed to think this way..    :wow:
We could use that excuse but I got married in October. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: sscully on January 19, 2022, 03:10:02 PM
Do you know the brand? I was looking at some stuff from Kiln that looked pretty good

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This is the email response to my question to what they recommended for my trailer.  I explained I was looking for something very durable, applied to wood, that would stand up to power sliding/throttling four wheelers in to a sideways position. 

Dumb question, mixed with a hair brained idea.

1. Is this epoxy going to be too slick to walk on ?

2. It would require finding another way to spin ( bike spinner ?) the 4 wheelers into place, but how about truck bed liner on the floor ?
- I have this on the wood stairs to my basement for going on 20 years now, and it is working well; but I don't want to slide anything on that...
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 19, 2022, 03:24:31 PM
Do you know the brand? I was looking at some stuff from Kiln that looked pretty good

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This is the email response to my question to what they recommended for my trailer.  I explained I was looking for something very durable, applied to wood, that would stand up to power sliding/throttling four wheelers in to a sideways position. 

Dumb question, mixed with a hair brained idea.

1. Is this epoxy going to be too slick to walk on ?

2. It would require finding another way to spin ( bike spinner ?) the 4 wheelers into place, but how about truck bed liner on the floor ?
- I have this on the wood stairs to my basement for going on 20 years now, and it is working well; but I don't want to slide anything on that...
I canít speak for Ryan but for me itís about finding a balance between enough traction to walk on and slick enough to slide the tires.  If itís anything like other garage floor epoxies, I think it would work just right.  It would also be super easy to sweep up, blow out, hose down or pressure wash.  This is important since Iíll 100% be bringing in a muddy machine every time I use it. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 19, 2022, 03:41:01 PM
Iíve reached out to them to see if they will ship to Canada or have a Canadian distributor. I found a couple other options, but donít seem quite as good.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 19, 2022, 10:39:13 PM
Looks like they ship to Canada, but I have to apply the coating in above freezing temps. I'll probably order it up in the next couple of weeks and then see if I can borrow a friend BIG DA (floor polisher) to sand the wood before applying.

I think I have pretty close to all the wire I will need ordered up. Now I'll get some of the "small" stuff like lights, fan and switch panel to start figuring out the wiring.

After some thought, the trailer will be better with insulation, so I got a good nail puller and will see what it takes to remove a panel. I would simply do 1" foam well taped and leave it at that.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 20, 2022, 07:02:50 AM
Iím surprised theyíre nailed in.  Ever enclosed trailer Iíve ever seen has used screws. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 20, 2022, 10:05:45 AM
Me too, I was expecting screws when I picked it up, but it wasnít a deal breaker.

Apparently they use some special nail gun that shoots nails right into the steel supports.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 20, 2022, 10:24:14 AM
We have had probs my 8 enclosed trailers and Iíve never seen that before.  I will say though that the screws always come loose.  The inside screws and the outside screws that hold the aluminum panels on.  My work trailer actually goes in for inspection and warranty work for that exact reason.  The outside screws come loose every day.  The front exterior panels are being ripped off and blowing in the breeze.  I actually had to pull over and duct tape them down.  Happened just months after using the trailer.  The man door is the same way.  I have to tighten in daily just so it doesnít sag so I can open and close it and it doesnít want to fall off.  The glue inside helps keep the wood to the walls up the screws themselves back out. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 20, 2022, 10:58:05 AM
Maybe that is why they went this way. They tout that they are a "quality" built trailer. Who knows, but I have a feeling it's going to suck to try and get the panels off. There are no visible exterior screws on this trailer, it looks pretty clean from the outside.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 20, 2022, 11:21:43 AM
Maybe that is why they went this way. They tout that they are a "quality" built trailer. Who knows, but I have a feeling it's going to suck to try and get the panels off. There are no visible exterior screws on this trailer, it looks pretty clean from the outside.
Iíd be curious how the nails hold up.  We buy new trailers every few years.  The last couple have been a nightmare.  I doubt yours will see the road and abuse that ours see so maybe it wonít matter.  I come close to maxing mine out daily weight wise but the other crew tends to overload theirs because combined they can still barely tie their shoes.  Thatís probably why they broke three leaf springs this year and two hitches last year.  Our torsion set up on previous trailers seemed a bit more durable but the leaf spring set up seems better on tires.  Far less blow outs.  The spring shackles do tend to wear out pretty fast but are an easy fix if you keep an eye on them.

