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How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion).
      #5780503 - 04/05/13 08:55 PM Attachment (62 downloads)

I spent this past week fixing up my old cargo trailer, so I can camp in it. Here is a before shot of the door, before putting in the latch.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780506 - 04/05/13 08:55 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Door ready to receive the latch.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780510 - 04/05/13 08:56 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

Latch installed.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780512 - 04/05/13 08:58 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

'nother view. BTW, I reinforced the door with a bit of scrap wood to keep it from deforming when I tightened down on the latch mounting screws.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780518 - 04/05/13 08:59 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

Door hung and trim installed.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780521 - 04/05/13 09:00 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Hole for the latch pins.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780526 - 04/05/13 09:02 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

I installed a ceiling vent.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780528 - 04/05/13 09:03 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

I installed insulation in the walls. This was kind of tough because the luan is anchored to the "Rhino Lining tm" on the floor, so I could only peel it back.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780531 - 04/05/13 09:04 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Here is where the hole for the window was cut.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780534 - 04/05/13 09:05 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Hole.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780535 - 04/05/13 09:06 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Inside.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780542 - 04/05/13 09:07 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

window in place. The velcro is for attaching the output hose for a portable air conditioner.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780543 - 04/05/13 09:08 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

outside.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780545 - 04/05/13 09:09 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Here's my home-made 15 Amp power inlet.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780550 - 04/05/13 09:10 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Which connects to this 4 outlet box.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780552 - 04/05/13 09:10 PM

I made the opening in my caulking tube too large, but I would be darned if I was going to the hardware store again!

Edit: (use the right form of "too", silly)

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780566 - 04/05/13 09:17 PM

Not shown: I put a second layer of insulation on the ceiling. (I call this stuff "Aluminum Bubble Wrap" which causes blank stares from the hardware store clerks.) I also wired up the dome light that you see in the first "insulation" pic so that I could simply plug in a cord to my Battery Box, and turn it on and off from the wall switch.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5780607 - 04/05/13 09:31 PM

One more thing: The portable AC unit draws 9 amps, so it will be fine with the 15 amp inlet.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5782250 - 04/06/13 05:31 PM

An astro camper. Very cool.
Where is your fleet of scopes going to store?


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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: richard7]
      #5782302 - 04/06/13 05:59 PM

I'd love to do such a conversion. I see a lot of cargo trailers at star parties that have been modified to serve as telescope transport/sleeping quarters/computer and charts office. I've seen lots of neat fold-down beds in them that fold flat against the wall of the trailer when not in use.

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