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Old 08-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Hello, my name is Ann Marie and i'm new here. I going to attempt to build my own mini camper.

I already bought a Trailer 4' x 8' wood rack on car chassis, new lights and wiring, spare tire, and fits 2" ball. I've been researching lightweight stuff and came across your site. I plan on working with 1x2's and 1x4's

Gonna do this from scratch and have no idea how it's gonna come out, so i'll probably ask a lot of questions. I was very impressed with the pictures that were posted. Very encouraging.

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Old 08-08-2013, 06:09 PM   #2
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Hello, my name is Ann Marie and i'm new here. I going to attempt to build my own mini camper.

I already bought a Trailer 4' x 8' wood rack on car chassis, new lights and wiring, spare tire, and fits 2" ball. I've been researching lightweight stuff and came across your site. I plan on working with 1x2's and 1x4's

Gonna do this from scratch and have no idea how it's gonna come out, so i'll probably ask a lot of questions. I was very impressed with the pictures that were posted. Very encouraging.

Hi Ann Marie,

You might want to check with your state DMV and find out what the inspection requirements are while planning your trailer, if you intend to license it. It can get pretty complicated in some states where you have to have propane appliances blessed.

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4'x8' sounds mighty small. Building with wood will add a lot of weight also.

Still, it sounds like an interesting project.
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Would save a fair amount of weight to use metal studs (as used in commercial buildings) since you wouldn't need as many structural members. Plus you'd have holes pre-punched in them for running utilities.

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Old 08-08-2013, 11:49 PM   #5
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Sounds like an exciting project. Here's a link to a site that talks about stick-building trailers that may have some info of use.

Build a mini-Conestoga wagon

While we will all help where we can, keep in mind that most on this site own/restore/repair molded fiberglass trailers and I don't now of any that were self-built.

But we are always happy to have a new voice.
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to the Forum Ann Marie..........

Are you planning on building a stickie trailer,
or a tear drop style?
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I'm gonna jumpe in here for Donna.

"Pictures please?"

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Ann Marie, you want to go over to the tnttt forum where there is lots of info about building a small trailer, mainly teardrops and other variations of small trailers. Also some experiences with PA registrations.
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Ann Marie - We were heading for a 4x8 HF trailer build when we ran across a fiberglass camper for about what the materials would cost for the teardrop. One of the things we did that changed our mind was to take some masking tape and lay out a 4x8 foot space on our bed. We decided that it would never work for two people. Even if you're single, I'd recommend trying out the space before deciding on doing the build. Like Night Sailor said, it's a very small space.
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As mentioned earlier, we are about molded fiberglass trailers. The expertise for stick-built trailers isn't going to be as deep as other sites although opinions will be offered.
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Yep, Steve.............we do have opinions and we do offer them.........LOL
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Ann Marie - We were heading for a 4x8 HF trailer build when we ran across a fiberglass camper for about what the materials would cost for the teardrop. One of the things we did that changed our mind was to take some masking tape and lay out a 4x8 foot space on our bed. We decided that it would never work for two people. Even if you're single, I'd recommend trying out the space before deciding on doing the build. Like Night Sailor said, it's a very small space.
Our teardrop is 4 X 10, with inside the cabin 4 X 8. The two of us sleep just fine in it. However it does make our 13 foot Uhaul feel really big when we use it.
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Lots and lots of member here on FiberglassRV rebuild/mod the interior of all molded towables. But building from scratch with wood or aluminum stud walls? You may get better suggestions and help from a fantastic group that do EXACTLY what you're hoping to build: Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers • Index page

Not chasing you off, truly... just trying to provide help that is more suited to your build.

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Ann Marie, you want to go over to the tnttt forum where there is lots of info about building a small trailer, mainly teardrops and other variations of small trailers. Also some experiences with PA registrations.
HI..WHAT IS A TNTTT SITE AND HOW DO I FIND IT?
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