Anyway, as far as the outside, my current trailer is the first one I had that doesnít have exterior screws from the factory.  Theyíre just glued it seems.  I say from the factory because when we took it in for service of those front panels earlier in the year, the dealers make shift fix was to just throw screws in the side until winter.  Those screws, like all of our other trailers, just vibrated out.  Which meant more duct tape.  I canít wait to see their final repair next week when I take it back in.  Also hope they fix the rear panel but I canít blame that on quality control.  I got impatient in traffic at a notoriously busy toll booth in Newark and sped through a toll booth.  Didnít know it at the time but I guess I clipped the booth on the way out and tour up the trim, brake light and panel on the driver side.  Figured it out when I got to the job and got out and saw it.  Oops. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 21, 2022, 11:33:43 AM
Mine will see some rough roads, but I highly doubt I will ever over load it. We'll see how it holds up, because I'll be replacing the nails with screws when the wood goes back on (if I can get it off).

Hopefully this all plays out as I hope and the trailer can be usable for more than just hauling stuff around.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on January 21, 2022, 11:52:52 AM
Mine will see some rough roads, but I highly doubt I will ever over load it. We'll see how it holds up, because I'll be replacing the nails with screws when the wood goes back on (if I can get it off).

Hopefully this all plays out as I hope and the trailer can be usable for more than just hauling stuff around.
Our donít necessarily see rough roads.  All paved surfaces for the most part.  Although our roads leave a lot to be desired.  Pennsylvanias road and bridges rank either second last or dead last in the country. Go big or go home I guess.  Be so bad that no one can be worse.  Our trailers just see a lot of miles.  Roughly a thousand miles a week.  A lot of highway so a lot of vibration from the air.  Thatís what I assume is the issue.  I usually have the pedal buried. Fortunately my new work truck this year only does 79mph. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 27, 2022, 11:58:25 PM
Little bitís being ordered here and there. Lots of the 12v wiring came in and the first ďbigĒ purchase, the battery. 100ah Lithium Iron battery that is self heating. I think it will do pretty well for my needs.
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Next up will be attempting to pull the plywood from the inside. If I can get it out, Iíll get the windows, fan and insulation foam to get things really started.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 08, 2022, 12:06:10 AM
I was able to pull the inside panels off the front. It wasnít too bad. Grabbed some insulation and pick up some checker plate later this week. I should be able to fix my boo-boo this weekend and then move on from there.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 08, 2022, 11:02:32 PM
Windows came in today. I guess Iím going to have to start doing some actual work on it now, lol.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on February 09, 2022, 07:33:31 PM
So we are in our off season at work so we have all of our trailers in for inspection.  Like I mentioned before I think, mine needed a bunch of warranty work done.  Well theyíve had it for weeks now and when I called to ask about it, they told me the manufacturer doesnít want to send them any parts because it means they will have less parts to manufacture new trailers.  Haha.  Awesome.  Dealership actually sent a guy out to Indiana to pick up the parts himself. 

The trailer I picked up today had three cracked outriggers on the frame.  Thatís probably the third trailer like that. 

Hopefully yours is built better than all of ours. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 09, 2022, 11:32:40 PM
Thatís brutal!

Iím not seeing anything super special about how this thing is built, but the brand is well rated. Time will tell I guess.

I picked up a 8ft awning to bolt to the side of it and the checker plate to fix my boo boo on the front. Hopefully I can spend a little bit of time on it this weekend. Iím trying to get the quad stuff done, but distractions everywhere are slowing that effort down.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 19, 2022, 08:06:21 PM
Started ripping the plywood off the inside. They were not messing around with the nails, many took the heads off trying to pull them out.

The plan is to mock up some of the lights and items that I plan on installing next. Itís going to get cold here again, so not sure when Iíll spend some more time on it.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on February 19, 2022, 08:27:31 PM
Whatís the plan for the ceiling?  I assume there wasnít any wood up there.  Atleast I havenít seen one with it yet.  But if youíre insulating then I imagine you want to do something about that. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 19, 2022, 10:31:06 PM
Iím going to try and do 2Ē insulation on the ceiling, then some simple wood strapping that will let me put some kind of wood finishing panels. Pine Tongue and groove seems to be fairly cheep (for wood prices anyway). Then I could just clear stain it or something.

Weíll see how ambitious I actually am once I start with getting the insulation in.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on February 20, 2022, 05:35:41 PM
So youíre going to build the ceiling down some then?  That square tubing isnít 2Ē is it?  You could always use a lighter 1/8Ē (3mm) plywood and attach it right to the cross bars.  And if you do the ceiling before the walls, the walls can butt up against it and help hold up the edges.  What does the top of the roof look like?  I was thinking coating it with the stuff they use on campers and RVs would help reduce that oven affect trailers get when sunlight is blasting down on top of the metal panels. 

