Trailer to Toy Hauler/Camper

Watch as we convert an enclosed trailer to a toy hauler/camper.
When you have crafty and handy, you can create your dreams.

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Crafty & Handy

Where it all began

6’x 12′ enclosed trailer, single axle



February 14, 2016


Completely gutted interior:

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March 2016


We decided on two windows, one on the side and one in the door.

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Interior was insulated with two layers. First layer of thin, reflective, bubble wrap insulation, second layer of 3/4″ insulation board.
(walls & ceiling)

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Insulation coming along, front wall installed; electrical decided and wires pre run:

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April 2016


Ceiling opening cut for fan:

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Preparing for wall installation:

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Hanging the walls:

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First window installed. Success!

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Two directional fan installed:

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Exterior electrical outlet. We ran wire for 4 interior outlets and one switch plate with 3 switches for two interior overhead lights and one exterior light.

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Ceiling insulation and paneling going up:

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Ceiling paneling installed:

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Door reframed and opening cut for window:

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Window installed!

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Two LED lights wired into ceiling: (they are more than enough light)

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May 2016


Lower cabinet work begins: (Building in place)

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Murphy bed built, box storage underneath. Fits a queen size mattress, stored along wall for travel.

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Electrical started. Will be able to plug in if available and/or use RV deep cycle battery; battery charger, inverter. Generator as well.

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Plumbing for sink & outdoor shower. 20 gallon water tank under bed frame, water pump, propane instant hot water heater mounted on the wall.

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Sink and water heater installed (temporarily):

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Upper cabinet work begins:

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Mega LED light installed at rear: (this will come in handy when we have to back in and set up camp after dark)

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View from front:

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First set of cabinet doors made, inset with leftover paneling from the ceiling. Makes a nice tie in of the pretty red tone.

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Adding some finishing touches on the cabinets. Facing made from the ceiling paneling to match the inset on the cabinet doors & drawers.

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All ready for sanding and some polyurethane:

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After two coats of polyurethane. So shiny!IMG_3237 (1)

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Building more frames for cabinet drawers & doors:

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June 1, 2016


Drawer facings made. Fancy!

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Sanding &  first coat of polyurethane for the cabinet doors and drawers. It’s all coming together!
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June 2, 2016

AC installed, dorm fridge added, plumbing perfected:

(ac is an 8000 BTU) Handy cut a hole in the floor for the AC vent, and it fit like a glove.

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June 4, 2016


Made a lot of progress on some finishing touches yesterday. Getting ready today to take ‘er out for a trial run tonight. Pics to come!



June 5, 2016


Our first adventure was fantastic! Even though not everything is complete, it was ready enough for a trial run. We borrowed a generator for testing, and are not sure a 2000 watt will do the job. With the AC on, any other thing plugged in (coffee pot or fan) would cause the generator to shut off. We are currently investigating because we feel the amps these three items pull should not cause the generator to overload.

Here are some pics from our first trip!

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June 13, 2016


This weekend we worked on installing removable wheel chocks in the floor for the bikes, tried out an outdoor shower set up, and installed a few drawer pulls.

This is our first attempt at the outdoor shower curtain. A little flimsier than we thought, so we are thinking of other options.

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June 14, 2016


We got two bikes in the trailer ready to haul! And one in the back of the truck. Spent some time on Sunday in the woods. So awesome to take your toys and your “house” with you!

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Finished off the weekend with a big fire. Burning old wood from the trailer along with the remnants from the new build!

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July 1, 2016


Weekend in the GA mountains! Took off to Blairsville Friday after work to camp, ride and race at Sparky’s Cycle Ranch for the annual Fly Racing MXGP Race.  Handy did some research and bought a 2000 watt Powerhorse generator, and it ran all weekend with AC, fan, fridge and coffee pot going at the same time! (the Honda 2000 we borrowed could not do this.) The 8000 btu AC is not able to keep the 72 square feet cooled in 90+  degrees and blazing sun. Not entirely sure as to why, factors could be dark color of the trailer, needing to insulate & weather strip the back door/gate, or the AC is just not powerful enough? We plan on insulating the gate asap, along with a coating of some sort of cool sealant on the roof and toying with the idea of a tarp/awning system that also covers the roof with a gap to provide airflow and shade to the roof. TBD!

Even though it was a hot weekend we had an awesome time at Sparky’s. Got a primo spot by luck and arriving early, right next to a babbling brook and the starting line. We took a ride on some mountain roads on KLR, Handy won first in his class, grilled and cooked some great food, while taking in the fresh air in foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Our little trailer was thoroughly enjoyed, including the flimsy shower curtain set up, Handy loved being able to shower outdoors!

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July 18, 2016


Finishing up a few of our loose ends this weekend. Crafty made some lined curtains and we installed them. Also put up the last two cabinet doors, can’t decide if we want to install the door knobs we bought. The doors are easy enough to open without them, and they may get in the way more than we would prefer. Knobs are on hold.

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