Anyone build their own t-hauler?
Posted June 08, 2006 - 03:11 AM
John in Vegas
Posted June 08, 2006 - 05:56 AM
Some of my concerns and tell me if you found a different way.
Trailer - cargo trailers are much heavier than travel trailers. Could go the all aluminum route but then you double or triple the cost of the trailer.
Cabinetry and inside, where do you buy and what grade. Around here you can buy replacements at RV superstores. Advantage is you can put in exactly what you want.
Overall, when I spec out what I want and go aluminum ( I need the weight savings since I have to tow with a 1/2 ton GMC extended cab pickup) the cost ends up being about the same. However, I would be able to set it up exactly the way I want.
Have you found a way to cut the cost or weight on the trailer?
Posted June 08, 2006 - 07:02 AM
the only reason i don't want a enclosed trailer is becuase of weight.
BUT i was thinking maybe i could get some sort of rag top cover????
If you're going to design some kind of "ragtop convertible" trailer, go look at www.tuk-it.com and maybe that will help with design. The guy makes retractable camper shells, I don't see why you could not make a sliding bow system for trailer rails as well.
It would not have insulation and wind protection like hard walls, but it would be a theft deterrent (out of sight out of mind).
Posted June 08, 2006 - 02:51 PM
John in Vegas
Posted June 08, 2006 - 03:45 PM
I havent really looked too seriously into it. I kind of checked into the travel trailer and it can be done cheaper and done the way I would want it, but as far as a toy hauler is concerned, I have been casusally searching for plans on the net and cant even find some to buy yet.
John in Vegas
Beware of plans to mod a TT into a toy hauler. Most Travel trailers lack the framing and support for big doors. We converted my travel trailer into sort of a toy hauler, just for the kids bikes which I can lift into the stock side door. We installed a folding dinette and rubber diamond plate flooring in the front, with E-track on the sides to tie down with. I'll email pictures if you give me an email address to send them to. Bought the dinette direct from Weekend Warrior. The girlfriend did the sewing on the valances, and a friend helped build the hinge mount for the dinette as the walls of travel trailers have just about NO structural integrity to them whatsoever.
Posted June 08, 2006 - 09:18 PM
Posted June 09, 2006 - 07:01 AM
In the end you get a good metal structured trailer configured how YOU want it. Going to be an exciting project!
Posted June 12, 2006 - 07:47 AM
Posted June 14, 2006 - 06:25 AM