By the way, no word on my trailer yet.  I donít even know if they ever got the parts for it since my boss returned from his vacation and Iíve left all of that to him now.  It was supposed to be completed last Monday. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 20, 2022, 08:39:03 PM
I think they are just 1Ē square tubing thatís a little thicker walled. I was thinking I could just cut out the insulation where the tubes are, but may just do two layers of 1Ē thick insulation. 2Ē is actually cheaper, so was thinking how I could use it instead.

Iíll be putting the sheeting back over the insulation on the walls, but then would like to finish it with something. Itís just a cargo trailer, so Iím trying to temper my expectations around what it ďcouldĒ look like with some nicer materials.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 20, 2022, 08:40:02 PM
The roof is just sheet aluminum, so it would probably be smart to cover it with something like the RV guys do.


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Title: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on February 20, 2022, 08:48:30 PM
So I have no faith in screws in trailers.  I think you said youíre going back with nails but regardless, I donít trust any of it long term.  You could always rip 2x4s down to 2x2 (real measurements would be 1 1/2Ē by 2Ē)  and bolt through the wood and the cross tubes essentially giving you the 2Ē drop you need for the insulation.  The bolts will never come undone and you can then use wood screws and attach plywood to the ripped 2x2s and it should hold no problem.  My work trailer is getting bolts everywhere that fails next time. 

What got me thinking about the outside of the roof is our trailers get so hot you canít touch them in the summer. And when I should to load truck when I was younger those trucks were awful.  Anything to reflect that heat back off of it would be great and what better than what they use on RVs.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 21, 2022, 12:27:02 AM
Iíve been doing some looking and will likely be doing screws. Weíll see how it goes as Iíll probably put less miles on mine in a year vs. one of your company trailers in a week.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on February 23, 2022, 04:00:24 PM
I do t know whatís going on with my work trailer but the completion date is now March 2nd.  Apparently the parts still arenít in.  I guess be careful with your trailer not to break anything that you may need to order.  It might not be available.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 23, 2022, 04:21:55 PM
That sucks, but I've heard the same around here. A couple guys were bitching that they couldn't even get a set of leaf's.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 23, 2022, 04:25:13 PM
Pretty much all the "big" items purchased and now I need some warm weather again.
I may try to do a mock up/rough in of some wiring in the power cabinet. If I can at least get the breaker, power switch, fuse box and bus bars figured out, it will make it easier down the road.

I also have to figure out this little Chinese Diesel Heater, the instructions are straight outta Google Translate and make NO SENSE.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on February 23, 2022, 04:47:03 PM
I also have to figure out this little Chinese Diesel Heater, the instructions are straight outta Google Translate and make NO SENSE.

I'll bet they're entertaining as hell though.  :funny:
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on February 23, 2022, 05:32:30 PM
That sucks, but I've heard the same around here. A couple guys were bitching that they couldn't even get a set of leaf's.
Great.  Replaced three of them last year.  Should be an interesting year if these trailers keep falling apart.  Weíll have to buy a new trailer just to keep trailers on the road. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 01, 2022, 12:50:59 AM
I was able to get a few things done today. This may turn out to be way more work than I planned, lol.

Exhaust for heater, 120v external power plug and some framing for electrical stuff in.

Next is a couple more frame pieces and then onto window frames.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on March 01, 2022, 08:36:36 AM
Baby steps.  Haha.  This is the boring part. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 04, 2022, 12:49:36 AM
I finished up the bracing for the power center and got some insulation in.

Next up is the framing for the windows and brace for the exterior light.

Then more insulation.

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Post by: Too Stroked on March 04, 2022, 06:43:39 AM
Looking really nice! Are you going to beef up the suspension to handle the extra weight?
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Post by: Kitzy on March 04, 2022, 07:45:55 AM
Coming along nicely.  I bet that poor truck is feeling neglected lately.  Itís going to throw a check engine light just to get some attention. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 04, 2022, 09:19:28 AM
If it had feelings, it wouldnít be too happy with me right now.
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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 05, 2022, 12:46:38 AM
Spent a couple hours this evening on the trailer.
Most of the insulation is done for the walls and started the framing for one of the windows.

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It takes a while to do the insulation as I have to trim out the extra panel adhesive.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on March 05, 2022, 08:31:58 PM
How bad is that extra glue/adhesive to get off?  I see the window propped up there.  I was wondering what they looked like.  I like those. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 05, 2022, 09:25:38 PM
Itís not too bad, itís pretty firm rubber like adhesive, so a sharp OLFA knife takes it off pretty easy.

The windows are 3ft x 17Ē, so a decent size, but not that big unfortunately. I think they will do pretty well for what I need.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 05, 2022, 09:29:44 PM
I did some more work this afternoon, finishing up the framing of one window, put in a support plate for one of the exterior lights and knocked out some more insulation. I ran out of spray foam and aluminum tape, so gotta grab some more before I start routing some wires and getting some panels back on.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on March 06, 2022, 07:06:07 PM
Is that door going to get an RV door handle/latch?  And if so, are you going to remove that swinging bar style thatís on there now?  I wouldnít trust that someone wouldnít latch it while youíre in there.  Iíve had someone at work do that to me by accident and then walk away. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 06, 2022, 10:55:19 PM
Is that door going to get an RV door handle/latch?  And if so, are you going to remove that swinging bar style thatís on there now?  I wouldnít trust that someone wouldnít latch it while youíre in there.  Iíve had someone at work do that to me by accident and then walk away. 


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Yeah, I have a RV latch for it, but havenít gotten to that yet. I will leave the bar on, but lock the flap closed when We are using the trailer for anything but transportation or storage. That way someone canít lock us in. Iím thinking about putting a latch on the back ramp for too, that way we have an alternative exit if needed.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 06, 2022, 11:49:30 PM
Most of the roof insulation is done and some more taping done.

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Title: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on March 07, 2022, 11:35:21 AM
Itís coming a long nicely.  I e joy seeing the progress and look forward to seeing the final outcome. 
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Post by: Blown F-150 on March 07, 2022, 11:59:28 AM
I'll try and do a short video this week. Might show a little better "picture" of what's going on and raise some questions, lol.
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Post by: Kitzy on March 07, 2022, 02:15:50 PM
Raise some questionsÖ. Haha.

I forgot to mention my boss text me this morning to tell me my trailer wonít be ready until the first week of April now.  They still do not have the parts and are scheduled to ship March 17. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 08, 2022, 01:30:26 PM
One correction from the video that I forgot to mention. Iíll be running some of the wiring before I put the plywood back up. The goal is to have as much of the wiring hidden behind panels as I possibly can.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on March 08, 2022, 06:01:03 PM
The tongue and groove pine, is that for the walls or the ceiling?  Thereís not a lot of it there.  I was a little surprised to see the windows positioned so low.  I do t think I would like bending down to look out of them.  One thing I havenít considered is stability of the trailer when parked for camping.  Will it remain hooked to the truck and will you have a way to take the load off of the leaf springs so itís not bouncy when youíre moving around? 


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Title: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 08, 2022, 07:31:42 PM
Good questions!

That is just a few of the 8ft boards I have for the front walls. There is another pile in the garage of 16 footers for the side walls. I couldnít decide what to put on the ceiling yet, so I donít have anything to go up there yet unfortunately.

The window height was determined base on being able to look in if we have to see what the kids were up to and being a little bit lower then the el Ďcheapo awning I bought. They will also work well for when we are sitting in the trailer or want to look out of the bed. The plan is also to flip the axles and that will raise the whole trailer a bit.

For stability, Iím going to start out with what Iím doing now and using jack stands on the four corners. Makes it pretty stable. In the future, I plan on putting in stability jacks.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on March 08, 2022, 07:46:03 PM
The plan for the windows makes way more sense now.  And thinking about it, youíre not likely to be spending a ton of time standing or walking around inside. 

Will you be attempting to level the trailer when you set up camp or just find the most level spot possible?  Jackstands sound like a pain in the ass.  A pair of x chocks might not be a bad idea either if you have the room for them between your axles.  Unless youíre tires will be off the ground then it wonít matter. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 09, 2022, 01:45:27 AM
I hope to get it somewhat level. I have wheel chocks to raise a side if needed.

The jack stands are absolutely a pain in the ass. I pop the trailer off the truck, then lower the tongue jack so the trailer is a little nose down. Then put jack stands under the rear, crank the tongue jack up so itís a little nose high and then finally put jack stands under the front and lower the front onto the stands. It makes for a very stable trailer though.

Framing in for the roof fan and insulation finished up. Even got one piece of plywood back on. I put a piece of insulation back in the fan hole since Iím not sure when Iíll get around to cutting out the roof.

Now I can clear some crap out of the trailer to make room for other crap.
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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 10, 2022, 10:57:24 PM
Some wood back in, then some pine T&V before making holes for outlets.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 10, 2022, 10:58:05 PM
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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 12, 2022, 01:19:17 AM
Finally got some T&G up. Sure is a tedious process.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on March 12, 2022, 06:56:40 AM
Starting to have a homey kind of feel to it.  Looking good.  I like it.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on March 12, 2022, 08:30:35 AM
Looks beautiful! I'd be taking a serious look at the increased weight causing a need for upgrades to suspension, brakes, tires, etc. though. 
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Post by: Kitzy on March 12, 2022, 08:43:19 AM
Looks beautiful! I'd be taking a serious look at the increased weight causing a need for upgrades to suspension, brakes, tires, etc. though.
I would think as long as he doesnít go over the gvwr of the trailer or be close to it at all times, he should be ok.  What I would watch is the outriggers of the frame, the side to side parts of the frame outside of the main frame rails.  Ours break all the time.  With the added weight of the walls and whatever you put on the ceiling, all of that weight will accumulate where the walls meet the floor.  It may never be an issue but itís just something to watch out for. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on March 12, 2022, 10:06:24 AM
Looks beautiful! I'd be taking a serious look at the increased weight causing a need for upgrades to suspension, brakes, tires, etc. though.
I would think as long as he doesnít go over the gvwr of the trailer or be close to it at all times, he should be ok.  What I would watch is the outriggers of the frame, the side to side parts of the frame outside of the main frame rails.  Ours break all the time.  With the added weight of the walls and whatever you put on the ceiling, all of that weight will accumulate where the walls meet the floor.  It may never be an issue but itís just something to watch out for. 


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Good point - especially when he adds the weight of the bedroom furniture required when the wife throws him out for spending too much on the trailer.  :funny:
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Post by: Blown F-150 on March 12, 2022, 12:30:26 PM
Good points for sure. This is not a heavy duty trailer, but does have a higher GVW of 7800#s compared to others I saw. Base trailer weighed 2500#s

My goal was to keep the add ons around 500#s which should let me have 4500#s of cargo and still have some buffer.

Right now with the quad and all the other crap I bring, we are around 1500#ís of cargo.

Iím hopeful that the structure is sturdy enough for anything I add. Itís the same style and materials they use for their fully insulated trailers with windows and water tanks, etc.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 13, 2022, 01:06:19 AM
I was able to get a little more done today amongst family duties.

T&G halfway up both sides and four 120v outlets mounted with pigtails run up to the roof.

Iím not sure how much time Iíll have over the next couple of days, but I would like to get all the wiring roughed in, all plywood in and the cabinet mounted.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on March 14, 2022, 09:20:58 AM
Speaking of bedroom furniture, what is the plan for that?  Air mattresses, camping cots or mattresses?  Should have installed a couple Murphy beds.  Haha


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 14, 2022, 09:23:11 PM
For now, the plan is a simple full size collapsing frame and a air mattress that has a foam topper for the Wife and I. The kids are getting camping bunk beds. They can be a couch or a bunk beds. Similar to what we would use in a ground tent.
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Post by: Blown F-150 on April 09, 2022, 08:31:07 AM
My Wife has been gone on a business trip all week and wonít be back until Monday, but when sheís back, work will spin back up on the trailer.

Going to finish the pine T&G first, then do all the electrical. Iíve decided that I just going to do some simple smooth finish plywood on the ceiling and not try to get fancy.

The floor will be last. Iím still leaning towards that epoxy that Mike posted about earlier. I need decent temps to apply, so it may take a few weeks.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on April 09, 2022, 09:43:48 AM
You should definitely do that epoxy floor.  I need a Guinea pig incase it sucks. 

Also, just dropped my camper off for the new owners.  Itís gone.  Sold it for more than we payed for it a year ago and came out with a little extra cash. 

Oh and my work trailer finally got finished yesterday morning.  Iím ready to be done with that trailer shop/dealer but itís not my call. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 24, 2022, 07:57:57 AM
Glad you made out well on the 5th wheel, crazy how prices have jumped. Inflation is a b*tch though, we are seeing everything go up in price.

I hope the work trailer holds up for a while, Iím going to guess that the shop your boss is using, is not a good one, lol.

I didnít get any after pictures, but a friend came down to help and we finished up the pine on the walls and got a coat of clear waterproofing stain on.


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Title: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on April 24, 2022, 08:50:56 AM
Glad you made out well on the 5th wheel, crazy how prices have jumped. Inflation is a b*tch though, we are seeing everything go up in price.

I hope the work trailer holds up for a while, Iím going to guess that the shop your boss is using, is not a good one, lol.

I didnít get any after pictures, but a friend came down to help and we finished up the pine on the walls and got a coat of clear waterproofing stain on.


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Itís the shop we have used for 10+ years and they have never let us down.  They have actually gone above and beyond for us in the past.  I donít want to hold this against them too much as I know businesses are struggling everywhere, especially with having enough employees, let alone good employees.  Shipping it out the door with a flat pissed me off.  And the fact that they used screws to secure the panel on an otherwise screw less trailer. 

I look forward to seeing the trailer.  We went to dinner at a friends house recently and he had a trailer I did t even know about and he was doing the same thing.  On a smaller scale though.  Not quite as fancy but it will be functionally the same. 


Editing because I realized I didnít mention the day I picked it up.  I got there and they were just stickering it for inspection.  This was after deciding to finally inspect it the day it was supposed to be ready for pickup and telling us we needed axle seals and two new tires.   My boss had them replace the wheels and tires With brand new ones and we would have the old tires replaced on the wheels for spares.   I got a few miles from the trailer shop and stopped to go to the bathroom only to see the completely flat tire.  The truck I had didnít have a jack or any wood blocks.  But I did have an impact in the trailer and two Sapir wheels and tires so I got creative.  All of this after the idiot who forked my trailer out in to the yard for me to hook up put it on blocks so high I could lower the jack enough to hook up. 

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Post by: Blown F-150 on April 24, 2022, 06:11:46 PM
That is pretty crappy, glad you figured something out.

Iím surprised you guys are using 6 bolt wheels, everything around here that is HD, is 8 bolt wheels.

On the road again tomorrow, but hope to make a big dent in the trailer progress of the next couple of weeks. I want to get out for the weekend after May Long


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on April 26, 2022, 05:04:46 PM
That is pretty crappy, glad you figured something out.

Iím surprised you guys are using 6 bolt wheels, everything around here that is HD, is 8 bolt wheels.

On the road again tomorrow, but hope to make a big dent in the trailer progress of the next couple of weeks. I want to get out for the weekend after May Long


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I never even gave it any though to the lugs.  They are 9,990 gvwr trailers.  Some of the guys tend to overload them but In all honesty, theyíre junk.  Even though theyíre rated for 10k, they canít handle that on a daily basis, 1,000 miles per week.  But any heavier duty and we would need CDLs. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 26, 2022, 08:16:36 PM
Ah, I see. That makes sense, anything over 10k pounds up here and we need a ďclass 3Ē license to pull.  The 8 bolt trailers up here are considerably beefier though.


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Title: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 03, 2022, 09:55:40 PM
Second coat of stain done on the walls.

Next up is FINALLY some power stuff.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on May 04, 2022, 06:18:54 AM
Nice! Is that a spa or your trailer? Wait a minute, we might be onto something here ...
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Post by: Blown F-150 on May 04, 2022, 09:43:05 AM
Well, it is meant to be used to get away and relax, lol.

I am pretty disappointed about how dark this so called ďclearĒ stain made the wood, but Iím not sanding it down now.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on May 04, 2022, 07:34:56 PM
I think it looks good.  Gives it a real finished look without the actual look of stain. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 13, 2022, 11:10:33 PM
Slowly getting to the electrical. Took a fair amount of planning to figure all the holes Inhad to drill, but the electrical cabinet and one breaker box are mounted.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on May 14, 2022, 05:57:10 AM
I think you should cut some holes in the ceiling and add some skylights.  Iím semi kidding.  Itís be pretty cool but at this point not worth the effort.  Itís just my claustrophobia talking shit.  I get paranoid every time I walk in our trailers if the back ramp is closed up. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on May 14, 2022, 07:00:25 AM
I'm still thinking sauna.
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Post by: Blown F-150 on May 14, 2022, 09:37:00 AM
I think you should cut some holes in the ceiling and add some skylights.  Iím semi kidding.  Itís be pretty cool but at this point not worth the effort.  Itís just my claustrophobia talking shit.  I get paranoid every time I walk in our trailers if the back ramp is closed up. 


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I agree, but very hopeful it will feel better once the windows are in. I always have the option of adding a couple more if needed.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on May 14, 2022, 06:17:47 PM
I think you should cut some holes in the ceiling and add some skylights.  Iím semi kidding.  Itís be pretty cool but at this point not worth the effort.  Itís just my claustrophobia talking shit.  I get paranoid every time I walk in our trailers if the back ramp is closed up. 


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I agree, but very hopeful it will feel better once the windows are in. I always have the option of adding a couple more if needed.


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Honestly, even our camper felt weird to me and a bit off.  The small room, low ceiling and relative difficulty of getting up and moving in a hurry freaked me out.  I would probs lay even consider some type of screened enclosure for the back opening.   Our camper had a roll up split screen that velcroed in the middle.  Granted the ramp would be in deck form and not on the ground where bears and other animals could help themselves but Iím sure thereís something you could do if you got creative enough. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 14, 2022, 06:55:14 PM
Iím not too bad that way, as long as I have two ways to get out, Iím happy.

I was thinking about bolting a couple of these to the ramp door to use it as a ďdeckĒ. Plans are to do some kind of bug screen across the back, but I havenít looked into them much yet.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on May 14, 2022, 07:03:17 PM
We had those on one of our work trailers.  They were under the frame though at the back and not on the ramps but I canít see why they wouldnít work for that purpose. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 25, 2022, 11:55:17 PM
Cut out the wood for the windows and got some wiring done. The game plan is to be done for August long weekend.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on June 26, 2022, 06:33:40 AM
Sweet!
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Post by: Rollingrock on June 26, 2022, 11:11:39 PM
this project is getting so awesome.

I have wanted to do this just for cycling.  The plan now is to trade my current camper which is 30 ft and get something around 17 ft.   

This is a fun read and watch.

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Post by: Kitzy on June 27, 2022, 05:42:03 PM
I agree with Jason.  This has been a fun thread to follow.  Itís looking good.  Those window cut outs came out nice. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 27, 2022, 11:57:58 PM
Thanks guys!

Itís taking way longer than I wanted, but it is slowly moving along.

Tackled some more of the electrical after the kiddos went bed.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 29, 2022, 12:03:24 AM
More cables built and routed.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on June 29, 2022, 06:22:22 AM
As one who appreciates nice, neat wiring - and understands how hard it is to actually do - I like it!
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Post by: Blown F-150 on June 29, 2022, 09:09:57 PM
Itís certainly a little off, but good enough for a trailer.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on July 01, 2022, 02:16:40 PM
I dont know jack about wiring.  Looks tidy.  I like it.  Haha


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on July 01, 2022, 04:12:19 PM
Itís certainly a little off, but good enough for a trailer.


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Are you kidding? That wiring looks better than 98% of the wiring I come in contact with in cars and boats. You would absolutely not believe some of the rats nest style messes I find in boats.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 04, 2022, 06:09:22 PM
ďPower CenterĒ wiring completed. Now to get the switch box mounted and wired up.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 29, 2022, 12:06:16 PM
I probably won't be able to do much else after I get he awning and Vent fan in, before the trip next week. But it's is a decent enough of a spot to take. I'm pretty happy with all the power and wiring. The windows make a huge difference.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on July 29, 2022, 05:12:33 PM
I probably won't be able to do much else after I get he awning and Vent fan in, before the trip next week. But it's is a decent enough of a spot to take. I'm pretty happy with all the power and wiring. The windows make a huge difference.

https://youtu.be/CZBPA_kkyIY
That looks awesome.  I really want to see a floor.  I realize thatís not priority but thatís what Iím really waiting for. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 29, 2022, 09:55:24 PM
The floor should happen right after I get back from the trip. Iím really looking forward to it too!


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 30, 2022, 03:27:04 PM
Got a couple things done before it got too hot today.

Awning and small folding table.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on July 30, 2022, 04:41:07 PM
How does that folding table operate?  Does it use the folding brackets that always coming across my news feed from Amazon?  I put two of them on my smoker so I have a place to wrap my meat in foil but itís still easy to store and not take up room.  I also have a similar table in my work trailer that Iíve missed dearly every time my trailer is in for service and I need to use a different trailer.  My tables donít look as nice as yours.  Hell, my work table is a door cut in half. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 30, 2022, 05:52:37 PM
Exactly.  I just grabbed some of those brackets from Amazon and the top is a marketplace find for $10. I wouldnít put a ton of weight on it, but it will easily hold 30lbs or so.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Rollingrock on July 30, 2022, 06:53:26 PM
Saw your new vid on YT, man that shit is looking so clean dude.  Nice job

Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 30, 2022, 09:46:23 PM
Saw your new vid on YT, man that shit is looking so clean dude.  Nice job
Thanks JP! Itís taken waaayyy longer than I planned, but itís coming along pretty well.

I really hope to get the roof fan in tomorrow and then Iím going to fab up some sorta ghetto hitch to put the back rack on the back of it.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 31, 2022, 10:37:32 PM
The last two items that I needed to do before the trip are done, so anything else I get done will be gravy.

Vent fan installed finally. It sure moves a ton of air, but I will see if I need to swap for a AC unit of some kind down the road. I just quickly screwed the light back in place so it could be used for now.

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Next up is a hitch in the back to hold a bike rack. Itís a little redneck, but I put the rack in and hung off of it with movement at all. It should be pretty solid, but the trip will be the acid test, lol.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on August 01, 2022, 02:57:10 PM
The last two items that I needed to do before the trip are done, so anything else I get done will be gravy.

Vent fan installed finally. It sure moves a ton of air, but I will see if I need to swap for a AC unit of some kind down the road. I just quickly screwed the light back in place so it could be used for now.

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Next up is a hitch in the back to hold a bike rack. Itís a little redneck, but I put the rack in and hung off of it with movement at all. It should be pretty solid, but the trip will be the acid test, lol.

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So I didnít see the underneath picture on Facebook. I was wondering how you secured that hitch.  I like it.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 01, 2022, 04:46:12 PM
You wouldn't want to "pull" anything with it (not what it's made for obviously), but I did add some bracing on the backside of that rear plate as well. I hung on the bike rack like a monkey and it was really solid. All the hitch stuff was just laying around in the garage, so it was all but free.
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on August 01, 2022, 06:01:38 PM
You wouldn't want to "pull" anything with it (not what it's made for obviously), but I did add some bracing on the backside of that rear plate as well. I hung on the bike rack like a monkey and it was really solid. All the hitch stuff was just laying around in the garage, so it was all but free.
Yeah just looking at it, itís not going anywhere for itís intended purpose. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 06, 2022, 12:21:48 AM
Everything worked out pretty well on day 1. Wicked side wind, but everything was stable at 65-70mph.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on August 06, 2022, 05:35:55 AM
So 8.7 mpg for us simple folks.  The kilometers and the liters I understand but whatís with the liters per 100 kilometers.  Thatís unnecessary.

Overall 600 miles though.  Thatís a good bit of driving to see how everything held up.  Glad it all worked as advertised. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 06, 2022, 07:41:46 AM
Itís odd, but it is the metric we use for fuel economy. The other is kms per litre, but it didnít seem to catch on.

Another 500 or so miles today and weíll be at the destination. I pick up the family from the airport today. They elected to fly the first leg, which is probably best for all of us, lol.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on August 06, 2022, 08:55:37 AM
Kilometers per liter makes so much more sense.  Weird.  I guess whatever came first and everyone got accustomed to. 

Thatís a lot of solo driving.  Sometimes I think thatís the way to go.  Especially when a certain ďother halfĒ thinks silence is awkward and I dislike small talk.  Not a good mix. 


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 06, 2022, 09:20:26 PM
Second leg done! Head wind killed the MPGs even a little more. Look at the litres burned and remember that gas is $2 a litre here, ouch!

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 06, 2022, 10:55:04 PM
My sleeping accommodations for last night
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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on August 09, 2022, 06:56:37 PM
My sleeping accommodations for last night
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You sleep in the trailer at someoneís house?  Haha.  What are the temperatures like there? 

On a side note, my sister just came up to borrow some camping gear.  She has decided to go tent camping for the first time in her life in the kiddie of August.  Itís been hot and humid all week with temps over 100.  You wonít catch me tent camping in that but I would love to see how it goes for her. 


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Title: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 09, 2022, 09:55:46 PM
Ha, I realized that post is pretty confusing. That is how I slept the night of the first day before we made it to the destination. I stopped at a help center right at the boarder between provinces. Just me and the semi trucks, lol.

Temp was down to 14c at night, so pretty ideal for the trailer and a sleeping bag.


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on August 11, 2022, 02:23:51 PM
My sleeping accommodations for last night
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You sleep in the trailer at someoneís house?  Haha.  What are the temperatures like there? 

On a side note, my sister just came up to borrow some camping gear.  She has decided to go tent camping for the first time in her life in the kiddie of August.  Itís been hot and humid all week with temps over 100.  You wonít catch me tent camping in that but I would love to see how it goes for her. 


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I've been in motel rooms while on the road that were far worse than that!
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 18, 2022, 10:32:33 AM
The trailer has been getting a fair amount of use, which is great. Last weekend was camping with Ollie and his Boy Scout troupe and the weekend before was getting out on the quads. Hoping to go riding again this weekend before the weather turns cold.

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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Too Stroked on October 18, 2022, 02:18:44 PM
Looks like everybody was having a great time!
Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Kitzy on October 18, 2022, 05:43:36 PM
I was just about to talk crap about it being too cold to ride before I realized that, one, your cold is probs my drastically different than our cold and, two, last time I was in tennessee we called it quits early because it was too cold.  Haha

Looks like fun though and glad the trailer is working as planned.  Thatís awesome!


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Title: Re: Cargo Trailer Spruce Up
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 18, 2022, 07:33:08 PM
Not gonna lie, it has been amazingly warm during the day, like low 70ís. It gets pretty chilly as soon as the sun drops though.

Tomorrow is out last nice day, then it turns to real fall weather apparently.


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